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  • 12 states sue EPA over agency's alleged 'sue and settle' tactics

    07/16/2013 11:09:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 17, 2013/
    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and the attorneys general of 11 other states sued the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday, demanding that the agency turn over documents the states allege will show the agency cooperates with environmental groups as part of a "sue and settle" legal strategy to develop regulations. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City, alleges that binding consent decrees between the EPA and environmental groups that have sued the agency over the years have led to new rules and regulations for states without allowing their attorneys general to defend their interests and those of its...
  • As ATP Oil Files For Bankruptcy, CEO Blames Obama For Company's Collapse

    08/18/2012 12:35:31 PM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/18/2012 | Christopher Helman
    When I get Paul Bulmahn on the phone rumors are swirling that he’s just days from putting his company, ATP Oil & Gas, into Chapter 11. He can’t confirm it yet, but he wants to make one thing perfectly clear: If it does come to bankruptcy (which it did on August 17) it isn’t his fault. The founder and chairman of publicly traded ATP (Nasdaq:ATPG), Bulmahn wants the world to know that the Obama Administration—and its illegal ban on deepwater drilling in the wake of the BP disaster—is to blame for the implosion of his company. Not him. “It is...
  • EPA Takes Swipe at Romney

    08/12/2012 8:20:21 PM PDT · by GraceG · 16 replies
    So looks like the EPA is taking a swipe at Romney, which is funny because I thought ads by the government couldn;t be overtly political.... Oh well I guess them insinuating that due to the "higher efficiency standards" pushed down everyone's throat that the dog on Romney's car will have to stay there even longer.... This is a stupendously stupid low blow by the EPA... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgs1XH3PqEM
  • Region 1 EPA Administrator: Obama coal rules ‘painful every step of the way'

    06/04/2012 3:59:28 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 4, 2012 | Caroline May
    Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe plans to highlight a little-known speech by an EPA regional administrator who admitted on video that the Obama’s administration’s air regulations will kill the coal industry. “Lisa Jackson has put forth a very powerful message to the country. Just two days ago, the decision on greenhouse gas performance standard and saying basically gas plants are the performance standard which means if you want to build a coal plant you got a big problem. That was a huge decision,” Region 1 EPA Administrator Curtis “Curt” Spalding says, in footage filmed at Yale University. “You can’t imagine...
  • EPA holds 12-hour hearings with environmentalists to slow coal production

    05/24/2012 8:58:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/24/12 | Josh Peterson
    The Environmental Protection Agency held 12 hours of stacked hearings in Washington, D.C. and Chicago on Thursday in favor of a regulation that analysts have concluded would kill the building of new conventional coal plants in the U.S. Among the participants scheduled to testify in consecutive five minute blocks throughout the day were multiple representatives from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and environmental activists from the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Greenpeace. The proposed rule, reported by The Washington Post in March, limits the amount of greenhouse gases emitted...
  • 200,000 Blue Collar Coal Miners Who Power America Threatened by Obama EPA

    05/11/2012 11:28:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/11/2012 | Fox News
    In obscure, blue-collar towns across Appalachia -- places that most Americans have never seen -- generations of coal miners have toiled away at back-breaking labor to power American homes and industry. Now, as many as 200,000 of them who dig, process, transport and burn America's most abundant fuel are threatened by EPA's latest coal rule. It imposes a standard for emissions that is all but impossible for many plants to meet. It requires coal-fired plants to release no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour. The only means for many older plants to attain that standard is...
  • EPA Official: EPAs "philosophy" is to "crucify" and "make examples" of US energy producers

    04/25/2012 5:15:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    YouTube ^ | 4/25/12 | JimInhofePressOffice
    In a Senate speech, Senator Inhofe will draw attention to a little known video from 2010, which shows a top EPA official, Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz, using the vivid metaphor of crucifixion to explain EPA's enforcement tactics for oil and gas producers. In this video Administrator Armendariz says: "But as I said, oil and gas is an enforcement priority, it's one of seven, so we are going to spend a fair amount of time looking at oil and gas production. And I gave, I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my...
  • LISTEN: Justice Alito Fired Up in Case Pitting Property Owners Against EPA

    01/17/2012 8:11:13 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 48 replies · 1+ views
    ABC ^ | January 17, 2012 | Ariane de Vogue
    Justice Samuel Alito seemed none too pleased last week with the government’s argument in a case pitting property owners against the Environmental Protection Agency. Four years ago, Mike and Chantell Sackett bought property to build their dream home near a lake in Idaho. After obtaining local permits the Sacketts began work, pouring in some land fill. But their work came to a screeching halt when they were visited by officials from the Environmental Protection Agency. The couple was slapped with a compliance order asserting that the land is subject to the Clean Water Act and that they had illegally placed...
  • CFL bulbs: Shedding Light on Misleading Performance Claims (EPA's claims about CFL's are bogus)

