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  • Romney's Bad Advice

    10/14/2011 4:49:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2011 | Editor
    Campaigning: The GOP front-runner for 2012 sought advice on global warming and carbon emissions from the president's current science czar — an advocate of de-developing America and population control. Politics is said to make strange bedfellows, but no coupling in our view is more bizarre than when John Holdren, now President Obama's assistant for science and technology, once advised GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney on environmental policy. Holdren's bizarre views are best suited for an adviser to someone like, say, Pol Pot. He views humanity as a plague on the planet and the Industrial Revolution as...
  • Rick Perry Needn't Sweat His Global Warming Skepticism

    08/30/2011 1:27:35 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 87 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 30, 2011 | Larry Bell
    Washington Post op-ed writer Richard Cohen is concerned that “Climate Change May Be Ruin of Perry Campaign.” Far less clear was whether he regards that imminent ruination to be a bad thing, or rather, a cause for celebration. There are excellent reasons to suspect the latter. Cohen doesn’t hold a very high opinion of the Texas governor, of anyone who doesn’t buy into the notion of a looming global man-made global warming disaster, or of Republicans. Referring to Perry in an Aug. 22 Washington Post article, he opined “It’s not his thinking I fear, it’s the lack of any at...
  • Romney: Humans May Not be Main Climate Change Source (Do you hear the sound of desparation yet?)

    08/25/2011 4:37:40 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 38 replies
    newsmax ^ | 8/25/11 | j mclure
    Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, in danger of losing his 2012 Republican primary front-runner status, Wednesday tweaked his position on global climate change, saying he does not know if humans are the primary cause. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, also said he would not place restrictions on carbon emissions if elected and did not favor spending heavily on climate solutions. He was asked about global warming at a town hall meeting in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and said he believed the world is getting hotter and humans contribute in some way to the change. "Do I think the world's getting hotter? Yeah,...
  • Former Wall Street Obama Backers Switch to Romney (Big wigs and power brokers for Romney)

    08/24/2011 4:40:59 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 28 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 23rd | Jessie Abrams
    A large group of 2008 Barack Obama supporters are now banking on Mitt Romney for the upcoming presidential election. That’s according to a report from Fox News that says a shift in Wall Street support could mean as much as a $150,000 boost for Romney’s campaign. “I think Romney could at least split Wall Street with Obama, which is something McCain really didn’t do,” said Charlie Gasparino, a reporter for Fox Business News. None of the expected bank presidents showed up to a recent fundraiser for President Obama, he added.
  • What Shared Sacrifice? Obamas Fly 'His & Her' Jets to Lux Vineyard Vacay

    08/19/2011 6:55:27 AM PDT · by kristinn · 110 replies
    Friday, August 19, 2011 | Kristinn
    The jet-setting Obamas arrived at their $50,000 per week Martha's Vineyard vacation destination yesterday on separate taxpayer provided jets.The extravagant travel choice flies in the face of Barack Obama's war on private jet owners and his call for "shared sacrifice" to ease the exploding federal budget deficit.Michelle Obama and the two Obama daughters took what appears to be a Gulfstream jet while the president and family dog Bo flew Air Force One to a nearby airfield and were then taken by helicopter to Martha's Vineyard, according to an account by the Martha's Vineyard Gazette and other reports. No reason was...
  • Wind-Turbine Maker That Obama Praised Files for Bankruptcy

    08/05/2011 2:44:34 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Industry Week ^ | 7/1/11 | Josh Cable
    "Renewable energy isn't something pie in the sky," Obama said during a speech at Cardinal. "It's not part of a far-off future. It's happening all across America right now. " ... It can create millions of new jobs and entire new industries if we act right now." Jeff Grabner, vice president and head of the company's wind business, told the Plain Dealer earlier in the week that Cardinal had been losing business to European suppliers who had underbid Cardinal, forcing the company to trim its workforce by 15 employees a year ago.
  • Explaining the flaws in cap-and-trade

