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  • Obama's 'war on coal' likely to give GOP edge in West Virginia

    04/20/2012 3:23:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 46 replies
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 04/16/201295 | John Gizzi
    MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- “Last week, I was talking about some coal deals,” businessman and Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Raese told a packed crowd at the local Holiday Inn Saturday night, “and I said let’s close the deals before the hammer-and-sickle come down.” The 200-plus guests at the Berkley County Republican dinner here cheered. They knew exactly what Raese was talking about: the Obama administration’s assault on the coal industry that is the economic backbone of West Virginia. Almost to a person, Republicans we spoke to here agree that a series of regulations and rulings from the Environmental Protection Agency...
  • EPA: 2010 U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Increased 3.2 Percent (economic growth, electricity demands)

    04/19/2012 6:45:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/16/12 | Rachel Bogart
    EPA: 2010 U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Increased 3.2 PercentBy Rachel Bogart | Yahoo! Contributor Network – Mon, Apr 16, 2012 According to Reuters, the Environmental Protection Agency announced today that greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. increased 3.2 percent in 2010 over the previous year, most likely due to economic growth in the country and electricity demands during the stifling summer. Here are some facts about greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and steps being taken to reduce its emission levels. * Fossil fuel combustion contributes to a major portion of greenhouse gas emissions and in 2010 it contributed about...
  • The EPA's Faulty Science Can Be Stopped

    04/19/2012 5:52:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 19, 2012 | John Dale Dunn & Steve Milloy
    United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-sponsored and funded "human health effects science" research is unreliable and makes irresponsible and outrageous claims about how air pollution causes thousands of deaths. Then the EPA claims that it can prevent those deaths with its latest set of regulations of emissions. This junk science can be challenged effectively, legally, and politically, as described below. The science misconduct is the result of the politicization of public health science, something Eisenhower warned about in his farewell speech in 1961. There are political, judicial, and administrative solutions to this perfidy. First, what is the junk science? Judging...
  • EPA Prices Americans Out of Car Market

    04/19/2012 1:12:04 PM PDT · by 92nina · 10 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-04-18 | Heather Ginsberg
    A recent report released by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) found that if EPA regulations are implemented, we can expect to see 7 million car buyers drop out of the new vehicle market by 2025. According to the EPA, the new rules concerning the fuel economies of these vehicles will increase the average cost of these passenger cars and small trucks by $3,000. It is not surprising that this increase in price will force 7 million people to leave the new car market. Lower income citizens, like college students and small families, will be forced out of the new...
  • House blocks EPA from banning lead in ammunition

    04/17/2012 6:50:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies
    Human Events ^ | 04/17/2012 | Audrey Hudson
    The House on Tuesday passed legislation giving hunters and fishing enthusiasts access to certain public lands to pursue their sport and also blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from banning lead for use in ammunition and fishing tackle. The Sportsmen’s Heritage Act passed on a mostly party line vote of 274 yeas and 146 nays. Republicans argued that the ability of sportsmen and women to fish and shoot on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service is being threatened by the Obama administration and environmentalists through bureaucratic regulations. Republicans also said that banning lead bullets...
  • Overthrowing Environmentalism

    04/17/2012 11:30:01 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 4 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 4/16/2012 | Alan Caruba
    In 1517 Martin Luther set off the Protestant revolution against the Catholic Church that led to the spread of the then-new movement as a response to the corruption of the Church. It took time for it to establish itself as an alternative and was greatly aided by the invention of printing and spread of literacy, but mostly because ordinary people had grown weary of the Church’s extravagance, poor governance, and resistance to change. The selling of worthless “indulgences” as a means to wipe one’s sins clean was the final straw. Environmentalism has become a modern religion and its “cap and...
  • Power Grab for Natural Gas – New Executive Order

    04/16/2012 7:41:18 AM PDT · by yoe · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 14, 2012 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    <p>The order states, “While natural gas production is carried out by private firms, and States are the primary regulators of onshore oil and gas activities, the Federal Government has an important role to play by regulating oil and gas activities on public and Indian trust lands, encouraging greater use of natural gas in transportation, supporting research and development aimed at improving the safety of natural gas development and transportation activities, and setting sensible, cost-effective public health and environmental standards to implement Federal law and augment State safeguards.”</p>
  • Wind power sagging - "That was quite a surprise to all of us"

