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  • EPA chiefs who served under Republicans press for climate action

    06/18/2014 10:19:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 18, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Four former Environmental Protection Agency administrators who served under Republican presidents on Wednesday said climate change should not be a partisan issue. The former EPA chiefs told reporters that Republican lawmakers who believe the climate is changing should speak out because voters will be on their side. "This should not be a partisan issue," said William Ruckelshaus, the nation's first EPA administrator under President Richard Nixon and again under President Ronald Reagan. "And public demand for doing something may be able to break it apart." The problem, the four former EPA administrators said, is looking at climate change through a...
  • 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...
  • What the Networks Aren't Telling You About the Nevada Cattle Battle

    04/17/2014 6:42:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | April 17, 2014 | Rich Noyes
    The showdown between federal authorities and rancher Cliven Bundy, his family and supporters in Nevada is one of those rare topics from the libertarian-conservative news agenda that actually made its way into the establishment media. Between last Thursday and Monday, ABC, CBS and NBC gave the story a total of nearly 16 minutes of coverage on their morning and evening newscasts. Network journalists have consistently framed the case as one of a rancher failing to pay the requested fees for his use of government land. But they have failed to use the case to tell the larger story of how...
  • EPA Concedes: We Canít 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.
  • White House looks to regulate cow flatulence as part of climate agenda

    03/28/2014 6:45:40 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 70 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 28,2014 | MICHAEL BASTASCH
    As part of its plan to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Obama administration is targeting the dairy industry to reduce methane emissions in their operations. This comes despite falling methane emission levels across the economy since 1990. The White House has proposed cutting methane emissions from the dairy industry by 25 percent by 2020. Although U.S. agriculture only accounts for about 9 percent of the countryís greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it makes up a sizeableportion of methane emissions ó which is a very potent greenhouse gas. Some of these methane emissions come from cow...
  • Obamaís War on America: Killing Coal to Kill U.S. Electrical Power

    02/20/2014 6:41:22 AM PST · by rktman · 38 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2/20/2014 | Alan Caruba
    If the White House and the EPA is permitted to implement the MATS regulation the economy will dramatically decline. Life in America will resemble that of third world nations. It is entirely based on lies
  • Clean Air Act: EPA'S Charade To Justify War On Coal Plants

    01/16/2014 10:27:10 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/14/2014 | Larry Bell
    The Environmental Protection Agency didnít let a Clean Air Act requirement that mandated technologies be ďadequately demonstratedĒ hinder their new performance standards ruling that puts a 1,100-pound limit per megawatt hour on carbon emissions from new coal power plants. Not only is there no scientifically-supportable climate benefit for limiting such emissions, there is no viable commercial-scale technology to achieve that ideological pipedream. Even if it mattered, the most modern coal-fired plants can only reduce CO2 emissions to 1,800 pounds. Whatís more, they already knew that. Or at least they certainly should have after a fact-finding working group within EPAís own...
  • EPA Voids 1905 Law, Cedes Town to Tribe

    01/13/2014 12:00:09 PM PST · by John Semmens · 29 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 Jan 2014 | John Semmens
    The Environmental Protection Agency voided a law passed by Congress in 1905 and awarded the town of Riverton, Wyoming to the Wind River Indian Reservation. Wyoming Governor Matt Mead (R) questioned the legitimacy of the move asking ďsince when can a federal agency override an Act of Congress? I mean, if the EPA has objections to an existing law shouldnít they be asking Congress to revise it? I see nothing in the Constitution granting the EPA the authority theyíve assumed.Ē EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson brushed aside Meadís concerns as ďexcessively formalistic. The president has stressed that we take a broader...
  • POLITICO poll: Plurality of Virginians favors EPA climate rule

    10/08/2013 7:08:17 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 37 replies
    http://www.politico.com ^ | 10/7/2013 | By ANDREW RESTUCCIA
    GOP efforts to demonize the EPAís climate change regulations havenít found a groundswell of support in Virginia, where voters are more likely to favor the rules than oppose them, according to a new poll commissioned by POLITICO. The poll, conducted by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling and the Republican firm Harper Polling using automated survey methodology, found that 45 percent of likely voters support new EPA climate regulations for coal-fired power plants, an issue that has become a flashpoint in the Virginia governorís race. Thirty-three percent of likely voters say they oppose the regulations and 22 percent arenít sure.
  • Wood Stove Ban Made Universal

