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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 Delays Climate Plan Until After November Elections

    09/18/2014 7:10:35 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | September 17, 2014 | Dr. Benny Peiser
    Barack Obama applied the brakes to the most critical component of his climate change plan on Tuesday, slowing the process of setting new rules cutting carbon pollution from power plants, and casting a shadow over a landmark United Nations’ summit on global warming. In a conference call with reporters, the Environmental Protection Agency said it was extending the public comment period on the power plant rules for an additional 45 days, until 1 December. The delay follows heavy lobby by Republicans and industry lobby groups to delay the rule – or withdraw it outright.—Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, 16 September 2014
  • Blackout: Power Goes Off During House Climate Hearing with Obama Science Czar John Holdren ...

    09/18/2014 6:55:09 AM PDT · by shove_it · 12 replies
    ClimateDepot ^ | 17 Sep 2014 | Marc Morano
    Full headline: Blackout: Power Goes Off During House Climate Hearing with Obama Science Czar John Holdren — Lights blink on and off and stay off for almost a minute Washington D.C.- A total blackout of a House Science committee occurred during a House Hearing on Climate Change and the EPA’s power plans. The lights went out and the room was plunged into total darkness at 10:23 AM in the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing was titled: Full Committee Hearing – “The Administration’s Climate Plan: Failure by Design” - 2318 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 | Sep 17,...
  • Obama seeks faster phaseout of popular coolant in effort to curb greenhouse gases

    09/16/2014 4:44:42 AM PDT · by MikeinMotley · 54 replies
    wapo ^ | September 15, 2014 | Joby Warrick
    The Obama administration is preparing to introduce major steps to phase out production of a popular chemical coolant used in refrigerators and air conditioners, citing growing evidence that the substance is contributing to the warming of the planet. The White House will announce on Tuesday a series of voluntary commitments by some of the country’s largest chemical firms and retailers to move rapidly away from R-134a and similar compounds used in nearly every office, home and automobile in the country, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the effort.
  • Emails show ‘collusion’ between EPA, environmental lobby: watchdog

    09/15/2014 5:56:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 15, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    The EPA and environmental groups are exceptionally close for a government agency and lobby groups, with a revolving door and pressure from the groups often shaping EPA’s policies, according to a new report from a conservative watchdog group based on emails obtained in a yearslong battle with the agency. The report, which details what the Energy & Environment Legal Institute terms “collusion” between the Environmental Protection Agency and eco-friendly groups, is also a study in the way E&E; used open records laws to force transparency on a secretive agency. Chris Horner, the report’s author, said the emails show EPA officials...
  • House passes bill to limit EPA overreach on ditch water

    09/13/2014 8:59:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 9/13/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    People like to say that the Do Nothing Congress generally lives up to its name, but this week the House of Representatives actually managed to get together and pass something. H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, somehow got to the floor for a vote and even garnered the support of 35 Democrats in addition to nearly all the Republicans. The subject at hand is the perennial thorn in the side of regulatory hawks, the Clean Water Act (CWA).
  • GOP prepares 100 day agenda for takeover of Senate

    09/12/2014 6:46:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-12-14 | Miller
    Senate Republicans are preparing an agenda for their first 100 days in power next year in case they win majority control of the upper chamber, The Hill reported. The agenda includes authorizing the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, approving “fast-track” trade authority, rolling back new Environmental Protection Agency regulations and repealing Obamacare’s unpopular tax on medical devices. Republican senators insisted they were not “measuring the drapes” in anticipation of a wave election sweeping them into power after years in the minority. “We will have to be prepared if we are in a position to govern,” Sen. Bob Corker said. “You...
  • House votes to block proposed EPA clean water rule

    09/09/2014 4:05:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | September 9, 2014 | By Sabrina Eaton
    The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday took a largely symbolic vote on a bill intended to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from implementing a rule it proposed earlier this year that's meant to clarify which water bodies are federally protected under the Clean Water Act. Foes call the EPA proposal a "power grab" by the federal government that would subject waters such as streams, ponds, even puddles to the EPA's red tape, bureaucracy and permitting requirements.
  • EPA Proposed Regulations to Shut Down Coal-Fired Power Plants