    04/16/2012 12:04:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | April 15, 2012 | Cyndy Cole
    Only months after Coconino County's first major wind energy farm got up and running this winter, the utility buying its power says more wind farms here are unlikely -- at least for now. Cost is the bottom line, with the sun beating the wind on both equipment prices and time-of-day power production. This disadvantage for wind could have some implications for a handful of other big wind projects proposed in Coconino County. A worldwide glut of solar panels produced at lower costs (including from China) has cut solar panel prices to a fraction of their former cost. So Arizona Public...
  • Environmental Justice For All [1999 Press Release]

    04/13/2012 10:49:44 AM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 3 replies
    Nancy Pelosi's OFFICIAL Website ^ | May 25, 1999 | Pelosi Press Release
    Below is a press release from the office of Nancy Pelosi. This press release, while old, is important because it shows just how far-left the House Minority Leader actually is. Not only that, it's also very important because the EPA has made "environmental justice" one of its top priorities. (Statements that are especially troubling have emphasis added.) *********************************** "It is already clear that environmental justice will become a pivotal human rights issue in the next century. The basic reason is also clear: viewed through the lens of social progress, the history of our time is essentially the saga of the...
  • EPA Fines School Bus Company 438K For 'Excessive Idling'

    04/11/2012 9:19:49 AM PDT · by CNSNews.com · 42 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | April 10, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforced nearly $500,000 in fines and mandatory “environmental projects” on a school bus contractor for “excessive idling,” and as part of its anti-idling campaign to reduce the carbon footprint of school buses waiting to pick up children for their routes. “As part of a settlement for alleged excessive diesel idling in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Durham School Services will commit to reduce idling from its school bus fleet of 13,900 buses operating in 30 states,” read an EPA press release on Tuesday. The EPA says an agency inspector two years ago spotted buses of...
  • Gun Group Thanks EPA for Denying Petition to Ban Traditional Ammunition

    04/11/2012 9:04:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 10 April, 2012 | NSSF
    Submitted by National Shooting Sports Foundation on Apr 10, 2012 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday denied yet another frivolous petition by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) — an established anti-hunting group — calling for a ban on the traditional ammunition (containing lead-core components) for hunting and shooting. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, applauds the EPA’s latest decision and called upon Congress to immediately pass the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Sports Protection Act (S.838/H.R.1558). In the House of Representatives, the bill is also included...
  • A Strategy to Stop EPA Science Abuse

    04/11/2012 12:13:57 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 11, 2012 | John Dale Dunn & Steve Milloy
    There is a way to stop the EPA's abuse of science and prevent their continued aggressive regulatory activity that destroys the economy and causes harm to Americans. Primarily, we have to hold the EPA to good scientific principles and stop the EPA's overreaching and panic-mongering. The method that will work is a well-established judicial and legal demand for good scientific evidence as described in the Daubert supreme court opinion, explained in the book by the Federal Judicial Center -- the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence. The Supreme Court opinion in Daubert v. Merrell Dow, 509 U.S. 579 (1993) set out...
  • Occupy 2012- the American Spring occupies the EPA

    04/10/2012 7:44:54 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | April 3, 2012 | Adam Helfer
    The Occupy movement vowed for a renewal in the spring. Under the Occupy 2012 banner of the “American Spring,” the movement spearheaded the largest protest ever against the Environmental Protection Agency/EPA last Friday in Washington D.C. Hundreds of demonstrators and two alpacas marched to the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters on Friday, the first day of a planned month long National Occupation of D.C. movement (dubbed NOWDC). A multitude of speakers outside the EPA spoke for an hour on social causes ranging from District of Columbia statehood to justice for Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teenager shot dead by a neighborhood...
  • Unelected EPA Bureaucrats Approve E15 Ethanol

    04/09/2012 8:17:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 62 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 9, 2012 | Peter Wilson
    Last week, "an unelected group of people" over at the Environmental Protection Agency revised our national energy policy, approving a new gasoline blend with up to 15% ethanol, known as E15, which may be available in pumps this summer. Currently, most gasoline sold in the U.S. is E10, containing a maximum of 10% ethanol. To review the backstory: the last time ethanol was in the news, it seems like its opponents, who come from both the environmental left and free-market right, had won a significant victory. Last summer, "a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress," to use Obama's words...
  • [EPA Press Release On "Environmental Justice" Initiatives]

