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  • How Tom Steyer, the White House, and a Scandal-Plagued Operative Paved the Way for EPA Regulations

    08/24/2015 8:08:52 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 24, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    The White House, statehouses, and nonprofits backed by the billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer worked behind the scenes to create a state-level advocacy network to support controversial new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, newly released emails reveal. Involved in the strategy was a top aide to John Kitzhaber, the former Democratic governor of Oregon, according to emails obtained by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute. Kitzhaber resigned this year in the midst of a scandal involving his fiancée. E&E released its findings in a Monday report that shows extensive behind-the-scenes coordination between White House staff, aides to as many as 12 governors,...
  • Jeb Bush: I ‘Embrace’ Carbon Reduction

    06/22/2015 7:43:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 39 replies ^ | 6/21/2015 | Pam Key
    The Undercurrent posted a clip of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush taking question while walking through the hall at the Road to Majority Conference sponsored by the Faith and Freedom Coalition in which he said he “embraces” the current “reduction of carbon emissions.” When asked about his climate change position Jeb said, “I continue to embrace the reduction of carbon emissions that have taken place.”
  • Some coal plant exports should get financial aid: EU policy paper

    01/17/2015 11:50:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:33am EST | Barbara Lewis
    European makers of equipment for coal-fired power plants should receive financial help to export it, an EU discussion paper seen by Reuters says, in a clash with the bloc’s declared aim to lead the global fight against climate change. Coal is the most polluting fossil fuel, emitting around twice as much carbon dioxide as natural gas when used to generate power. As a result, the European Union is phasing out subsidies for domestic coal plants by 2018 and the European Investment Bank has set an emissions limit for the energy for which it provides preferential loans, meaning coal is excluded....
  • Greens fear loss of Senate firewall

    09/21/2014 9:39:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 21, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    Green groups are fearful of Republicans winning the Senate majority in November, predicting it could lead to a “whittling away” of environmental regulations at the hands of GOP leaders. While environmental groups are spending millions of dollars trying to save the Senate for Democrats, they acknowledge the possibility that they could be forced to play defense against an all-Republican Congress in 2015. “I think that the wholesale repeal of environmental legislation, repealing [Environmental Protection Agency] greenhouse gas authority, things like that, that’s unlikely to happen,” said Ben Schreiber, director of the climate program at Friends of the Earth. “It is...
  • GOP launches probe of 'improper influence' on EPA climate rule

    09/02/2014 2:27:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 2, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Republicans are investigating what they call "improper influence" from a national green group on the Obama administration's signature Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) climate change regulation. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as well as Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, are demanding the EPA and the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) hand over documents on the organization's involvement in drafting the proposed carbon pollution rules. The investigation is based on a New York Times ' report that said the NRDC provided the blueprint used for the rules, and "heavily influenced the president's proposal." While...
  • A Dozen States File Suit Against New Coal Rules

    08/02/2014 7:55:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    Twelve states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Friday seeking to block an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to regulate coal-fired power plants in an effort to stem climate change. The plaintiffs are led by West Virginia and include states that are home to some of the largest producers of coal and consumers of coal-fired electricity. The suit was filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The other plaintiffs are Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming. The E.P.A. rule, announced by President Obama on June...
  • EPA chief McCarthy, critics spar at Senate hearing over new rules

    07/23/2014 10:56:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 23, 2014
    EPA chief Gina McCarthy issued a strong defense of controversial proposed new curbs on carbon emissions from power plants, telling a packed Senate hearing Wednesday the agency talked to all sides in the debate before issuing its draft recommendations. “This is the most respectful rule at the federal level that I have ever been involved in,” the Environmental Protection Agency administrator told the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, citing what she said was the flexibility given to the states to design their own plans to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030. But Republicans and many in...
  • Ohio coal company sues over carbon emissions rules

