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  • Obama Administration Continues to Fail on Energy Policy

    08/14/2012 12:33:30 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    RedState ^ | August 14, 2012 | Ben Howe
    One would think that one of the primary requirements of energy independence would be having the ability to collect the energy through which one becomes independent by using. Somehow, this logic escapes the Obama administration as evidenced by their “Five-Year Plan.” However, if their goal was to diminish opportunities for energy resources, they’ve done a magnificent job. It is pretty well established that there is oil in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Arctic. We should drill there until it runs dry and the administration puts forth the appearance that they agree on this point as they have been...
  • 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...
  • Feds Halt New Highways In Imperial County, Citing Air Pollution

    08/11/2012 12:13:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies ^ | August 10, 2012 | Adrian Florido
    SAN DIEGO — In a rare move, the federal government has put a stop to new highway projects in California's Imperial County as punishment for the county’s poor air quality. Effective Aug. 9, the Federal Highway Administration is withholding federal funding for new highways in the county. The county will also not be allowed to move forward on projects still being designed. Two years ago the Environmental Protection Agency told Imperial County it had 24 months to adopt new rules to improve air quality. Dust, pesticide use, the burning of agricultural fields and off-road vehicles make the air there among...
  • Next from the EPA: Four-Gallon- minimum Gas Purchases

    08/09/2012 4:08:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 86 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8//9/12 | Bridget Johnson
    The Environmental Protection Agency is going to require all consumers to buy at least four gallons of gasoline from certain gas pumps after the new E15 ethanol-gasoline blend is introduced into the market. The new regulation was revealed in an Aug. 1 letter to the American Motorcyclist Association, which expressed concern that the vast majority of motorcycles and ATVs in use today aren’t designed to operate on E15 fuel and residual fuel from a pump that serves multiple blends might harm these tanks. “The use of E15 will lower fuel efficiency and possibly cause premature engine failure,”
  • Coal Comfort - The EPA hates the carbon-heavy fuel, but it’s here to stay.

    08/06/2012 2:35:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2012 | Robert Bryce
    About one train per hour. ThatÂ’s the target loading rate for the massive silos, conveyors, and hoppers at the North Antelope Rochelle Mine in Wyoming, the most productive coal mine in the world. And on a cool, nearly windless day in late March, Scott Durgin, a regional vice president for Peabody Energy, was happy. Standing in the mineÂ’s dispatch office, Durgin pointed to a flat-panel display showing a list of trains that had recently passed through. It was exactly 12 noon, according to the clock on the wall, and since midnight, the mine had loaded 11 trains, each carrying...
  • NRA asks to intervene in federal lead-ban lawsuit

    08/06/2012 11:41:52 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Hays Daily News ^ | 8/5/2012 | Mike Corn
    The National Rifle Association has asked to intervene in a lawsuit seeking to force the agency to ban the use of lead in ammunition. The NRA, joined by Safari Club International, claims its members "who use lead-based ammunition in their hunting and shooting sports activities will be impaired if they are no longer able" to do so. The lawsuit against the EPA was filed by the Trumpeter Swan Society and the Center for Biological Diversity -- the group that has pursued the lead ban issue relentlessly in recent years. Each time, however, the Environmental Protection Agency has turned aside CBD's...
  • Ousted EPA administrator vows to “stop the construction of any new coal plants in Texas”

    08/06/2012 11:20:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/06/2012 | Rob Bluey
    Al Armendariz's big mouth cost him his job as a regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Now that he's working for the Sierra Club, Armendariz appears even more opinionated about the industry he once regulated.In his first comments since resigning from EPA in April, Armendariz unloaded on the coal industry, called President Obama the most environmental president ever, and attacked the state of Texas for fighting the EPA in court. He also addressed the controversy surrounding his comments comparing the EPA's philosophy to the brutal tactics used by the ancient Roman army to intimidate its adversaries.Armendariz's most pointed comments...
  • Pennsylvania environmental chief locks horns with activists

