When the Washington Post has to finally admit to seeing your government agency as abusive, you know it's gone way beyond a matter of opinion. They have finally confessed to taking notice of how badly Lisa Jackson's EPA is behaving toward those who would otherwise be US employers.
Ms. Jackson, as you may recall, is one of the many negative contributions that NJ has made to our national political scene. While not as well known as "Disco Frank" Lautenberg, or skirting as close to criminal indictment as our last two Democrat governors Jon "don't ask where the money is coming from" Corzine, and Jim "the gay-American" McGreevey, she has none the less managed to do some real damage to the US economy. Under her careful stewardship, the EPA has become the Spanish Inquisition of the environmental movement. And has done its best to "crucify energy companies" needlessly and wherever it can.
There are countless incidents of the EPA torturing both individual Americans and corporations exclusively because it can. the controls on abuse by the department are so weak that in many cases the abuse continued even after the abused were able to demonstrate that they were not guilty of what the EPA was accusing them of. It's a perfect example of the Bureaucracy run amok in an environment where all government action is assumed to be beneficial, and the private citizen or company is assumed to be a malefactor.
Under Lisa Jackson, the EPA has become a blight on the nation populated by ecological true believers. While most are too smart to admit it publicly, when they see gasoline prices at $8 a gallon, they would privately call it a victory. If they saw coal companies going bankrupt and laying off thousands of employees, they would call it a small price to pay. If America ended up cold, dark, and poorer they would call it the achievement of their ultimate goal. Lisa Jackson wants you cold and in the dark. And if she has to crucify a few innocents to get there, she sees it as a small price to pay.