    06/18/2014 4:58:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2014 7:39 PM EDT | Hope Yen
    One of the nation’s largest coal companies on Wednesday sued President Barack Obama’s administration seeking to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon emissions rules for power plants. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by Murray Energy Corp. EPA rules announced this month seek to reduce global warming by forcing a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2030. […] “This is clearly an illegal attempt by the Obama EPA to impose irrational and destructive cap-and-tax mandates, which Congress and the American people have consistently rejected,”...
  • EPA To Unilaterally Push Cap And Trade On Carbon Emissions

    05/28/2014 9:49:45 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 05/27/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Despite being soundly rejected a few years ago, cap-and-trade will soon get its U.S. encore — but not in Congress. The Obama administration will likely use its executive power to unilaterally impose carbon dioxide emissions trading systems. The plan is being sold as a “flexible” one. By allowing states a menu of policy options to meet federal mandates, the standards will ostensibly meet the unique needs of each individual state. But the stark reality behind the proposal is that it will be a boon for states that have already imposed cap-and-trade systems — which are overwhelmingly Democratic states. “While President...
  • House Republicans pressure EPA to drop coal-plant carbon rules

    11/16/2013 6:05:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 16, 2013
    Republican leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its proposal to impose carbon dioxide limits on power plants. Committee leaders sent a letter to EPA director Gina McCarthy on Friday, asking her to withdraw the proposed regulations, arguing that the agency is trying to "impose standards beyond the scope of its legal authority." In September, the EPA released a proposal to set emissions caps for new coal-fired power plants that would likely require the industry to use carbon-capture technology, which involves burying the carbon underground. Critics argue the technology, which...
  • Obama's War on Coal

    09/23/2013 2:34:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 24, 2013 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Campaigning for the 2008 Democratic nomination for president in Oregon (a must-win state in the Democratic primaries), Barack Obama toadied to environmentally conscious voters. He said on May 17, 2008, "We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times — and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK." In one of those "other countries," Australia, a political earthquake has just ended the six-year reign of the leftist Labor party, which had imposed a steep "carbon tax" on electricity bills. In September, Australians elected...
  • Canada PM Ready to Introduce New Carbon-Emission Rules for Keystone Approval -- Report

    09/07/2013 8:40:04 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 6, 2013 | Paul Vieira
    OTTAWA--Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has told U.S. President Barack Obama that he's ready to work on joint plan between the two countries to reduce carbon emissions in the energy sector in an effort to secure approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday. The CBC, citing unnamed sources, said Mr. Harper wrote to Mr. Obama in late August, signaling he is ready to accept carbon-reduction targets proposed by the U.S. and prepared to work with the White House to address concerns raised about Keystone and its impact on greenhouse-gas emissions. A spokesman for Mr....
  • In Obama's War On American Coal, China's The Victor

    07/01/2013 8:10:56 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    Investor's Nusiness Daily ^ | July 1, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    While our electricity prices necessarily skyrocket under the weight of the administration's regulatory assault in fossil fuels, the world's largest carbon emitter will spew even more, preferring economic growth over climate change hype. President Obama's expansion of his war on coal to include existing coal plants may very well put the industry on the path to extinction, costing jobs and economic growth while raising energy prices, a huge tax on the American consumer. But countries like China and India are increasing their coal consumption, more than outpacing any U.S. reductions in coal use and carbon emissions. His actions come as...
  • Ocean plankton suck up twice the carbon we thought they did

    03/20/2013 11:35:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    JoNova ^ | March 19th, 2013 | joanne
    Hyperia | Credit WikimediaDespite the fuss about CO2 emissions, on a global scale no one is quite sure where a lot of it ends up. Those mystery “sinks” draw in a large proportion of CO2. Here’s a big sink that just got twice as big.Science Daily  Mar. 17, 2013 — Models of carbon dioxide in the world’s oceans need to be revised, according to new work by UC Irvine and other scientists published online Sunday in Nature Geoscience. Trillions of plankton near the surface of warm waters are far more carbon-rich than has long been thought, they found. Global...
  • Bjorn Lomborg: Green Cars Have a Dirty Little Secret: Charging means heavy carbon-dioxide emissions

