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  • One Last Thing, Undecided Voters: Obama Would Regulate CO2 as a Pollutant Under Clean Air Act

    11/03/2008 6:17:38 PM PST · by Delacon · 21 replies · 610+ views
    Red Green and Blue ^ | November 3rd, 2008 | Timothy B. Hurst
    If you haven’t made up your mind who to vote for in tomorrow’s presidential election, I’m not sure that what I am about to tell you will help — but it just might. Both candidates told the web site sciencedebate2008 that they accept the scientific agreement that greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels are changing the Earth’s climate. And both candidates have said they want to cap emissions produced by the burning of those fossil fuels.But only Barack Obama has said he would regulate CO2 as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act.President George W. Bush has declined to curb...
  • Regulating CO2 Under the Clean Air Act—Not the Kind of Change We Have Been Waiting For

    Yesterday, Bloomberg.com reported that Barack Obama believes that carbon dioxide endangers human health and welfare and thinks it should be regulated using the Clean Air Act. What are the likely outcomes if carbon dioxide is regulated under the Clean Air Act? Regulating carbon dioxide means regulating the activities that emit carbon dioxide. In the United States, 85% of the energy we use comes from sources that emit carbon dioxide—coal, petroleum, and natural gas. Regulating these sources of energy will increase prices to consumers (e.g. electricity and gasoline)and reduce the economic efficiency of the economy, leading to job losses and large...
  • Expert: Clean Air Act Won't Help Global Warming

    09/19/2008 10:53:01 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 8 replies · 262+ views
    Right Side News ^ | Sept 19, 2008 | Sterling Burnett
    DALLAS (Sept. 19, 2008)- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has no evidence that greenhouse gas emissions are harming the environment, according to comments filed this week by Sterling Burnett, Senior Fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis. The EPA is considering whether it should be regulating greenhouse gas emissions and whether the Clean Air Act is an effective way to do so. "Using the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases is not at all what the law was intended to do," Burnett said. "You're seeing a lot of regulation without any results." According to Burnett, laws intended to...
  • 12 states sue EPA on refinery carbon emissions

    08/25/2008 11:46:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 29 replies · 338+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 25, 2008
    New York and 11 other states are suing federal environmental regulators over greenhouse gas emissions from oil refineries, the New York attorney general's office said on Monday. The suit, led by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, charges that the Environmental Protection Agency violated the federal Clean Air Act by refusing to issue standards, known as new source performance standards, for controlling global warming pollution emissions from oil refineries. Note: Other states in the suit are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. New York City and Washington D.C. also joined in...
  • CHANGE IN THE AIR-federal ban on ozone-depleting CFCs will affect those w/ asthma

    08/14/2008 5:21:35 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 11 replies · 239+ views
    ncpa.org ^ | August 14, 2008
    A federal ban on ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), to conform to the Clean Air Act, is, ironically, affecting 22.9 million people in the United States who suffer from asthma, says Scientific American. Generic inhaled albuterol -- the most commonly prescribed short-acting asthma medication that requires CFCs to propel it into the lungs -- will no longer be legally sold after December 21, 2008. As more patients see their prescriptions change and costs go up -- the reformulated brand-name alternatives can be three times as expensive, raising the cost to about $40 per inhaler -- many question why this ban must begin...
  • The EPA's Attack On The U.S. Economy

    07/11/2008 9:33:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies · 157+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | July 11, 2008 | Phil Kerpen
    Opponents of a massive new energy tax and federal bureaucracy breathed a small sigh of relief last month when the Lieberman-Warner climate tax bill went down in flames on the Senate floor, with even 10 Democrats breaking from the party line and saying, in writing, that they would have opposed the bill on final passage. Unfortunately, power-mad bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency are undaunted. Empowered by an activist Supreme Court in the 5-4 Massachusetts v. EPA decision, the EPA is expected today to release a staggering document blueprinting a dizzying array of greenhouse gas regulatory programs under dozens of...
  • GAO: DOD lacks evidence for exemptions

