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  • Almost All European Diesel Cars Are Dirty, New Study Finds [Of Course].....

    06/07/2018 7:20:13 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    www.popularmechanics.com ^ | Jun 7, 2018 | By David Grossman
    A new emissions study based on testing methods that are supposedly "difficult-to-impossible to cheat" has revealed that even the latest models of European diesel cars are bad polluters. The first such analysis since the 2015 Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, the results show more than 4,000 vehicle models exceeding nitrogen oxides (NOx) levels set by the European Union. The new rating system is known as The Real Urban Emissions Initiative (TRUE). With a data set of 375,000 individual cars from across Europe, TRUE uses a beam of light to study a car's exhaust plume. European cars are broken into numbered groups...
  • I Love Carbon Dioxide and You Should Too

    05/16/2018 7:32:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/16/2018 | Gregory Wrightstone
    The demonization of the “miracle molecule,” carbon dioxide, continued last week with the announcement that its concentration had reached 410 parts per million (ppm). Nearly all reporting of this noted that this was the highest level in 800,000 years and predicted a host of associated climate calamities. While the current concentration of this vital gas is about 40% higher than at the start of the Industrial Revolution, unreported is that Earth has been suffering from steadily decreasing and perilously low concentrations of CO2. Until the consumption of fossil fuels began liberating this important gas from ancient rocks , the Earth...
  • California, 17 other states sue Trump administration to defend Obama-era climate rules for vehicles

    05/01/2018 11:08:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 5/1/2018 | Chris Mooney
    Eighteen states on Tuesday sued President Trump’s administration over its push to “reconsider” greenhouse-gas-emission rules for the nation’s auto fleet, launching a legal battle over one of Barack Obama’s most significant efforts to address climate change. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt in April said he would revisit the Obama-era rules, which aim to raise efficiency requirements to about 50 miles per gallon by 2025. Pruitt’s agency said that the standards are “based on outdated information” and that new data suggests “the current standards may be too stringent.” But in the lawsuit, the states contend that the EPA acted “arbitrarily...
  • Farmers Hit Hard As Trump Backs Big Oil

    04/04/2018 2:48:40 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 68 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 04-04-2018 | hoi
    The Trump administration seems to be leaning towards allying with the oil refining industry in its fight against Big Corn and federal rules requiring the use of corn ethanol. Reuters reports that the U.S. EPA apparently granted an exemption to Andeavor, a large oil refiner, from having to comply with blending requirements as part of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) last month. The RFS requires refiners to blend biofuels, such as corn ethanol, into their refined fuels. If they can’t or find it too costly, they are required to purchase credits. The law dates back to 2007 under the George...
  • 'Junk science'? Studies behind Obama regulations under fire

    12/26/2017 10:45:55 AM PST · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 26, 2017 | Fred Lucas
    Scientific studies used by the Obama administration to help justify tough environmental regulations are coming under intensifying scrutiny, with critics questioning their merit as the Trump EPA reverses or delays some of those rules. In one case, agencies determined the research used to prop up a ban on a particular pesticide was questionable. On another front, the Environmental Protection Agency never complied with a congressional subpoena for the data used to justify most Obama administration air quality rules. “EPA regulations are based on secret data developed in the 1990s,” Steve Milloy, who served on President Trump’s EPA transition team, told...
  • Agriculture a culprit in global warming, says U.S. research

    08/22/2017 11:29:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 22, 2017 | Ellen Wulfhorst
    Agriculture has contributed nearly as much to climate change as deforestation by intensifying global warming, according to U.S. research that has quantified the amount of carbon taken from the soil by farming. Some 133 billion tons of carbon have been removed from the top two meters of the earth's soil over the last two centuries by agriculture at a rate that is increasing, said the study in PNAS, a journal published by the National Academy of Sciences. The 133 billion tons of carbon lost from soil compares to about 140 billion tons lost due to deforestation, he said, mostly since...
  • WashPost: Green Car Incentives Backfire in Europe, Create ‘Deadly’ Air Pollution(DOH!)