    03/11/2013 6:47:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/11/2013 | Bjorn Lomborg
    Electric cars are promoted as the chic harbinger of an environmentally benign future. Ads assure us of "zero emissions," and President Obama has promised a million on the road by 2015. With sales for 2012 coming in at about 50,000, that million-car figure is a pipe dream. Consumers remain wary of the cars' limited range, higher price and the logistics of battery-charging. But for those who do own an electric car, at least there is the consolation that it's truly green, right? Not really. For proponents such as the actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio, the main argument is that their...
  • Climate shocker: Carry on as we are until 2050, planet will be FINE

    01/25/2013 2:11:01 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 16 replies
    The Register (UK) ^ | 25th January 2013 | Lewis Page
    Doubled CO2 means just 1.9°C warming, says Norwegian gov New research produced by a Norwegian government project, described as "truly sensational" by independent experts, indicates that humanity's carbon emissions produce far less global warming than had been thought: so much so that there is no danger of producing warming beyond the IPCC upper safe limit of 2°C for many decades. “In our project we have worked on finding out the overall effect of all known feedback mechanisms,” says project manager Terje Berntsen, who is a professor at the University of Oslo’s Department of Geosciences and a senior research fellow at...
  • Fracking Amazing: US Carbon Emissions in 2012 Will be Lower than in 2007 Due to Fracking

    01/07/2013 10:17:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Reason ^ | 01/07/2013 | Nick Gillsepie
    Instapundit points to this bit of happy news culled from John Hanger, a Democrat who is running for governonr of Pennsylvania, where has been secretary of the state department of the environment and a commissioner of the public utility commission: US energy related carbon emissions in 2012 will fall below 5,300 million tons or down about 12%, compared to the peak emissions of 6,023 million tons in 2007. Through this September, carbon emissions have been down every month in 2012, when compared to each of the first 9 months of 2011 and 2010. No other country matches that record.
  • US leads the world in ...carbon reductions? (Without relying on government green energy initiatives)

    11/23/2012 7:07:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/23/2012 | Rick Moran
    You read that correctly. And it's not because of Obama's green energy initiatives. Nor is it the result of any UN mandated program of carbon trading. It is certainly not because the US has religiously followed the Kyoto Protocols. It's because greedy capitalists find it easier to make money selling natural gas: Over the past six years, the United States has reduced its carbon emissions more than any other nation in the world. Efforts to curb so-called man-made climate change had little or nothing to do with it. Government mandated "green" energy didn't cause the reductions. Neither did environmentalist pressure....
  • Why car makers lie about fuel consumption (in Europe)

    04/28/2012 12:06:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 27 April 2012 11:16 AM | Michael Hanlon
    There are lies, damn lies, statistics—and official EU car fuel consumption figures. I and others have been banging on about this for years; the figures quoted by manufacturers in their ads usually (but, interestingly not always) bears absolutely no relation whatsoever to what happens in the real world. … To get those “official” figures, new cars are subjected to something called the “New European Driving Cycle”, a series of short runs on a “rolling road” where the car is accelerated, put on a short cruise and decelerated under laboratory conditions. All the car makers have to put their cars through...
  • Airline Trade War? Global Opposition Grows against EU Emissions Law

    02/24/2012 11:29:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 02/24/2012 | Aaron Wiener
    A European Union law to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from airlines traveling to and from Europe has drawn a joint protest from 23 non-EU countries and sparked talk of a global trade war. The law incorporates the aviation industry into Europe's emissions trading scheme and requires airlines to pay for their greenhouse-gas emissions by obtaining special permits. Eight-five percent of the permits are being given away for free; the other 15 percent are initially expected to add about $2 to the cost of a trans-Atlantic flight. But for representatives of 23 countries who convened in Moscow on Wednesday, the price...
  • EPA chief slams bills to block climate rules, affirms Obama's veto threat