    04/07/2012 2:34:20 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 24 replies
    In the following text which comes directly from the Environmental Protection Agency, certain words will have emphasis where appropriate. (Remarks that are easily deemed socilaist, trampling of the Constitution, etc.) Some remarks from this poster will be in brackets. *********************************** Release Date: 02/27/2012 Contact Information: Alisha Johnson (EPA), johnson.alisha@epa.gov, Taryn Tuss (CEQ), 202-456-6998. En español: Betsaida Alcantara, alcantara.betsaida@epa.gov WASHINGTON - Today, federal agencies, led by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), released environmental justice strategies, implementation plans and progress reports, outlining steps agencies will take to protect communities facing greater health and environmental...
  • Obama's legal humiliation -- Part 2

    04/07/2012 7:22:55 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies
    Pravda ^ | 4-6-12 | Dianna Cotter
    Today there is no American news outlet factually covering the illegal actions of the sitting President of the United States in context. Nor is there one consistently exposing the laws his administration has flagrantly broken, though this corruption now demonstrably permeates every level of the federal system. Attorneys General Tom Horne, Arizona; Pam Bondi, Florida; Sam Olens, Georgia; Bill Schuette, Michigan; Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma; Marty Jackley, South Dakota; Alan Wilson, South Carolina; Greg Abbott, Texas; and Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia produced a joint memo on March 5th, 2012 detailing 21 blatant violations of law committed by the Obama administration. By...
  • EPA's new farcical carbon mandate

    04/06/2012 11:20:00 AM PDT · by billflax · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/05/2012 | Bill Flax
    Bill Flax Popular in Opinion 1 PETA vs. people ... and animals 2 EPA's new farcical carbon mandate 3 Manhattan Moment: One word hurting growth: Zero 4 Examiner Editorial: Obama's budget, not Ryan's, is 'antithetical' to history 5 How many incumbents voted themselves a pay raise this year? Last week the Environmental Protection Agency issued new standards for carbon dioxide requiring that fewer than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide be released per megawatt-hour of electricity. Plants running on natural gas already average below 850 pounds. Coal-fired plants, which emit on average 1,768 pounds per megawatt-hour, cannot achieve this without prohibitively...
  • ....And Environmental Justice For All, Comrade

    04/06/2012 1:00:30 AM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 86 replies
    My Brain, | 4/6/12 | Alan Levy
    Hey, take a look at what I found on the EPA's website (Yes, I have a life. Really. I do. Promise.): ********************************** "Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Fair treatment means that no group of people should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, governmental and commercial operations or policies. Meaningful involvement means that: (1) people have an opportunity to participate in decisions about activities that may...
  • Carbon Emissions Are Good

    04/04/2012 11:02:49 PM PDT · by Delacon · 21 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 3, 2012 4:00 A.M. | Robert Zubrin
      Carbon Emissions Are Good By Robert Zubrin April 3, 2012 4:00 A.M.   Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intention to enforce regulations that would effectively ban new coal-fired power plants in the United States. As coal is by far America’s cheapest and most plentiful fossil fuel, and coal-fired power stations account for 45 percent of all electricity generated in the U.S., the destructive economic effects of this edict can hardly be overstated. It is therefore imperative to subject the EPA’s logic to a searching examination. According to the EPA, despite their disastrous economic effects,...
  • House panel hits EPA on gas prices

    04/02/2012 8:52:06 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    politico ^ | 3/27/12 | ERICA MARTINSON
    Republicans leading the House Energy and Commerce Committee are charging that the (EPA) agency does little to determine how its regulatory agenda affects prices at the pump — The price per gallon is up a little more than 30 cents from a year ago, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. Refiners met federal requirements to drop the amount of sulfur in gasoline from 300 parts per million to 30 ppm. Now, the EPA wants them to bring it down to 10 ppm.
  • Obama Expands War on Energy to Coal

    04/02/2012 4:04:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2012 | John Ransom
    Enviro-Whack jobs are celebrating the demise of America‘s most abundant energy resource, coal. Because coal has just been given the death sentence by Obama and the EPA just as Obama planned. “So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can,” said candidate Obama “it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”The EPA has issued new proposed rules on carbon emissions that will help Obama keep one campaign promise: Builders of new coal fired power plants won’t be prevented from building coal-fired...
  • Capitol Follies