    08/03/2011 7:18:06 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.29.11 | Paul Mulshine
    Economist Greg Mankiw does so here and here. the virtue of market-based policies to deal with externalities is that they are more efficient than command-and-control regulations. In the case of carbon emissions and global climate change, putting a price on carbon is supposed to be a better substitute for government micromanagement. Apparently, that lesson is lost on the writers of the bill now making its way through Congress. Although the bill changes incentives by putting a price on carbon, it also offers a large dose of command-and-control regulation. Essentially, the sponsors don't seem to believe that getting incentives right is...
  • Goldman Favors Romney Over Obama in Race for Wall Street Funds

    07/17/2011 1:47:06 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    Right Speak ^ | July16,2011
    A year after President Barack Obama signed into law the most extensive financial regulations since the Great Depression, Wall Street so far is putting its political money elsewhere. Employees of Goldman Sachs Group gave Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney $238,250 in the last three months, more than workers at any other company, according to a computer-assisted analysis of Federal Election Commission data. Obama took in $10,113. Four years ago, employees of New York-based Goldman gave $994,795 to Obama and $234,275 to Romney, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group. For both candidates, it was more than...
  • Hard Times Hit Carbon-Trading Markets

    07/12/2011 8:20:06 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    The Heartland Institute ^ | July 11, 2011 | Bonner R. Cohen
    Once seen as a potential bonanza by governments, investment bankers, and alternative energy proponents, carbon dioxide credits have become close to worthless in trading exchanges and are now being shunned by investors. A June 8 auction by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade consortium of 10 northeastern states, was a bust. Carbon dioxide permits auctioned by RGGI fetched $1.89 each, the minimum allowable bid. More than two-thirds of the 43.9 million carbon dioxide permits put up for auction went unsold. The June 8 auction was by far the most unsuccessful of the 12 sales held since RGGI began...
  • Will Republican Race’s First in Be the First Out?

    07/07/2011 7:28:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 7, 2011 | Jeff Zeleny
    AMES, Iowa — Tim Pawlenty was first in line to enter the Republican presidential race. He is now fighting to avoid becoming the earliest major candidate to be shown the door. No contender for the Republican nomination has followed the conventional playbook more than Mr. Pawlenty, a former governor of Minnesota who began introducing himself two years ago during a prospecting trip to Iowa. Yet his path has been complicated by fresher faces, an unruly nominating contest and a handful of missteps that swallowed his summer momentum. The voting will not open for at least six months, but Mr. Pawlenty...
  • ARB Announces Plans to Require Major Industrial Facilities to Cut Pollution

    06/30/2011 10:19:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    SFGate ^ | 6/30/11 | Devra Wang
    At a California Senate oversight hearing yesterday called by Senator Pavley, a joint author of the state's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), Air Resources Board Chairman Nichols reaffirmed her agency's commitment to proceed with implementation of a robust package of clean energy policies backed up with a cap-and-trade program to cut the state's emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020. Chairman Nichols also announced a major new addition to the AB 32 package - CARB will require that major industrial facilities in California, such as refineries and cement plants, implement cost-effective reduction measures that will provide significant greenhouse...
  • {California Appeals} Court says state can go ahead with cap and trade plan

    06/27/2011 12:42:00 PM PDT · by SmithL · 38 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/27/11 | Rick Daysog
    The state can go ahead with its plans to cap carbon emissions by California's largest refiners, utilities and other industrial companies, under a ruling by a state appellate court on Friday. The 1st District Court of Appeals in San Francisco overruled a lower court ruling in May that ordered the California Air Resources Board to halt all work on its cap and trade program. The cap and trade program was set to begin operating in January and ARB officials had been working to develop the program's enforcement rules, oversight procedures and reporting requirements for heavy polluters.
  • Krauthammer: This is outright lawlessness from Obama admin

    06/23/2011 5:45:10 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 23 replies
    Obama is trying to use his executive powers to enforce the Dream Act even though Congress couldn’t pass the legislation. Chris Wallace lays out the details: I.C.E has announced changes to its deportation program. Agents are now specifically urged to consider whether an illegal is studying in high school or college or is serving or did serve in the military. Krauthammer says that this is outright lawlessness on the part of the Obama administration because they are doing the same thing with the Dream Act that they did with Cap and Trade, using the EPA to enforce it anyway. He...
  • Conservative groups, lawmakers officially roll out Cut, Cap, Balance Pledge