    10/02/2013 2:10:04 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 248 replies
    http://freepatriot.org ^ | September 30, 2013
    For many years, those of us in the Arctic have been fighting the wood stove ban. The use of PM2.5 particulates has been an issue pursued by local agencies as a way to swipe at those who choose to live beyond the borders of traditional civilization. That attack has now extended to the rest of the United States. In a stunning move, the Environmental Protection Agency decided to ban most of the operational wood stoves in the U.S. In those places where there is you, God, and nature, the wood stove has represented that one thing that can sustain. Going...
  • Government Shutdown to Delay EPA $1 Gallon Gas Price Hike

    10/01/2013 10:14:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/01/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    As the death toll for Government Shutdown Apocalypse 2013 continues to grow, it appears that the EPA‚Äôs plans to make it even more expensive for Americans to drive a car were ‚Äúshut down‚ÄĚ by the government shutdown. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take one of the biggest hits of any federal agency if the government shuts down this week, operating with under 7 percent of its employees, according to guidance issued by the agency. Just think of how much less the EPA will be able to do with only 7 percent of its employees. That EPA SWAT Team may...
  • On climate change, Obama, EPA plan action without Congress

    08/15/2013 12:31:08 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 45 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Aug 14, 2013 | By Valerie Richardson
    BOULDER, Colo. | EPA chief Gina McCarthy said Wednesday that the Obama administration is finished waiting for Congress to act on climate change and plans to bypass the legislative branch in developing a federal response. Ms. McCarthy, who was confirmed last month as Environmental Protection Agency administrator, cited President Obamaís June 25 speech at Georgetown University, in which he unveiled his Climate Action Plan and vowed to make combatting climate change a priority of his second term. Mr. Obama gave ďwhat I really think is a most remarkable speech by a president of the United States,Ē said Ms. McCarthy in...
  • EPA building named for former President Clinton

    07/17/2013 7:38:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/17/13 | Shaquille Brewster, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Clinton administration officials and congressional leaders packed into the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters Wednesday to mark the building's renaming in honor of former President Bill Clinton. "This is a very strong building, and Bill Clinton was a very strong president," Senator Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said as she welcomed guests to what is now the William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building. Boxer sponsored the legislation to change the building's name. In front of family and friends Clinton strongly defended his environmental legacy, saying his administration's efforts to promote clean air, conserve land, and combat dirty water made a...
  • Obama EPA Regulations Kill 15 Power Plants, 480 Jobs In Georgia

    01/08/2013 10:54:35 AM PST · by drewh · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 8, 2013 | 10:20 am | Beltway Confidential
    Georgia Power asked state regulators for permission to shut down 15 power plants yesterday, claiming new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) make the plants too expensive to run. The 15 coal-, oil- and natural gas-fired power plants currently produce 2,061 megawatts (MW) for Georgia energy consumers. Georgia Power plans to close 11 of the plants on the exact day the EPAís new mercury regulations are set to take effect, April 16, 2015. Georgia Power will seek waivers from the EPA to keep four of the other plants open for a single year, and then shut those down too...
  • Congress tries to turn off lights on bulb mandates

    07/11/2013 8:06:53 AM PDT · by thackney · 46 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 11, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Texas Republican Michael Burgess just won another round in his fight against federal standards that could force consumers to abandon inefficient incandescent light bulbs for more expensive LED and fluorescent alternatives. The House voted Wednesday to adopt an amendment by Burgess that would bar the Energy Department from using any funds to implement efficiency standards for light bulbs, six years after Congress first mandated the change. The provision in a 2007 energy law was designed to encourage manufacturers to produce more energy efficient light bulbs; although it didnít rule out traditional incandescents, they would need a redesign to qualify under...
  • Only $1.14 per Gallon?