    04/01/2012 11:35:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 1, 2012 | Clarice Feldman
    Scientists announced this week that they had found ten billion habitable planets in the Milky Way. The announcement was cheering, raising the possibility that there was some intelligent life somewhere in the universe in a week where it was clear there was hardly any in the Capitol. I'm talking about the three day argument before the Supreme Court on the 2,700 page wonk wet dream, ObamaCare. As you recall a Democrat Congress rammed this legislation down our throats on Christmas Eve led by Nancy Pelosi (soi-disant Catholic Theologian and Constitutional Scholar, San Francisco), aided by some high kicking and legerdemain...
  • You are Invited to Occupy the Job-Killing, Wealth-Robbing EPA Mafia

    03/31/2012 4:16:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2012 | John Ransom
    Regular readers have been able to follow along as I chronicle the 17,384-employee wrecking crew that is the EPA. This week the racket put the coal industry out of business, helped raise electricty prices for everyone, and did it all for the low, low price of $9,000,000,000 per year. Underpinning the confidence game is deceptive science that manufactures evidence of climate change/global warming by pointing out people's natural curosity about natural weather events.          A New York Times story that ran in the Environment section on March 28, 2012 is a textbook example of all that is wrong with the supposed “scientific” method liberals are employing to...
  • Obama Kills Atlantic Offshore Drilling For Five Years

    03/30/2012 1:27:16 PM PDT · by trappedincanuckistan · 87 replies
    Big Government ^ | March 30, 2012 | John Sexton
    Yesterday the Obama administration announced a delaying tactic which will put off the possibility of new offshore oil drilling on the Atlantic coast for at least five years: The announcement by the Interior Department sets into motion what will be at least a five year environmental survey to determine whether and where oil production might occur.
  • Obama Plan Cuts Emissions for Future Coal Plants (To End the Coal Industry)

    03/29/2012 8:02:11 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 15 replies
    Guardian ^ | Tuesday 27 March 2012 15.55 EDT | Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
    New rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions will make it nearly impossible to build new coal power plants The Obama administration effectively blocked the construction of any new coal-fired power plants on Tuesday, introducing rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions from the next generation of plants. The proposed new standards would cut carbon dioxide emissions on new power plants in half and will, over time, help move America away from the carbon-heavy plants that currently produce nearly half of the country's electricity, Lisa Jackson, the head of the environmental protection agency, told a conference call with reporters. "Right now there...
  • Obama kills coal - as promised, GOP is MIA on EPA overreach

    03/29/2012 4:36:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 29, 2012 | By Steve Milloy
    The Obama Environmental Protection Agency just condemned to death an entire U.S. industry - a legal and scientific horror story that congressional Republicans failed miserably to prevent. The EPA’s newly proposed greenhouse gas emission standards for coal-fired power plants will be finalized by the Obama administration, win or lose, after the November election. Though the proposed standards leave alone existing coal-fired power plants, they effectively prohibit the construction of new plants by establishing an impossible-to-meet emissions standard. But don’t get the idea that the EPA threw the coal industry a bone by omitting existing coal-fired plants, as the agency has...
  • EPA can't reject Texas' air-quality rules, court says (Communist controlled EPA loses again)

    03/29/2012 3:26:56 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    fort worth star telegram ^ | 3/28/2012 | Margaret Cronin Fisk
    The Environmental Protection Agency had "no legal basis" to disapprove a Texas plan for implementing federal air-quality standards, a federal appeals court said. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the agency to reconsider the Texas regulations and "limit its review" to ensuring that they meet the "minimal" Clean Air Act requirements that govern state implementation plans. "If Texas's regulations satisfy those basic requirements, the EPA must approve them," the court said in its 22-page ruling this week. The EPA rejected Texas' rules on minor new-source review permits in September 2010, saying they didn't meet Clean Air Act requirements....
  • Obama Promise Kept: Coal Plants to go Bankrupt with New EPA Carbon Cap

    03/29/2012 4:58:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2012 | John Ransom
    Enviro-Whack jobs are celebrating the demise of America‘s most abundant energy resource, coal. Because coal has just been given the death sentence by Obama and the EPA. "If old King Coal isn't dead already, he's certainly teetering toward life support," said Frank O'Donnell, president Clean Air Watch in Washington.The EPA has issued new proposed rules on carbon emissions that will help Obama keep one campaign promise: Builders of new coal fired power plants won’t be prevented from building coal-fired power plants, they’ll just go bankrupt if they try.“Proposed emission rules for new power plants unveiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection...
  • Texas wins latest round with EPA in federal court

