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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... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgs1XH3PqEM
  • Feds Halt New Highways In Imperial County, Citing Air Pollution

    08/11/2012 12:13:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    KPBS.org ^ | 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
    FoxNews.com ^ | 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...
  • EPA COULD THWART MINERAL MOTHER LODE AND SETS DANGEROUS PRECEDENT

    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,...
  • Study: EPA’s Probe Into Fracking’s Effect on Drinking Water Isn’t So Clean

    07/10/2012 5:35:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 10, 2012 | Bridget Johnson
    PLUS: Celeb anti-frackers to descend on D.C. to demand Congress end the shale extraction technique altogether. An industry-funded independent investigation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s long-running probe into the effects of hydraulic fracturing found numerous flaws in everything from the EPA’s scope to its lack of consultation with oil and gas companies. “The study released today by Battelle—a highly respected independent science and technology organization—identifies numerous concerns with EPA’s ongoing hydraulic fracturing study,” said Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. The 166-page Battelle study, submitted to the American Petroleum...
  • First casualty of greenhouse gas rules may be Texas plant

    07/09/2012 4:48:58 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 9, 2012 | Matthew Tresaugue
    Developers targeted 2013 to begin operating a new power plant fueled by the carbon-rich leftover from nearby oil refining in Corpus Christi. The Las Brisas Energy Center will not be ready by then, however, and there are doubts the project will be built at all, making it the latest flash point in a long fight between Texas and the Environmental Protection Agency. The $3 billion project has stalled as the federal government pushes to limit emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases linked to global warming from new power plants. The first-ever rules are expected to bring an end to...
  • What price clean air? (and water)

    07/07/2012 3:38:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 6, 2012 | George Will
    ................the plant and the mine that powers it may be sacrificed to this dubious environmental crusade. The new technology would reduce nitrate aerosols. They, however, are responsible for just 4 percent of what is called “light extinction” over the Grand Canyon. Water falls unbidden from the sky but must be pumped to Arizonans — Tucson is 2,500 feet above sea level. The NGS [Navajo Generating Station ] provides 95 percent of the power for the pumps of the Central Arizona Project (CAP), which made Phoenix and most of modern Arizona possible. A study sponsored by the Interior Department estimates that the...
  • Will This Be America’s Last Independence Day?

    07/04/2012 11:58:31 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 61 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 4,2012 | Jim Hoft
    How many of you out there today are asking the same question? Will today be America’s last Independence Day? After three and a half years of Barack Obama the economy is in ruins. The regulations more oppressive. The government is more intrusive. And the future looks bleak. Think of this – Just three and a half years ago– ** In President Bush’s last year in office, 2008, the deficit reached $459 billion. Today, for the third year in a row, the US deficit is over a trillion dollars (and Obama still says it’s Bush’s fault). This is after he promised...
  • Fraud Case Shows Holes in Exchange of Fuel Credits

    07/05/2012 7:11:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    NYT ^ | 7-4-12 | Theo Emery
    WHITE MARSH, Md. — Gary L. Miller knew something was afoot in the garage rented out behind his auto equipment business. Through an open door, Mr. Miller glimpsed piles of pipes, polyethylene tanks and pumps. But nothing was hooked up. Nothing was being made. So it came as a surprise — to say the least — when he learned that the tenant, Rodney R. Hailey, had told a federal agency that he would produce millions of gallons of biodiesel fuel there. “Not out of here. Not out of a few plastic tubes,” Mr. Miller said, standing outside the tiny ramshackle...
  • Have Environmentalists/EPA Triggered Electric Power Outages To 3 Million Americans?

