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  • 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...
  • Obama's Keystone Pipeline Trap

    04/23/2014 5:20:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    On Good Friday, President Obama made a bad call. The State Department announced that it would delay its decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until after the Nebraska Supreme Court rules in a case involving the route. The administration insists the decision to punt has nothing to do with politics. Pretty much everyone else thinks otherwise. Obama, who is rarely reluctant to act unilaterally when it benefits him politically, and who regularly brags about his red-tape cutting, is paralyzed by perhaps the only big shovel-ready jobs project he's been presented with. He welcomes the Keystone red tape because he's trapped...
  • EPA Concedes: We Can’t Produce All the Data Justifying Clean Air Rules

    04/13/2014 6:58:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 4/11/2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Seven months after being subpoenaed by Congress, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy conceded that her agency does not have - and cannot produce - all of the scientific data used for decades to justify numerous rules and regulations under the Clean Air Act.
  • White House eyes new regulations to cut methane from oil, gas sector (In REGS Ve TRvst)

    03/28/2014 9:23:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/28/14 | Roberta Rampton and Timothy Gardner - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it will take a hard look at whether new regulations are needed to cut emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry, part of President Barack Obama's plan to address climate change. Regulators will start by proposing new rules later this year to reduce venting and flaring from oil and gas wells on public lands, one way to begin slashing emissions of the potent greenhouse gas, said Dan Utech, Obama's top energy and climate aide. Most oil and gas production takes place on privately owned land. The Environmental Protection Agency...
  • EPA Administrator to Scientists: “Speak the Truth” on Climate Change to Meet Obama’s “Needs”

    01/30/2014 9:23:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 30, 2014 - 10:06 PM | Penny Starr
    Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asked scientists at a climate change conference on Thursday in Arlington, Va., to help advance President Barack Obama’s agenda on climate change. […] Peter Saundry, executive director of NCSE, introduced McCarthy by noting Obama’s pledge to act unilaterally on climate change. “President Obama has announced that he will work with Congress whenever he can but will not be held hostage—will move forward and do the utmost, we hope, through executive authority and through the agencies,” Saundry said. “The Supreme Court has noted that EPA has authority under (the) Clean Air Act...
  • Five Months Later, EPA Still Hasn’t Complied With Congressional Subpoena

    01/25/2014 9:25:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 24, 2014 - 4:41 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has still not complied with a subpoena issued August 1, 2013 by the House Science, Space and Technology Committee seeking the scientific foundation of virtually every Clean Air Act regulation the agency has issued. The subpoena demanded that EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy hand over data from two decades-old taxpayer-funded studies as the agency moves towards the adoption of strict new ozone standards that could cost the U.S. economy $90 billion annually—which would make them the most expensive regulations in U.S. history. The subpoenaed data is cited as the scientific basis for EPA’s claim that microscopic...
  • Clean Air Act: EPA'S Charade To Justify War On Coal Plants

    01/16/2014 10:27:10 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/14/2014 | Larry Bell
    The Environmental Protection Agency didn’t let a Clean Air Act requirement that mandated technologies be “adequately demonstrated” hinder their new performance standards ruling that puts a 1,100-pound limit per megawatt hour on carbon emissions from new coal power plants. Not only is there no scientifically-supportable climate benefit for limiting such emissions, there is no viable commercial-scale technology to achieve that ideological pipedream. Even if it mattered, the most modern coal-fired plants can only reduce CO2 emissions to 1,800 pounds. What’s more, they already knew that. Or at least they certainly should have after a fact-finding working group within EPA’s own...
  • U.S. appeals court rejects states' challenge over climate rules

    07/26/2013 11:36:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 26, 2013 | By Lawrence Hurley
    A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a legal challenge by Texas and Wyoming to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a 2-1 vote, said the states and various industry groups did not have standing to sue because they could not show that they had suffered an injury or that a ruling throwing out the EPA plan would benefit them. Texas and Wyoming objected in part to the tight deadlines the EPA imposed on them for coming up with...
  • EPA’s illegal human experiments could break Nuremberg Code