    08/05/2012 6:51:57 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 5 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | 5 August 2012 | Andrew Maykuth
    Michael Krancer, Gov. Corbett's chief environmental regulator, seems to delight in doing battle with critics of the state's oversight of the Marcellus Shale gas boom. In May, Krancer said that Delaware "smells like the tail of a dog" because of its opposition to drilling regulations proposed for the Delaware River Basin. In a congressional hearing, he challenged a Cornell University scientist to a duel over hydraulic fracturing (just kidding, Krancer said). Then there were Krancer's snarky skirmishes with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over regulation of drilling, which is traditionally a function of state agencies like Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental...
  • Government Pays Huge Fees to Green Lawyers to Sue Government

    08/04/2012 4:23:06 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 3 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 8-4-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    The Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) was put in place in 1980, and was designed to help small businesses protect themselves against lawsuits from environmentalists, and a predator EPA. Today, huge Leftist environmental groups are using the EAJA to secure mammoth fees for its attorneys by initiating lawsuits against big and small entities who are targets of government regulations and other green encroachments. It's a slick collusion between government and environmentalists, a sick joke on you and me. According to this Daily Caller article by Jacob Laskin (please read it all here), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is not...
  • ‘Wild Lands 2.0': Defeated Salazar Policy Resurrected in Back-Door BLM Move

    08/03/2012 3:17:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 3, 2012 | Bridget Johnson
    Western lawmakers are crying foul over new Interior Department guidelines that resurrect the controversial Wild Lands policy that was killed by Congress in April 2011. Bureau of Land Management manuals uncovered by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) include language nearly identical to the draft proposal put forth by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in December 2010. The “Wild Lands” policy was intended to identify and manage wilderness areas while circumventing the normal — and transparent — congressional process. Pulling manuals from the BLM site on July 31, the lawmakers compared the policies and found the new language...
  • Mine Succumbs To Obama's War On Coal, Ohio

    08/02/2012 5:09:05 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 2, 2012
    Politics: As he flies into an Ohio air base that budget cuts will close, the president won't also be visiting an Ohio coal-mining operation shut down by his policies. Hey, isn't he trying to win that state? As Air Force One touched down Wednesday in Mansfield, Ohio, President Obama found himself at the site of one of the possible casualties of his defense cuts — the 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard. It employs more than 200 airmen and more than 550 part-time employees. Despite administration denials, the 179th Airlift Wing may be doomed. It was targeted...
  • Gas Can Manufacturer Folds in Miami, Okla. [Gas Cans (not gas) burning people....]

    07/31/2012 10:45:16 AM PDT · by AdamBomb · 72 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 7/24/2012 | Sheila Stogsdill
    MIAMI, Okla. - Product liability lawsuits have extinguished an Ottawa County gasoline can manufacturer, says Rocky Flick, owner and chief operating officer of Blitz U.S.A. Blitz U.S.A./F3 Brands in Miami filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Nov. 9. On Monday, the company said it will close its doors July 31 and lay off 117 people. [snip] The lawsuits that doomed Blitz mostly centered on individuals pouring gasoline out of a can onto an open fire, with the vapors igniting and causing injuries. Three warnings about not mixing gasoline and fire, in addition to other safety precautions, are displayed predominately on the...
  • EPA Scientists Receive Presidential Honor

    07/24/2012 11:38:15 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    yosemite.epa ^ | 07/23/2012 | News Releases from Headquarters
    Two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientists were named as recipients of the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award, is being given to EPA’s Dr. Mehdi Hazai and Mr. Adam Eisele, (and 96 others) as the highest (0nly) honor in the early stages of "independent" research. "Early" EPA Career Mr. Eisele developed and used air sampling to identify and characterize local sources of air pollution in (1 to 2 mile high community elevations). His research is being used to identify community health risks due to... oil and gas production sources. "Early" Career Dr. (EPA...
  • Pennsylvania coal companies announce layoffs, blame Obama

    07/23/2012 6:17:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 57 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/23/2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Two coal companies in Pennsylvania blamed President Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the layoffs announced last week. “[T]he escalating costs and uncertainty generated by recently advanced EPA regulations and interpretations have created a challenging business climate for the entire coal industry,” said PBS Coals Inc. President and CEO D. Lynn Shanks in a statement on Friday, as noted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The company also cited weaker-than-normal demand for coal. Shanks’ comment on the EPA came as he announced a 28 percent work force reduction. “PBS Coals Inc. and its affiliate company, RoxCoal Inc., laid off about...
  • $500B Alaskan gold mine in upstream battle with EPA, salmon advocates.