    07/03/2012 4:53:42 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 109 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 07/03/2012 | JoeClarke.Net
    As many people fall down in the sweltering heat, because of the loss of power to air conditioners, there are others jumping up and down, because the excessively hot weather seems be to punishing those naughty Americans, known around the world to use more than their "fair share" of energy. Coupled with the severe storms knocking out power lines, to an environmentalist, it may, indeed, be a perfect storm. In the past several years, American power generating companies have been diverted from upgrading their existing equipment, including coal generating plants, transmission lines, substations, etc. on the Grid, by the incessant...
  • EPA's Regional Administrators Love Activism, Litigation

    07/03/2012 3:20:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 3, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    The suspicions of Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe were correct: Rather than sitting before the House Energy and Commerce Committee three weeks ago to explain theways he “crucified” oil and natural gas companies, insteadAl Armendariz – who cancelled his appearance at the last minute – met with the Sierra Club for a job interview. This time the recently resigned EPA’s Region 6 administrator will eagerly attack another fossil fuel, joining the litigious environmental group as part of its “Beyond Coal” campaign. If there was any question that Armendariz unfairly regulated the gas and oil businesses under his authority in Texas, Oklahoma,...
  • OUTRAGED Midwest Farmers Protest EPA Spy Planes Over Iowa Ranches

    07/03/2012 2:49:31 PM PDT · by radioone · 30 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-3-2012 | Jim Hoft
    Midwest farmers were outraged to hear that the Obama EPA was spying on ranches in surveilance planes. Rep. Tom Latham sent a letter to the EPA demanding answers, “No federal agency has the right to treat the American farmer like the Taliban.” To the Obama EPA – Iowa farmers are the enemy. The AP reported: Midwest ranchers have never been enamored with environmental regulators, but they really began to complain after learning that federal inspectors were flying over their land to look for problems. The Environmental Protection Agency flies over power plants and other facilities nationwide to identify potential air,...
  • The Only Cool Thing the EPA Ever Did...

    07/03/2012 1:31:14 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | June 3, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    alas, to statist ends... As many of you are likely aware, the 1970 Plymouth Superbird was a special 'aero' version of the popular Plymouth Roadrunner created as a NASCAR homologation special (the company was required to build a minimum of 500 cars in a street version of any specific model to qualify in NASCAR as a 'production car'). Similar to the aerodynamically-advanced 1968 Dodge Charger 500 and further-evolved 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, Plymouth's 1970 Superbird was intended not only to hit 200mph on NASCAR Superspeedways like Daytona and Talladega, but was also an attempt to lure King Richard Petty back (from Ford) to...
  • Midwest ranchers, lawmakers protest EPA flyovers

    07/03/2012 1:00:33 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/2/12 | David Pitt
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Midwest ranchers have never been enamored with environmental regulators, but they really began to complain after learning that federal inspectors were flying over their land to look for problems. The Environmental Protection Agency flies over power plants and other facilities nationwide to identify potential air, water and land pollution. It began using aerial surveillance in the Midwest in 2010 to check farms for violations of federal clean water regulations. Ranchers who object to the program said they're not trying to hide anything. It's the quiet approach the EPA took with the program designed to spot...
  • Green Energy Leaves 800.000 Germans In The Dark

    06/29/2012 8:16:14 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 27 replies
    Global Warming Policy Foundation ^ | 6/27/2012 | P Gosselin
    Energy poverty is sweeping over modern Germany like never before. Flagship German newspaper Die Welt has an online report titled: Fast 800.000 Deutsche können Strom nicht bezahlen. In English: Almost 800,000 Germans cannot pay for electricity. As Germany subsidies wealthy homeowners and businesses owners to install solar panels on their homes and commercial buildings, low income families living in rented apartments are getting stuck footing skyrocketing electric bills. Many can no longer afford to pay for electricity, and so the utilities are cutting off their power. Indeed high energy prices are causing everything else to get more expensive as well...
  • EPA Admin: Americans No Smarter Than Fifth Graders