    01/04/2013 3:17:56 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 54 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dec. 31, 2012 | Steve Milloy
    The Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says no law empowers any judge to stop it from conducting illegal scientific experiments on seniors, children and the sick. That astounding assertion will be tested Friday, when a federal district court in Alexandria decides whether it has jurisdiction to hear claims made by the American Tradition Institute that EPA researchers are exposing unwary and genetically susceptible senior citizens to air pollutants the agency says can cause a variety of serious cardiac and respiratory problems, including sudden death. Although the lawsuit only addresses ongoing, purportedly illegal experimentation being carried out at an EPA laboratory...
  • Court upholds EPA's greenhouse gas rules

    06/26/2012 2:13:38 PM PDT · by Jean S · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/26/12 | Ayesha Rascoe
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld the first-ever U.S. proposed rules governing heat-trapping greenhouse gases, clearing a path for sweeping regulations affecting vehicles, coal-burning power plants and other industrial facilities. Handing a setback to industry and a victory to the Obama administration, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously ruled the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that carbon dioxide is a public danger and the decision to set limits for emissions from cars and light trucks were "neither arbitrary nor capricious." The ruling, which addresses four separate lawsuits, upholds the underpinnings of the...
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers will pay $126K fine for violating Clean Air Act at Hatfield (MA) facility

    05/22/2012 4:49:55 PM PDT · by matt04 · 3 replies
    C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. has agreed to pay a $126,700 penalty for claims it violated the federal Clean Air Act when a gas leak sickened workers at its North Hatfield Road warehouse, the Daily Hampshire Gazette reports. "We appreciate the opportunity to finalize this agreement and close the door on this event that occurred five years ago," Bryan T. Granger, a vice president in C&S's legal department, said, referring to the May 2007 incident. C&S is a major supplier to supermarket chains in the northeast. The Keene, N.H.-based company did not admit to any liability, but did agree to audit...
  • The EPA's Day in Court

    03/01/2012 11:39:00 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 7+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | February 28, 2012 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    A number of states have joined with industry organizations to challenge new rules from the Environmental Protection Agency on the grounds that they run contrary to the Clean Air Act. Oral arguments began on February 28 before D.C.’s Court of Appeals.Previous cases have not gone so well. In 2007, in Massachusetts v. EPA, the Supreme Court affirmed the EPA’s authority to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act. And last year, the Court unanimously threw out a lawsuit, American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, that was brought by eight states. In its decision, the court held...
  • The EPA Is Dreaming Of A Blackout Christmas

    12/21/2011 5:25:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/21/2011 | John Hayward
    In another triumph for government transparency, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson signed the final MACT Rule last Friday, but she’s been keeping it secret until a formal announcement planned for today. MACT stands for Maximum Achievable Control Technology. It covers emission rules for various industries, controlling the technologies the EPA finds achievable in the same sense that a choke chain controls a dog. The new MACT rules are going to come down hard on mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants, despite serious questions raised by critics about the EPA’s methodology for calculating costs and benefits from the rule. Many of the...
  • EPA to unveil limits on mercury and toxic air pollutants from power plants

    12/20/2011 1:41:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | December 20, 2011 | Andrew Restuccia
    The Environmental Protection Agency will unveil highly-anticipated regulations on Wednesday aimed at curbing mercury and other toxic air pollutants from power plants. The agency said Tuesday that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will make a “significant Clean Air Act announcement” Wednesday at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC. A source closely following the issue confirmed to The Hill that the agency will unveil the final mercury and air toxics standards. Jackson will be joined at the event Wednesday afternoon by public health experts and industry representatives, EPA said. But the agency did not name the officials. The long-delayed...
  • Senate majority rejects GOP bid to block EPA (with the help of 6 RINOs)

    11/11/2011 4:48:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | November 11, 2011 | Dina Cappiello (AP)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democrat-controlled Senate on Thursday rejected a Republican attempt to block a regulation intended to curb power plant pollution that blows downwind into other states. By a 56-41 vote, senators defeated a resolution by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who said the step was needed to rein in what he called the Obama administration's overzealous job-killing approach to environmental protection. "We are simply asking that the clean air regulations already on the books stay in place and we do not make the regulations so onerous that they put utility plants out of business and we have an...
  • EPA to hire 230,000 new employees to handle "new" paper work from new Carbon Laws - Boortz