    03/07/2008 2:46:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 183+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/7/08 | Erica Werner - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon hasn't made the case for exemptions from three environmental laws or provided examples of how military operations have been impeded by them, a congressional report said Friday. The Government Accountability Office report came after the Navy lost in court over training exercises it was conducting under an exemption to the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Environmentalists contended that the Navy's use of sonar could harm whales off the Southern California coast, and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled March 2 that the Navy had to limit the sonar use. In a written response included in...
  • CA: Judge rules Kern County dairy needs air pollution permit (violated Clear Air Act per Judge)

    09/26/2007 8:06:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 146+ views
    A Kern County dairy violated the federal Clean Air Act when it built a new plant before obtaining an air permit and complying with the latest air pollution requirements, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment sued C&R Vanderham Dairy nearly two years ago in U.S. District Court in Fresno, claiming the dairy needed to apply for an air permit before beginning construction. The plaintiffs argued that volatile organic compounds in decomposing dairy manure, livestock feed, and cows' digestive systems contributed to the region's polluted air. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District...
  • New Climate for Global Energy Policy

    02/02/2007 4:11:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 468+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | February 2, 2007 | Patrick J. Michaels
    The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a slim summary today trimming down thousands of pages of its massive overall Fourth Scientific Assessment on global warming, which will be released in May. It is hoped that the "Summary for Policymakers" will be an accurate distillation. Hundreds of scientists have been involved in the review process, and it is safe to say that means hundreds of bored scientists, because there is very little in it that is scientifically new. For example, it will report with increasing certitude that humans are responsible for most of the surface warming that began in...
  • Bay Area air regulators consider ban on wood fires

    02/02/2007 2:21:49 PM PST · by SmithL · 49 replies · 851+ views
    San Francisco Bay area air quality regulators are proposing a mandatory ban on wood fires in fireplaces and stoves when the air is bad. Under the proposed rules, wood fires would be prohibited in the nine-county Bay Area on "Spare the Air" days — when air quality is expected to reach unhealthy levels. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board has asked its staff to draft rule options so it can hold hearings on a proposed ban this summer.
  • States will tell Supreme Court feds must act on warming

    11/25/2006 9:06:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 1,035+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/25/06 | David G. Savage
    WASHINGTON — The polar icecaps are melting, summers growing hotter and hurricanes becoming more powerful, but the Bush administration has insisted it cannot regulate the gases that many believe are responsible. On Wednesday, a coalition of 12 states, led by California and Massachusetts, will try to persuade the Supreme Court that the nation's environmental regulators have the legal authority and responsibility to control greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming — which many scientists describe as the biggest environmental threat to the planet. It is a rare day when state lawyers travel to Washington hoping to win new powers for...
  • Clean Air Act Cited In Expected [EnvironMENTAL] Lawsuit

    11/04/2006 11:24:27 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 397+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 2, 2006 | Eric M. Weiss
    Two environmental groups say they will sue to stop construction of the intercounty connector, arguing that building the highway would violate sections of the federal Clean Air Act. Environmental Defense and the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club said the Washington region already fails to meet certain clean-air standards and that building the six-lane, 18-mile highway would increase pollution. The $2.4 billion intercounty connector would link Interstate 270 in Montgomery County with Interstate 95 in Prince George's County. "There are elementary schools and nursing centers close to the ICC, and people who live and work within several hundred yards of...
  • California’s Global Warming Dodge

    09/29/2006 7:05:57 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 575+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | September 22, 2006 | Jerry Taylor and Peter Van Doren
    With great fanfare, California is about to pass a law mandating a 25 percent cut in state greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. While AB 32 appears to be a big development at first glance, closer examination reveals that it is little more than a sophisticated political dodge; a convenient vehicle by which politicians can appear to do something about global warming without actually having to do much of anything concrete about it. If past is prologue, environmentalists are in for a big disappointment. AB 32's environmental promise comes due 14 years hence – that is, long after the politicians who...
  • Cap and Sue

