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  • EPA to issue new safety rules for U.S. flags.

    09/20/2012 11:02:25 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 16 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | September 20, 2011 | Dan Miller
    Top news of the day from CONS (Combined Obama News Services): United States flags must be safe for all.Due to reports that an innocent Pakistani youth was mortally sickened by toxic fumes from a United States flag while peacefully burning it, the Environmental Protection Agency is quickly preparing new rules to ensure that all U.S. flags are safe to burn. Ben Dover, the Chief of the Flammable Substances Division at the EPA, stated: Flag burning is a recognized medium of free expression and this action will again demonstrate to our Muslim friends that we fully support their rights of free...
  • Coal: The Rock That Burns

    09/19/2012 12:12:47 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies
    The New American ^ | 03.07.12 | Ed Hiserodt
    “Load sixteen tons, and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt… ” — Tennessee Ernie Ford Coal is very low on the scale of subjects for ballads or charming folklore. Like Rodney Dangerfield, it just doesn’t get any respect. What does a naughty boy get in his Christmas stocking? A lump of coal. As a career, few brave souls outside Appalachia would have a goal in life of riding a rail car several miles — down several thousand feet below the surface — to attack the “face” of a coal seam. The thought terrifies me —...
  • EPA Institutes Minimum Gas Purchase Requirement For Some Stations

    09/19/2012 11:16:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 9/19/12 | Betsy Woodruff
    Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R., Wis.) has a post on the Hills Congress Blog highlighting a bizarre new regulation from the EPA requiring some gas stations to sell at least four gallons of gasoline at a time. It affects those that pump both E10 and E15 (gas with 10 percent or 15 percent ethanol) through the same hose. Since E15 is pretty terrible for small engines and old cars (Sensenbrenner says its like metal in a microwave for a small engine), the theory is that when customers whose engines cannot handle it are buying gas,
  • Obama's Four Gallons of Gas Minimum Mandate

    09/18/2012 9:33:08 AM PDT · by tapatio · 148 replies
    The latest mandate handed down from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is so ridiculous, even I was shocked. The EPA has now mandated how much gasoline you must buy at certain gas stations. Say hello to the Obama Administrations four gallon minimum.
  • Former EPA Administrator Russell Train dies

    09/18/2012 8:36:53 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    AP ^ | September 17, 2012 | Will Lester
    Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Russell Train, a leading American conservationist who helped craft some of the nation's enduring environmental laws, died Monday at age 92.
  • Alpha closing 8 mines, cutting 1,200 jobs in all (War on Coal)

    09/18/2012 5:55:35 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies ^ | September 18, 2012 | WVVA
    Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources said Tuesday it's cutting production by 16 million tons and eliminating 1,200 jobs companywide, including 400 with the immediate closing of eight mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The mine shutdowns start Tuesday, while the rest of the layoffs will be completed by the end of the first quarter after Alpha fulfills current sales obligations, Chief Executive Officer Kevin Crutchfield said. In all, the layoffs amount to nearly a tenth of Alpha's 13,000-person work force. Alpha said it is closing four mines in West Virginia, three in Virginia and one in Pennsylvania. They are...
  • Republicans criticize four-gallon EPA gas purchase mandate

    09/17/2012 1:48:07 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 93 replies
    With prices at the pump worrying Americans, Republicans have railed against the Environmental Protection Agency’s new gas mandate that requires consumers to buy at least four gallons when purchasing from stations with hoses containing 10 percent and 15 percent ethanol-blended fuel. On Monday, Republicans on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Chief Administrator Lisa Jackson criticizing the agency’s approval of the sale of gasoline containing 15 volume percent ethanol. Specifically, the EPA will require that consumers purchase a minimum of four gallons when buying from a gas station that sells gasoline...
  • EPA Honors Noted Environmentalist And Marxist Killer Che Guevara

    09/17/2012 11:04:51 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    True Conservatives on Twitter ^ | September 17, 2012
    Regulators: The EPA has commemorated the start of Hispanic Heritage Month with an emailed picture of Marxist thug Che Guevara. Considering the agency's totalitarian energy policies, it's somehow appropriate. The internal email sent by EPA management analyst Susie Goldring was said to have been issued without clearance from higher-ups. EPA said it was "drafted and sent by an individual employee, and without official clearance." But sent it was, a document with a photo of a mural with a visage of the murderous revolutionary that was lifted without attribution from the website, Guevara, of course, was an enemy of the...
  • EPA Honors Noted Environmentalist Che Guevara

    09/15/2012 6:17:28 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | September 14, 2012
    <p>Regulators: The EPA has commemorated the start of Hispanic Heritage Month with an emailed picture of Marxist thug Che Guevara. Considering the agency's totalitarian energy policies, it's somehow appropriate.</p> <p>The internal email sent by EPA management analyst Susie Goldring was said to have been issued without clearance from higher-ups. EPA said it was "drafted and sent by an individual employee, and without official clearance."</p>
  • EPA to America: You will use more biofuels, and you will like it