    06/22/2011 7:43:28 PM PDT · by bronxville · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/22/2011 | Amanda Carey
    After days of hype, 47 conservative organizations and more than 20 members of Congress officially announced their support for the “Cut, Cap, Balance Pledge” during a press conference Wednesday afternoon on Capitol Hill. It was a shining moment in the spotlight for the conservative movement. The lineup of lawmakers included Republican Orrin Hatch of Utah, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah, and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Ron Paul of Texas, Joe Walsh of Illinois and Tom Graves of Georgia. All emphasized the need to act now to the shape country’s fiscal path...
  • EDITORIAL: U.N. climate propaganda exposed

    06/17/2011 4:15:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 17, 2011 | Editorial
    Industry lobbyists behind ‘scientific’ claims in IPCC press releaseThe entire world will soon depend on renewable energy so governments ought to start subsidizing these industries immediately. So said the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in a report released Tuesday. The study’s conclusion was such a blockbuster that the panel issued a press release last month previewing the finding. “Close to 80 percent of the world’s energy supply could be met by renewables by mid-century if backed by the right enabling public policies a new report shows,” it proclaimed. Since this statement was supposedly based on actual scientific...
  • Newt's one-man RLC show

    06/16/2011 10:47:12 PM PDT · by jageorge72 · 93 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 06/16/11 | JONATHAN MARTIN
    No longer constrained by campaign advisers who insisted on such conventions as “message discipline,” Gingrich fulminated against President Obama, the news media, activist judges and assorted other liberal bogeymen for 41 minutes here Thursday night. It was classic Newt – slashing attacks, an array of ideas, and a few plugs for his website. All jumbled together with little cohesion. The former speaker, it seems, is very much enjoying the post-consultant phase of his candidacy. Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/57183.html#ixzz1PVO4yauY
  • Video: 'Science' czar admits Cap-and-Trade is about socialism (old but I hadn't seen it)

    06/16/2011 12:29:12 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    examiner.com ^ | July 9, 2010 | Robert Moon
    Obama's illegal anti-science czar, John Holdren, is now officially on the record admitting that Obama's cap-and-tax economic suicide plan (devised by major Obama campaign donors like BP) is about nothing more than "spreading the wealth around." Holdren insists that it really won't annihilate our already teetering economy like everyone says (see here)...it'll just take mountains of wealth away from our economy and give it to those of developing countries (i.e., global redistribution of wealth).
  • Is Pawlenty Plenty? (Thomas Sowell)

    06/13/2011 4:11:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    KKNT ^ | June 14, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    The Republicans' confused assortment of announced presidential candidates-- as well as unannounced candidates and distant possibilities of candidates-- seems to be clarifying somewhat. The withdrawal of Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee, as well as the withdrawal of much of Newt Gingrich's staff, seems like a much-needed weeding-out process. Although Mitt Romney has been leading in the polls, his lead over other potential rivals has been slim. Being a "front-runner" this far ahead of next year's nominating convention would not mean much, even if Governor Romney's lead and his support were much bigger than they are. The albatross around Romney's neck...
  • Get ready for electricity prices to “necessarily skyrocket" (Bills go up as much as 60% by 2014)

    06/12/2011 12:57:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies · 6+ views
    Hotair ^ | 06/11/2011 | Ed Morrisey
    Have you had a lot of fun watching the price of gasoline shoot out of sight this year at the pump? That will be just the appetizer. Thanks to new regulations from the Obama administration, power companies will shut down a significant number of coal-fired plants by 2014, and without any other reliable sources of mass-produced electricity, consumers will see their bills go up as much as 60% (via Instapundit and Newsalert): Consumers could see their electricity bills jump an estimated 40 to 60 percent in the next few years.The reason: Pending environmental regulations will make coal-fired generating plants, which...
  • EDITORIAL: John Bryson, job destroyer

    06/10/2011 10:49:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 9, 2011 | The Washington Times
    President Obama’s pick to replace Gary F. Locke as commerce secretary faces an uphill Senate confirmation battle. Even before the White House handed in the name of John Bryson for the job, Senate Republicans had vowed to block any nominee over administration foot-dragging on free-trade agreements. The selection of this particular leftist for a business-outreach post is rallying the opposition. “I find Mr Bryson unacceptable as secretary of commerce for the United States, and I will work in opposition to his conformation,” said Sen. John Barrasso, vice chairman of the Republican Conference, to The Washington Times. Mr. Bryson co-founded the...
  • The EPA’s 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 — $64,000 per truck — 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...
  • 'You lie' Congressman Joe Wilson endorses Tim Pawlenty for president