    07/12/2006 7:34:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 500+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 12, 2006 | Wall Street Journal
    One of the great revolutions in environmental policy has been the adoption of the "cap-and-trade" method for controlling air pollution, starting with the 1990 Clean Air Act. The basic idea is to have the government set overall limits and let the market figure out how most efficiently to achieve the goal. And it has been a major success: Over the past 35 years U.S. energy consumption has increased by 48%, and population by 42%, while emissions of the six most common pollutants have decreased by 53%. Yet that achievement is now threatened by federal, state and private lawsuits asking the...
  • Ethanol's Dirty Little Secrets

    07/12/2006 7:56:43 AM PDT · by Jane2005 · 7 replies · 296+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 7/12/2006 | Tim Carney
    Today's politicians try to justify ethanol's upward pressure on gasoline prices by touting it as a "clean fuel," but that claim is dubious. In fact, ethanol was on the verge of being outlawed by clean air laws in October, 1992, when President George Bush called for exempting ethanol from the Clean Air Act. In the summer of 1991 an eclectic group from the petroleum industry, the ethanol industry, government agencies, and environmental groups all sat down to hammer out new regulations required by the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act, setting stricter standards for automobile emissions of Carbon Monoxide...
  • Courting Regulatory Disaster - or Clarity

    07/05/2006 11:33:08 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies · 509+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 06 July 2006 | Roy Spencer
    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case being brought by a dozen states, several major cities, and environmental groups who want carbon dioxide, widely believed to be contributing to the current global warming trend, to be designated as a pollutant. The plaintiffs are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's decision in 2003 that carbon dioxide (CO2) is not a pollutant that would come under the regulatory portions of the Clean Air Act. That decision has been upheld by two lower court rulings. A Supreme Court decision siding with the plaintiffs could have wide-ranging consequences, since it would open the...
  • Judges Overturn Bush Bid to Ease Pollution Rules

    03/21/2006 3:49:54 PM PST · by I got the rope · 5 replies · 420+ views
    NY Times ^ | 18 Mar 06 | MICHAEL JANOFSKY
    WASHINGTON, March 17 — A federal appeals court on Friday overturned a clean-air regulation issued by the Bush administration that would have let many power plants, refineries and factories avoid installing costly new pollution controls to help offset any increased emissions caused by repairs and replacements of equipment.
  • CA: Court: State did not meet burden under Clean Air Act

    02/22/2006 10:34:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 274+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/22/06 | AP - Sacramento
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - California violated the Clean Air Act when it decided nine years ago that no regulations were necessary to cut smog-forming compounds in farm and commercial pesticides, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton's decision means that lawyers for environmental groups and the state will meet to discuss possible remedies for the pollution. Lawyers for both groups have been ordered to file briefs in 20 days. "The bottom line is that the state should have had regulations in place to have a 20 percent reduction of these emissions in five basins by this year," said...
  • Selling credits has its rewards

    01/17/2006 9:43:09 AM PST · by rellimpank · 4 replies · 227+ views
    Nevada Power Co. can expect to receive $9 million yearly as its share from the sale of sulfur dioxide pollution credits if the coal-fired Mohave Generating Station at Laughlin remains closed. Under the Clean Air Act of 1990, a company that needs to increase its production, and thus increase pollution, can do so if it buys an offset credit from another company that has curtailed air pollution.
  • Ariz. mine closure throws Indians out of work

    01/01/2006 12:28:36 PM PST · by bkwells · 56 replies · 1,132+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 1/1/2006 | John M. Broder
    BLACK MESA, Ariz. – The gigantic earthmoving crane sits idle, stilled by a legal, cultural and environmental dispute playing out far from the rich vein of coal beneath the desert of remote northeastern Arizona. Some welcome the idling of the crane, calling it a symbol of the rape of the land and precious water below. Others, mostly American Indians who have come to depend on the high-paying jobs at the mine, are furious. For 35 years, the Black Mesa Mine has produced coal for a power plant in southern Nevada. But the plant suspended operations at the end of December,...