    09/09/2014 8:42:16 AM PDT · by walford · 52 replies
    Jim's Blog ^ | Jun 5, 2014 | Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R) Okla
    On Monday (Jun 2), the Obama Administration took a major step toward shutting down the US coal industry, a stated goal from his presidential campaign. The Environmental Protection Agency proposed sweeping new regulations to limit so-called “greenhouse gas” emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. These regulations would make coal-powered electrical generation in the US uneconomical. Under this plan, “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket” as the President promised in his 2008 campaign. To what gain? The Wall Street Journal reported, “Based on the EPA's own carbon accounting, shutting down every coal-fired power plant tomorrow and replacing them with zero-carbon sources would...
  • Climate: EPA eyes limits on airline carbon pollution

    09/08/2014 4:56:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    Summit County Citizens Voice (CO) ^ | September 8, 2014 | By Bob Berwyn
    U.S. airlines may soon be required to at least start thinking about cutting their carbon footprint. The EPA last week started a rule-making process aimed at determining whether fast-growing carbon emissions from American aircraft endanger public health and welfare. The EPA action came a month after the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Earth, which is represented by Earthjustice, threatened to sue the agency for failing to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from aircraft. Conservation advocates say airlines could easily make big cuts in emissions, for example by upgrading fleets with fuel-efficient planes.
  • Climate consensus plummets to 7.5%

    09/08/2014 6:22:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 9/8/2014 | Lord Monckton
    At the U.N. climate gabfest in Doha, exactly 21 months ago, world “leaders” decided they would extend the failed Kyoto Protocol from 2012 to 2020, with nations outbidding each other in their commitments to shut down their economies for no good reason at all. Technically, the Protocol had already lapsed, but world “leaders” do not pay much attention to the law. However, a show of hands at the lamentably disorganized Doha climate yadayadathon was not enough. Individual nations were required, under the usual rules for treaties, to lodge an instrument of accession to the amendment with the U.N. as the...
  • EPA’s Phony “Environmental Justice” Caper

    09/07/2014 8:45:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    When it comes to energy, climate change, justice and transparency, the Obama Administration and its Environmental Protection Agency want it every possible way. Their only consistency is their double standards and their determination to slash hydrocarbon use, ensure that electricity prices “necessarily skyrocket,” expand federal government command and control, and “fundamentally transform” America.The president was thus eager to give away Seal Team secrets in bragging about “he” got Osama bin Laden. But in sharp contrast, there has been no transparency on Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal – or the data and analyses that supposedly support Environmental Protection Agency...
  • CO: Secret EPA Water Maps Released

    09/03/2014 11:24:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Watchdog Wire - Colorado ^ | August 27, 2014 | Joshua Sharf
    Secret EPA water maps obtained by the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology graphically show the increase reach of the EPA’s regulatory authority over Colorado’s waters under proposed rules supported by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Boulder). The maps were drawn up in October 2013, but were only turned over to the Committee today. There is some dispute as to whether the maps relate to the Agency’s proposed Waters of the US Rules, which would bring intermittent and ephemeral waters under the agency’s control. The maps clearly delineate those waters, and were produced at the insistence of the Committee
  • The Chain of Enviro Command How a Club of Billionaires and Foundations Control the Enviro Movement

    09/03/2014 8:44:29 AM PDT · by PIF · 8 replies
    EPA Minority Staff Report, US Governemnt ^ | 30 July 2014 | U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (Minority)
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In his 2010 State of the Union Address, President Obama famously chided the Supreme Court for its recent campaign finance decision by proclaiming, “With all due deference to the separation of powers, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests including foreign corporations to spend without limit in our elections." In another speech he further lamented, “There aren’t a lot of functioning democracies around the world that work this way where you can basically have millionaires and billionaires bankrolling whoever they want, however they want, in some cases undisclosed. What it...
  • Green Markets