    09/28/2011 4:44:33 AM PDT · by Scythian · 22 replies
    I was listening to Neil Boortz last night and he was talking about this new Carbon EPA stuff. He said that the EPA was hiring, get this, 230,000 new employees whose sole responsibility was to process this new paper work. He said that it was going to cost (I think) 1.4 million jobs right out of the box and companies will have to fold, and that some powerplants that we desparate need will be shut down, electricity is going to go through the roof. C02, a natural occuring Gas, is now pollution. He did say that Hermain Cain said the...
  • APNewsBreak: Perry urges Obama to halt air rules

    09/26/2011 8:58:24 PM PDT · by quantim · 23 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Sep 26, 9:31 PM EDT | APRIL CASTRO
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday asked President Barack Obama to use his executive authority to prevent or delay implementation of stricter pollution standards, saying they will have an "immediate and devastating" effect on the state. The standards have stirred up Texas' largest energy companies, which say they don't have adequate time to meet the deadlines without shutting down plants and jeopardizing the reliability of Texas' electric grid. Implementation of the rules starts Jan. 1. In the letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Perry said the implementation of the Cross State Air Pollution Rules will have...
  • New EPA regulations would require 230,000 new bureaucrats to administer (COST: $21 Billion!)

    09/26/2011 6:49:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/26/2011 | Tina Korbe
    The president has found a way to add jobs, after all — 230,000 of ‘em, all within the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s the number of new bureaucrats the federal government will need to hire to implement new proposed greenhouse gas regulations, according to a report by The Daily Caller: The Environmental Protection Agency has said new greenhouse gas regulations, as proposed, may be “absurd” in application and “impossible to administer” by its self-imposed 2016 deadline. But the agency is still asking for taxpayers to shoulder the burden of up to 230,000 new bureaucrats — at a cost of $21 billion...
  • EPA: Regulations would require 230,000 new employees, $21 billion

    09/26/2011 9:24:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    The Dailty Caller ^ | 9/26/11 | Matthew Boyle
    The Environmental Protection Agency has said new greenhouse gas regulations, as proposed, may be “absurd” in application and “impossible to administer” by its self-imposed 2016 deadline. But the agency is still asking for taxpayers to shoulder the burden of up to 230,000 new bureaucrats — at a cost of $21 billion — to attempt to implement the rules. The EPA aims to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Air Act, even though the law doesn’t give the EPA explicit power to do so. The agency’s authority to move forward is being challenged in court by petitioners who argue that...
  • The magical world of voodoo ‘economists’

    09/13/2011 2:53:24 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 25 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/10/11 | Steven Pearlstein
    If you came up with a bumper sticker that pulls together the platform of this year’s crop of Republican presidential candidates, it would have to be: Repeal the 20th century. Vote GOP. It’s not just the 21st century they want to turn the clock back on — health-care reform, global warming and the financial regulations passed in the wake of the recent financial crises and accounting scandals. These folks are actually talking about repealing the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Environmental Protection Agency, created in 1970s. SNIP They reject as thoroughly discredited all of Keynesian economics,...
  • EPA Approves Emergency Fuel Waiver for Pennsylvania

    09/12/2011 8:29:27 PM PDT · by Rabin · 17 replies
    USEPA ^ | 09/12/2011 | Stacy Kika, kika.stacy@epa.gov, 202-564-0906, 202-564-4355
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has exercised its authority under the Clean Air Act to temporarily waive certain federal clean gasoline requirements for parts of Pennsylvania. The waiver was granted by EPA in coordination with the Department of Energy (DOE), at the request of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson determined that...
  • Barbara Boxer: I hope greens sue President Obama

    09/07/2011 7:06:10 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies
    Barbara Boxer: I hope greens sue President Obama By: Darren Goode September 7, 2011 09:01 AM EDT Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer said she hopes green groups sue President Barack Obama over his decision to punt a regulation curbing smog-creating emissions until at least 2013. Boxer — whose relatively mild reaction to Obama’s surprise announcement Friday was in contrast to heated rebukes by environmental groups — said she will stand by those groups in any litigation to force the administration to issue a final ozone rule that goes beyond what was enacted by President George W. Bush....
  • 136 Texas plants to get new permits [EPA: All plants with state permits must reapply]