    06/09/2011 9:12:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/09/2011 | Jordan Fabian
    GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty on Friday picked up the endorsement of Rep. Joe Wilson (R), who hails from the key early primary state of South Carolina. Wilson will serve as a co-chairman to the former Minnesota governor's campaign in South Carolina. "Congressman Wilson has been a strong conservative voice for the people of South Carolina over the past decade," Pawlenty said in a statement. "I am honored to receive his support in this campaign to restore America." Wilson called Pawlenty "the best man to get our nation back on the right track," one with "a remarkable record of conservative...
  • Obama Administration Spends $17.4 Million to Explore Market for Carbon Credits

    06/08/2011 5:52:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    CNSNews ^ | June 8, 2011 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) – The Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it has awarded $17.4 million for pilot projects that will begin exploring how to establish a market for greenhouse gas (GHG) credits, a key component of a cap and trade system, to help reduce carbon and other emissions that apparently contribute to global warming.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the projects were the “foundational work” for establishing an American carbon market.“This is really sort of foundational work that’s being done,” Vilsack told reporters on a conference call on Wednesday.The $17.4 million in funding is part of the Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program,...
  • "The world is getting warmer": Romney

    06/03/2011 12:30:08 PM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 331 replies
    Townhall/Reuters ^ | 6/3/2011 | Ros Krasny
    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney broke with Republican orthodoxy on Friday by saying he believes that humans are responsible, at least to some extent, for climate change. "I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that," he told a crowd of about 200 at a town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire. "It's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors."
  • Obama's Commerce Nominee: Cap and Trade Good for ‘Hiding’ Carbon Taxes

    06/02/2011 8:19:21 AM PDT · by CNSNews · 3 replies · 1+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 6/2/11 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) – John Bryson, President Obama’s nominee to head the Commerce Department, told a University of California Berkeley audience in 2010 that a cap and trade system was a good way to hide a carbon tax from the public. Bryson, formerly the CEO of Edison International, said that a carbon tax was the new “third rail” of politics because politicians wouldn’t want to tax energy directly. “I think it’s still unlikely there’ll be a carbon tax bill because I think in the end a very high percentage of the members of Congress think it’s kind of the third rail to...
  • 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...
  • California and the Ridiculous State of Law in America

    05/26/2011 2:02:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/26/2011 | J.E. Dyer
    There’s reason to rejoice that a California state judge issued an injunction on Friday against the state cap-and-trade scheme (C&T) proposed in 2006. For one thing, the case’s citation name is Association of Irritated Residents v. California Air Resources Board, and how often does that come along? Irritated v. CARB would make an awesome name for a rock band.The judge, Ernest Goldsmith, allowed the other elements of the 2006 law (AB 32) to proceed as planned, so small businesses and truck drivers and others who will be drastically affected by its emission-curbing requirements have no prospect of relief. The important...
  • The 'green monster' in our midst

    05/25/2011 7:14:42 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 5 replies
    BIZPAC Review ^ | May 23, 2011 | Michael Dorstewitz
    The Greek mythological Hydra was a serpent-like beast having many heads, and for each head cut off, it grew two more. The Waxman-Markey bill, commonly known as “cap-and-trade,” was our country’s own “green monster.” Even President Obama, the bill’s main proponent, admitted that if it were implemented, “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”
  • S.F. judge puts state's cap and trade plan on hold

    05/21/2011 9:08:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/21/11 | Rick Daysog
    California must put an immediate halt to work on its cap and trade program until it completes a review of alternative approaches to reducing climate change, a state judge said Friday. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled in March that the California Air Resources Board failed to conduct such a review but left open the question of whether the agency could conduct rule-making, environmental studies or do any other work while the legal issues were being resolved. The state said at the time that it would appeal. On Friday, Goldsmith enjoined the ARB from "engaging in any cap...
  • Aide: Tim Pawlenty running for president (will announce his candidacy on Monday)

