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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...
  • ABQ Chamber, PNM urge action against CO2 regs

    08/07/2010 5:08:46 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    New Mexico Business Weekly ^ | August 3, 2010 | Kevin Robinson-Avila
    Local business groups urged their members to build a grass roots effort to block state-based regulation of greenhouse gas emissions on Tuesday. The Albuquerque luncheon event – organized by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and the Public Service Co. of New Mexico – sought to encourage more business and economic development groups to get involved in hearings by the Environmental Improvement Board to consider legal caps on local carbon emissions. The EIB will hold a round of hearings, starting Aug. 16, on a proposal by Santa Fe-based New Energy Economy to force facilities that emit more than 25,000 metric...
  • Catch-22s Mounting for Democrats

    08/04/2010 9:35:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 4, 2010 | Trevor Thomas
    No matter what U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled in United States vs. Arizona, the Democrats could not have won. If she upheld the law, the Democrats would almost certainly appeal. Given that the law is tremendously popular all across America, the Democrats again would appear arrogant and at odds with the will of the American people. (Remember those town hall meetings over ObamaCare?) In this scenario, Democrats also would have appeared at odds with the courts. Given how often liberals have used the courts to enact their political agenda, the irony would have been rich. If the judge enjoined...
  • Expert: Win climate change debate by easing off science

    08/01/2010 9:14:21 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 40 replies · 13+ views
    Post Independent -- Glenwood Springs, Colorado ^ | Thursday, July 29, 2010 | Scott Condon
    Panelist says issue must be reframed before time runs outThe battle to get Americans to accept the science behind climate change has been “lost,” an expert at the Aspen Environment Forum declared Wednesday, but there's still a way to win the war to reduce carbon emissions. Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, said leaders on climate change need to concentrate on changing behavior in ways that appeal to people — and also happen to reduce carbon emissions. “Climate scientists — stop talking about climate science. We lost. It's over. Forget it,” Foley...
  • Climate Profiteers

    07/30/2010 5:19:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 2+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 30, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Taxes: While the oil and gas companies are bearing the brunt of taxation, regulation and environmental angst, others are doing just fine, thank you. If you think cap-and-trade is dead, just follow the money. According to a recently released Center for Responsive Politics review of reports filed with the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, General Electric and its subsidiaries spent more than $9.5 million on federal lobbying from April to June — the most it's spent on lobbying since President Obama has been in office. Why? As the fight over cap-and-trade grows, so does lobbying. Since January, GE and its...
  • EPA rejects challenge to climate rules (Fascist Regime)

    07/29/2010 1:26:42 PM PDT · by milwguy · 37 replies · 6+ views
    politico ^ | 7/29/2010 | DARREN SAMUELSOHN
    The Environmental Protection Agency Thursday rejected an effort to keep it from regulating greenhouse gas emissions, saying that e-mails released in last fall’s “Climategate” scandal gave it no reason to reconsider the science of global warming. In a sternly written opinion, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said she didn’t agree with requests from the GOP attorneys general from Texas and Virginia, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other conservative groups that questioned the underlying science linking humans to global warming and also warned of the potential economic burdens from new climate rules. Jackson said the groups’ arguments lack merit. “These petitions...
  • New Controversy: Financial Reform Bill Contains Quotas For Minority Hiring On Wall Street(LOL)

    07/28/2010 5:02:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 2+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 07/28/10 | Joe Weisenthal
    New Controversy: Financial Reform Bill Contains Quotas For Minority Hiring On Wall Street Joe Weisenthal | Jul. 28, 2010, 5:27 AM This is always how it goes with big bills. Politicians and the media focus on a few big issues (prop trading, the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, etc.) while small, but controversial measures, get slipped in the back door, and then become the subject of fascination several days after the bill has passed. It happened with healthcare, after people suddenly realized there was a provision to go after fast food. And now with the Dodd-Frank Act, according to POLITICO, there's...
  • Carbon cap-and-trade market planned in West [state level cap and tax--it's coming]

    07/28/2010 10:29:55 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 20 replies · 4+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Jul. 28, 2010 | Rick Daysog
    California and 10 other Western states and Canadian provinces took a key step forward Tuesday with plans to create a regionwide market for buying and selling pollution allowances. The Western Climate Initiative unveiled the framework for its cap-and-trade system – the cornerstone of its effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent in the Western region over the next decade. The development comes as federal legislation to set up a nationwide cap-and-trade system has stalled in Congress. "This is a huge step forward," said Erin Rogers, a global warming policy expert for the Union of Concerned Scientists. "In the...
  • Energy funds raided to balance New Jersey budget