    07/13/2011 1:39:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 13, 2011 | MATTHEW TRESAUGUE
    The unique way Texas regulates air pollution from refineries, chemical plants and other major industries is no more — for now. The EPA said Tuesday all 136 industrial plants with state-issued permits that do not meet federal Clean Air Act requirements have agreed to apply for new ones. The announcement comes one year after the federal agency rejected Texas' use of so-called flexible permits. But the dispute is not over, because state officials and at least 10 industry groups are challenging the EPA's actions in federal court. Gov. Rick Perry and other Texas officials have said the EPA was threatening...
  • EPA: ‘Nothing to fear’ on climate regs

    04/26/2011 8:31:42 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies
    EPA: ‘Nothing to fear’ on climate regs By Andrew Restuccia - 04/26/11 10:43 AM ET Environmental Protection Administrator Lisa Jackson said Tuesday that the public has no reason to fear the agency’s pending climate regulations. “I believe there is nothing to fear from common-sense use of the Clean Air Act to begin to put this country in the direction of moving towards addressing our greenhouse gas emissions,” Jackson said during remarks at an energy conference in Washington. The EPA has begun phasing in greenhouse gas standards for new and modified power plants and refineries. The regulations have come under attack...
  • EPA threatens Utah with air quality sanctions

    04/25/2011 1:36:04 PM PDT · by EBH · 34 replies
    AP via Bloomberg ^ | 4/19/11 | JOSH LOFTIN
    Federal officials threatened Monday to block road money and seize control of Utah's air quality management plan because of an exemption for excessive pollution from oil refineries and other sources. Utah officials have about 18 months to change the rule to ensure polluters are cited for a violation first, instead of the state having to investigate a breakdown and then issue a violation, said Monica Morales, the head of the air quality planning unit for the Environmental Protection Agency's Region 8 office in Denver. The current rule "is not in compliance with the Clean Air Act," Morales said.
  • EPA: Jobs Don't Matter

    04/18/2011 5:34:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 18, 2011 | Staff
    Jobs: The EPA admits to Congress that it does not take into account the impact of its regulations on employment, the economy or international competitiveness. Neither, apparently, does the White House. This stunning revelation was made by EPA Administrator Mathy Stanislaus in response to a question by Colorado GOP Rep. Cory Gardner. It came during Stanislaus' testimony before the House Environment and Energy Committee on Thursday and exposes the Obama administration's public posture on jobs and the environment as a fraud. Gardner was asking about an EPA regulation that would govern industries that recycle coal and ash and other fossil...
  • 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...
  • Renewable energy (biomass) plants fined for Clean Air Act violations

    02/17/2011 6:46:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    California Watch ^ | 2/17/11 | Sam Pearson
    Two Central Valley biomass plants have agreed to pay more than $830,000 in fines for violating the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday. “Today’s enforcement actions are a victory for human health,” Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest, said in a statement. The plants in Chowchilla and El Nido, both owned by Global Ampersand, LLC, of Boston, were fined $343,000 and $492,000, respectively. Company representatives did not respond to requests for comment. David Kim, assistant regional counsel for the EPA, said that the fines showed that even the renewable energy industry could run...
  • EPA Rules Will Trump Your Rights

    12/30/2010 4:50:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies · 358+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 30, 2010 | Staff
    Environment: Ignoring both Congress and the voters, the Environmental Protection Agency starts the new year governing by decree with job-killing regulations. Take a deep breath, but if you exhale you're a polluter. Cap-and-trade is dead, long live cap-and-trade in the form of regulations promulgated in the coming year by what George Orwell might call the Ministry of Environment. It claims that the Clean Air Act and a Supreme Court ruling in 2007 let the EPA regulate carbon dioxide as a planet-warming pollutant. We recently commented on the EPA's recent commandeering of the permitting process from Texas, with which it is...
  • EPA Messes With Perry's Texas

    12/28/2010 7:21:01 PM PST · by raptor22 · 47 replies · 6+ views
    Investor's Business DaIly ^ | December 28, 2010 | IBD Staff
    Regulation: The federal agency declares Texas unfit to regulate its own greenhouse gas emissions and seizes control of the permitting process. Jobs, states' rights and the 2012 presidential election are all involved. While most of America was unwrapping their Christmas presents, Texas Gov. Rick Perry was staring at a lump of coal the Environmental Protection Agency put in his state's stocking. Actually, it wasn't a lump of coal — that causes global warming. And Santa won't be coming down any Texas chimney unless he checks with the EPA first. Two days before Christmas, EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz, in a...
  • White House Plans to Push Global Warming Policy, GOP Vows Fight (Defund the EPA)

