Timothy Carney with The Washington Examiner reported yesterday that the Obama Administration issued draconian rules for regulating greenhouse gases from any new or expanded power plants in January.

This week, the EPA issued its first exemption to these rules.

According to Carney:

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The Obama administration will spare a stalled power plant project in California from the newest federal limits on greenhouse gases and conventional air pollution, U.S. EPA says in a new court filing that marks a policy shift in the face of industry groups and Republicans accusing the agency of holding up construction of large industrial facilities.

According to a declaration by air chief Gina McCarthy, officials reviewed EPA policies and decided it was appropriate to “grandfather” projects such as the Avenal Power Center, a proposed 600-megawatt power plant in the San Joaquin Valley, so they are exempted from rules such as new air quality standards for smog-forming nitrogen dioxide (NO2).

(Gina McCarthy proudly served in Mitt Romney’s administration when he was governor of Massachusetts. She was his chief environmental advisor.)

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As it turns out, this plant is being powered by GE turbines. And, low and behold, it also just happens that GE CEO Jeff Immelt is Obama’s jobs czar and buddy. If one were cynical, one might think that this plant got special treatment because of the GE-Obama connection. Hmmm.

Read more at The Washington Examiner.

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