    07/02/2013 10:40:03 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 44 replies
    MainStreet.com ^ | 7-2-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    NEW YORK (MainStreet) ó The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced last month the launching of the "eGallon" - a tool that will compare the costs of fueling electric vehicles (EVs) to fueling gasoline-powered ones. According to the report, the national average eGallon price is about $1.14. This means that an EV can travel as far on $1.14
  • Obama Set To Announce Historic Climate Change Plan, With New Regulation Of Power Plants

    06/25/2013 5:58:50 AM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 73 replies
    BI ^ | 6/25/2013 | Josh Lederman
    WASHINGTON (AP) ó Taking climate change efforts into his own hands, President Barack Obama is proposing sweeping steps to limit heat-trapping pollution from coal-fired power plants and to boost renewable energy production on federal property. Obama, in a speech Tuesday at Georgetown University, was to announce he's issuing a presidential memorandum to launch the first-ever federal regulations on carbon dioxide emitted by existing power plants, moving to curb the gases blamed for global warming despite adamant opposition from Republicans and some energy producers.
  • Va. yet to see money from Abbott fraud case, Cuccinelli says (IRS)

    06/05/2013 9:58:43 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 4 replies
    Times Dispach.com ^ | June 5, 2013 | JIM NOLAN
    But the delay, which state officials say is unprecedented, has Cuccinelli wondering whether the problem is more about politics than completing paperwork. "For a long time we thought it was glaring incompetence," Cuccinelli said in an interview. "But in light of the last month or two, we're now beginning to wonder whether maybe there are more deliberate motives." It was a reference to the recent scandal and congressional testimony stemming from reports of the IRS targeting conservative non-profit groups for investigation. Cuccinelli, a conservative Republican and Tea Party darling running for governor this year, has been a chief antagonist of...
  • Obamaís EPA Scandal Begins To See The Light Of Day

    05/24/2013 9:38:12 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 31 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | May 24, 2013 | Tim Brown
    Currently on the front burner of scandals in the Obama administration are Benghazi, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting of conservative groups, and the AP scandal. Of course, Fast and Furious is also still very much alive. However, over the past week, two more scandals are coming to light and may be just as big as the others. One of those involves the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Congressional Republicans are accusing the agency of giving unfair preference to environmental groups when it comes to information requests. They are comparing the behavior to that of the IRS in giving additional scrutiny...
  • Supreme Court sides with timber industry in logging road runoff dispute

    03/20/2013 8:56:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | March 20, 2013 | AP
    WASHINGTON ó The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with timber interests in a dispute over the regulation of runoff from logging roads in western forests. In a 7-1 vote, the court reversed a federal appeals court ruling that held that muddy water running off roads used in industrial logging is the same as any other industrial pollution, requiring a Clean Water Act permit from the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Congressmen Confront EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Over Use of Alias 'Richard Windsor'

    12/17/2012 6:45:25 AM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/16/12 | Daniel Halper
    Two members of Congress sent a letter to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson over her use of the alias "Richard Windsor." The congressmen, Fred Upton and Cliff Stearns, want Jackson to explain her actions. lisa jackson "In recent weeks, questions have been raised in Congress and among public interest groups about the use of one or more secondary email accounts and aliases by you and potentially other officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)," they wrote in a letter addressed to Jackson. "Given your reported use of at least one alias email account in your conduct of agency business, we write...
  • Navistar to Close Garland, Texas, Plant to Reduce Costs(EPA induced)

    10/31/2012 8:48:47 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/31/12
    Navistar International Corp. (NAV) plans to close its Garland, Texas, assembly plant, as the embattled truck maker shrinks it manufacturing capacity in response to falling demand for commercial trucks. The plant near Dallas employs about 900 workers and has been Navistar's primary site for assembling heavy-duty trucks in recent years. The company intends to cease operations at Garland during first half of next year. Closing Garland is expected to lower Navistar's costs by increasing the utilization of other plants. SNIP Navistar, which also makes military trucks and school buses, has lost $241 million during the first nine months of its...
  • Obama's EPA Plans for 2013

    10/25/2012 3:18:17 PM PDT · by Snuph · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 25, 2012 | S. Fred Singer
    The November elections will determine the direction of US climate policy -- and therefore also energy policy and the pace of economic growth: jobs, standards of living, budget deficits and inflation. Obama has already promised to make climate change the centerpiece of his concern -- with all that implies: "Green" energy policy, linked to loss of jobs (Keystone pipeline disapproval), rising gas prices (ethanol mandates), and crony capitalism (Solyndra). By contrast, Romney is a climate skeptic -- and Ryan has been quite outspoken: the perfect anti-Gore. The science supports Romney-Ryan -- notwithstanding the UN-IPCC, and the bulk of the climate...
  • Republicans criticize four-gallon EPA gas purchase mandate