    12/28/2010 7:12:20 PM PST · by tobyhill · 22 replies · 5+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/28/2010 | By Kimberly Schwandt
    After failing to get climate-change legislation through Congress, the Obama administration plans on pushing through its environmental policies through other means, and Republicans are ready to put up a fight. On Jan. 2, new carbon emissions limits will be put forward as the Environmental Protection Agency prepares regulations that would force companies to get permits to release greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Critics say the new rules are a backdoor effort to enact the president's agenda on global warming without the support of Congress, and would hurt the economy and put jobs in jeopardy by forcing companies to...
  • Upton's Shocking Votes on Energy-Related Bills

    11/29/2010 8:02:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Human Events ^ | November 29, 2010 | Connie Hair
    This week marks the beginning of the end of the long national nightmare known as the 111th Congress.  Republicans were given a second chance—by default—through a national effort to stop the destructive Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda. House Republicans are poised to begin making the same kind of business-as-usual mistakes that relegated the party to minority status in 2006.  The most glaring example is the looming threat of having Rep. Fred Upton (RINO-Mich.) become chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, despite his liberal voting record, simply because he’s next in line.  If there is one thing voters made absolutely clear...
  • New Tactic in California for Paying Pollution Bill

    10/17/2010 7:46:02 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 17, 2010 | FELICITY BARRINGER
    Officials who have tried and failed to clean the air in California’s smog-filled San Joaquin Valley have seized on a new strategy: getting millions of drivers to shoulder more of the cost. Faced with a fine of at least $29 million for exceeding federal ozone limits, the San Joaquin Valley’s air quality regulators are proposing an annual surcharge of $10 to $24 on registration fees for the region’s 2.7 million cars and trucks beginning next year. A decision is expected when the governing board meets on Thursday. Although the surcharge is not expected to change how much people drive or...
  • Hey EPA: Don’t Mess with Texas

    09/30/2010 5:35:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 30, 2010 | Lance Brown
    Lance Brown dissects and dismantles the Obama EPA's latest attack on the Lone Star State. Here’s some advice for the Environmental Protection Agency: Don’t mess with Texas.Furthermore, don’t mess with our nation’s most affordable and reliable forms of energy, either.After declaring greenhouse gases hazardous earlier this year, the EPA plans to use the Clean Air Act to begin regulating greenhouse gas emissions from emitters of all sizes beginning January 2011. The EPA’s plan has been widely criticized for being too burdensome and expensive, so the EPA attempted to downsize the plan with a “Tailoring Rule,” targeting only the largest emitters.In...
  • Texas fights global-warming power grab--Lone Star state won't participate in Obama's lawless policy

    08/25/2010 5:05:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 25, 2010 | Peggy Venable
    The state's slogan is "Don't mess with Texas." But the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is doing just that, and at stake is whether the Obama administration can impose its global-warming agenda without a vote of Congress. President Obama's EPA is already well down the path to regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, something the act was not designed to do. It has a problem, however, because shoehorning greenhouse gases into that 40-year-old law would force churches, schools, warehouses, commercial kitchens and other sources to obtain costly and time-consuming permits. It would grind the economy to a halt,...
  • Cap-And-Traitors

    06/11/2010 5:46:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 789+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 11, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Politics: The Senate just claimed the title of the world's most delusional body by refusing to strip unelected EPA bureaucrats of the power to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant. This was the day freedom died. One wonders why we have a Congress at all. The 53 profiles in cowardice that could not get a cap-and-tax bill through the U.S. Senate voted Thursday to let the Environmental Protection Agency keep the unprecedented power Congress did not expressly give it. It is power that the EPA arrogated to itself through regulation to control every aspect of the American economy and our...
  • Stopping The EPA's Power Grab

    06/09/2010 5:23:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 359+ views
    IBD Editorial ^ | June 9, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Overregulation: The Senate votes on blocking a government bureaucracy from usurping power never delegated to it by Congress. This administration may put Copenhagen above the Constitution, but we the people have other plans. The GOP's 1994 "Contract with America," a gift that keeps on giving, hopefully will rescue us once again from the clutches of an unelected bureaucracy, the Environmental Protection Agency, which has been allowed by the Supreme Court to regulate every breath we take and every machine we operate. When cap-and-tax legislation was introduced in Congress, the Obama administration threatened that if Congress failed to act, the EPA...
  • Feds taking over permits for Texas plants [EPA going after refineries]