    12/22/2016 7:02:39 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 12/21/2016 | Sam Dorman
    As with the economy, government intervention can have unintended consequences. In Europe, the push to go green actually endangered lives through noxious air pollution. London, Paris and European governments “aggressively promoted diesel vehicles,” The Washington Post reported on Dec. 20. Why? For the environment, of course. Governments used policy to steer people away from carbon-dioxide emissions and toward diesel as the better choice. But the attempt to go green backfired as nitrogen dioxide emissions from diesel vehicles are shortening lives and clogging lungs, according to the Post’s London bureau chief Griff Witte. London has become the “global leader” in nitrogen...
  • Jerry Brown Farts in General Direction of Dairy Farmers

    12/05/2016 3:55:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2016 | Katie Kieffer
    Holy cow! Dairy farmers are balking at crazy climate change legislation that will rob America’s middle class of affordable dairy products.The Golden State used to be a place you could visit for a relaxing vacation filled with sunshine, palm trees and bayside avocado burgers—and then fly home to live a relatively free life—leaving California residents to cope with the “crazy” aspects of the state, like sky-high taxes. Not anymore. California is America’s largest milk-producing state. Thanks to new regulations from CA Gov. Jerry Brown, one thing is certain: if you love milk and cheese, significantly higher costs are coming your...
  • Cow fart bill passes California Legislature

    09/13/2016 8:25:08 PM PDT · by concentric circles · 64 replies
    Cal Coast News.com ^ | September 7, 2016 | Staff
    California legislators have approved a bill targeting cow flatulence and manure, which lawmakers blame for releasing greenhouse gases. The legislation aims to reduce methane emissions related to manure to 40 percent below 2013 levels by 2030. Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) authored the bill, which passed shortly before the end of the legislative session. Lara agreed to a compromise that will give dairy farms more time to comply with the new regulations. Critics have expressed concerns the new regulations will result in an increase in the price of milk from California cows. Proponents of the bill say methane emissions have...
  • American Truckers Just Got BAD News From Obama… This Is a Total Disgrace

    08/20/2016 4:13:34 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 88 replies
    American truckers, and the big rigs they drive, are literally the lifeblood of this nation, transporting food, raw materials and finished goods from one end of the country to the other and back again, delivering what is needed where it is needed when it is needed on a daily basis. But those truckers just had a major roadblock placed in their way, courtesy of President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency, and the consequences for not only the trucking industry, but America as a whole, could be devastating. According to The Daily Caller, the EPA just announced on Tuesday that it...
  • Flight of Fancy: EPA Moves to Regulate Airlines’ Emissions

    08/20/2016 5:34:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 48 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/20/2016 | Colonel Chris J. Krisinger
    Just when U.S. airlines are experiencing an active summer travel season, with four percent more passengers expected than last summer’s banner year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) weighs in on the industry. Their recent verdict: “planet-warming pollution produced by airplanes endangers human health by contributing to climate change.” Such is the basis for their “endangerment finding” under the Clean Air Act, which now triggers the legal requirement to impose the first-ever government regulations of aircraft emissions and extend the EPA’s reach into yet another segment of the U.S. economy. The announced plan to reduce aircraft emissions takes place as President...
  • APNewsBreak: California may beef up electric vehicle mandate

    08/12/2016 6:33:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 12, 2016 8:15 PM EDT | Jonathan J. Cooper
    With the extension of California’s landmark climate change law stalled, a legislative plan is emerging to significantly up the ante on California’s commitment to electric vehicles by requiring that 15 percent of all new automobiles be emission-free within a decade. Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Los Angeles, told The Associated Press on Friday that she’ll introduce legislation next week to ramp up the pressure on carmakers. Automakers that fail to sell enough electric vehicles would be required to make payments to rivals that do or pay a fine to the state.“If we create more competition in the market, that automatically will trigger...
  • Cows Worse Than Cars for Climate Change, Environmentalists Admit(?)