    09/17/2012 1:48:07 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 93 replies
    With prices at the pump worrying Americans, Republicans have railed against the Environmental Protection Agency’s new gas mandate that requires consumers to buy at least four gallons when purchasing from stations with hoses containing 10 percent and 15 percent ethanol-blended fuel. On Monday, Republicans on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Chief Administrator Lisa Jackson criticizing the agency’s approval of the sale of gasoline containing 15 volume percent ethanol. Specifically, the EPA will require that consumers purchase a minimum of four gallons when buying from a gas station that sells gasoline...
  • Gibson Guitar Corp. Strikes Deal with Justice Dept. to Avoid Prosecution

    08/06/2012 10:38:28 AM PDT · by kingattax · 68 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8-6-12 | Bridget Johnson
    Gibson Guitar Corp. agreed to settle charges that it illegally purchased and imported ebony wood from Madagascar and rosewood and ebony from India, the Justice Department said today. The company will pay a $300,000 fine under a criminal enforcement agreement that defers prosecution for criminal violations of the Lacey Act. Another $50,000 fine will go to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation ďto be used to promote the conservation, identification and propagation of protected tree species used in the musical instrument industry and the forests where those species are found.Ē Since May 2008, it has been illegal under the Lacey...
  • Coal Comfort - The EPA hates the carbon-heavy fuel, but itís here to stay.

    08/06/2012 2:35:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2012 | Robert Bryce
    About one train per hour. That’s the target loading rate for the massive silos, conveyors, and hoppers at the North Antelope Rochelle Mine in Wyoming, the most productive coal mine in the world. And on a cool, nearly windless day in late March, Scott Durgin, a regional vice president for Peabody Energy, was happy. Standing in the mine’s dispatch office, Durgin pointed to a flat-panel display showing a list of trains that had recently passed through. It was exactly 12 noon, according to the clock on the wall, and since midnight, the mine had loaded 11 trains, each carrying...
  • ĎCrucify Themí: The Obama Way : The EPA emulates Roman tactics to terrorize business

    04/27/2012 4:58:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/26/2012 | Michele Malkin
    One of President Obamaís radical eco-bureaucrats has apologized for confirming an indelible truth: This White House treats politically incorrect private industries as public enemies who deserve regulatory death sentences. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Al Armendariz, an avowed greenie on leave from Southern Methodist University, gave a little-noticed speech in 2010 outlining his sadistic philosophy. ďI was in a meeting once, and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think it was probably a little crude and maybe not appropriate for the meeting, but Iíll go ahead and tell you what I said,Ē he...
  • Unelected EPA Bureaucrats Approve E15 Ethanol

    04/09/2012 8:17:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 62 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 9, 2012 | Peter Wilson
    Last week, "an unelected group of people" over at the Environmental Protection Agency revised our national energy policy, approving a new gasoline blend with up to 15% ethanol, known as E15, which may be available in pumps this summer. Currently, most gasoline sold in the U.S. is E10, containing a maximum of 10% ethanol. To review the backstory: the last time ethanol was in the news, it seems like its opponents, who come from both the environmental left and free-market right, had won a significant victory. Last summer, "a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress," to use Obama's words...
  • Va. AG Cuccinelli: 'Rogue' EPA Must Be Corralled

    03/01/2012 12:52:01 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 5 replies · 1+ views
    The Environmental Protection Agency is so out of control that it needs a major fix, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli tells Newsmax.TV. And a court case challenging the agencyís powers to limit greenhouse gases now before a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., could be just the remedy the agency needs, he said. ďI am cautiously optimistic that the court will send this back to the EPA to be fixed,Ē Cuccinelli said. ďI hope to fix it like a dog ó snip ó but thatís going to require a new president as well, so I hope the timing will work...
  • Coal Company Layoffs Affect Hundreds Of Families (EPA's first victims)

    02/01/2012 6:15:17 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 39 replies
    WCYB.com ^ | February 1, 2012 | Drew Hinesley
    Its a tough time for hundreds of coal miners across southwest Virginia. That's because they're getting pink slips from A & G Coal, which is owned by Southern Coal Company. Mark Whooten is a spokesman for Southern Coal. He told News 5 who made the decision. "These layoffs are a decision by our corporate headquarters. They are market driven due to metallurgical coal market fluctuating violently at the present time." The company wouldn't tell us how many jobs they have cut, but we do know its sizeable according to the manager of the local employment office, Gary Hale. "On Monday...
  • LISTEN: Justice Alito Fired Up in Case Pitting Property Owners Against EPA