    02/02/2011 11:15:50 AM PST · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 2, 2011 | Ben Geman
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson on Wednesday attacked bills piling up in Congress that would block the agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and reiterated the White House veto threat. Jackson, speaking to reporters, initially declined to address whether President Obama would veto bills that stop climate rules, but later said that past threats still stand. “What has been stated from the White House is that the president’s advisers would advise him to veto any legislation that passed that would take away the EPA’s greenhouse gas authority,” Jackson told reporters. “Nothing has changed.” Jackson defended the agency’s initiatives...
  • Corporations Favor EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases

    01/01/2011 11:43:00 AM PST · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 31, 2010 | Paul Chesser
      Earlier this month corporate climateers including Nike and 3M were given awards -- supposedly "the equivalent of an Oscar for the climate change mitigation world" -- for their efforts to reduce their carbon emissions. The honors were bestowed by the Carbon War Room, which "harnesses the power of entrepreneurs to implement market-driven solutions to climate change." The Virgin Group's Richard Branson is one of the nonprofit's co-founders. The War Room gave Nike the Gigaton Award for the "consumer discretionary" category. The prize was named for a Clinton Global Initiative project called Gigaton Throwdown, which "encourages companies, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and...
  • No Reason To Ration

    11/29/2010 6:11:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | November 29, 2010 | Staff
    Radicalism: A group of academics wants to force rationing in developed countries to turn back what they see as the carbon threat. How does this differ from a socialist group demanding the seizure of private property? Negotiators from 192 nations will be in the Mexican beach resort of Cancun through Dec. 10 trying to hash out a deal they believe will curb global warming. The hot air won't be from the ocean breezes but from the negotiators' own carbon dioxide emissions. There will be plenty of nonsense from politically motivated academics, starting with Kevin Anderson, director of the U.K.'s Tyndall...
  • Obama Doesn’t Rule Out Bypassing Congress and Using EPA Regulations to Cap Carbon Emissions

    11/04/2010 1:03:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 79 replies
    CNSNews ^ | November 4, 2010 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - In a White House press conference Wednesday, President Barack Obama did not rule out using regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency to cap carbon emissions in the United States without an act of Congress.Meanwhile, on October 25, the EPA announced new regulations to limit “greenhouse gas” emissions by heavy-duty trucks and buses.In the last Congress, the House of Representatives passed a “cap-and-trade” bill that would have forced carbon emissions caps on U.S. industry in the interest of protecting the planet against warming. However, the Senate never voted on the bill.During his Tuesday press conference, Obama initially...
  • Richard Curtis's snuff movie: A satire? A canny marketing strategy? (Eco-Fascists)

    10/04/2010 9:29:01 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 7 replies ^ | October 2, 2010 | James Delingpole
    Richard Curtis’s eco-fascist snuff movie was a disaster for the green movement, I think we can all agree. Well, not quite all of us to judge by one or two bizarre comments and newspaper responses I’ve seen today. Let’s just dispense with a few of them. 1. It was an internet “hit.” (~~snip~~) 2. It was all part of Richard Curtis’s “cunning plan”. (~~snip~~) 3. Richard Curtis is a secret “denier” and devised the project as satire.(~~snip~~) 4. This was an unfortunate accident. It isn’t representative of the green movement.(~~snip~~) 5. It’s actually “funny” and people who don’t think so...
  • Scientists--Carbon Dioxide is Not Causing Climate Change