    05/25/2010 10:27:17 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 66 replies · 1,808+ views
    chron.com ^ | May 25, 2010 | PEGGY FIKAC
    Objecting to how Texas regulates air pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it is taking over the issuance of an operating permit for a Corpus Christi refinery and could step in at some 39 other major facilities across the state. “I think the writing will be on the wall — unless we start seeing better permits that address our objections, we are very likely to begin federalizing others,” EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz said in a telephone interview. “The state is not following federal Clean Air Act requirements.” Tuesday's unprecedented action affected a Flint Hills Resources refinery in...
  • The EPA's Shocking Power Grab (making federal decisions without the consent of Congress)

    05/20/2010 8:44:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies · 1,213+ views
    Forbes ^ | 5/18/10 | George Allen and Marlo Lewis
    The EPA's Shocking Power GrabThe agency is making federal decisions without the consent of Congress George Allen and Marlo Lewis, 05.18.10, 04:16 PM EDT The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is carrying out one of the biggest power grabs in American history. The agency has positioned itself to regulate fuel economy, set climate policy for the nation and amend the Clean Air Act--powers never delegated to it by Congress. It has done this by declaring greenhouse gas emissions a danger to public health and welfare, in a proceeding known as the "endangerment finding." On Tuesday the U.S. Senate will debate and...
  • (Obama's) Backdoor Energy Tax

    04/05/2010 4:18:33 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies · 983+ views
    Investor's.com ^ | April 5, 2010 | Editorial staff
    Pollution Control: From cars to coal mines, the imposition of economy-killing restrictions is under way. Are the new EPA regulations on auto emissions the precursor to regulating carbon dioxide by executive order? In announcing the Environmental Protection Agency's first regulations on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from cars, Administrator Lisa Jackson has promised they won't be the last such rules stemming from the EPA's "endangerment finding" that carbon dioxide, six pounds of which every human being exhales every day, is a dangerous pollutant. "These are the first regulations that cover greenhouse gas emissions in the United States," Jackson told reporters in...
  • EPA may try to use Clean Water Act to regulate carbon dioxide

    04/04/2010 4:17:50 AM PDT · by Scanian · 44 replies · 769+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | April 4, 2010 | Les Blumenthal
    WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is exploring whether to use the Clean Water Act to control greenhouse gas emissions, which are turning the oceans acidic at a rate that's alarmed some scientists. With climate change legislation stalled in Congress, the Clean Water Act would serve as a second front, as the Obama administration has sought to use the Clean Air Act to rein in emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases administratively. Since the dawn of the industrial age, acid levels in the oceans have increased 30 percent. Currently, the oceans are absorbing 22 million tons of carbon...
  • Costly Proposed Air Standards Lack Scientific Basis

    02/02/2010 9:23:13 AM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 1 replies · 147+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 2-02-10 | Bob McCarty
    In testimony delivered in Houston today, officials with the American Petroleum Institute said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new ozone pollution standards would exact significant costs on consumers, jobs and the economy without delivering commensurate benefits. Furthermore, they said there was no solid scientific justification for imposing the more stringent standards.
  • EPA proposes nation's strictest smog levels ever

    01/10/2010 5:24:41 PM PST · by EBH · 12 replies · 514+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | January 7, 2010 | By Tribune Washington Bureau and Seattle Times staff
    The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed the nation's strictest-ever smog limits, a move that could put King and Pierce counties — and possibly others in Washington — in violation of federal air-quality regulations along with large parts of the country. The EPA proposed reducing the allowable ground-level ozone concentration, measured over an eight-hour period, from 75 parts per billion to between 60 and 70. Ozone standards have been the center of a political and legal battle since spring 2008, when the EPA set a looser limit than what its scientific advisers had suggested and President George W. Bush personally...
  • Clearing the Air on the Clean Air Act and Climate Change