    07/24/2012 1:02:54 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 38 replies ^ | July 24, 2012 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    An Alaskan mine that may contain more than $500 billion in gold, copper and other minerals will never get dug if environmentalists get their way. The proposed Pebble Mine, near the headwaters of Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska, could yield a staggering 107 million ounces of gold, 80 billion pounds of copper and 5.6 billion pounds of molybdenum, which is used to make steel alloys. Pebble Partnership, which wants to do the digging, is so confident of the bounty beneath the ground it has spent five years and $107 million monitoring the soil, water and air in order to assure...
  • EPA: Thou Shalt Purchase Fuel That Doesn't Exist [Idiocy!]

    07/21/2012 11:14:51 AM PDT · by upchuck · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 21, 2012 | W.A. Beatty
    [snip] the phrase "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!" pretty well sums up EPA director Lisa Jackson's decision to enforce the EPA rule that mandates that oil refiners blend cellulosic ethanol into gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel, among other products. The nice (or fine) mess? Cellulosic ethanol does not exist commercially! It exists in small quantities in labs, but there is simply no way for oil refiners to honor the EPA mandate. But did that little problem cause Jackson to change her decision? Nooooo, to quote John Belushi on SNL. The EPA fined refiners a $6.8-million penalty...

    07/17/2012 1:21:19 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    human events ^ | july 16, 2012 | Audrey Hudson
    The Environmental Protection Agency is employing a disturbing strategy to evaluate a major new mine project by passing judgment on whether it will damage the environment before the company even determines how the venture will work. The Pebble Limited Partnership wants to mine a deposit in southwest Alaska that holds one of the largest concentrations of copper, gold and molybdenum in the world—at least 80 billion pounds of copper, 100 million ounces of gold, and five billion pounds of molybdenum. The mother lode of minerals is estimated to be worth $200 billion to $500 billion. Copper is a mineral considered...
  • Oh great, yet another new EPA regulation making things more expensive for everyone

    07/15/2012 5:28:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/14/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Just in case you needed yet another example of Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency going above and beyond the call of duty in putting their own nebulous agenda before the concerns of the American people, here ya’ go.The EPA, working through the auspices of the U.S. Coast Guard, is set to begin enforcing a new rule on August 1st that will require all large marine vessels (like cargo and cruise ships) sailing in southern Alaska waters to use low-sulfur fuel. The EPA is justifying the regulation as an extension of an amendment to a treaty, the International Convention for the Prevention...
  • Obama: FreeLoaders Can FreeLoad - Another Tax Increase on You and Me: Every Entitlement is a Tax

    07/14/2012 6:53:14 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 10 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-14-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    The wail across the vast, reasonable U.S. citizenry has been dismay and outrage that Barack Obama undid then-President Bill Clinton's Welfare Reform, which was worked-out with Congress and voted upon and passed by both Chambers of Congress. With a few words, maybe written, but with no name other than a "policy directive," freeloaders may continue to freeload, living on your money and mine, with no need to provide for themselves - no need to show up at employment agencies, no need to find temporary work - no need to do anything but whip out the EBT card and cash the...
  • And the Regulatory State Drones On

    07/12/2012 7:36:54 AM PDT · by SumProVita · 4 replies
    The American ^ | July 11, 2012 | Blake Hurst
    Forget the kerfuffle over EPA drone flights; nobody pays attention to the things that the EPA is doing that are truly frightening. ...snip... The EPA is in the process of adopting a ‘guidance document’ increasing its jurisdiction of the ‘waters of the U.S.’ by a factor of almost three simply by removing the word ‘navigable’ from the Clean Water Act. The document will expand federal regulation over vast areas of the country that have traditionally been regulated by the states. Almost any activity undertaken by landowners would require a federal permit, an expensive and time consuming process. Not only that,...