    09/03/2014 5:33:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 9/3/2014 | John Stossel
    Last week I said the Environmental Protection Agency has become a monster that does more harm than good. But logical people say, "What else we got?" It's natural to assume greedy capitalists will run amok and destroy the Earth unless stopped by regulation. These critics don't understand the real power of private ownership, says Terry Anderson of the Property and Environment Research Center. "Long before the EPA was a glint in anyone's eye," said Anderson on my TV show, "property rights were dealing with pollution issues."
  • Report: Households See Electricity Prices Rising At Record Levels

    09/02/2014 5:16:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/02/2014
    Electricity prices are on the rise across the country, according to federal government data. The average price has risen more than 3 percent since the same time last year — the highest year-over-year growth for the first half of the year since 2009. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, residential electricity prices — what households pay to keep the lights on — averaged 12.3 cents per kilowatt hour for the first half of this year. This is 3.2 percent above the average price this time last year. New England, however, saw prices rise significantly more than the national average....
  • 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...
  • Maps Reveal EPA Water Grab in Maryland

    09/01/2014 6:22:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Watchdog Wire ^ | August 28, 2014 | Mark Newgent
    EPA would regulate most Md waters . A new rule proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ... The proposed Waters of the United States rule, which would give the EPA jurisdiction over millions of miles of streams across the United States under the Clean Water Act, has generated bipartisan backlash in both chambers of Congress. A letter to the EPA from Democratic and Republican House members stated, “Although your agencies have maintained that the rule is narrow and clarifies CWA jurisdiction, it in face aggressively expands federal authority under the CWA while bypassing Congress and creating unnecessary ambiguity.” The...
  • Comment Period for USFWS Proposed Peninsula Bear Hunting Closure Ends [Alaska]

    08/30/2014 9:47:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Alaska Native News ^ | Aug 28, 2014
    With the public hearing in Soldotna last night, the public comment period on the proposal to close the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Brown Bear hunting season on the Kenai Peninsula comes to an end. In a release yesterday, the Governor’s office said, “Federal land managers have again proposed limiting Alaskans’ access to a state resource, the proposed closure is not justified by either resource protection concerns or federal policy. I strongly urge the Service to reconsider this action and allow state-authorized hunting to continue on the refuge.” ... The decision to temporarily close the Brown Bear season on the...
  • 'Truthy' Grant Recipient Denies Database Will Track 'Hate Speech' Despite Support for

    08/30/2014 9:27:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 8/28/2014 | Katherine Rodriguez
    So, the Indiana University professor who got the grant to create the "Truthy" database denies reports that it's going to track "hate speech." Though, a look into his background suggests he's a big fan of organizations that throw the term around liberally. The Washington Free Beacon wrote a piece earlier this week on how the federal government gave $1 million to track "hate speech" and "misinformation":
  • The High Cost of Climate-Change Politics

    08/30/2014 8:04:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/30/2014 | Anthony J. Sadar
    Regardless, essential power-generation jobs in the U.S. will be lost over the Administration's obsessive actions based on the dubious climate claim. And, so will relief for those in desperate need of low-cost abundant fossil-fuel energy worldwide. Right now, there’s a billion-dollar bonanza in government funding for climate-change research, education and reeducation, engineering and reengineering, and state and local government programs. Heaps of public dollars are ready for the taking for anyone willing to help the feds continue generating and fine-tuning the gloomy “gospel” that preaches “The end is near for low-cost, home-grown, abundant energy use.” Furthermore, financing is readily available...
  • EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

    08/30/2014 1:34:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2014 7:32 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent. In its final recommendation in a 597-page report, the agency staff agrees with EPA’s outside scientific advisers that the 6-year-old standard for how much smog is allowed needs to be stricter, saying it will save a significant number of lives and cut hospital visits. An earlier version of the report came to a similar conclusion. Industry representatives criticized the recommendation as way too costly, while environmental activists hailed it as a public health measure. …
  • Blueprint for water ‘control’? Pol says EPA made secret maps for new regulatory push

    08/28/2014 7:23:54 AM PDT · by Twotone · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 27, 2014 | Judson Berger
    A top House Republican is charging that the Environmental Protection Agency secretly drafted highly detailed maps of U.S. waterways to set the stage for a controversial plan to expand regulatory power over streams and wetlands, a claim the EPA strongly denies. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, released those maps on Wednesday, while firing off a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy voicing concerns over why they were created in the first place.
  • EPA Chief: CO2 Regulations Are About ‘Justice’ For ‘Communities Of Color’