    06/19/2010 9:03:21 PM PDT · by Welshman007 · 19 replies · 465+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 6/20/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    In a major announcement that flies in the face of the erroneous mantra of the world's political elite, a team of scientists has declared that carbon dioxide is NOT causing climate change. Left (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)--Al Gore continues to push debunked notion of man-made global warming. The team, sponsored by the International Climate Science Coalition, issued the following declaration: We, the undersigned, having assessed the relevant scientific evidence, do not find convincing support for the hypothesis that human emissions of carbon dioxide are causing, or will in the foreseeable future cause, dangerous global warming. In the short time since issuing...
  • Cap & Trade: 1st Degree Larceny

    05/12/2010 7:26:58 AM PDT · by geniusbyosmosis · 9 replies · 445+ views
    Captain Dave Funk ^ | May 12, 2010 | Captain Dave Funk
    I read an interesting article on the American Thinker where the author showed an interesting theme from this C&T bill. The entire purpose of C&T is to put a cap on CO2 emissions. “Presently, 40 percent of CO2 emissions in the United States are derived from electricity generation, 35 percent from transportation, and 25 percent from business, industry, and natural gas to heat homes.” The current goal in the Senate bill which came from the House bill is to reduce emissions by 17%. So where will this 17% come from? I wrote last week about the emissions exchange in Chicago...
  • Europe's Carbon Mafia, And Ours

    05/06/2010 5:35:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 595+ views ^ | May 6, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Corruption: The carbon trading system being pushed here has spawned crime and fraud across the pond. Cap-and-trade is not about saving the planet. It's about money and power, and absolute power corrupting absolutely. All across Europe authorities have been conducting raids, rounding up individuals involved in a new version of Climate-gate. This time the data aren't corrupted. Europe's Emissions Trading System is. The system is so sick, it's turned out to be a scam built upon a scam. Twenty-five people have been arrested in raids by British and German authorities as part of a pan-European crackdown on carbon credit VAT...
  • System and method for residential emissions trading

    05/02/2010 4:08:18 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 22 replies · 601+ views
    Google ^ | Franklin D. Raines et al
    The present invention is directed to a method of residential emissions trading and a residential emissions trading commodity. In particular, an embodiment of the present invention is a method for identifying, quantifying, and aggregating reductions in residential emissions into a tradable... Inventors: Franklin D. Raines, Robert J. Sahadi, Kenneth Berlin, Michelle Desiderio, Scott Lesmes, Elizabeth Arner Cavey, Carlton Bartels, Jane Bartels What is claimed is: 1. A method for providing a residential emissions trading program, comprising the steps of: identifying an energy savings opportunity in a residential property; quantifying an emissions reduction produced by the energy savings opportunity; and aggregating...
  • The $10 Trillion Climate Fraud

    04/28/2010 5:50:50 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 33 replies · 1,227+ views ^ | April 28, 2010 | INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Cap-And-Trade: While senators froth over Goldman Sachs and derivatives, a climate trading scheme being run out of the Chicago Climate Exchange would make Bernie Madoff blush. Its trail leads to the White House. Lost in the recent headlines was Al Gore's appearance Monday in Denver at the annual meeting of the Council of Foundations, an association of the nation's philanthropic leaders. "Time's running out (on climate change)," Gore told them. "We have to get our act together. You have a unique role in getting our act together." Gore was right that foundations will play a key role in keeping the...
  • Volcano Ash Disrupting Entertainer Events Globally

    04/18/2010 7:12:28 AM PDT · by Touch Not the Cat · 4 replies · 281+ views
    cbs2 ^ | Apr 18, 2010 5:00 am US/Pacific | DERRIK J. LANG,
    With almost two-thirds of Europe's flights grounded, cancelations and postponements were popping up across the entertainment landscape on Saturday as Icelandic scientists warned that volcanic activity had increased and showed no sign of abating. Organizers of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., tweeted that some acts were forced to pull out of the weekend event. British musicians The Cribs, Bad Lieutenant, Delphic, Talvin Singh and Gary Numan as well as Scottish rockers Frightened Rabbit and Chicago brass group Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, who were on tour in Europe, weren't able to make the lineup. "I can't tell...
  • Copenhagen accord keeps Big Carbon in business