    03/28/2012 4:03:39 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 9 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 27 March 2012
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A federal appeals court scolded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday for rejecting a series of state pollution control projects in Texas that federal regulators said failed to satisfy requirements of the Clean Air Act. The ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped short of ordering the EPA to accept the previously rejected Texas measures. Yet the three-judge panel directed the agency to take another look at the state's regulations and issue a quick decision.
  • Texas Attorney General responds to Clean Air Act ruling [unlawful EPA overreach stopped, again]

    03/28/2012 12:42:13 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Biz Journal ^ | March 28, 2012 | Olivia Pulsinelli, Houston Business Journal
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Wednesday responded to an appeals court ruling in favor of the state of Texas concerning a claim from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Latest from The Business Journals Fort Lauderdale’s 110 Tower owner refinances Senators call for drywall recallSenators call for drywall recall Follow this company . The EPA had said Texas pollution control projects at coal plants and energy production facilities did not satisfy the Clean Air Act. The court on March 27 ruled the agency is required to take another look at the permits for the projects because...
  • Will the EPA’s new climate rules get killed in court?

    03/28/2012 8:58:20 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 8 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3-27-12 | Brad Plummer
    Congress isn’t planning to tackle climate change anytime soon, which means the Environmental Protection Agency is now the last line of defense. But could the EPA’s new rules on carbon pollution get tossed out by the courts? We’re about to find out. On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear two days of oral arguments from industry groups that are challenging the EPA’s authority to regulate carbon dioxide. -snip- A 2010 report from the World Resources Institute found that the EPA’s climate rules, when fully deployed, could cover about three-quarters of the country’s greenhouse-gas sources...
  • EPA Rule Proposes First-Ever Carbon Limits on Power Plants

    03/28/2012 8:36:32 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 16 replies
    New American ^ | 3-27-12 | Brian Koenig
    The Obama administration is surging forward with a first-of-its-kind EPA rule for new power plants, in what Republicans and industry groups say will inflate electricity prices and possibly kill off coal, the preeminent U.S. energy source. The EPA announced the rule Tuesday, with a goal to curb carbon dioxide emissions by imposing strict regulations on new coal-fired plants, including a limit that caps plant emissions to not more than 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour of energy generated. "Right now there are no limits to the amount of carbon pollution that future power plants will be able to put...
  • Texas wins latest round with EPA in federal court

    03/28/2012 5:21:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 28, 2012 | Associated Press
    A federal appeals court scolded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday for rejecting a series of state pollution control projects in Texas that federal regulators said failed to satisfy requirements of the Clean Air Act. The ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped short of ordering the EPA to accept the previously rejected Texas measures. Yet the three-judge panel directed the agency to take another look at the state’s regulations and issue a quick decision. At issue are state permits that govern pollution control projects at coal plants and energy producers in Texas....
  • Government proposes first carbon limits on power plants

    03/27/2012 11:55:20 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 27, 2012 | Timothy Gardner
    (Reuters) - The Obama administration proposed on Tuesday the first ever standards to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants, a move likely to be hotly contested by Republicans and industry in an election year. The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the long-delayed rules that limit emissions from all new U.S. power stations, which would effectively bar the building of any new coal plants. While the rules do not dictate which fuels a plant can burn, they would require any new coal plants essentially to halve carbon dioxide emissions to match those of efficient gas plants. "We're putting in place...
  • EPA Proposes Strict Limits on Coal Plants

    03/27/2012 9:06:14 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    EPA Proposes Strict Limits on Coal Plants By RYAN TRACY And KEITH JOHNSON WASHINGTON—The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed strict limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from new power plants despite warnings from utilities and others that such a step to would lead to the demise of coal-fired electricity generation. The agency outlined a standard that analysts said would effectively ban new coal-fired stations unless they use carbon-capture technology, which hasn't yet been proven cost-effective. The EPA said the rule wouldn't apply to existing power plants, including when they make modifications to comply with other air-pollution rules, addressing a major concern...
  • EPA to kill new coal-fired plants through first-ever greenhouse-gas regulations

    03/27/2012 7:37:42 AM PDT · by Qbert · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | MARCH 27, 2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    If you thought gas prices will never stop rising, just wait until you see what happens to electricity after the Barack Obama’s EPA gets its way.  The agency will deliver on Obama’s election promise to bankrupt any new coal-fired electrical production in its first-ever regulations on greenhouse-gas emissions, the Washington Post reports.  The new regulatory regime will all but guarantee that new coal-fired plants won’t be built to replace others shutting down: The Environmental Protection Agency will issue the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants as early as Tuesday, according to several people briefed on the proposal. The move...
  • U.S. Oil Production Increases In Spite of Team Obama’s Best Efforts