    01/14/2012 8:08:34 PM PST · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 185 replies · 1+ views
    By Kirk Myers, Seminole County Environmental News Examiner This article, the second in a series, focuses on the misleading performance claims surrounding the “more energy efficient” compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs now replacing traditional incandescent bulbs. These potentially harmful mercury-filled lamps (see my previous column describing the dangers) are being forced on consumers by the U.S. congress with support from the Green Lobby and light-bulb manufacturers like GE, Sylvania and Phillips. These and other manufacturers stand to make huge profits selling the more expensive CFLs (more on that issue in my next column). There is a growing body of evidence...
  • EPA Fines Companies Because They Didn’t Use A Fuel That Doesn’t Exist

    01/11/2012 1:38:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    Human Events ^ | 01/11/2012 | John Hayward
    Gosh, it’s tough to figure out why that recovery is stalled. The Orwellian nightmare of running a business in the shadow of the Obama Administration is nicely captured in this story from the New York Times, which explains why motor fuel companies are about to be fined $6.8 million for failure to use a biofuel that does not exist: In 2012, the oil companies expect to pay even higher penalties for failing to blend in the fuel, which is made from wood chips or the inedible parts of plants like corncobs. Refiners were required to blend 6.6 million gallons into gasoline and...
  • EPA: (U.S.) Power plants main global warming culprits (ULTRa BaRF ALerT! Gubamint Runamuckin')

    01/11/2012 1:06:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/11/12 | Dina Cappiello - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The most detailed data yet on emissions of heat-trapping gases show that U.S. power plants are responsible for the bulk of the pollution blamed for global warming. Power plants released 72 percent of the greenhouse gases reported to the Environmental Protection Agency for 2010, according to information released Wednesday that was the first catalog of global warming pollution by facility. The data include more than 6,700 of the largest industrial sources of greenhouse gases, or about 80 percent of total U.S. emissions. According to an Associated Press analysis of the data, 20 mostly coal-fired power plants in...
  • Obama Thanks EPA For ‘Historic Progress’

    01/11/2012 9:22:29 AM PST · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/11/2012 | Jared A. Favole
    In an apparent attempt to shore up support from environmentalists ahead of the presidential election, President Barack Obama made a trip to the Environmental Protection Agency to thank employees for what he said was the “historic progress” they’ve made in protecting the environment. “You protect the environment not just for our children but their children, and keep us moving toward energy independence,” Mr. Obama said in a speech to about 200 employees at the EPA’s headquarters in D.C. The president also sought to tamp down criticism from some business groups and Republican presidential candidates that environmental regulations hamper economic growth....
  • A weak defense of EPA

    01/10/2012 8:11:44 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 21 replies
    Scotusblog ^ | Jan 9 2012 | Lyle Denniston
    With a federal government lawyer conceding almost every criticism leveled at the way the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency compels landowners to avoid polluting the nation’s waterways, the Supreme Court on Monday seemed well on its way toward finding some way to curb that agency’s enforcement powers. Their task was made easier as Deputy U.S. Solicitor General Malcolm L. Stewart stopped just short of saying that EPA was just as heavy-handed as its adversaries — and several of the Justices — were saying. Perhaps the most telling example: when several of the Justices expressed alarm that a homeowner targeted by EPA’s...
  • Supreme Court Hears Case of 'Dream House' Stopped by EPA (EPA claims homeowners have NO rights)

    01/09/2012 6:55:59 PM PST · by tobyhill · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/9/2012 | Shannon Bream
    Since 2007, Mike and Chantell Sackett have been fighting to build their dream home on the Idaho lot they bought years ago. The Sacketts say they had gotten local permits and spent thousands prepping the land for construction - then the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) showed up. The EPA told the Sacketts their property contained wetlands and issued a compliance order mandating that they return it to its original state or risk facing fines starting at $37,500 per day. The Sacketts say they were stunned, and asked the EPA for a hearing on the matter. The agency denied their request,...
  • Justices criticize EPA’s dealings with Idaho homeowners

    01/09/2012 10:26:29 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 88 replies · 10+ views
    WASHINGTON — Several Supreme Court justices are criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency for heavy-handed enforcement of rules affecting homeowners. The justices were considering whether to let a North Idaho couple challenge an EPA order identifying their land as “protected wetlands.” Mike and Chantell Sackett of Priest Lake wanted to build their house on the land. But the EPA says the Sacketts can’t challenge the order to restore the land to wetlands or face thousands of dollars in fines. Justice Samuel Alito called EPA’s actions “outrageous.” Justice Antonin Scalia noted the “high-handedness of the agency” in dealing with private property. Chief...
  • Federal Agency Cancels Water Delivery to Pennsylvania Town