    01/05/2010 12:39:10 AM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 542+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 28, 2009. | Harvey M. Sheldon
    Green believers give no indication of slowing their quest for carbon dioxide control. On December 7, 2009, coincident with the convening of the since-failed Climate Conference in Copenhagen, the USEPA made final the "finding" that greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, threaten human health and the environment. According to alarmists and the Obama administration, there is a scientific "consensus" that man's activities threaten our planet with detrimental global warming, dangerous sea-level rise, disease, and more destructive storms. Even though the North Pole had open water in the 1940s, and temperatures were higher both in the middle ages and 7,000 years ago,...
  • The EPA's Power Grab ( The climate campaigners play their trump card, ...might be a joker. )

    12/22/2009 9:35:28 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies · 740+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/28/2009, | Steven F. Hayward
    The climate campaign, built step-by-step over the last 20 years, has reached its Waterloo. The Copenhagen conference that ended Friday was an exercise in political theater. It not only failed to produce a binding agreement, but the potential emissions curbs it endorsed fall far below what climate orthodoxy demands, while the proposed wealth transfer from rich nations to poor nations is a political nonstarter. Back home, cap and trade legislation remains on life support, even though it has been significantly watered down so as to postpone real costs to consumers for a decade or more. In the midst of this...
  • Job Killing At EPA (Lisa Jackson Accepts CRU Fraud)

    12/09/2009 4:26:03 PM PST · by raptor22 · 9 replies · 993+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 9, 2009 | IBD editorial Staff
    Junk Science: The Environmental Protection Agency's sneak attack on the U.S. economy and our freedoms, curiously timed for the opening day of the Copenhagen climate charade, won't go unchallenged. Nor should it. (snip) EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, in a conversation with Sen. James Inhofe, ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has in effect admitted the finding was based on the junk science and data manipulation practiced at Britain's East Anglia Climate Research Unit (CRU). "She told me that EPA accepted those findings without any serious independent analysis to see whether they were true," Inhofe said. Dr....
  • We need to take a step back on the EPA threats.

    12/08/2009 8:05:11 AM PST · by Til I am the last man standing · 38 replies · 785+ views
    12-7-09 | vanity
    I think we need to take a step back from the histronics surrounding the EPA announcement yesterday. Charles Krauthammer is correct in that this is a way to strong arm Congress into doing something. They are going after the egos of the Jim Webbs, Lindsey Grahams and John McCain. Let’s look at what the EPA CANNOT do: 1. They do not have the taxing authority of Congress, 2. The EPA cannot redistribute the wealth of this country the way congress can. 3. They have no way of making their political rulings permanent; another administration can overturn those rules. 4. Their...
  • EPA Finding Gives It Effective Control of the Economy

    12/07/2009 10:14:03 AM PST · by TonyInOhio · 70 replies · 3,413+ views
    The EPA is about to announce that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare, something that has in many ways been inevitable since the boneheaded SCOTUS ruling in Mass. vs EPA (which essentially found that the Clean Air Act was always intended to be Kyoto-on-steroids.) With thanks to my colleague Will Yeatman, here's a brief summary of what this means, and why you should be appalled. Under the Clean Air Act, an “endangerment” finding means that the EPA will have to grant a waiver to those states (such as California) that want to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions from automobiles. The EPA...
  • EPA: Greenhouse gases endanger human health

    12/07/2009 7:27:59 AM PST · by janetjanet998 · 131 replies · 4,117+ views
    YAHOO ^ | 12/7/09 | DINA CAPPIELLO and H. JOSEF HEBERT
    WASHINGTON – Officials tell The Associated Press that the Environmental Protection Agency has concluded greenhouse gases are endangering people's health and must be regulated. The EPA will announced its findings at a news conference Monday. The announcement is timed to boost the Obama administration's arguments at an international climate conference — beginning this week — that the United States is taking actions to combat global warming, even though Congress has yet to act on climate legislation. Under a Supreme Court ruling, the so-called endangerment finding is needed before the EPA can regulate carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases released...
  • Cap & Trade is really Tax and Betray

    06/26/2009 7:44:21 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 5 replies · 338+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 6/26/09 | alaphiah
    Today Democrats are about to vote for the greatest tax increase in American history in a bill called the Clean Energy and Security Act. Oh they will call it Cap and Trade and they will tell Americans that it’s for the reduction of green house gases but let me assure you that there is only one reason that Democrats are hotly pursuing this cause, MONEY. Your money, you remember the Obama telling Steve Scully of C-Span that America is out of money? (previous post) (see 28sec video forgive poor quality) Well Democrat law makers have found a new revenue stream...