TEN GOP FRESHMEN TO WATCH..... THEY WILL ENSURE OBAMA'S EPA RULES ARE CHECKED, REWORKED OR ELIMINATED

Patriot Action Network POLITICO 44 David McKinley (W.Va.) — This seventh-generation West Virginian wants to use his seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee to protect his district’s lifeblood — the coal industry. “Coal is West Virginia,” he said in a recent interview. McKinley said he’ll work toward ending what he dubbed the “war on coal that has been under way now for several years from the EPA.” Oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency will be one of his top priorities, he said, calling for greenhouse gas rules to be revised and “base them on fact rather than political jargon.”

Cory Gardner (Colo.) — Like many of his colleagues, this newcomer with strong agricultural ties hopes to advance “hearty oversight” of the EPA from his new perch on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

On the energy front, look for Gardner to support legislation advancing renewable energy as well as fossil fuel production, but he said he has no interest in pursuing “overreach like cap and trade.” Rep. Betsy Markey (D) — who Gardner ousted — voted in favor of the climate bill last Congress.

Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) — The U.S. Air Force veteran backed by the tea party and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin considers himself an environmentalist. “I believe in preserving the environment, but I also believe that you have to find a middle ground,” to avoid hampering economic growth, he told POLITICO. Kinzinger, who also landed a spot on the Energy and Commerce Committee, said Congress must act aggressively to exploit domestic energy resources, including coal, offshore oil, natural gas, oil shale and renewables. Naturally, cap-and-trade legislation is off the table. “I can tell you cap and trade is not going to come out of there, because that is what I believe is a big manufacturing killer,” he said.

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