    01/07/2012 5:59:10 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 43 replies
    ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency abruptly changed its mind Saturday about delivering fresh water to residents of a northeastern Pennsylvania village where residential wells were found to be tainted by a natural gas drilling operation. Only 24 hours after promising them water, EPA officials informed residents of Dimock that a tanker truck wouldn't be coming after all -- an about-face that left them furious, confused and let down -- and, once again, scrambling for water for bathing, washing dishes and flushing toilets. Agency officials would not explain why they reneged on their promise, or say whether water...
  • EPA’s Killer MACT

    01/05/2012 7:52:25 AM PST · by csd · 6 replies
    Beforeitsnews.com ^ | Jan 5, 2012 | Emerging Corruption
    To understand how the Environmental Protection Agency operates, one must first understand that it lies all the time. Its “estimates” are bogus. Its claims of lives saved are bogus. It thrives on scare-mongering to a public that is science-challenged, but the science remains and the EPA must be challenged to save the nation from the loss of the energy it needs to function. It must be challenged to unleash the huge economic benefits of energy resources—coal, oil, and natural gas—that can reverse our present economic decline. The latest outrage is the MACT rule—an acronym for “maximum achievable control technology” intended...
  • Supreme Court case involving Idaho lake house ignites conservative cause against EPA

    01/02/2012 5:27:12 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 58 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2012 | Robert Barnes
    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho — Chantell and Mike Sackett’s dream house, if it is ever built, will have to be situated just so in order to minimize the view of neighboring homes and maximize the vista of pristine water and conifer-covered mountain. But their roughly half-acre lot in the Idaho Panhandle has proved to be the perfect staging ground for a conservative uproar over the powers of the Environmental Protection Agency. This month, the Supreme Court will review the Sacketts’s four-year-long effort to build on land that the EPA says contains environmentally sensitive wetlands. A decision in the couple’s favor could...
  • EXCLUSIVE: EPA Ponders Expanded Regulatory Power In Name of 'Sustainable Development"

    12/19/2011 9:40:45 AM PST · by NCDragon · 25 replies
    FOXNews.com ^ | December 19, 2011 | George Russell
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to change how it analyzes problems and makes decisions, in a way that will give it vastly expanded power to regulate businesses, communities and ecosystems in the name of “sustainable development,” the centerpiece of a global United Nations conference slated for Rio de Janeiro next June. The major focus of the EPA thinking is a weighty study the agency commissioned last year from the National Academies of Science. Published in August, the study, entitled “Sustainability and the U.S. EPA,” cost nearly $700,000 and involved a team of a dozen outside experts and about half...
  • Lisa Jackson's Freudian Slip (EPA Princess she is to "level the playing field" for solar and wind)

    11/22/2011 8:28:38 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 33 replies
    Psychoanalysis is usually the wrong way to understand politics, but the Obama Administration may be reviving the field with its Freudian slips. The latest to land on the couch is Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson, who gave an unintentionally candid interview this weekend with Thalia Assuras of Energy Now News.
  • Two East Texas coal power plants to be idled to meet emissions limits (EPA forces them closed)

    10/04/2011 9:05:05 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 38 replies
    Ft. Worth Star Telegram ^ | 10/4/2011 | Jim Fuquay
    Luminant, the Dallas-based electricity generator that has protested federal regulators' timetable to curtail emissions from its coal-fired plants, said Monday it will idle two of those facilities and stop mining Texas lignite at some locations by the end of the year, costing about 500 jobs. Luminant said it took the actions to prepare to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, which requires electricity generators in 27 states to cut emissions by Jan. 1, a deadline CEO David Campbell called "unrealistic." The company said it will spend about $280 million through 2012 on emissions control equipment, but won't...
  • EPA’s greenhouse gas science didn’t follow its own peer review procedure, Inspector General says

    09/28/2011 9:17:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/28/2011 | Tina Korbe
    The data process used to arrive at the administration’s determination that greenhouse gases endanger “the public health and welfare” violated the Environmental Protection Agency’s own peer review procedure, a new report from the EPA Office of the Inspector General reveals.Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, requested this report in April, asking that the OIG determine whether the EPA “followed key federal and Agency regulations and policies in developing and reviewing the technical data used to make and support its greenhouse gases endangerment finding.” Now, Inhofe is calling for a series of...
  • Obama Administration to Ban Asthma Inhalers Over Environmental Concerns

