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  • Obama environment agenda under threat from incoming Republicans

    10/31/2010 1:07:39 PM PDT · by opentalk · 19 replies ^ | October 31, 2010 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    Republican leaders have begun gathering evidence for sweeping investigations of Barack Obama's environmental agenda, from climate science to the BP oil spill, if as expected, they take control of the House of Representatives in the 2 November mid-term elections, the Guardian has learned. The new Congress will not be installed until next January, but Democrats and environmental organisations say they are braced for multiple, aggressive investigations from the incoming Republican majority. Republican leaders have also raised the possibility of disbanding the global warming committee in Congress, established by the Democratic speaker, Nancy Pelosi.
  • How the “Scientific Consensus” on Global Warming Affects American Business—and Consumers

    10/27/2010 10:25:12 AM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 9 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | October 26, 2010 | Nicolas Loris
    Abstract: The only consensus over the threat of climate change that seems to exist these days is that there is no consensus. The much-heralded 2007 United Nations report on greenhouse gas emissions has served as a catalyst for lawmakers to burden traditional energy sources with regulations in favor of so-called clean energy. The private sector has begun to “chase” these policies, shaping business decisions to align with policies preferred by politicians, not the market or the public. Recent revelations of erroneous and misleading data in the report have led many to question the wisdom of government-mandated emissions caps and costly...
  • NERC Releases Assessment on Resource Adequacy Impacts of EPA Regulations

    10/27/2010 8:36:16 AM PDT · by Thebaddog · 6 replies · 1+ views
    In the United States, several regulations are being proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that directly affects the electric industry. Depending on the outcome of any or all of these regulations, the results could accelerate the retirement of a significant number of fossil fuel-fired power plants. EPA is currently developing rules that would mandate existing power suppliers to invest in retrofitted environmental controls at existing generating plants or retire them. The most significant proposed EPA rules have been in development for over ten years and are currently undergoing court-ordered revisions that must be implemented within mandatory timeframes. The...
  • Doing Things Obama’s Way

    10/22/2010 10:04:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Wheeling Intelligencer ^ | October 23, 2010 | Mike Myer
    It has been a long time since such a gigantic ego occupied the White House. Think about it: President Barack Obama really seems to believe that if he could just explain himself to more people, they would agree with his ultra-liberal policies. Changing the policies themselves hasn't occurred to him at all. Obama should consider that here in West Virginia, where Democrats have a two-to-one registration edge over Republicans, three very popular Democrats are in trouble. Joe Manchin, one of the most popular governors in our history, is behind in some polls against Republican challenger John Raese. Mike Oliverio, a...
  • Coons, Absent Minded Or Out And Out Lying?

    10/22/2010 1:06:20 PM PDT · by MarkLevinFan · 17 replies
    Politically Frank ^ | October 19, 2010 | Frank Knotts
    During the debate on CNN between Republican Christine O’Donnell and Democrat Chris Coons who are the candidates for the U.S. Senate from Delaware, Chris Coons was asked a direct question. Ms. O’Donnell asked Mr. Coons if there would be any direct benefit from cap-and-trade for the company that he formerly worked for, a company whose current CEO is Chris Coons’ father in-law and which Chris Coons owns stock in. The company, W.L. Gore, also known as Gore-Tex is involved in making air filtration filters for natural gas turbines and also a material used in fuel cells. It is clear that...
  • GOP Unique in Denying Climate Change

    10/15/2010 2:32:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Frum Forum ^ | October 14, 2010
    When British Foreign Secretary William Hague visited the U.S. last week, he placed combating climate change near the very top of the world’s To Do list. “Climate change is perhaps the 21st century’s biggest foreign-policy challenge,” Hague declared in a New York City speech. “An effective response to climate change underpins our security and prosperity.” The danger was no longer just distant thunder, he suggested, warning that the recent devastating floods in Pakistan heralded the sort of extreme events that will become more common in a warmer world. “While no one weather event can ever be linked with certainty to...
  • Obama warns Republican win would crimp agenda (Isn't that the point?)

