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Subject:  Glaringly Obvious Double Standard Date:  1/30/2013  4:48 PM
Author:  2828 Number:  669315 of 794419

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/01/30/gop-senators-to-doj-so...

The environmental lobby and many greenie activists endlessly use and abuse the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and plenty of other “ecological sensitivity”-protecting laws and regulations as justifications for expanding their agenda, which includes implementing restrictive land-use policies hostile to drilling activities and punishing hydrocarbon-based industries for supposed infractions. The Obama administration has been more than obliging in filing suits against oil-and-gas companies that they claim are in violation of their favorite eco-laws, but, remarkably, the DOJ has not bothered to prosecute a single wind-energy company… despite the fact that wind energy in the United States kills thousands of protected birds every year. Odd, isn’t it?

The Obama administration has instituted a glaringly obvious double standard in enforcing these laws, taking oil-and-gas companies to the mattresses while letting their highly-beloved, well-subsidized, and much-touted wind industry completely off the hook — but at least somebody in the federal government is paying attention to this egregiously inconsistent application of the law. Via The Hill:

Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder why he is “targeting” oil and gas companies by prosecuting them for the unintentional death of birds. …

Vitter pointed out that wind energy producers kill far more birds than oil and gas companies, but that all of the bird deaths have been unintended. …

“These are important matters,” Alexander said. “The rule of law is one of the fundamental characteristics of this nation and the Department of Justice i