    01/17/2012 8:11:13 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 48 replies · 1+ views
    ABC ^ | January 17, 2012 | Ariane de Vogue
    Justice Samuel Alito seemed none too pleased last week with the governmentís argument in a case pitting property owners against the Environmental Protection Agency. Four years ago, Mike and Chantell Sackett bought property to build their dream home near a lake in Idaho. After obtaining local permits the Sacketts began work, pouring in some land fill. But their work came to a screeching halt when they were visited by officials from the Environmental Protection Agency. The couple was slapped with a compliance order asserting that the land is subject to the Clean Water Act and that they had illegally placed...
  • EPA: (U.S.) Power plants main global warming culprits (ULTRa BaRF ALerT! Gubamint Runamuckin')

    01/11/2012 1:06:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/11/12 | Dina Cappiello - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) ó The most detailed data yet on emissions of heat-trapping gases show that U.S. power plants are responsible for the bulk of the pollution blamed for global warming. Power plants released 72 percent of the greenhouse gases reported to the Environmental Protection Agency for 2010, according to information released Wednesday that was the first catalog of global warming pollution by facility. The data include more than 6,700 of the largest industrial sources of greenhouse gases, or about 80 percent of total U.S. emissions. According to an Associated Press analysis of the data, 20 mostly coal-fired power plants in...
  • Obama Thanks EPA For ĎHistoric Progressí

    01/11/2012 9:22:29 AM PST · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/11/2012 | Jared A. Favole
    In an apparent attempt to shore up support from environmentalists ahead of the presidential election, President Barack Obama made a trip to the Environmental Protection Agency to thank employees for what he said was the ďhistoric progressĒ theyíve made in protecting the environment. ďYou protect the environment not just for our children but their children, and keep us moving toward energy independence,Ē Mr. Obama said in a speech to about 200 employees at the EPAís headquarters in D.C. The president also sought to tamp down criticism from some business groups and Republican presidential candidates that environmental regulations hamper economic growth....
  • Supreme Court Hears Case of 'Dream House' Stopped by EPA (EPA claims homeowners have NO rights)

    01/09/2012 6:55:59 PM PST · by tobyhill · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/9/2012 | Shannon Bream
    Since 2007, Mike and Chantell Sackett have been fighting to build their dream home on the Idaho lot they bought years ago. The Sacketts say they had gotten local permits and spent thousands prepping the land for construction - then the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) showed up. The EPA told the Sacketts their property contained wetlands and issued a compliance order mandating that they return it to its original state or risk facing fines starting at $37,500 per day. The Sacketts say they were stunned, and asked the EPA for a hearing on the matter. The agency denied their request,...
  • SUPREMES: EPA ACTIONS ĎOUTRAGEOUSí

    01/09/2012 9:50:26 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 32 replies
    WND ^ | Jan 10, 2012 | Robert Unruh
    The governmentís actions in a dispute between the Environmental Protection Agency and a husband and wife targeted by the agency when they bought a residential lot in Idaho and started building their dream home are both ďoutrageousĒ and ďvery strange.Ē There were comments today from justices on the U.S. Supreme Court about the Environmental Protection Agencyís actions in a fight with Mike and Chantell Sackett, of Priest Lake, Idaho. Their case began in 2005 when the Sacketts were working on their dream home. Their land, purchased for $23,000, is about two-thirds of an acre and is about 500 feet from...
  • Obama Came to a Fork in the Road and Took It

    09/02/2011 11:30:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 2, 2011 | Stephen Green
    Will President Obama‚Äôs Thursday address be the worst speech ever? Kevin Hassett almost thinks so: It might be that this jobs report stimulates the Obama team to drop all the Keynesian nonsense, but I doubt it. Frankly, I expect Obama¬ís jobs speech to be the worst presidential speech in my lifetime. I don‚Äôt know how old Kevin is, but my lifetime stretches back to Jimmy Carter‚Äôs ‚Äúmalaise‚ÄĚ speech of 1979. The Washington Post‚Äės David Nakamura remembers it, too: Obama is not Carter. But when asked if there were historical parallels between the high stakes Obama is facing in his...
  • EPA's Looming Blackouts