    09/23/2011 12:34:09 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 206 replies
    Obama Administration to Ban Asthma Inhalers Over Environmental Concerns 3:00 PM, Sep 23, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts Remember how Obama recently waived new ozone regulations at the EPA because they were too costly? Well, it seems that the Obama administration is would rather make people with Asthma cough up money than let them make a surely inconsequential contribution to depleting the ozone layer: Asthma patients who rely on over-the-counter inhalers will need to switch to prescription-only alternatives as part of the federal government's latest attempt to protect the Earth's atmosphere. The...
  • 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...
  • Stop the EPA's Attack on Property Rights

    07/26/2011 12:01:25 PM PDT · by Twotone · 25 replies
    Americans for Prosperty ^ | July 26, 2011 | Phil Kerpen
    President Obama wants to control all the land and all the water in the United States. Legislation that would have deleted the word "navigable" from the federal Clean Water Act and given the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers jurisdiction over every drop of moisture in the country crashed and burned last Congress, ending the 36-year congressional career of its lead sponsor, Jim Oberstar, in the process. But Obama's EPA, as usual, won't take no for an answer, and is now attempting to ignore two Supreme Court decisions, commonsense, and the American people and vastly expand federal Clean Water Act...
  • Cleaner air, costlier electricity under new EPA rule

    07/07/2011 11:38:30 AM PDT · by John W · 17 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | July 7, 2011 | msnbc.com staff and news service reports
    WASHINGTON — In an effort to curb air pollution in downwind states, the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday ordered utilities to either clean up or shut down older coal-fired power plants in 27 states in the eastern half of the U.S. While EPA chief Lisa Jackson argues the cleaner air will improve public health, pushback already has come from some states and companies operating older coal-fired power plants. They say the rule could prove too costly and that the timeline for compliance is too short. Anticipating the EPA order, Oklahoma sued the agency in May, citing costs of up to...
  • Obama Backs EPA War on Coal, While Networks Ignore Harm to Industry

    06/17/2011 6:58:12 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 25 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 6/17/2011 | Julia A Seymour
    Major utility announces proposal to retire power plants, layoff workers and spend billions to comply with 'pending' regulations. It is no longer a secret that President Obama's administration is willing to allow electricity prices to "necessarily skyrocket," in order to accomplish his green energy agenda. Although he has so far been unsuccessful at instituting cap-and-trade, Obama's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hard at work running coal companies and consumers into the ground. Not that you'd know it from ABC, NBC and CBS news coverage. According to Paul Bedard's June 8 Washington Whispers column in US News & World Report, "two...
  • Get ready for electricity prices to “necessarily skyrocket" (Bills go up as much as 60% by 2014)

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

    05/29/2011 10:31:28 AM PDT · by I got the rope · 88 replies
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | May 25, 2011 | Willie Soon
    By WILLIE SOON AND PAUL DRIESSEN The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued 946 pages of new rules requiring that U.S. power plants sharply reduce their (already low) emissions of mercury and other air pollutants. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson claims that while the regulations will cost electricity producers $10.9 billion annually, they will save 17,000 lives and generate up to $140 billion in health benefits. There is no factual basis for these assertions. To build its case against mercury, the EPA systematically ignored evidence and clinical studies that contradict its regulatory agenda, which is to punish hydrocarbon use. Mercury has always...
  • Shell Oil Lambastes Odd EPA Denial on Drilling

    04/26/2011 2:59:28 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 30 replies
    newsmax ^ | 4/26/2011 | By Martin Gould
    After spending nearly $4 billion exploring, Shell Oil has been told it cannot start drilling for an estimated 27 billion gallons in the country’s most remote place — because a boat it uses might pollute the air. The Environmental Protection Agency’s appeals board denied permission for the Anglo-Dutch company to drill in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska’s northern coast, Fox News reports. Shell did not take emissions from an icebreaking vessel into consideration when calculating so-called greenhouse gases from the project, the board said. The closest human habitation to the proposed drilling site is the native Alaskan village of Kaktovik,...
  • Energy in America: EPA Rules Force Shell to Abandon Oil Drilling Plans

    04/25/2011 6:28:52 AM PDT · by thackney · 77 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 25, 2011 | Dan Springer
    Shell Oil Company has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska. The decision comes following a ruling by the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits. The move has angered some in Congress and triggered a flurry of legislation aimed at stripping the EPA of its oil drilling oversight. Shell has spent five years and nearly $4 billion dollars on plans to explore for oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The leases alone cost $2.2 billion. Shell Vice President Pete Slaiby says obtaining...