    06/29/2012 9:34:03 AM PDT · by Twotone · 30 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 11, 2012 | Staff
    When asked to craft a headline about her tenure at the EPA, chief administrator Lisa Jackson questioned the American public’s ability to read at a fifth-grade level in an interview with the Guardian: “In accordance with the law, we moved forward with sensible, cost effective steps at the federal level on climate, using the Clean Air Act.” And I would have a second sentence — see, I can’t write headlines! But it would be something like, ”The progress at state and local levels, combined with the federal level, does not obviate the need” — you can’t use obviate, it’s above...
  • From Sixteen Tons to Sixteen Months – the Business Cycle and the Downward Spiral

    06/28/2012 7:53:12 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 4 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | June 28, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The Left feels cheated. Not by you or me… not by the system, exactly, but by fate. Recessions, someone told them, resolve themselves in sixteen months, give or take. That’s what someone calculated, someone who knew about such things, someone who did math and statistics for a living, and should therefore know. And if recessions resolve themselves in sixteen months, we can do whatever we want in 2009, they reasoned. Whatever we want. Raise taxes, force through some massive spending bills and regulations, provide giveaways to our buddies… If the recession will end anyway, why not? And so they created...
  • Will President Obama's Re-election Doom Fracking?

    06/26/2012 6:23:50 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 26, 2012
    Energy: The top White House energy aide says new regulations gripping the technology responsible for unlocking America's vast oil and gas reserves will be ready by year's end. Team Obama's war on fossil fuels continues. One more reason not to re-elect President Obama to a second term was provided last Friday, when Heather Zichal, the top White House energy aide, told reporters that she expects the Interior Department rules regulating hydraulic fracturing, dubbed fracking, to be completed by year's end. Why are federal rules necessary since fracking has been successfully regulated at the state level for decades without a single...
  • Court upholds EPA's greenhouse gas rules

    06/26/2012 2:13:38 PM PDT · by Jean S · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/26/12 | Ayesha Rascoe
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld the first-ever U.S. proposed rules governing heat-trapping greenhouse gases, clearing a path for sweeping regulations affecting vehicles, coal-burning power plants and other industrial facilities. Handing a setback to industry and a victory to the Obama administration, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously ruled the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that carbon dioxide is a public danger and the decision to set limits for emissions from cars and light trucks were "neither arbitrary nor capricious." The ruling, which addresses four separate lawsuits, upholds the underpinnings of the...
  • Court upholds EPA's greenhouse gas rules

    06/26/2012 12:04:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/26/12 | Ayesha Rascoe - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld the first-ever U.S. proposed rules governing heat-trapping greenhouse gases, clearing a path for sweeping regulations affecting vehicles, coal-burning power plants and other industrial facilities. Handing a setback to industry and a victory to the Obama administration, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously ruled the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that carbon dioxide is a public danger and the decision to set limits for emissions from cars and light trucks were "neither arbitrary nor capricious." The ruling, which addresses four separate lawsuits, upholds the underpinnings of the...
  • Court upholds EPA’s greenhouse gas rules for autos – but ... MOT... on stationary sources ....

    06/26/2012 11:29:23 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies
    Watts up with That? ^ | June 26, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Full Title:******************************************************* Court upholds EPA’s greenhouse gas rules for autos – but lacks jurisdiction on stationary sources like power plantsD.C. Appeals Court OKs EPA Rules on Greenhouse GasesFrom Rueters By Ayesha RascoeWASHINGTON (Reuters) – An appeals court on Tuesday upheld the first-ever U.S. proposed regulations governing heat-trapping greenhouse gases, handing a setback to major industries like coal-burning utilities and a victory to the Obama administration and environmental groups.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously ruled that the EPA’s finding that carbon dioxide is a public danger and setting limits for emissions from cars and light trucks...
  • EPA Fines Oil Refiners for Failing to Use Nonexistent Biofuel