    08/22/2011 4:53:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 97 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 22, 2011 | Staff
    Energy: It won't matter which light bulbs we use as the administration's implementation of cross-state pollution rules shuts down coal plants across the country. Where will the jobs be when the lights go out? It's called the Cross-State Pollution Rule, announced last month, and its implementation over the next 18 months will likely result in the loss of a fifth of the nation's electricity-generating capacity. The result will be likely power shortages, skyrocketing rates and inevitable brownouts and rolling blackouts. Based on Bush-era EPA proposals that the federal courts threw out in 2008, this latest example of legislation is designed...
  • Super! CAFE standards for big rigs (The EPA hits just keep on comin')

    08/12/2011 10:18:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/12/2011 | Jazz Shaw
    We‚Äôve had the opportunity to previously discuss the Obama administration‚Äôs proposed changes to CAFE standards for the nation‚Äôs fleet of passenger vehicles and the downstream effects this will have on auto prices and jobs. Never satisfied with half measures in ‚Äúhelping‚ÄĚ us in this struggling economy, the White House has apparently decided to double down and apply similar new standards to long haul, big rig trucks now. WASHINGTON‚ÄďPresident Obama announced the first-ever fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for long-haul rigs, work trucks, and other heavy duty vehicles Tuesday, the second mileage pact with manufacturers in less than a month.The...
  • NAACP and EPA Inflict Heat Prostration and Death

    08/01/2011 11:53:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2011 | Harry R. Jackon, Jr
    This column was co-authored by Niger Innis From New York, Washington and Atlanta to Chicago, St. Louis and Dallas, America is baking in a furnace. As millions swelter and gasp, they thank their lucky stars for air-conditioned cars, homes, offices and other places of refuge. And for the reliable, affordable electricity that makes AC possible. Previous generations werenít so fortunate. When a record heat wave slammed the nation in July 1936, Midwest temperatures hit 100-107 for a week. With most homes and businesses lacking even fans in this pre-AC era, millions suffered heat prostration. In Wisconsin, 449 died. Nationwide, thousands...
  • Stop the EPA's Attack on Property Rights

    07/26/2011 12:01:25 PM PDT · by Twotone · 25 replies
    Americans for Prosperty ^ | July 26, 2011 | Phil Kerpen
    President Obama wants to control all the land and all the water in the United States. Legislation that would have deleted the word "navigable" from the federal Clean Water Act and given the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers jurisdiction over every drop of moisture in the country crashed and burned last Congress, ending the 36-year congressional career of its lead sponsor, Jim Oberstar, in the process. But Obama's EPA, as usual, won't take no for an answer, and is now attempting to ignore two Supreme Court decisions, commonsense, and the American people and vastly expand federal Clean Water Act...
  • EPA Says All Texas Plants Will Get New Air Permits

    07/13/2011 11:38:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 7/13/11 | Staff
    HOUSTONĖ Nearly 140 Texas plants, including some of the nationís largest refineries, have reached a deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to receive new permits even though a long-standing battle between the Lone Star State and the federal agency is far from over.The EPAís announcement Tuesday that it reached a deal for all 136 companies to apply for new permits came more quickly than initially expected when the agency ruled last year that Texasí so-called ďflexible permitsĒ violated the federal Clean Air Act. At the time, Texas blasted the EPA ruling, challenging it in court and saying
  • Jobs in the Pipeline The EPA tries to scuttle oil transport from Canada's tar sands

    07/07/2011 9:38:53 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    <p>With 9.1% unemployment and gasoline prices in the stratosphere, President Obama must sometimes wish that some big corporation would suddenly show up and offer a shovel-ready, multibillion-dollar project to create 100,000 jobs and reduce U.S. reliance on oil from dictatorships.</p>
  • Obamaís EPA Regulations Will Cost Coal Industry $200 Billion & Electricity Rates to Skyrocket

    06/08/2011 7:53:27 PM PDT · by SanFranDan · 49 replies · 1+ views
    GatewayPundit ^ | 6/8/11 | Jim Hoft
    In January 2008 Barack Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle: ďUnder my plan of a cap and trade system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Businesses would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that cost onto consumers.Ē He promised that his plan would cause electricity rates to skyrocket. He wasnít kidding. In January, 2011 the Obama Administration, for the first time ever, blocked an already approved bid to build one of the largest mountaintop removal coal mines in Appalachian history. And, today it was reported that Obamaís energy plans will cause electricity rates to necessarily...
  • The EPAís New Move - Is the NAT GAS Act an EPA Trojan horse?