    07/09/2010 3:32:48 PM PDT · by DBeers · 6 replies
    The Philadelphia Enquirer ^ | 5 July 2010 | Maya Rao
    TRENTON - Last month, a state utilities board voted to allocate $15 million in federal stimulus money for grants to make businesses more energy efficient. The money for the program, which seeks to lower New Jersey residents' utility bills by reducing demand from the biggest users of the electric grid, should have come from a fee assessed on major commercial and industrial users since 2003.But the Retail Margin Fund, which holds that revenue, is empty - among the consequences of hundreds of millions of dollars in diversions from "dedicated" funds to help the state close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.Budget documents...
  • New York Attorney General Defends Global Warming Limits

    07/26/2010 6:22:47 PM PDT · by EBH · 31 replies · 10+ views
    New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced a 13-state coalition has filed a motion in Washington, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals defending a new environmental regulation limiting greenhouse gases. Starting in January 2011, pollution control requirements under the federal CAA will apply for the first time to new or modified facilities that emit global warming pollution. A new rule from the EPA focuses these requirements on the largest facilities, such as power plants, cement kilns, and oil refineries. These large facilities account for 70% of the greenhouse gases from stationary sources. In response, interest groups representing some of these...
  • Cap-And-Trade On Ice

    07/26/2010 6:07:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 26, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Energy Policy: Senate Democrats have shelved job-killing cap-and-trade legislation, at least for now. Neither the political nor the Earth's climate suggests it's a good time to try to fool Mother Nature or the American people. After a Thursday meeting with Senate Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has apparently dropped plans to pursue cap-and-trade before the August recess. He doesn't have the votes to overcome a GOP filibuster, and saving the earth from a phantom threat stands way below jobs on Americans' wish list. But watch out after November. "What he suggested is that we move forward on several bills...
  • Democratic officials using Netroots Nation meeting to stir up liberal base

    07/22/2010 11:28:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | July 22, 2010 | Philip Rucker and Aaron Blake
    LAS VEGAS -- Even before the annual Netroots Nation conference opened here Thursday, the committee responsible for electing Democratic governors issued a direct appeal to liberal activists designed to fire them up for the 2010 midterm elections. Hundreds of progressive bloggers and activists are descending on Las Vegas for a four-day event, which is the last big gathering of liberals before the November elections. Democratic officials see Netroots Nation as an opportunity to rally the party's left flank and help close the sizeable gap in enthusiasm between Democrats and emboldened Republicans. Some of the party's top operatives are scheduled to...
  • Cap-and-Trade Will Be Part of Senate Climate Change Bill (vote upcoming)

    07/14/2010 6:32:55 AM PDT · by pabianice · 45 replies
    Politics Daily ^ | 7/14/10 | Murphy
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid confirmed Tuesday that the Senate will soon debate a bill to reduce pollution and that the legislation will include a scaled back version House-passed language to reduce carbon output by charging some polluters for emissions above a certain threshold. Reid said that the bill is still in "rough draft form," but he gave an outline of what he plans to introduce in the Senate two weeks from now. Specifically, he said the bill will address four issues key to reforming the energy sector in the United States: responding to the oil spill in the Gulf...
  • Frustration Along Fla. Beaches Over Slow Oil Cleanup ( Regulations prevent BP workers )

    07/13/2010 6:06:48 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 21 replies · 1+ views
    NAVARRE, Fla. -- British Petroleum says its latest fix is working to stop the oil leak, but it doesn't look like it. More oil is spewing out and more tar balls are washing ashore on Florida beaches. Now, people are frustrated crews are standing around instead of cleaning them up. Crews are working for only five minutes at a time to clean up the tar balls, because it's so hot to work on the beach. They have to follow federal rules and take lots of breaks.
  • Lieberman, Kerry make last-ditch appeal on scaled-back climate bill

    07/12/2010 9:45:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 12, 2010 | Darren Goode & Ben Geman
    The Senate sponsors of a sweeping climate change bill are drafting a scaled-back version focused on electric power plants in a bid to salvage a role for greenhouse gas curbs in the Senate energy debate. Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) this week will start circulating a draft of their narrowed plan as they try to convince Democratic leaders to include a carbon pricing component in a broad energy package that may hit the Senate floor next week. “I am very optimistic that we can pass something here that deals with energy and gets us started in the...
  • Obama Asks America to Commit Suicide

    07/12/2010 9:21:28 PM PDT · by USALiberty · 17 replies
    Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise ^ | June 17, 2010 | Alan Caruba
    It is a lie to say America is “addicted” to “fossil fuels.” Oil is not a fossil fuel. It is not the result of dead dinosaurs. It is created deep in the bowels of the planet. There is an abundance of oil, but with the wealth it creates there is also massive corruption in many of the nations that possess it. We are no more addicted to oil than we are addicted to oxygen. This extraordinary mineral is a part of every aspect of our lives; used to create plastic, used in pharmaceuticals, used for the asphalt that pave our...
  • EPA gives final "no" to Texas refinery permits