    06/23/2012 5:12:17 AM PDT · by rusty millet · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 22, 2012 | Howard Portnoy
    Question: Do you fill your car’s tank with gasoline that is part cellulosic ethanol, an environment-friendly distillate of wood chips, corn cobs, and switch grass? Let me answer for you: No, you don’t. You couldn’t if you wanted to. Petroleum products blended with cellulosic ethanol aren’t commercially available, because the technology for mass-producing cellulosic ethanol hasn’t been perfected. None of which has stopped the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing hefty yearly fines on oil refiners. According to the The New York Times, in 2011 automotive fuel producers were assessed $6.8 million in penalties. That amount is expected to climb dramatically...
  • People Matter - Robert Zubrin’s powerful critique of antihumanism

    06/23/2012 10:07:36 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    City Journal ^ | 22 June 2012 | Bruce S. Thornton
    Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism, by Robert Zubrin (Encounter, 328 pp., $25.95) A ruling idea of the last two centuries has been materialism: the notion, as arch-materialist Daniel Dennett asserts, that “there is only one sort of stuff, namely matter—the physical stuff of physics, chemistry, and physiology—and the mind is somehow nothing but a physical phenomenon.” One consequence of this belief has been the rise of antihumanism—the stripping from people of their transcendent value and a reduction of them to mere things in the world to be studied, understood, reshaped—and ultimately...
  • Udall and Bennet Side With Obama on Key Energy Vote

    06/23/2012 6:32:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    The Colorado Observer ^ | June 21, 2012 | Mark Stricherz
    Colorado’s two Democratic senators sided with the White House on Wednesday when they voted to affirm what one GOP senator called “the centerpiece of President Obama’s war on coal.” The rule, which proponents say is necessary to limit harmful emissions from coal-fired power plants, but that opponents say will destroy jobs and cause energy prices to skyrocket, narrowly survived an attempt at repeal yesterday. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet opposed a measure that would have overturned the controversial EPA rule. The measure failed on a 46-to-53 vote yesterday. ... Udall and Bennet joined seven other Senate Democrats from major coal-producing...
  • EPA blasted for requiring oil refiners to add type of fuel that's merely hypothetical

    06/22/2012 2:46:19 PM PDT · by kingattax · 14 replies
    FoxNews ^ | June 21, 2012 | Jim Angle
    Federal regulations can be maddening, but none more so than a current one that demands oil refiners use millions of gallons of a substance, cellulosic ethanol, that does not exist. "As ludicrous as that sounds, it's fact," says Charles Drevna, who represents refiners. "If it weren't so frustrating and infuriating, it would be comical." And Tom Pyle of the Institute of Energy Research says, "the cellulosic biofuel program is the embodiment of government gone wild." Refiners are at their wit's end because the government set out requirements to blend cellulosic ethanol back in 2005, assuming that someone would make it....
  • EPA NSPS ruling only three days left for public comment.

    06/22/2012 4:58:41 AM PDT · by wita · 17 replies
    Basin Electric Power Cooperative ^ | April/May Energy Watch Update | Basin Electric Coop
    EPA proposes greenhouse gas rule for new coal-based power plants On March 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed its New Source Performance Standard (NSPS), a long-delayed proposed regulation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from coal-based power plants. The new rule requires coal-based generating sources to emit no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour, which is a level met by natural gas-combined cycle power plants. Conventional lignite-based plants produce more than twice that amount. The proposed rule, which goes into immediate effect, means any new lignite-based plants would be required to install technology to capture...
  • House appropriators advance spending bill that would slash the EPA’s funding

    06/20/2012 5:15:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/20/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Ah, such a tease! I can’t say I have much faith that, the way things stand right now, this bill will make it through untouched, but it’s beautiful to think about nonetheless.A House committee has managed to advance a 2013 spending bill that would impose deep cuts and restrictions on the Environmental Protection Agency. The bill cuts EPA by $1.4 billion, about 17 percent, compared to current funding. The GOP points out that this brings the EPA below fiscal 1998 funding.House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), who hails from coal country, said he is especially proud of the measure,...
  • Bid to kill EPA coal plant regulations thwarted in Senate