    06/09/2011 11:02:10 AM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | June 9, 2011 | Phil Kerpen
    The EPA's New MoveIs the NAT GAS Act an EPA Trojan horse? The debate over the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act of 2011, or NAT GAS Act, has focused mostly on the question of whether the federal government should use hefty subsidies ‚ÄĒ $64,000 per truck ‚ÄĒ to interfere with the free-market allocation of resources. On that point, a surprisingly large number of Republicans are siding with their central-planning-advocate colleagues on the other side of the aisle. But why are so many Democrats enamored with big corporate-welfare giveaways to the natural-gas industry in the first place? The...
  • The Myth of Killer Mercury

    05/29/2011 10:31:28 AM PDT · by I got the rope · 88 replies
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | May 25, 2011 | Willie Soon
    By WILLIE SOON AND PAUL DRIESSEN The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued 946 pages of new rules requiring that U.S. power plants sharply reduce their (already low) emissions of mercury and other air pollutants. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson claims that while the regulations will cost electricity producers $10.9 billion annually, they will save 17,000 lives and generate up to $140 billion in health benefits. There is no factual basis for these assertions. To build its case against mercury, the EPA systematically ignored evidence and clinical studies that contradict its regulatory agenda, which is to punish hydrocarbon use. Mercury has always...
  • Endangered listing of lizard may shut down Texas oil

    04/27/2011 7:05:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/27/2011 | Greg Halvorson
    You can't make this up.† First, a Spotted Owl destroyed the timber industry of the Pacific Northwest, then a minnow turned the most productive agricultural land in the world into a dustbowl, and now, as energy prices spike and the economy sputters, they're going after Texas with a scurrilous reptile.††† Specifically, the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard.† That's the latest more-important-than-people critter being used to lock-up resources in the name of planet Earth.† The drilling moratorium didn't cause enough pain, so onto the Endangered Species Act - known at the Sierra Club as "Ol' Reliable" - to make certain Texas has...
  • EPA: ĎNothing to fearí on climate regs

    04/26/2011 8:31:42 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies
    EPA: ĎNothing to fearí on climate regs By Andrew Restuccia - 04/26/11 10:43 AM ET Environmental Protection Administrator Lisa Jackson said Tuesday that the public has no reason to fear the agencyís pending climate regulations. ďI believe there is nothing to fear from common-sense use of the Clean Air Act to begin to put this country in the direction of moving towards addressing our greenhouse gas emissions,Ē Jackson said during remarks at an energy conference in Washington. The EPA has begun phasing in greenhouse gas standards for new and modified power plants and refineries. The regulations have come under attack...
  • Energy in America: EPA Rules Force Shell to Abandon Oil Drilling Plans

    04/25/2011 6:28:52 AM PDT · by thackney · 77 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 25, 2011 | Dan Springer
    Shell Oil Company has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska. The decision comes following a ruling by the EPAís Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits. The move has angered some in Congress and triggered a flurry of legislation aimed at stripping the EPA of its oil drilling oversight. Shell has spent five years and nearly $4 billion dollars on plans to explore for oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The leases alone cost $2.2 billion. Shell Vice President Pete Slaiby says obtaining...
  • Feds Pay To Upgrade Mexican Trucks, US Trucks Not So Lucky

    04/12/2011 7:06:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    http://radioviceonline.com/ ^ | April 12, 2011 | Steve McGough
    A story broke yesterday concerning the retrofit of more than 100 trucks from Mexico that do not meet United States environmental standards. Our federal government is paying to upgrade these trucks, yet when the state of California and the EPA set new rules for US-owned trucks, they fine companies who do not comply. This post is not about the environment, it concerns how US trucking companies are treated by the federal and state government as compared to Mexican-owned rigs. From AzCentral.com. For air-quality regulators, the border creates a legal barrier. State and federal agencies canít force vehicles manufactured and bought...
  • Private Property Under Attack in Virginia

    04/11/2011 8:30:00 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 40 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 4/11/2011 | Donna Holt
    The right to own private property unfettered by excessive government control is under attack in Virginia. Private property is a fundamental right that distinguishes us as a free people, The framers of the constitution understood the importance of protecting private property rights. The Fifth Amendment of the Bill of Rights states, ďNo person shall be Ö deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.Ē (Related: Agenda 21 Resource Page and also The Path To Agenda 21 Sustainable Development) Despite constitutional protection against property confiscation, state...