    12/20/2009 7:13:17 AM PST · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 476+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | December 20 2009 | Christopher Booker
    The Copenhagen summit achieved its main aim, to maintain the carbon-trading system established by the Kyoto Protocol, says Christopher Booker As fairy-tale snow gently descended on Copenhagen, the great global warming conference degenerated through pantomime, boredom, chaos and anger to its entirely predictable conclusion – a colossal pile of fudge with a very hard and nasty rock hidden at its centre. The "world summit" on climate change was never really going to be about saving the world from global warming at all. Even if the delegates had got all they wanted, it would no more have had any influence on...
  • Republicans work to block EPA carbon rules

    12/17/2009 7:52:53 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 20 replies · 840+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 17, 2009 | Reuter
    Republican lawmakers said on Thursday they would try to block a Environmental Protection Agency proposal that opens the door to federal regulation of planet-warming gases. Last week, the EPA issued a ruling that greenhouse gas emissions endanger human health, clearing the way for the agency to regulate carbon without congressional legislation. Senator Lisa Murkowski, the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is leading an effort in the chamber to overturn the finding through a rarely used joint resolution of disapproval. Getting the proposal passed will be a heavy lift, since Republicans are a minority in both...
  • Narcissists and madmen [global warming and Iran]

    12/14/2009 5:45:00 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies · 562+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12-14-09 | CAROLINE GLICK
    Perhaps when the history of our times is written, ours will be called The Era of Narcissistic Catechisms. To understand why this is the case it is enough to consider the fortunes of two green movements. On the main stage of global affairs this week we have the much touted UN climate change conference in Copenhagen. Standing with 15,000 delegates representing green activism groups and politically correct scientists the world over are international celebrity leaders like Nobel Peace Prize laureates Barack Obama, Al Gore and Desmond Tutu and their fellow celebrities and Oscar and Grammy winners Al Gore, Leonardo Dicaprio,...
  • VIDEO: Massive Cap-and-Trade Fraud

    12/12/2009 8:23:22 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies · 369+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 12/12/09 | Friends of Ours
    Europe's cap-and-trade program which is designed to reduce CO2 emissions is rife with fraud thanks to organized crime's alleged involvement in the market as reported by the European Police Office (EUROPOL): The European Union (EU) Emission Trading System (ETS) has been the victim of fraudulent traders in the past 18 months. This resulted in losses of approximately 5 billion euros for several national tax revenues. It is estimated that in some countries, up to 90% of the whole market volume was caused by fraudulent activities. In France prosecutors have "opened a criminal investigation of four men allegedly involved in a...
  • An EPA power grab: CO2 ruling a sure job-killer

    12/08/2009 2:57:54 AM PST · by Scanian · 10 replies · 661+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 8, 2009 | IAIN MURRAY & MARLO LEWIS
    Environmental Protec tion Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson yesterday an nounced that the EPA has determined that global warming, allegedly caused by mankind's burning of fossil fuels, endangers public health. The finding paves the way for a huge power grab by EPA bureaucrats -- indeed, more power than even they think they can handle: The likely regulatory cascade will end up with the EPA having complete control over the nation's energy supply and its use. Large apartment buildings and hospitals would need EPA operating permits to continue running their furnaces. Lawnmowers and aircraft alike would be regulated for fuel economy like...
  • Domestic refiners say Senate climate bill will raise gas prices

    10/28/2009 11:34:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies · 1,443+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/28/2009 | Jim Snyder
    Domestic oil refiners kept up their attack of climate legislation, saying a Senate bill under consideration could increase gas prices. Domestic oil refiners kept up their attack Wednesday of climate legislation, saying a Senate bill under consideration could increase gas prices. The group, among the fiercest critics of the measure, said the proposal could add 77 cents a gallon, or around 30 percent above today’s prices. Democrats on a key Senate panel shot back, saying the industry’s estimate is based on an inflated projection of the price of permits companies will have to hold to cover their carbon emissions. A...
  • Murkowski to move against EPA