    10/11/2010 7:45:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    MIAMI, Florida, United States—US President Barack Obama on Monday warned supporters that a Republican triumph in mid-term elections next month would curtail his still ambitious political agenda. At a fundraising event at the home of retired basketball star Alonzo Mourning, featuring NBA great Magic Johnson and current players Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, Obama called on supporters to rally round Democrats at the polls. Obama rejected the idea advanced by some Washington pundits that he may actually benefit from a Republican seizure of the House of Representatives or the Senate, as it would give him a political foe to run...
  • Vulnerable Dem Rep. Embraces Bush In Latest Ad

    09/27/2010 2:35:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 27, 2010 | Amy Walter
    We’ve seen plenty of Democrats in tight races trying to distance themselves from President Obama. But one Democrat, North Dakota's Rep. Earl Pomeroy, is taking this a step farther by actually embracing President George W. Bush. Pomeroy is locked in what’s shaping up to be the toughest contest of his 17-year House career. He faces GOP state Rep. Rick Berg. In one his first ads this cycle, Pomeroy highlighted his vote against cap-and-trade. "No. I told the president and Congressional leaders no, on cap-and-trade legislation which would raise our electric rates and cost us energy jobs,” says Pomeroy in the...
  • Cap and trade plan stirs debate across N.M.

    09/27/2010 12:30:02 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 11 replies
    The Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | September 26, 2010 | Susan Montoya Bryan, AP
    The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board is considering two proposals ... The state's plan calls for a regional cap-and-trade program, and New Energy Economy wants to limit the emissions of the state's largest polluters — coal-fired power plants and the oil and gas industry. The board is in the middle of a two-week hearing in Santa Fe on the state's proposal. ... the Environment Department says it would eventually look to expand the scope of sources and emissions to account for industrial, commercial and residential buildings as well as transportation fuels. ~~snip~~"We keep putting these burdens on our rural communities,...
  • UK Investigation Completely Debunks Global Warming Science

    09/13/2010 10:54:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Strata-Sphere ^ | September 12, 2010 | A J Strata
    Summary: This is a long post, but the bottom line is worth the time to read it. Under oath, in front of the House of Commons Committee on Science and Technology, Lord Oxburgh testified that it is impossible to reconstruct an accurate global temperature record over the past 1,000 years. Especially one that could claim modern climate is significantly different from that seen over the last 1000 years. Main Post: There was a stunning hearing last week in the UK’s House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, wherein one Lord Oxburgh testified about his investigation of the University of East...
  • Philippe Cousteau: “Time is running out for ourselves and future generations.” -- Alarmists

    09/08/2010 1:23:13 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    Climate Progress ^ | September 7, 2010 | Philippe Cousteau
    John Doerr: If we don't embrace a low carbon economy this decade, it won't just harm the planet, but also the U.S. economy.Philippe Cousteau is becoming a true champion of the ocean and the climate (see “Stunning video makes clear prevention is the only cure: What dispersants have really done to Gulf“).  He is following in the footsteps of his famous father and even more famous grandfather with his work at Earth Echo. He spoke earlier today at the third annual National Clean Energy Summit (webcast here), and was pretty blunt about the dire nature of our current situation: The...
  • Why we should all mourn Lisa Murkowski [EnviroNitwit Sobs Helplessly as Beloved RINO Goes Down)

    09/02/2010 6:49:09 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/01/10 | Stephen Stromberg
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) conceded her primary race Tuesday night. And despite the crowing from the enviro left and the climate-skeptic right, this is bad news. Covering energy issues, I've often disagreed with Murkowski and her staff, particularly on whether the Environmental Protection Agency should have the authority to regulate carbon emissions. But she is one of the last few Republicans in Congress who favors addressing climate change robustly. She has even -- in her tortured, elected-from-a-deep-red-state way -- favored putting a price on carbon emissions, a rational policy that the rest of her party has demagogued to death with...
  • NMED hears opposition to cap and trade petition

    09/01/2010 9:27:16 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    Carlsbad Current-Argus | August 31, 2010 | Stella Davis
    Due to copyright restrictions, I am limited to a link and description of the article. A public hearing was held in Carlsbad yesterday to get public input into the NM Environment Department's cap and trade petition and cap-only petition. The "cap" is a proposed regulatory and legal limit on the quantity of greenhouse gases that an area can emit during each year and "trade" means that companies may swap among themselves permits to emit greenhouse gases such as methane and CO2. Besides speakers from the oil and gas and potash industries, representatives from state and local government, local businesses and...
  • Nothing runs like a Deere – company bails on cap and trade

    08/25/2010 6:04:18 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 50 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | August 25, 2010 | Bob Tita Dow jones Wire
    CHICAGO -(Dow Jones)- Deere & Co. (DE) has quietly dropped out of a coalition of large companies that has supported a cap-and-trade program for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.Deere, the world’s largest manufacturer of farm machinery, opted to leave the U.S. Climate Action Partnership in May because the group’s legislative strategy “no longer served as a foundation for moving forward” with climate change regulation, Ken Golden, a spokesman for the company said Tuesday.“We came to the conclusion that Deere had other opportunities to be involved in climate change initiatives,” Golden said.The Moline, Ill., company joins a handful of other companies...
  • Death Knell for Some Clean Tech Companies

