EPA Gets A Failing Grade


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The EPA, along with other major federal agencies, received failing marks for not being able to meet the requirements of a  2010 law. The law requires bureaucrats to  write official documents with the public in mind — less jargon, more verbs.

Agencies “need to write for their intended audience, and it’s not for lawyers. It’s for taxpayers filling out forms, and farmers trying to get government loans, and people applying for HUD loans,” said the law’s author, Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa. “Until every grade is an ‘A,’ we will keep holding these bureaucrats’ feet to the fire.”

To learn more, head over to USAToday.

Iowa wind energy advocates warned of “war on renewable energy”


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U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Ia, warned the Iowa Wind Energy Association that “a war is being waged against renewable energy” during a meeting today in Des Moines.

“The oil and gas industry has enormous influence, and there is an increasingly competitive environment on energy legislation in Washington, D.C.,” the congressman said.

A recent rise in domestic natural gas production has reduced natural gas prices to a 10-year low. Denise Bode, president of the American Wind Energy Association said that wind and natural gas are now competitors in the utility generation market.

For more information, read the full article at the Des Moines Register.