    07/12/2010 5:03:16 PM PDT · by EBH · 59 replies · 4+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 07/07/2010 | By Erwin Seba
    Leading U.S. independent refiner Valero Energy Corp faulted the decision. San Antonio-based Valero has six Texas refineries, the most owned by a single company. The plants employ 2,700 people. "When the flex permit program was rolled out in 1994, EPA and environmental groups applauded it, and EPA approval seemed implicit," said Valero spokesman Bill Day in a statement. "Now, 16 years later, EPA is reversing course, and our facilities are caught in the middle, creating significant uncertainty at a time when our economy can least afford it."
  • CBO says climate bill would cut deficit by $19B

    07/07/2010 10:37:18 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 7, 2010 | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional budget experts say a climate and energy bill now stalled in the Senate would reduce the federal deficit by about $19 billion over the next decade, a key selling point for advocates who are struggling to move the bill through a divided Congress. The Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday that the bill would increase federal revenues by about $751 billion from 2011 to 2020, mostly though the sale of carbon credits in so-called a cap-and-trade plan applied to utilities and other sectors of the economy.
  • Lindsey Graham – Maverick, deal-maker with ‘vision’

    07/04/2010 7:34:06 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies
    Lindsey Graham was sitting in a sedan early one morning and contentedly discussing the various fellow S.C. conservatives who dislike him — Tea Partiers, Constitutionalists, immigration hardliners — when Van Cato, his Upstate regional director, lifted a hand from the steering wheel and said: “That’s the leader of them right there. There’s his sign. He’s running for Greenville County Council.” “Harry Kibler,” Graham, South Carolina’s senior U.S. senator, murmured as he read the campaign poster. “He’s the one that has that prop of your legs sticking out of a toilet in the back of his truck,” Cato added helpfully. Graham...
  • Cantwell: Energy bill coming, but how strong?

    06/30/2010 10:46:35 AM PDT · by epithermal · 10 replies
    SeattlePI ^ | June 29, 2010 | Joel Connely
    "We'll get energy legislation," Cantwell said in an interview with "The question is how comprehensive. Will it start to get us off our dependence on fossil fuels? Will it get us on an aggressive path to developing new energy resources and creating green jobs?" The session ended without answering these questions. A carefully worded White House "Readout" fessed up to disagreement on a key issue: Will polluters be made to pay for despoiling the environment and emitting greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change?
  • Paying President's 'Price On Carbon'

    06/29/2010 5:54:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 29, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Energy Policy: The administration plans to use sleight-of-hand politics to sneak through an economy-killing tax on energy as necessary to save the Earth. Make no mistake: Cap-and-trade is a tax every American will pay in every aspect of his or her life.IBD Exclusive Series: American Freedom And Prosperity Under AttackCap-and-trade is like Jason Voorhees of the "Friday the 13th" movie series. Just when you think you've killed it, it comes back. Exposures of fraud in the climate science used to justify it seemed to doom its chances as the economy soured and prospective costs seemed prohibitive. Then the Deepwater Horizon...
  • Senate Democrats poised to start energy bill (includes carbon cap on utilities)

    06/26/2010 11:14:54 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 34 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 27, 2010 | Lisa Mascaro and Richard Simon
    Legislation could include a carbon cap on utility companies. With the gulf oil spill creating political opportunity, Senate Democrats will begin crafting a sweeping energy bill this week that could include a first-ever, though more modest, cap on global-warming pollution. Republicans dismiss such a cap-and-trade system as a new tax on households and business — "cap-and-tax," they call it.
  • McCain gets some heat for BP donations

    06/25/2010 3:50:39 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies
    The Phoenix Business Journal ^ | 2010-06-25 | Mike Sunnucks
    U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is getting a bit of heat over campaign contributions to from BP. BP, of course, has become pariah over the Gulf oil spill and its “small people” comments by executives. Friends of the Earth enviro group has listed McCain in its BP Ten list of politicians who have received money from the British oil company, receiving $36,700 during his tenure in office. The group says McCain and others who have received campaign cash from BP to donate the same amounts to Gulf cleanup efforts. The list also includes House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Sen....
  • Business's Buyer's Remorse: For cooperating with the WH, companies get socked with higher taxes

    06/24/2010 7:25:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 25, 2010 | Kim Strassel
    To listen to President Barack Obama, corporate America is a juggernaut, a force of calculating capitalists who ceaselessly plot against his national reforms. To listen to Ivan Seidenberg is to wish the president were even a little right. Mr. Seidenberg, officially Verizon's CEO, moonlights as chairman of the influential Business Roundtable, the "association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies." That would be the same Business Roundtable that woke up this past month to discover the White House has been playing it for a patsy. It turns out that actively supporting a pro-tax, pro-regulation Democratic majority on issues like...
  • Dems tout 'thrilling,' 'inspiration,' 'best caucus' ever