    09/23/2009 6:07:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies · 1,058+ views
    The Hill ^ | September 23, 2009 | Lisa Lerer
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) plans to introduce an amendment Thursday morning banning the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon dioxide. The proposal is fiercely opposed by the administration, which sees EPA action as a way to pressure the Senate into passing cap and trade legislation curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Prospects for the bill have dimmed in recent weeks, as the health care debate has taken center stage. “We don't think the amendment is a good idea,” White House climate advisor Carol Browner said on Tuesday. “It could get you a situation where activities that should go forward — like...
  • S.Africa won't compromise economic growth to cut carbon emissions

    09/15/2009 1:32:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 326+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/15/09 | AFP
    JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – South Africa will not sign any deal that would compromise the country's economic development chances at the upcoming climate change conference in Copenhagen, the environment minister said Tuesday. "All negotiators are there to pursue national interests ... and South Africa is no different in this regard. If a deal is going to compromise our national interest we are not going to support it 100 percent," Buyelwa Sonjica told journalist. In the lead up to the crucial climate summit in December which hopes to thrash out a new climate treaty, Sonjica said it was unrealistic for developing countries...
  • Will Electric Cars Crash The Grid?

    08/14/2009 5:51:51 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 151 replies · 3,057+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 14, 2009 | IBD staff
    Conservation: The Chevy Volt is said to be able to get 230 miles per gallon. That's if it's continually plugged into a fragile and overburdened power grid. Where will you be when the lights go out? Since most U.S. electricity generation is not carbon-free, the Congressional Research Service agrees. The "widespread adoption of plug-in hybrid vehicles through 2030 may have only a small effect on, and might actually increase, carbon emissions," it observes. "If you are using coal-fired power plants and half the country's electricity comes from coal powered plants, are you just trading one greenhouse gas emitter for another?"...
  • James Hansen's Political Science

    03/02/2009 6:38:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1,696+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 2, 2009
    Climate Change: NASA's James Hansen leads a protest against a District of Columbia power plant in the middle of a snowstorm. Meanwhile, a scientist fired by Al Gore says we need to emit more carbon dioxide, not less.Speaking before Bill Clinton's Global Initiative in New York City last Nov. 2, Gore advocated the concept of civil disobedience to fight climate change. "I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration," Gore said to loud applause. Following Gore's lead, a...
  • Having Children Brings High Carbon Impact

    08/07/2009 9:32:30 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 43 replies · 1,431+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 7, 2009 | Kate Galbraith
    Having children is the surest way to send your carbon footprint soaring, according to a new study from statisticians at Oregon State University. The study found that having a child has an impact that far outweighs that of other energy-saving behaviors. Take, for example, a hypothetical American woman who switches to a more fuel-efficient car, drives less, recycles, installs more efficient light bulbs, and replaces her refrigerator and windows with energy-saving models. If she had two children, the researchers found, her carbon legacy would eventually rise to nearly 40 times what she had saved by those actions. “Clearly, the potential...
  • Will Krakatoa rock the world again? [Fiery images]

    07/31/2009 9:30:44 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies · 1,785+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 31 July 2009 | Marcus Dunk
    Last time, it killed thousands and changed the weather for five years, now it could be even deadlier...
  • Businesses reel from a power-bill surge (VA)

    07/30/2009 5:20:14 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 8 replies · 587+ views
    The Roanoke Times ^ | July 27, 2009 | Duncan Adams
    Residential customers aren't the only ones stung by a string of electricity rate increases. A year ago the steel mill faced a problem businesses love -- its Roanoke plant scrambled to match production with red-hot demand. "We were going great guns right through September of last year," said Joe Crawford, vice president and general manager of Steel Dynamics Roanoke Bar Division, formerly known as Roanoke Electric Steel. "And then October hit." The minimill melts scrap metal in electric-arc furnaces and thus depends heavily on electricity. For months now, it has operated at about 50 percent capacity and tried to cut...
  • WELCOME TO THE CLUB (0's treatment of India)

