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  • 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...
  • Turn Your Head and Cough: The Bait-and-Switch Enviro Swindle

    08/22/2011 8:41:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2011 | Marita Noon
    In reaching to remain relevant, the environmental movement has had to change tactics.  Back in the seventies, when America looked like China does today, environmental issues needed attention. But then we cleaned up the air and water. The skies and rivers went from brown to blue. As Greenpeace cofounder Patrick Moore explains, in order to stay relevant, environmentalists had to find new issues.For most of the last decade global warming has been their cause, and carbon—or burning fossil fuels—was vilified as the cause. This gave way to a whole new industry: green. Green energy would replace fossil fuels. Wind and...
  • 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...
  • EPA’s Power Sapper - The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule is an economy killer.

    07/15/2011 5:23:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 39 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | July 13, 2011 | Kathleen Hartnett White
    EPA's Power SapperThe Cross-State Air Pollution Rule is an economy killer. On July 7, the Environmental Protection Agency adopted strict new standards on power-plant emissions that cross state lines — the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). The rule has been the focus of multiple White House meetings, hastily called legislative hearings, and last-ditch letters from congressmen, unions, industry, and the states — all pleading with EPA to consider the jobs that will be lost because of this single rule. And it is only the latest installment in dizzying series of new EPA rules with multi-billion-dollar compliance costs and dubious or...
  • 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...
  • EPA Funds Green Groups That Sue The Agency To Expand

    07/06/2011 5:56:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 6, 2011 | JOHN MERLINE
    When the Environmental Protection Agency said in late June that it would force Western coal-fired power plants to install haze-reducing pollution-control equipment at a cost of $1.5 billion a year, it said it had to in order to settle a lawsuit by environmental groups. One organization involved in the suit, the Environmental Defense Fund, has a long history of taking the EPA to court. In fact, a cursory review finds almost half a dozen cases in the past 10 years. The odd thing is that the EPA, in turn, has handed EDF $2.76 million in grants over that same period,...
  • EPA Warns House Bill Would 'Overturn' Clean Water Law

    06/27/2011 3:23:26 PM PDT · by EBH · 63 replies
    New York Times ^ | 6/23/11 | Paul Quillian
    U.S. EPA warned of the potential dire consequences of legislation being fast-tracked through the House that would give states final say on rules concerning water, wetlands and mountaintop-removal mining. In a four-page legal analysis (pdf), EPA said the measure (H.R. 2018 (pdf)) sponsored by House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) and ranking member Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) "would overturn almost 40 years of federal legislation by preventing EPA from protecting public health and water quality." GOP House leaders expect to bring the bill to a floor vote this summer. EPA said the Mica-Rahall bill would "significantly undermine" the agency's...
  • 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...
  • Supreme Court indicates it will dismiss major climate-change case

    04/19/2011 12:31:08 PM PDT · by library user · 126 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 19, 2011 | by Andrew Restuccia
    Key U.S. Supreme Court justices signaled Tuesday they are inclined to give deference to the Environmental Protection Agency rather than the courts on the issue of major power companies' greenhouse-gas emissions. The justices' comments indicate a major climate-change case, American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, will be dismissed by the high court. "Congress set up the EPA to promulgate standards for emissions, and the relief you're seeking seems to me to set up a district judge, who does not have the resources, the expertise, as a kind of super EPA," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Tuesday. The Supreme Court heard...
  • EPA regulations could make it difficult for Americans to stay warm this winter

    12/14/2010 7:10:19 AM PST · by EBH · 57 replies
    With reports predicting brutally-cold weather to envelop much of the U.S. in the coming weeks, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations could make it harder for Americans to stay warm. According to the National Center for Public Policy, the EPA’s regulatory war on greenhouse gas emissions will drastically increase costs for the majority of Americans who get their heat generated from coal. Coal happens to be the chief emitter of carbon dioxide and other pollutants, making it the EPA’s public enemy number one. And in absence of a comprehensive energy bill, the agency’s strategy has instead been to regulate and cap...