That sound you hear is the Obama Administration beating a hasty retreat from a key element of their war on Texas. The Obama EPA on Friday backed down from proposed rules that were as ill-considered as they were devastating.

The Obama Administration had wanted to impose strict new rules forcing the closure of power plants in Texas and killing thousands of jobs.

Gov. Rick Perry, the state’s environmental agency, small business leaders and citizens raised a ruckus, forcing this presidential retreat.

The Obama plan could have had a devastating affect on people’s lives, likely forcing rolling blackouts during extreme weather condition. Shelving this ill-considered EPA rule will literally save lives.

Liberal activists at are furious that Obama is waving the white flag in the face of withering criticism.

According to the Associated Press, — a key Obama constituency — says their members “are wondering how they can ever work for President Obama’s re-election.”

Now the Obama Administration needs to beat a similar retreat on their love-affair with the dunes sagebrush lizard. Listing this sub-species on the roles of protected animals could endanger the state’s oil and gas exploration industry, and threatened jobs and our national energy security.

Make no mistake: while Mr. Obama is retreating on this most egregious and potentially devastating of his plans to punish Texas, his policy war against the commonsense voters of the Lone Star State is far from over.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."


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