    08/27/2014 12:36:55 PM PDT · by maggief · 67 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 27, 2014 | Michael Bastasch
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed global warming regulations aren’t just about stemming global temperature rises — according to agency’s chief, they are also about “justice” for “communities of color.” “Carbon pollution standards are an issue of justice,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in a teleconference call with environmental activists. “If we want to protect communities of color, we need to protect them from climate change.” McCarthy is referring to the EPA’s proposed rule that would limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The agency says the rule will not only help fight global warming, but will also improve public...
  • Government's green monster

    08/27/2014 6:22:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 8/27/2014 | John Stossel
    Thanks, Environmental Protection Agency! You’ve required sewage treatment plants, catalytic converters on cars and other things that made the world cleaner than the world in which I grew up. Good work. Today, America’s waterways are so much cleaner that I swim in New York City’s once-filthy Hudson River – right beside skyscrapers in which millions of people, uh, flush. The air we breathe is also cleaner than it’s been for 60 years. In a rational world, environmental bureaucrats would now say, “Mission accomplished. We set tough standards, so we don’t need to keep doing more. Stick a fork in it!...
  • Green Monster

    08/27/2014 3:29:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | John Stossel
    Thanks, Environmental Protection Agency! You've required sewage treatment plants, catalytic converters on cars and other things that made the world cleaner than the world in which I grew up. Good work. Today, America's waterways are so much cleaner that I swim in New York City's once-filthy Hudson River -- right beside skyscrapers in which millions of people, uh, flush. The air we breathe is also cleaner than it's been for 60 years. In a rational world, environmental bureaucrats would now say, "Mission accomplished. We set tough standards, so we don't need to keep doing more. Stick a fork in it!...
  • Pelosi’s home city exempted from water restrictions imposed on rural farmers

    08/21/2014 11:34:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 20, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    The Endangered Species Act has wreaked havoc for decades on rural communities, but a newly filed lawsuit could force San Francisco urbanites like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to share their pain. A federal complaint filed this week contends that the Hetch Hetchy Project, which supplies water to San Francisco and the Bay Area, has unfairly enjoyed an exemption from the “severe cutbacks” required in rural California in order to save endangered fish species. Craig Manson, who heads the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy and Reliability (CESAR) in Fresno, said the lawsuit is aimed at addressing the “double standard” that...
  • Report: EPA Exceeds Its Authority With Proposed Rules

    08/20/2014 8:15:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 19, 2014 | Peter Fricke
    Congress should use the appropriations process to reassert its authority over the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a Heritage Foundation issue brief released Tuesday.The report, written by scholar Daren Bakst, identifies three issues on which the EPA has proposed rules and regulations that exceed its authority. In all three cases, Bakst recommends that Congress prohibit the agency from using its funding to implement the proposals. (RELATED: EPA Overrides Congress, Hands Over Town to Indian Tribes)According to the report, “the EPA is using the regulatory process to require greenhouse gas emission reductions even as Congress has been unwilling to take such...
  • MEC campaigns against new EPA regulations

    08/20/2014 2:34:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Mohave Valley News ^ | August 20, 2014 | By NEIL YOUNG
    BULLHEAD CITY — There’s “no logic” to proposed new regulations on coal-fired power plants by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, said Tyler Carlson, Mohave Electric Cooperative chief executive officer. Carlson spoke at the Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon, held at Mohave Community College. MEC is not against clean air, Carlson said. “What we’re concerned about is the over-reach, the over-reaction, what we’re worried about is having rules and regulations that aren’t reasonable, that aren’t rational and that actually have collateral damage to them.” The rules changes would shut down coal production in Arizona, driving up the cost of...
  • Climate-Cooling Policies threaten Food Supplies