    08/20/2010 1:00:56 PM PDT · by epithermal · 9 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | August 18, 2010 | Kevin Bullis
    With prospects dim for comprehensive climate legislation, companies focused on carbon emissions could fail or be forced to scale back their ambitions. The U.S. Senate's failure to pass a comprehensive climate and energy bill this summer could spell doom for startups founded to help reduce carbon-dioxide emissions. Others will limp on, limited to markets much smaller than they originally expected to target. "For companies depending on some type of CO2 subsidy, this is probably the death knell," says James Kim, a partner at Khosla Ventures who has carefully reviewed the business plans of several such companies.
  • How Mitt Romney Is Taking Advantage of the Mosque Controversy (Spineless worm alert)

    08/19/2010 11:03:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Newsweek's The Gaggle ^ | August 19, 2010 | Andrew Romano
    Whither Mitt Romney? As his fellow 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls call on New Yorkers to “refudiate” the so-called Ground Zero mosque (Sarah Palin) and equate Muslims with Nazis (Newt Gingrich)—nothing, after all, riles up red-meat primary voters like Islamophobia!—the former Massachusetts governor has kept his mouth conspicuously shut. What gives? Back in 2008, Mitt would’ve been first to fan the flames. At the time, he was scrambling to escape his moderate Massachusetts past (pro-choice, pro-gay) by loudly proclaiming himself a “true conservative” on every issue of importance to the GOP base: immigration, abortion, gay marriage, et cetera. He even suggested...
  • White House Official Pushes Cap and Trade for Lame Duck Session

    08/09/2010 1:41:48 PM PDT · by dselig · 14 replies
    Human Events Magazine ^ | 8/9/10 | Connie Hair
    Obama Energy Czar Carol Browner appeared on NBC’s "Meet the Press" Sunday with host David Gregory touting a lame duck session of Congress after the November elections as a means to pass elements of the unpopular Obama agenda. The new Congress would not be sworn in until January. Gregory asked Browner about the failure of Democrats to pass Obama’s cap and trade national energy tax. DAVID GREGORY, HOST: Is it failure? ENERGY SECRETARY CAROL BROWNER: We're deeply disappointed that we were not able to get clean energy legislation. There's a tremendous opportunity for our country to lead the global clean...
  • WH official: 'Potential' for climate change in lame-duck

    08/09/2010 9:21:33 AM PDT · by Qbert · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/8/2010 | Manu Raju
    Carol Browner, the White House's top energy and environmental adviser, refused on Sunday to shut the door on passing climate change legislation this year — even though Senate Democratic leaders have conceded they lack the votes and have punted on the volatile issue. Browner said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that President Barack Obama is still committed to pushing the bill through the Senate, and that there was "potential" for the bill to come up in a post-election, lame-duck session of Congress. Browner's remarks will almost certainly give ammunition to Republicans who say Democrats are plotting to do mischief in...
  • The assassination of King Coal

    08/08/2010 10:43:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Charleston Daily Mail ^ | August 8, 2010 | Don Surber
    (VIDEO AT LINK) When Democrat Joe Biden said on the campaign trail in 2008: “Guess what? We’re not supporting Clean Coal… No coal plants here in America,” liberal reporters rushed in to protect Barack Obama. They passed it off as a gaffe. Typical was this report from Jonathan Martin of Politico: “McCain seizes on Biden coal gaffe”: Barack Obama is actually on record supporting the expansion of such technologies, but Biden’s words are prompting Republicans to lick their lips about the potential resonance of the issue in key coal states such as Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Colorado. To drive the...
  • Markey: Deniers of global warming should 'start their own country'

    08/07/2010 5:38:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 7, 2010 | Shane D'Aprile
    Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) suggested a novel use Saturday for a 100-square-mile ice sheet that has broken off Greenland. “An iceberg four times the size of Manhattan has broken off Greenland, creating plenty of room for global warming deniers to start their own country," Markey said in a statement. “So far, 2010 has been the hottest year on record, and scientists agree arctic ice is a canary in a coal mine that provides clear warnings on climate." Some scientists have attributed the breaking off of the ice sheet to abnormally warm temperatures this year. Markey, who chairs the Select Committee...