    07/21/2009 3:08:17 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 17 replies · 672+ views
    Powerlineblog ^ | July 21, 2009 | Paul Mirengoff
    India has now joined the list of U.S. allies receiving shabby treatment from the Obama administration. Actually, the shabby treatment arguably has been ongoing -- despite their globe-trotting, neither President Obama nor Secretary of State Clinton bothered to visit our giant and increasingly important ally in the sub-continent during the first six months of the administration. Now, Clinton has finally visited India, but the government probably wishes she had stayed home. For Clinton used the visit to attempt to pressure India to accept binding limits on carbon emissions. Clinton made this effort despite the fact that (1) India's carbon emissions...
  • EPA Cover-Up

    07/15/2009 5:01:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 648+ views ^ | July 15, 2009 | Walter E. Williams
    Here's what I wrote in last year's column titled "Global Warming Rope-a-Dope" (12/24/2008): "Once laws are written, they are very difficult, if not impossible, to repeal. If a time would ever come when the permafrost returns to northern U.S., as far south as New Jersey as it once did, it's not inconceivable that Congress, caught in the grip of the global warming zealots, would keep all the laws on the books they wrote in the name of fighting global warming. Personally, I would not put it past them to write more." On June 28, 2009, the House of Representatives, by...
  • CBO Lowballs Waxman-Markey Cost

    07/13/2009 6:06:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 737+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 13, 2009
    Climate Change: Supporters of economy-killing cap-and-trade legislation not only misquote the Congressional Budget Office's report lowballing the costs. They ignore how CBO cooked the books to get its numbers.We have often cited the CBO in our editorials. It's a nonpartisan entity whose staffers normally do a decent job analyzing data and crunching numbers. But as regards the true cost of climate change legislation, they have fallen victim to the computer-age trap: garbage in, garbage out. In recent weeks, ABC's "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos twice misquoted a CBO analysis of the Waxman-Markey bill that claims that we can save the...
  • Climate Change: The Sun And The Oceans Do Not Lie

    07/12/2009 6:12:12 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 35 replies · 2,243+ views ^ | July 11, 2009 | Christopher Booker
    Even a compromised agreement to reduce emissions could devastate the economy - and all for a theory shot full of holes, says Christopher Booker. What makes this even odder is that the runaway warming predicted by their computer models simply isn't happening. Last week one of the four official sources of temperature measurement, compiled from satellite data by the University of Huntsville, Alabama, showed that temperatures have now fallen to their average level since satellite data began 30 years ago...In March, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has a key role in President Obama's plans to curb CO2 emissions,...
  • GAO: Electric Cars Won't Reduce Carbon Emissions

    07/10/2009 11:38:59 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 49 replies · 2,167+ views ^ | July 10, 2009
    The push for conversion to plug-in electric cars will do nothing to stop carbon emissions, a report by the GAO warns, throwing cold water on a push by Democrats to get more plug-ins on the road. In fact, the problem could be made worse as demand goes up at coal-fired electrical plants. Plus, the need for batteries may just have the US changing the dictators to which we’re chained, as IBD reports...
  • LIVE THREAD: American Clean Energy & Security Act (Cap and Trade) on CSPAN

    06/26/2009 9:54:38 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 757 replies · 31,411+ views
    CSPAN: HOUSE ^ | 26 JUNE 09 | dcbryan1
    House to continue Energy Bill Debate with Possible Vote Today Later today, the House will continue general debate on the American Clean Energy & Security Act, Pres. Obama's climate change legislation. The bill centers on a renewable electicity standard, encouraging the use of renewable energy and a cap-and-trade policy.