    05/20/2011 11:03:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 05/20/2011 | Brian Bakst
    Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a laid-back Midwestern Republican who governed a Democratic-leaning state, is running for president and will declare his candidacy on Monday in the leadoff caucus state of Iowa, an adviser told The Associated Press. The adviser, who disclosed the plans on the condition of anonymity in advance of next week's announcement, said Pawlenty will formally enter the race during a town hall-style event in Des Moines, Iowa. He's choosing to make his long-expected bid official in a critical state in his path to the GOP nomination. Advisers acknowledge that Pawlenty, 50, must win or turn in...
  • Utah's Jon Huntsman: I believe in climate change because 90% of scientists do

    05/17/2011 11:39:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 108 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/17/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Jon Huntsman gave a relatively brief interview to Time, but it’s likely to create longer term problems for his rumored presidential run in the GOP. Huntsman says he opposes cap-and-trade proposals because “this isn’t the moment,” but he buys the climate change argument because “90% of the scientists” say it’s happening. If 90% of oncologists identified a carcinogen, Huntsman says, he’d believe them too (via Taegan Goddard): You also believe in climate change, right?This is an issue that ought to be answered by the scientific community; I’m not a meteorologist. All I know is 90 percent of the scientists say...
  • Gingrich reaction: Republicans livid, accuse former speaker of hypocrisy in attack on Ryan

    05/16/2011 6:58:24 AM PDT · by libstripper · 36 replies
    Wshington Examiner ^ | May 16, 2011 | Byron York
    This morning Republicans are just beginning to assess the damage that former House Speaker and current presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has done to the GOP budget plan currently before Congress. On "Meet the Press" Sunday, Gingrich denounced House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan's plan to restructure Medicare, saying, "I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering. I don't think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate."
  • Sierra Club asks Jerry Brown to reassess cap-and-trade rule (AB 32 "doesn't go far enough")

    05/11/2011 8:26:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    SacBee ^ | 5/11/11 | Torey Van Oot
    A leading environmental group has called on Gov. Jerry Brown to take another look at the cap-and-trade rule adopted by the Air Resources Board late last year, saying the regulation doesn't go far enough to meet the standards set by the state's 2006 greenhouse gas emission reduction law. In a letter sent Monday, Sierra Club Director Bill Magavern writes that the rule change approved at the end of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's term "has some serious flaws that will limit its effectiveness in reducing emissions and generating green jobs, and call into question its compliance with the environmental justice requirements...
  • Which GOP frontrunner passes the cap-and-trade purity test?

    05/11/2011 11:17:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/11/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    All right, I confess … this race doesn’t really have any fronrunners, does it? Let’s define this more carefully. Of the Republican candidates who get the most serious consideration for a presidential bid at this stage of the race, who is the only one not to have supported (or at least flirted with) cap and trade? According to Dave Weigel, it’s Mitch Daniels: One of the conventional wisdoms of presidential campaigns is that governors are better candidates than senators; they’ve got executive experience! The downside of that experience, when it comes to an issue like this, is that governing is...
  • Richardson: Bin Laden death should lead to cap-and-trade

    05/04/2011 5:12:28 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies
    Richardson: Bin Laden death should lead to cap-and-trade POLITICO Published 04:45 a.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson hopes that Osama bin Laden's death will spur President Barack Obama to promote climate change legislation. "My hope is that from this success in the foreign policy arena two days ago, that he will be emboldened to take once again to the Congress legislation - not just to increase a renewable energy standard - but climate change legislation that this country and the world need," Richardson said Tuesday at a Climate Leadership Gala hosted by the Earth Day...
  • Gingrich To Launch Campaign Next Week

    05/01/2011 3:20:12 PM PDT · by StatenIsland · 63 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 1, 2011 | Tim Alberta
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich plans to officially enter the presidential race early next week, he told Hotline On Call before Saturday's White House Correspondents Dinner. "I'll be in by the 10th or 11th," Gingrich said, without elaborating on where or how he would announce his candidacy. Gingrich had previously hinted that his announcement could come this week, telling reporters in Philadelphia on Thursday, "I would just say to folks who are really curious: Watch Facebook and Twitter in the next week. I think you'll have all the information you need." But Gingrich walked back from that statement on Saturday,...
  • Obama jabs 'climate change deniers'