    07/19/2016 7:52:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 80 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/18/2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In a surprising turn of events, climate change doomsayers have turned their attention to cattle, as environmentalists have been compelled to acknowledge that “livestock emissions” are more dangerous for the environment than automobiles. A recent article at EcoWatch says that greenhouse gas emissions from livestock actually account for a higher percentage of total global emissions than the world’s 1.2 billion automobiles. Whereas the transportation sector accounts for only some 14 percent of global emissions, cows produce a remarkable 14.5 to 18 percent of the global total, the article confesses.
  • EPA Just Declared War On Millions of Car Owners

    05/25/2016 3:54:04 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 147 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/25/2016 | Staff
    Energy: The EPA’s proposal to increase the amount of ethanol that must be blended into gasoline is a trifecta of regulatory abuse. It will do nothing for the environment, it will do nothing for energy security, and it could wreck millions of car engines
  • Air quality official's appointment angers environmentalists [CA]

    04/01/2016 7:30:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 1, 2016 10:22 PM EDT
    The board that regulates Southern California’s air quality, having angered environmentalists last month by firing its longtime director, angered them again this week by replacing him with an industry consultant. The Los Angeles Times reports the South Coast Air Quality Management District board voted unanimously Friday to appoint Wayne Nastri as executive officer. …
  • Bay Area first: Wood-burning heating devices to be banned in new homes

    10/21/2015 10:05:25 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 44 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 10/21/2015 | Denis Cuff
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Wood-burning heaters -- including modern pollution-fighting wood stoves -- will not be permitted in new homes built in the Bay Area starting next fall, as part of a first-in-the-nation ban approved by air quality regulators Wednesday. The new rules, approved unanimously by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, will also require every seller of an existing home with a wood-burning fireplace to give buyers a disclosure statement warning of the health risks of wood smoke. Even wood stoves certified by the federal Environmental Protection Agency as low emission would not be allowed in new homes whose...
  • NEWS ALERT: Obama set to announce steeper emissions cuts from US power plants

    08/02/2015 6:52:24 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 43 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 8-2-2015
    President Barack Obama will impose steeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants across the country than previously expected, senior administration officials said Sunday, in what the president called the most significant step the U.S. has ever taken to fight global warming. The Obama administration is expected to finalize the RULE at a White House event on Monday, a year after proposing UNPRECEDENTED carbon dioxide limits. Obama, in a video posted on Facebook, said the limits were backed up by decades of data and facts showing that without tough action, the world will face more extreme weather and escalating...
  • EPA's latest proposal could be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the United States.

    03/03/2015 2:14:15 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 13 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-28-15 | John Eick
    In late 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that would further ratchet down national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ground level ozone from the current level of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to a range of 65 to 70 ppb. Notably, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) declared the proposal to be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the country. A study recently conducted by NERA Economic Consulting and commissioned by NAM confirms NAM’s earlier statement. Specifically, the study reveals that reducing the current ozone standard to 65 ppb would reduce U.S. gross...
  • EPA to Seek A 30% Cut In Emissions [by 2030]

    06/01/2014 2:48:43 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | 01 June 2014 | Amy Harder
    The Environmental Protection Agency will seek a 30% reduction in U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions by 2030 from existing power plants based on emission levels from 2005, according to two people briefed on the rule, setting in motion the main piece of President Barack Obama's climate-change agenda. The draft rule, to be proposed Monday and scheduled to be completed one year from now, will give flexibility to the states, which must implement the rules and submit compliance plans to the EPA by June 2016. States can decide how to meet the reductions, including joining or creating new cap-and-trade programs, deploying more renewable...
  • EPA Concedes: We Can’t Produce All the Data Justifying Clean Air Rules

    04/13/2014 6:58:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 4/11/2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Seven months after being subpoenaed by Congress, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy conceded that her agency does not have - and cannot produce - all of the scientific data used for decades to justify numerous rules and regulations under the Clean Air Act.