    08/20/2014 6:40:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/20/2014 | Viv Forbes
    A warmer, wetter climate with more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would undoubtedly produce more plant growth and more food. However climate-cooling policies that claim to prevent global warming by throttling the use of carbon fuels will definitely reduce food supply and increase food prices. The promotion of ethanol for motor fuel is anti-food. This “food for fuel” program has absorbed significant quantities of corn, soy beans, sugar and palm oils. Consequently prices for ethanol crops are higher than they would otherwise be, encouraging farmers to convert land currently devoted to grazing animals and other food crops to growing more...
  • Average Price of Ground Beef Hits All-Time High

    08/19/2014 1:57:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 67 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 19, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    The average price for all types of ground beef per pound hit its all-time high -- $3.884 per pound -- in the United States in July, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That was up from $3.880 per pound in June. A year ago, in July 2013, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $3.459 per pound. Since then, the average price for a pound of ground beef has gone up 42.1 cents--or about 12 percent. Five years ago, in July 2009, the average price for a pound of ground beef...
  • EPA’s air quality measures would hammer Nevada

    08/19/2014 12:54:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | August 19, 2014 | By ANASTASIA SWEARINGEN
    In 2011, President Barack Obama famously called for “shared sacrifice” in America. Three years later, his wish might just become the Environmental Protection Agency’s command. In the coming months, Obama’s EPA will decide whether to further tighten air quality requirements, known as the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. If the EPA gets its way (to which it is accustomed), the vast majority of the country, including Las Vegas and nearly all of Nevada, would fall into so-called “non-attainment” — when the EPA deems air pollution levels “persistently exceed” limits. This is up from a few isolated regions just five years...
  • More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Gas Cans

    08/18/2014 6:11:13 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 60 replies
    Blakeblog ^ | 10-9-2012 | Blake Sobiloff
    The lowly gas can. A staple in almost every garage in America, storing a little bit of gasoline for the lawn mower, weed whacker, snow blower, and chain saw. Unchanged for nearly 50 years. Until now. Thanks CARB and EPA. Back in 2008 the California Air Resources Board had stomped out all the major sources of air pollution in California, so they turned their Sauron-like gaze upon the evil, fume-spewing, toxin-dripping gas can as the next target of their regulatory empire. They mandated new containers and spouts that would eliminate those noxious off-gasses that contribute to smog in the valleys,...
  • Western cuckoo up for endangered species listing ( UN Agenda 21 )

    08/18/2014 9:14:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    Record Courier ^ | August 14, 2014
    More than a half-million acres of land across nine Western states is being proposed for designation as critical habitat for the yellow-billed cuckoo. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 546,335 acres of critical habitat is up for listing in 80 separate units in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. The bird is a neotropical migrant that winters in South America and nests along rivers and streams in western North America. ... The Service is seeking information concerning the western yellow-billed cuckoo’s biology and habitat, threats to the species and current efforts to protect...
  • More Harsh Winters Could Spell Disaster For The Electrical Grid

    08/18/2014 2:37:08 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 48 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 15, 2014 | By Michael Bastasch
    If you thought last winter was bad, get ready for a potentially worse winter in parts of the country this year. But another record-setting winter could mean more than higher heating bills and snow fights. Harsh winter weather combined with coal-fired power plant closings could spell trouble for many households across the country who will desperately need to keep the lights and heat on this winter. Joe Bastardi, chief meteorologist at WeatherBELL Analytics, told the Wall Street Journal Live that current weather patterns are “flowing along right now into the type of El Niño situation that is notorious for giving...
  • Trampling on Coal Country Families

    08/16/2014 11:50:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations to impose his anti-hydrocarbon agenda, slash America’s fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and “fundamentally transform” our economic, social, legal and constitutional system. Citing climate concerns, he has refused to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocked or delayed Alaskan, western state and offshore oil and gas leasing and drilling. He’s proud that...
  • The EPA’s Shoddy Math

    08/14/2014 8:41:52 AM PDT · by rktman
    nationalreview.com ^ | 8/14/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    It’s critically important to have high-quality cost-benefit assessments for proposed regulations, especially at the Environmental Protection Agency, which issues some of the federal government’s most expensive rules. But a new report from the Government Accountability Office finds that the EPA has employed some suspicious math in assessing several recent regulations aimed at improving air and water quality. For example, the EPA claims it examined the potential effects on employment as it drafted regulations for industrial boilers, commercial incinerators, and waste-water dischargers — but, the GAO found, the EPA was reaching these estimates by using 20-year-old labor-market research that examined only...
  • Kerry: Climate Change is ‘The Biggest Challenge of All That We Face Right Now’

