“This is the second major disaster at a Massey site in recent years, and something needs to be done,” Rep. Nick Rahall, a West Virginia Democrat, said as he arrived at the mine site, according to theTimes.
In California, the energy industry is lobbying against efforts to cap carbon dioxide emissions. A ballot measure the companies are pushing would “bar the state from implementing the law until its jobless rate stabilized at or below 5.5% for a year, which supporters say would signal the return of a strong economy. The state's jobless rate topped 5.5% in October 2007 and now stands at 12.5%,” in the Wall Street Journal.
Gallup has a new poll out: “Americans are more likely to say the U.S. should prioritize development of energy supplies than to say it should prioritize protecting the environment, the first time more have favored energy production over environmental protection in this question's 10-year history.”
The poll was conducted before President Barack Obama announced his administration would make more areas offshore available to oil and gas drilling but seems to validate the decision, at least from a political standpoint.
The poll also found, however, that Americans still favor greater conservation over greater energy production.