    04/21/2011 7:07:41 AM PDT · by Qbert · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/21/11 | Ben Geman
    President Obama called out Capitol Hill’s “climate change deniers” Wednesday night at a Democratic fundraiser in California. Obama, speaking at a San Francisco event for donors, called rising gasoline prices an economic drain on drivers and said curbing oil reliance is a “national security imperative.” “And then there’s the environmental aspect of it. There are climate change deniers in Congress and when the economy gets tough, sometimes environmental issues drop from people’s radar screens,” Obama continued, speaking at the home of Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff. “But I don’t think there’s any doubt that unless we are able to move forward...
  • EPA official says jobs don’t matter

    04/16/2011 10:33:33 AM PDT · by Qbert · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/16/2011 | Daily Caller
    The Obama administration has repeatedly said job creation is a top priority, but apparently the memo seems to have missed the bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This became evident when EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus testified Thursday before an Environment and Energy subcommittee hearing that his agency does not take jobs into account when it issues new regulations. “We have not directly taken a look at jobs in the proposal,” Stanislaus said, referring to a regulation that would govern industries that recycle coal ash and other fossil fuel byproducts. Coal ash is commonly used to make concrete stronger...
  • Canada's Election Could Impact the U.S. Economy

    04/15/2011 6:41:31 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 1 replies
    Blogcritics ^ | April 15, 2011 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    To say that the outcome of the current Canadian federal election campaign could have a direct effect on the United States would be an understatement. Under Prime Minister Stephen Harper's minority Conservative government, Canada's economy has endured the global economic crash with less damage and is recovering faster than any other G8/G20 nation. But all of that could be for naught depending on the election outcome. In a minority situation, the opposition parties have a larger number of combined seats than the sitting government, which makes it a tenuous situation. Harper deserves credit for keeping his party in power as...
  • EPA riders axed, lawmakers say

    04/08/2011 3:27:48 PM PDT · by Qbert · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/8/11 | DARREN GOODE
    An evolving deal to avoid a government shutdown would include a study of the economic effect of environmental regulations rather than Republican riders to block EPA rules on climate change and mountaintop mining, senior Senate Democrats and a key House Republican say. That would be a major victory for Democrats and environmental groups who have been fighting to keep policy riders on a host of regulations out of any deal. “EPA riders as proposed by the House will not be included,” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told reporters. He said the deal could include a study instead. “It’s one...
  • Budget Impasse Over EPA Worth Having

    04/08/2011 12:19:07 PM PDT · by Qbert · 2 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | 4/8/2011 | RUSS HARDING
    At the time of this writing it remains to be seen if the federal government will be subject to a partial shutdown due to budget wrangling in Congress. The difference in budget reduction dollar amounts has become almost meaningless as reductions in the $30 billion range are tiny compared to the trillions of dollars of red ink the federal government is piling up. The fight over budget language that would limit the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to bypass Congress with a series of rulemakings that are aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by making traditional fossil-fueled energy more...
  • Jim Inhofe to Democrats: 'Get a life' (not amused by snarky RAT amendments)

    04/07/2011 8:28:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/05/11 | DARREN GOODE
    Jim Inhofe to Democrats: 'Get a life'By DARREN GOODE | 4/5/11 3:08 PM EDT Sen. Jim Inhofe has a simple message to House Democratic critics of the Republican plan to derail EPA climate change regulations: “Get a life.” The Senate Environment and Public Works ranking member wasn’t amused by the series of snarky Democratic amendments to rename the GOP legislation preventing EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) offered a series of amendments to the House measure — which Inhofe is pushing in the Senate — to change the title of the...
  • Senate rejects block to EPA climate regs

    04/07/2011 7:57:49 AM PDT · by Qbert · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/06/11 | Andrew Restuccia
    The Senate rejected a GOP-backed amendment Wednesday that would have permanently blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. The amendment did not reach the 60 votes necessary for passage. The final vote count was 50-50. Notably, the amendment did not receive enough votes for Republicans to be able to say that the majority of the Senate wants to block EPA climate rules, as they had hoped. But Republicans quickly noted that a majority of senators, 64 in total, voted for one of four amendments to block or limit EPA climate regulations. The amendment won the support of...
  • White House Promises Veto of Anti-E.P.A. Bill

    04/06/2011 9:23:22 AM PDT · by Qbert · 18 replies
    NYT ^ | 4/5/2011 | JOHN M. BRODER
    In case there was any doubt, the White House on Tuesday issued a formal statement opposing a bill now before the House that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases for the purpose of combating climate change. The bill, known as the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, could come up for a vote as early as Wednesday and is almost certain to pass when it does. It has virtually unanimous support among the Republican majority and will probably draw votes from a few Democrats from coal and oil producing states. The measure, sponsored by Representatives Fred...
  • Stabenow Squirming?