    08/14/2014 7:53:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 60 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 8/14/2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    The global impact of climate change is “the biggest challenge of all that we face right now,” Secretary of State John Kerry told an audience in Hawaii Wednesday, putting an issue he feels passionately about at the center of a speech entitled “U.S. Vision for Asia-Pacific Engagement.” “The science is screaming at us,” he said. “Ask any kid in school. They understand what a greenhouse is, how it works, why we call it the greenhouse effect. They get it.”
  • The EPA's Latest Threat to Economic Growth

    08/13/2014 5:02:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 13, 2014 | By JAY TIMMONS
    The agency's needless new ozone standard could cost Americans $270 billion annually. In a town famous for inaction, Washington is gearing up to take action on a major policy issue. But there's a hitch: The outcome could be the most expensive regulation in the nation's history, possibly tanking the economy and costing jobs at a time when businesses, manufacturers and families are making a comeback. Later this year, the Environmental Protection Agency will decide whether it should tighten the air-quality standard for ground-level ozone. There are several things about this possible new standard that are alarming. No single regulation has...
  • The Electric Golf Car Stimulus: Cash For Clunkers Failure

    08/12/2014 9:02:57 AM PDT · by briankoe · 9 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 8/11/14 | Brian Koenig
    The latest story in Obama's electric car saga involves a report by researchers at Texas A&M who measured the effect that the Cash for Clunkers stimulus had on auto sales. They made a profound discovery: The program actually reduced industry revenue by $3 billion over about a 12-month period. Note, this all happened while taxpayers got screwed out of $3 billion. It was sold as a lifeline to the toiling U.S. auto industry. And it gave self-righteous consumers some comfort, knowing that they could gain financially by ditching their gas guzzling vehicles. “Strikingly, we find that Cash for Clunkers actually...
  • Journalism, Science Groups Decry EPA Move to Muzzle National Science Advisers

    08/12/2014 7:58:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    INDIANAPOLIS (August 12, 2014)—Journalists and scientists are urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop banning leading national scientists from talking to media outlets and the public. The EPA is placing new restrictions on independent scientists who advise the agency, according to a memorandum from the EPA’s chief of staff. The memo instructs Science Advisory Board members to get permission before talking to the press, which inhibits their ability to speak freely to the public about important scientific issues, including air pollution, toxic chemicals and water quality. “The EPA wants to control what information the public receives about crucial issues...
  • Declare a Ceasefire in EPA's War on Coal

    08/11/2014 6:40:38 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 11, 2014 | William F. Shughart II
    Before we become too optimistic about the prospects for using renewable energy sources to curb carbon emissions, it’s worth looking at a study commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which should give pause to even the most confident advocate of action against climate change. The study forecasts that new EPA regulations -- regulations intended to cut carbon emissions by 30% from coal-, oil- and natural gas-fired plants by 2030 -- will lead to higher energy costs, fewer jobs, and slower economic growth in the United States. That, in turn, will lower Americans’ standards of living. A typical household could...
  • Study: Proposed EPA Ozone Regulation Costliest in U.S. History

    08/10/2014 7:46:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 8/8/2014 | Penny Starr
    A study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) on the impact of a proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation shows that it could be the costliest federal rule by reducing the Gross National Product by $270 billion per year and $3.4 trillion from 2017 to 2040 and adds $2.2 trillion in compliance costs for the same time period. The study, conducted by the National Economic Research Associates Economic Consulting, also predicts that reducing the parts per billion ozone standard from the current 75 to 60 could result in 2.9 million fewer job equivalents (total labor income change divided...
  • Saving the Planet, One Denier at a Time