    06/20/2012 11:23:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/20/12 | Ben Geman and Daniel Strauss
    Senate lawmakers on Wednesday blocked a GOP-led effort to scuttle Environmental Protection Agency regulations that mandate cuts in mercury pollution and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants. The 46-53 vote against Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) resolution staves off what would have been a stinging election-year rebuke of the White House green agenda. Five Republicans joined 48 Democrats in blocking Inhofe’s measure to overturn regulations that coal industry groups and other critics contend will hurt the economy, cause power costs to spike and force numerous plants to shutter.
  • EPA in a Bind Over Hazardous Experiments on Humans

    06/19/2012 1:18:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | June 18, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    After experiments on humans were conducted that exposed them to airborne particulates considered to be lethal, a sound-science advocate has accused physician researchers working for the Environmental Protection Agency of misconduct and violations of the Hippocratic Oath. Steve Milloy , publisher of Junkscience.com and author of Green Hell: How Environmentalists Plan to Control Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them , filed a complaint with the North Carolina Medical Board last week that accused three doctors in the state – two employed by EPA (Dr. Andrew Ghio and Dr. Wayne Cascio) and one by the University...
  • EPA Science Writer Celebrates Andrew Breitbart’s Death

    06/18/2012 3:44:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 6/18/12 | Pat Dollard
    THE GATEWAY PUNDIT: Your tax dollars at work – Paying this douche to work at the EPA. EPA science writer says he’s happy Andrew Breitbart is dead.
  • Gov. Scott Walker Takes Aim at Feds: Reign In 'Run Amok' EPA and NLRB

    06/17/2012 5:13:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 6/17/12 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker said the federal government needs to “reign in” the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because they have “run amok,” in remarks at a Jobs Summit hosted by the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. "[W]e need to reign in, particularly two key areas, the National Labor Relations Board and the EPA so that our employers have certainty as to know exactly what’s going to happen in the future in those two critical areas,” Walker said during a press conference at the event.
  • Md. man accused of selling bogus energy credits

    06/17/2012 9:28:29 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-16-12 | ALEX DOMINGUEZ
    BALTIMORE—A Maryland man faces trial in a $9.1 million fraud case that is shedding light on problems in a renewable energy credits program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Federal prosecutors accuse Rodney Hailey of Perry Hall of selling renewable fuel credits even though his company, Clean Green Fuel LLC, did not produce any renewable fuel. Instead, prosecutors say he pocketed the money and bought Ferraris and other luxury cars, as well as tractor-trailers, homes, jewelry and computers.
  • We are so screwed

    06/16/2012 2:31:17 PM PDT · by Jerrybob · 36 replies
    Fox news | 6/16/12 | self
    Perfect example of how screwed up things are in this country; how up is down and backwards: News story on Fox yesterday about how the EPA is using drones to spy on farmers in Nebraska, Iowa and two other bordering states. Congress, went the report, is seeking to pass a law prohibiting the EPA from doing this. Made me think: wait just a minute.... Isn't Congress supposed to be the premier law-making body in this country, and isn't the EPA merely an agency of government? Then all that should be needed is a phone call from someone in Congress to...
  • Conservationists' lawsuit targets Conway's Grainger Steam Plant

    06/15/2012 12:35:54 PM PDT · by Coffee... Black... No Sugar · 3 replies
    The Horry Independent ^ | June 14, 2012 | Kathy Ropp
    Conservationists' lawsuit targets Conway's Grainger Steam Plant By KATHY ROPP Editor Three environmental groups have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to force Santee Cooper to move two ash coal impoundments away from Conway’s Grainger Steam Plant and to clean up the contamination along the Waccamaw River that they claim the ash coal has caused. In the lawsuit, filed this week in Horry County court, the Conservation Groups claim that the impoundments are unlined, so contaminants, including arsenic, a known carcinogen, have been leeching into the Waccamaw River. According to the lawsuit, tests of wells near the Grainger Plant have...