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New details tonight in -- -- of scandal the head of the Department of Energy loan guarantee program Jonathan -- stepping down.
The announcement comes just hours after the president's stated in his news conference today that's a lender alone was risky but the process that the decision was made.
I was on the merits and -- for joining me now senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska she is the senior Republican member of the senate energy and natural resources committee.
And senator we know that you've got a number of votes are awaiting -- we appreciate your taking the time.
Thank you it.
-- very quickly turning to slender of this is last week we watch six billion dollars rushed out of the Department of Energy through this loan program.
We've been out within days see the head of that department.
Well I think we've got some issues -- in the Department of Energy that comes to their loan guarantee program I want to know that for a fact we're not going to be.
Looking at other cylinders.
Coming out of the DO we loan guarantee program.
There were there -- some since systematic failures here that I think we're just now learning.
If she cuts us off consent.
Absolutely and if I may turn to very quickly.
In the interest of time the Environmental Protection Agency.
Number of important cases moving forward not the least among them the -- -- case in northern Idaho.
Which a couple challenging the EPA Shawn are now the governor of Alaska joining and that is -- friend of the court.
What in the world is this EPA doing what can the American people do about an agency that seems to have been the words of many.
-- I think I think we're all history what we -- out of the EPA an agency.
Whose whose nation.
Buyout by all intents and purposes is one that we would want to support we want to have good strong and environments and clean air clean water.
But what we -- seeing is a level of over.
Bearing down on not kids areas within the EPA's -- -- but in all other Ares I question.
What's gone on within the first the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The -- regulations that are being imposed by -- EPA.
Electricity -- What this is going to mean to to our our ability to produce our own energy.
BP EPA is is insidious.
In its -- I think we're seeing this.
Translate in days in the litigation the lawsuits that are out there.
Just be the up -- Across the country in my state of Alaska.
Muscle lessens -- tell you that the EPA is singlehandedly trying to shut down resource development.
In our state.
A resource base -- And and what will be the response.
The senate of the senate Republicans.
What we'll be the response to this agency in the initiatives it's taking.
Through executive authority -- without without bothering to turn to the legislature the United States congress and senate.
For approval of legislation.
It is a few things that I think you're saying that the house through its appropriations bills has just -- some writers in some language that would.
Really try to rein in -- EPA here on the senate side we've got some bills that are moving forward senator Collins has introduced legislation that would essentially.
What -- -- moratorium and one year moratorium on on these regulations that are coming out this over -- hours in different regulations that -- -- dealing with.
Our small businesses are saddled with over 101000 dollars in costs just from application of these various.
Regs that that it -- asked him set.
When we talk about the impact of what is happening with the EPA it's not -- on things and gas industry -- least feel it in Alaska.
Small mom and pop operators it is on every -- throughout this country and and people are saying with that we've had enough.
-- and EPA.
Senator we thank you for being with us we appreciate you.
A senator Lisa Murkowski.
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