    08/10/2014 7:31:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    In the fog of scandals, it has fairly well been lost that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rolled out new regulations setting in motion coal’s destruction as an energy source in the United States. We continue to be told that no respectable scientist argues against the case of climate change. Some have even argued the scientific debate is over (as if any scientific debate can ever be over). So we set out to find a legitimate scientific expert who argues against the current mantra. We searched far and wide (not really -- it was easy) and found two climatologists....
  • CEI’s William Yeatman Summarizes “EPA’s Illegitimate Climate Rule”

    08/09/2014 9:42:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 8/9/2014 | William Yeatman/CEI
    Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new regulation that mandates the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. This regulation was originally designed by the Natural Resources Defense Council, a New-York based firm that employs over 350 attorneys and activists, is incredibly complex. Recently, William Yeatman, a scholar with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, produced a paper explaining the rule for non-attorneys. He explains that the regulation goes beyond Congressional authority, is contrary to the Americans preferences, and will lead to a takeover of state electric grids by the federal government. As Yeatman explains, the rule is...
  • Conservative Evangelicals Supporting EPA’s CO2 Rule? Nothing Here But Dog Bites Man

    08/09/2014 7:04:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 9, 2014 | Calvin Beisner
    Mystified by all the news lately that “conservative, evangelical Christians” have suddenly become very worried about climate change when none of your conservative, evangelical Christian friends have done so? Perplexed by reports that “conservative, evangelical Christians” spoke out in favor of the federal EPA’s new proposed rule requiring 30% cuts in CO2 emissions from power plants by 2030? There’s a pretty easy explanation, the old newspaper editor’s rule of thumb: “Dog bites man, no news. Man bites dog, news.” News, because it’s so unusual. America’s mainstream media always go gaga when they can find a few outspoken conservative, evangelical Christians...
  • EPA wallows in corruption

    08/09/2014 5:32:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | August 9, 2014 | By MICHELLE MALKIN
    The lofty motto of the Environmental Protection Agency is “protecting people and the environment.” In practice, however, EPA bureaucrats faithfully protect their own people and preserve the government’s cesspool of manipulation, cover-ups and cronyism. Just last month, Mark Levin and his vigilant Landmark Legal Foundation went to court to ask federal district Judge Royce Lamberth to sanction the EPA “for destroying or failing to preserve emails and text messages that may have helped document suspected agency efforts to influence the 2012 presidential election.” The motion is part of a larger Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit to force the EPA...
  • Video: EPA Regulation Supporters Defend Electric Bill Increase

    08/07/2014 9:53:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 6, 2014 - 1:28 PM | Dan Joseph
    On June 2nd, President Obama announced new EPA regulations that would impose significant restrictions on power plants. Last week, environmental activists gathered in front of the EPA headquarters to show their support for the new regulations. […] The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates the regulations could put 224,000 Americans out of work annually and increase electricity costs by more than $289 billion. Even the EPA itself estimates that the new regulations will cause electricity prices to increase dramatically over the next 6 years. …
  • Upset Voter Confronts Obama Supporting Democrat Rep. (Article and Video from WV re EPA and coal)

    Coming into the midterm elections, Democrats across the country are attempting to distance themselves from President Obama and his many failed policies, and who could blame them? With historically low approval numbers and the majority of Americans thinking our nation is worse off than when he took office, supporting him now would be the kiss of death in certain states where his agenda has had the worst effects. West Virginia is one of them. A video posted to YouTube Monday shows a concerned West Virginia voter questioning Democratic Senate candidate Natalie Tennant on her support for Obama, specifically his anti-coal...
  • Feds Confiscate 40 Land Rovers Over VIN Controversy: Claiming they are actually newer vehicles

    08/05/2014 3:09:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Feds Confiscate 40 Land Rovers Over VIN Controversy Federal agency seize 40 old Land Rovers, claiming that they are actually newer vehicles. Forty Land Rover SUVs have been taken away from owners around the country by armed federal agents descending on private property with overwhelming force. Agents for Homeland Security Investigations last month wrapped up the seizure of forty vehicles pursuant to a sealed warrant issued in May. The agency insists that there were discrepancies with the VIN numbers for cars imported by Aaron Richardet at Patterson Auto Sales in Wilmington, North Carolina, and that the Land Rovers violated Environmental...