    03/25/2012 12:00:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies · 1+ views
    PJ Media ^ | March 24, 2012 | Duane Lester
    In the past three years the number of oil rigs in America quadrupled to 1,272. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney didn’t hesitate to boast , “Oil and gas production in the United States has risen every year since the president’s been in office. Oil production is now higher than it’s been in eight years.” President Barack Obama pushes the same message: “Now, we absolutely need safe, responsible oil production here in America. That’s why under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years.” This is true. But it has...
  • Judge slams EPA for axing coal permit

    03/23/2012 5:45:58 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | March 23, 2012 | ERICA MARTINSON
    A federal judge slammed an Obama administration gambit to revoke mountaintop mining permits Friday, saying the EPA invented authority where there was none. “EPA resorts to magical thinking” to justify nullifying permits issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Arch Coal Inc.’s Mingo Logan mine in West Virginia, wrote U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C. Berman Jackson said the EPA’s effort to revoke permits already issued by the Army Corps lacked the backing of any statutory provision or regulation. “It posits a scenario involving the automatic self-destruction of a written permit issued by an entirely...
  • Study: EPA regulations eliminate more than 1,850 jobs

    03/23/2012 6:58:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/23/2012 | Tina Korbe
    According to a study published on the American Action Forum website, recent Environmental Protection Agency regulations have led to the elimination of nearly 2,000 jobs.The energy companies American Electric Power, FirstEnergy, GenOn and Midwest Generation announced recently that they will have to close five, nine, eight and two power plants, respectively, to meet EPA requirements.Specifically, the EPA’s Utility MACT rule, a part of the agency’s Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, is toxic to jobs. When the EPA introduced the rule suspiciously close to Christmas (hoping to fly under the radar much?), a number of industry experts explained that opposition to...
  • Supreme Court sides with Idaho landowners against EPA

    03/22/2012 8:46:57 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 25 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 22, 2012 | Bettina Boxall and David G. Savage
    Reporting from Los Angeles and Washington— The Supreme Court strengthened the rights of property owners who are confronted by federal environmental regulators, ruling Wednesday that landowners are entitled to a hearing to challenge the government's threats to fine them for alleged Clean Water Act violations. The 9-0 decision revolved around procedural matters and did not resolve questions about the reach of the act, which has been the subject of different legal interpretations. But it is a victory for an Idaho couple, Mike and Chantell Sackett, who faced fines of up to $75,000 a day if they didn't restore a small...
  • Supreme Court sides with Idaho landowners against EPA (9-0 EPA Smackdown)

    03/22/2012 7:06:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 03/22/2012 | Bettina Boxall and David G. Savag
    The Supreme Court strengthened the rights of property owners who are confronted by federal environmental regulators, ruling Wednesday that landowners are entitled to a hearing to challenge the government's threats to fine them for alleged Clean Water Act violations. The 9-0 decision revolved around procedural matters and did not resolve questions about the reach of the act, which has been the subject of different legal interpretations. But it is a victory for an Idaho couple, Mike and Chantell Sackett, who faced fines of up to $75,000 a day if they didn't restore a small wetland the Environmental Protection Agency said...
  • Historic Supreme Court ruling allows the Sacketts to fight EPA takeover of their land

    03/22/2012 6:11:03 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 10 replies
    Pacific Legal Foundation ^ | March 21, 2012 | press release
    WASHINGTON D.C.; March 21, 2012: In a precedent-setting victory for the rights of all property owners, the United States Supreme Court today held that landowners have a right to direct, meaningful judicial review if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency effectively seizes control of their property by declaring it to be “wetlands.” The Court ruled in favor of Mike and Chantell Sackett, of Priest Lake, Idaho, who were told by EPA — and by the Ninth Circuit — that they could not get direct court review of EPA’s claim that their two-thirds of an acre parcel is “wetlands” and that they...
  • OBAMA'S TYRANNICAL EPA GOONS GET SHOT DOWN BY SUPREME COURT IN IDAHO COUPLE'S 'WETLANDS' CASE