    03/30/2011 5:01:06 PM PDT · by jenk · 17 replies
    jenkuznicki.com ^ | 3/30/11 | Jen Kuznicki
    Stabenow is squirming under the heat of this EPA vote so much that she is working on her own amendment. Her amendment seeks to delay EPA regulation of CO2 for two years. Interestingly enough, that is exactly the amount of time needed to campaign for her next term. Right now, there are three Democrat amendments that are serving as cover amendments for the McConnell/Manchin bipartisan amendment. Rockefeller, Baucus, and now Stabenow each want to obfuscate and implement Cap and Trade. The Detroit Free Press reports, "U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow is proposing a two-year delay in the enforcement of new greenhouse...
  • Stop Regulatory Tyranny Today!

    03/30/2011 4:33:38 AM PDT · by jenk · 18 replies
    jenkuznicki.com ^ | 3/30/11 | Jen Kuznicki
    We have to watch the Senate today. When cap and trade passed in the house, the tea party was alive and well and held tea parties in the summer of 2009 centered around the cap and trade legislation and it's threat of being passed in the Senate. Over a dozen legislators went down in flames in last year's elections specifically for their Cap and Trade votes. The nation does not believe in Global Warming. Americans don't believe that carbon dioxide is a pollutant. If CO2 did not exist, there would be no plant life, nor animal life for that matter....
  • The Senate's EPA Showdown

    03/28/2011 4:00:15 PM PDT · by Qbert · 3 replies
    WSJ ^ | 3/28/2011 | WSJ
    The Environmental Protection Agency debate lands in the Senate this week, amid the makings of a left-right coalition to mitigate the agency's abuses. Few other votes this year could do more to help the private economy—but only if enough Democrats are willing to buck the White House. This moment arrived unexpectedly, with Majority Leader Harry Reid opening a small business bill to amendments. Republican leader Mitch McConnell promptly introduced a rider to strip the EPA of the carbon regulation authority that the Obama Administration has given itself. Two weeks ago, Mr. Reid pulled the bill from the floor once it...
  • The EPA’s Power Grab

    03/26/2011 10:46:07 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 7 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-26-11 | gyyfawkes99
    Congress is set to vote on a series of amendments aimed to limit the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to impose restrictions on carbon limits without congressional approval. The votes could come as early as next week. Environmental groups have petitioned the FDA to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The impact of such an action would be enormous. Such a regulatory action - which has never been approved by Congress - would raise energy price and reduce energy supplies making President Obama's admission that such regulation would cause electricity rates to "skyrocket," reality. A...
  • Stealth-And-Trade

    03/24/2011 4:52:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 24, 2011 | Staff
    Green Corruption: The Environmental Protection Agency is giving funds to charitable organizations to attack GOP members of Congress. Did you know telling the truth about climate change causes childhood asthma? We have heard the litany of horrors that climate change is said to bring about — retreating glaciers, rising sea levels, drought and flooding, disease and famine. Now we are told that fighting the EPA's power grab to regulate greenhouse gases will lead to an increase in childhood asthma. The American Lung Association, considered one of America's most credible and worthy charities, has placed four billboards in Michigan's 6th Congressional...
  • State cap-and-trade stopped by court. Whew, that was close

    03/22/2011 10:00:44 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 9 replies
    Every now and then there’s good news out of San Francisco. Today it’s this: “A San Francisco superior court judge has put California’s sweeping plan to curb greenhouse gas pollution on hold, saying the state did not adequately evaluate alternatives to its cap-and-trade program.” Imagine that. The state’s leftist ideologues and army of statist bureaucrats plunged ahead with an economically devastating plan without considering alternatives. Gosh, what could have gotten into them?