Obama’s EPA Is Attacking Fossil Fuel, Where Is Heidi Heitkamp?
Heidi Heitkamp is a former EPA lawyer who prides herself on being coal-friendly. In fact, she just held a fundraiser with North Dakota coal interests (something that didn’t sit well with everyone in the state’s coal industry).
Heitkamp is also an Obama supporter. She voted for him, and she’d he’d be “awesome,” in 2008 and she’s confirmed publicly that she’ll vote for him again in 2012.
So it’s curious that Heitkamp, who has promised to be a defend North Dakota’s energy interests, has been silent even as President Obama’s EPA has made headlines thanks to that agency’s officials making wildly inappropriate comments about coal.
First it was the EPA agent who compared the agency’s approach to regulating coal as “crucifixions,” (that EPA official has now ducked a request from a House committee to testify about his comments), now another EPA official has been caught saying “if you want to build a coal plant, that’s a big problem.”
Senator Jim Inhofe’s office has put together his montage of EPA officials attacking fossil fuels, and explaining that their job is to force America onto “green energy.”
Heitkamp is no stranger to the EPA and how it works. She’s a former EPA lawyer. And while she may not be as enthusiastic in her support of President Obama now that she’s on the ballot trying to get elected to the Senate, she’s still a supporter of his.
The EPA is being revealed not as an agency simply trying to promote safe standards for the environment but, under President Obama’s leadership, as an activist organization bent on destroying one part of the energy industry in favor of another.
And Heitkamp, who would have us believe that she will be a leader on this issue, is silent.Tags: coal, election 2012, energy, epa, Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota News, oil