    06/24/2010 12:19:52 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Dems tout 'thrilling,' 'inspiration,' 'best caucus' ever By Eric Zimmermann - 06/24/10 02:48 PM ET Democrats put on a show of unity this afternoon, claiming a special caucus on energy legislation was an emotional and inspirational success of the first proportion. Though they seem to lack the votes for a carbon cap, party leaders emphasized the "inspirational" nature of their discussion, attempting to throw some momentum behind legislation that has so far lacked it. "A number of senators said this was the best caucus they've ever attended," Majority Leader Harry Reid said at a press conference after the meeting. "It...
  • Enviro Groups Circulate Memo to Attack Former GOP Climate Ally (MCLAME'S LAP DOG ALERT)

    06/23/2010 12:52:44 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 2010-06-23 | Alex Kaplun
    After nearly a year of treating Sen. Lindsey Graham as perhaps their closest ally on the Republican side of the aisle, environmental groups are ready to turn their fire on the South Carolina lawmaker. A three-page memo (pdf) acquired by E&E Daily that has been circulating around the environmental community indicates that advocacy groups are poised to launch an aggressive campaign against their one-time ally that will paint him as a "flip-flopper" on climate and energy policy. "We've watched as Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has gone from being a supporter of comprehensive climate and energy plan to vocal critic," states...
  • Obama's Gulf Oil Spill Commission and the Missing Experts

    06/23/2010 9:36:41 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 14 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 23 June 2010 | Robert Eugene Simmons Jr
    Instead of an oil spill commission staffed with experts, as promised in his Oval Office address, the president has announced a panel with membership that reads like a Who's Who of radical environmentalism. Former Senator Graham of Florida, for example, has consistently pushed for a ban on oil drilling, and Frances Beinecke of the National Resources Defense Council has argued for the global warming agenda -- including linking "global poverty" to global warming, an argument used at the Copenhagen conference to support reparations to be paid to nations such as Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe for our supposed global crimes. In fact,...
  • White House to hold bipartisan talks with senators on energy reform (Another Obama trap)

    06/21/2010 8:38:56 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 18 replies
    cnn ^ | 6/20/2010 | cnn
    In a strategy similar to the endgame on health care reform, President Barack Obama will convene top senators from both parties at the White House on Wednesday to try to reach a deal on an energy reform bill. Like the health care summit earlier this year that emboldened Democrats to push through a Senate bill with no Republican support, the energy talks are portrayed by the White House as a chance for all participants to pitch their best ideas. However, sharp differences between the two parties are evident, as well as some infighting among Democrats over what kind of final...
  • A Presidency Is Drowning -- in Oil

    06/20/2010 6:48:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Patriot Post ^ | June 20, 2010 | Paul Greenberg
    Once upon a time a time -- 1861-65 to be more exact -- the United States had another president from Illinois. Those lost in the present may consider that long ago, a piece of ancient history of no relevance to today's oh-so-advanced, oh-so-high-tech economy and society. For what could today's experts, technicians, pundits and poobahs possibly have to learn from a long-ago president in a stovepipe hat who by now has become more caricature than guide? Such is the arrogance of the self-absorbed present, and why it so often leads to a failed future. For despite all their expertise, our...
  • Obama Days of Destruction: Day 62 for Gulf, Day 561 for USA

    06/20/2010 6:32:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    WEB Commentary ^ | June 20, 2010 | Sher Zieve
    By now, there can be no more questions for the intelligent as to what Obama is doing. It is apparent to all who have functional brains and minds that the tyrant is summarily destroying the United States of America. And, no one--not even Republicans--are calling him on his unconstitutional actions and rule by fiat. In fact, most Republicans are not even speaking out strongly against the tyrant. Thank God for Michelle Bachmann and Jan Brewer. Should an accurate history ever be written about The Obama, it will note his ability to surpass the actions of some of the most brutal...
  • Time to tap T.R. - Use Oil Spill to Renew Progressive Tradition

    06/20/2010 3:26:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Newsweek ^ | June 19, 2010 | Jonathan Alter
    The BP spill is a failure not just of technology but ideology. That oil flows into the ocean from the deregulatory tide of the last 30 years. President Obama is right to compare the fiasco to 9/11. If he can frame the message more memorably than he did in his Oval Office address, Obama may yet use the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history to speed the transition to a green economy, just as George W. Bush used terrorism to refashion foreign policy. To do so, “deregulation”—once a Reaganite call to arms—must be transformed into an epithet. If the president...