    03/21/2012 6:42:49 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 18 replies
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | March 21, 2012 | Matthew Burke
    An Idaho couple, whose lives have been ruined the last several years by the tyrannical EPA, won a crucial "David and Goliath" case in the Supreme Court today, humiliating the overzealous out-of-control bureaucracy in a unanimous 9-0 decision. If you're not familiar with the case, the EPA egregiously violated Mike and Chantell Sackett's property rights by arbitrarily and without cause, declaring their property as "wetlands", threatening them with oppressive fines of $75,000 per day if they did not restore it to its original state. The EPA unconstitutionally acted as "judge and jury", violating the couple's right to due process by...
  • Supreme Court Sides With Private Property Owner in Landmark EPA Case

    03/21/2012 1:32:57 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 65 replies · 1+ views
    The Blaze ^ | March 21, 2012 | Benny Johnson
    Today, the Supreme Court has sided with an Idaho couple in Sackett v. EPA, a private property rights case, ruling they have the right to go to court to challenge an Environmental Protection Agency policy that blocked construction of their new home and threatened fines of more than $30,000 a day.
  • Court Sides With Property Owners Over EPA

    03/21/2012 10:38:33 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 3-21-12 | AP
    The Supreme Court has sided with an Idaho couple in a property rights case, ruling they can go to court to challenge an Environmental Protection Agency order that blocked construction of their new home and threatened fines of more than $30,000 a day. Wednesday's decision is a victory for Mike and Chantell Sackett, whose property near a scenic lake has sat undisturbed since the EPA ordered a halt in work in 2007. The agency said part of the property was a wetlands that could not disturbed without a permit. In an opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia, the court rejected EPA's...
  • Court Sides With Property Owners Over EPA

    03/21/2012 10:40:47 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | 3/21/12 | AP
    The Supreme Court has sided with an Idaho couple in a property rights case, ruling they can go to court to challenge an Environmental Protection Agency order that blocked construction of their new home and threatened fines of more than $30,000 a day. Wednesday's decision is a victory for Mike and Chantell Sackett, whose property near a scenic lake has sat undisturbed since the EPA ordered a halt in work in 2007. The agency said part of the property was a wetlands that could not disturbed without a permit. In an opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia, the court rejected EPA's...
  • Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Couple Brutalized by Rogue EPA

    03/21/2012 8:16:17 AM PDT · by pabianice · 116 replies
    Now on Fox. SCOTUS has ruled in favor of the couple that bought a house lot and was then fined $ 175,000/day by the loathsome EPA for "disturbing a wetland" that does not exist. Will be fascinating to see if any of the Rancid Media even report this.
  • With Gas Prices Rising, Smog Rules May Stall

    03/18/2012 7:13:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 18, 2012 | By Tennile Tracy
    The Obama administration, facing political heat over high gasoline prices, may delay new rules that would cut pollution from cars but also could bring higher prices at the pump, environmental and industry leaders said. The rules would require refiners to make cleaner-burning gasoline and auto makers to build cars that emit fewer smog-forming pollutants. The Environmental Protection Agency was scheduled to roll out the rules before April, but it hasn't yet submitted them for White House review. "We expect that timing will begin to slip, perhaps for political considerations" said American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard. The new standards are...
  • Backdoor gun control?

    03/17/2012 1:25:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies · 1+ views
    ketknbc.com ^ | 16 March, 2012 | Neal Barton
    tyler — The greenies are at it again. This time, once again, trying to get the lead out of bullets and shotgun shells. The website Hot Air reports, the first time environmentalists decided to try this backdoor on gun control was in August 2010, as Democrats approached a disastrous midterm. After getting petitioned to overrule law and declare itself a regulating agency on hunting, the EPA opened a comment period on the petition that would have ended two days before voters went to the polls. Within 72 hours, the EPA withdrew the petition, stating that it agreed with the NRA...
  • Zeroing In on Lead in Hunters’ Bullets

    03/16/2012 7:24:49 AM PDT · by Greystoke · 49 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 15, 2012 | DOUGLAS M. MAIN
    Citing risks to birds and to human health, roughly 100 environmental groups formally asked the federal Environmental Protection Agency this week to ban or at least impose limits on lead in the manufacturing of bullets and shotgun pellets for hunting or recreation. The use of such ammo by hunters puts about 3,000 pounds of lead into the environment annually and causes the death of 20 million birds each year from lead poisoning, said Jeff Miller, a conservation advocate at one of the groups, the Center for Biological Diversity. Consumption of meat from animals that are shot with lead bullets also...