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Officials Pressured Contractors to Change Job Loss Figures, Recordings Reveal
Free Beacon ^ | May 21, 2012 | Bill McMorris

Posted on 05/21/2012 2:37:19 PM PDT by lbryce

Full Title:"Not The World Real World";Obama Administration Officials May Have Pressured Government Contractors to Change JobL oss estimates Associated With Coal Regulations, Audio Recordings Reveal.

The tapes show that unnamed officials with the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) asked government contractors to change their calculations of job losses associated with the Stream Protection Rule.

A preliminary draft of an environmental impact statement estimated that up to 7,000 coalminers could lose their jobs under the administration’s “preferred” regulation. After a leaked copy of the report went public, officials asked the contractors to compare job estimates to a model in which another regulation was enforced, rather than the real world numbers.

“It’s not the real world, this is rulemaking,” an OSM official tells a skeptical contractor on the recording.

“If we’re to assume [the 2008 rule] is enforced in the coal-producing states, this is a very small [impact],” the contractor replies. “But that, as you said, is not the real world, that’s pretending … I thought we were looking at what’s going to change in Kentucky, what’s going to change in Pennsylvania, what’s going to change in Ohio, what’s going to change in Wyoming.”

When a second OSM official makes light of the “theoretical discussion,” the contractor shoots back that “his [the OSM official’s proposed criteria] was theoretical, mine was practical.”

The agency fired the contractors studying the rule less than one month later.

The House Natural Resources Committee obtained the tapes from an unidentified third party after OSM provided heavily redacted transcripts—the exchange above, for example, was blacked out—and withheld the audio recordings.

Rep. Bill Johnson (R., Ohio) blasted the administration’s refusal to cooperate with the investigation.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: jobloss; obama
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I wonder if times are interesting enough for all the stuff happening to us is considered a curse.

At the beginning when the bloom was starting to get off the rose, we heard all kinds of stuff about Obama's less than perfect qualifications for OOO (Oval Office Occupant). He wasn't the Administrator type, Never could cut down a 9-5 job. More. Now they're goonna start saying , he wasn't much of a math student.

1 posted on 05/21/2012 2:37:31 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Obama voters should know if he does this to them; he will do it to you.


2 posted on 05/21/2012 2:53:38 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: lbryce

Obama lied his way to the top and he’ll lie to stay on top.


3 posted on 05/21/2012 3:20:16 PM PDT by Crucial
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To: lbryce

:...all the stuff happening to us is considered a curse....”

Nothing is just “happening” to us.

It’s being DONE to us, deliberately, fully planned out, and with much malice aforethought.

This sh*t doesn’t just happen. The commie/socialist left and their liberal allies have been salivating over this moment for a long, long time.


4 posted on 05/21/2012 4:22:41 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: lbryce

We need more people like that contractor in government.


5 posted on 05/21/2012 4:26:45 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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6 posted on 05/21/2012 6:08:55 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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7 posted on 05/22/2012 4:24:35 PM PDT by PMAS (ABO 2012)
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