    09/14/2012 6:30:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/14/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Because we apparently don't have enough evidence of the adverse effects of forcing biofuels into the energy market by requiring traditional transportation fuel suppliers to purchase them, the Obama administration's Environmental Protection Agency has decreed --- oh no, not that they're going to scale back on the renewable fuel standard biofuels quota --- but rather that they're going to force us to purchase larger quantities of biofuels, whether we like it or not. The Hill reports: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday raised biofuels targets for 2013 despite an ongoing legal battle with the oil-and-gas industry on the issue.Refiners...
  • Obama EPA Honors Hispanic Heritage Month By Promoting Marxist Killer (che guevera)

    09/14/2012 9:40:14 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 9 replies ^ | september 13, 2012 | jim hoft
    The Environmental Protection Agency commemorated the start of Hispanic Heritage Month with a picture of Che Guevara and a bit of plagiarism. An internal email obtained by BuzzFeed and distributed to agency employees marking the start of the celebration of Hispanic culture this Saturday, featured the above image of a horse and buggy passing a billboard of the Marxist revolutionary, in addition to a listing of facts about Hispanic culture. Hispanic people are vibrant, socializing and fun loving people, one entry reads. Among various facts associated to this culture is that they have a deep sense of involvement in their...
  • Dethrone the EPA (Robert Zubrin)

    09/12/2012 8:22:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 12, 2012 | Robert Zubrin
    The current presidential campaign hinges on jobs and the economy. Yet most of the debate has centered on peripheral issues such as the Bush tax cut, when there is a Tyrannosaurus in the room that is being virtually ignored. That monster is the EPA.The EPA is today the primary enemy of economic growth in the United States, and through it the world. The damage that it has done, is doing, and threatens to do in the future is immense. Virtually since its birth in 1970, the agency has committed one atrocity after another. As one of its first acts...
  • UMass, EPA agree-plan to replace contaminated windows at Lederle Grad Research Ctr over 15 yr period

    09/12/2012 4:58:08 PM PDT · by matt04 · 10 replies
    Federal environmental officials and the University of Massachusetts have entered into a consent agreement for which the university will remove windows contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyl at the John W. Lederle Graduate Research Center over 15 years. According to a prepared statement from the Environmental Protection Agency, UMass discovered that the window glazing at the research center was contaminated with high levels of contaminants after finishing a window-caulking project in 2009. UMass has agreed to replace and dispose of all 900 PCB-contaminated windows over the next 15 years at a cost of about $3 million. The university will complete window cleaning,...
  • EPA urged to rethink chemical risk evaluation process

    09/08/2012 5:05:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 7 September 2012 | Rebecca Trager
    The EPA's process for assessing chemical risk has come under fire for being inadequateThe US Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) process for assessing the risk of human exposure to various chemicals is deeply flawed and actually threatens public health, according to two experts with inside experience. In fact, they are urging the agency to fundamentally alter its approach to chemical risk evaluation.In a Nature commentary, George Gray, who directs George Washington Universitys Center for Risk Science and Public Health, and Joshua Cohen, deputy director of Tufts Medical Centers Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health, note that many...
  • Congressman Morgan Griffith Statement on Closure of Buchanan Mine (in Virginia)

    09/04/2012 12:11:46 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 9 replies
    Office of Congressman Morgan Griffith ^ | September 4, 2012 | Congressman Morgan Griffith
    Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement after learning that CONSOL Energy will temporarily idle, effective today, its Buchanan Mine in Southwest Virginia: With this Administrations ongoing war on coal, unfortunately, todays extremely disappointing news doesnt come as a surprise. Our economy is struggling. With current policies, the down economy is not going to improve soon. Obviously, this means that construction, including items built with steel, have been put on hold. This Administration has been clear about one thing, it is not serious about using our own energy resources, thus inviting other countries to increase their production of coal....
  • 3 Coal-Powered W. V. Plants to Shut Down

    09/04/2012 5:03:18 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 96 replies
    WVVA,.com ^ | September 1, 2012 | Rachel Lucas
    Three coal-fired power plants in West Virginia will soon stop generating electricity. The last day of power generation for FirstEnergy Corp.'s plants in Albright, Rivesville and Willow Island was scheduled for Saturday. FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin said the plants would be deactivated by the end of the day. Officials say some workers likely will remain on the job for a short period. They will deactivate the plants and take care of permits and environmental regulations. The plants employ a total 210 workers. FirstEnergy also plans to close six coal-fired operations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland. The Ohio-based utility attributes the...
  • Bedbugs moving in to some North Texas apartments

    08/31/2012 9:55:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    WFAA ^ | August 30, 2012 | BYRON HARRIS
    DALLAS - Bedbugs live on the blood of mammals. They eat while you sleep. And they're dining on more North Texas apartment dwellers every year. "Sometimes I can't even get to bed at night," said Skyler Wells of the Park Timbers Apartments in Lewisville, who's had bedbugs in his apartment twice in the last four months. "I'm thinking they're crawling on me. I'm scratching myself. I'm taking three showers a night, because I'm thinking I'm gonna wash 'em all off me." Chris McGinn of City of Lewisville Code Compliance Department said bedbugs weren't even on the city's radar three years...
  • CHP Industry Hails White House Executive Order Supporting Combined Heat & Power

    08/30/2012 8:23:16 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    United Business Media ^ | 8-30-12 | PR Newswire
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The U.S. Clean Heat & Power Association (U.S. CHP Association) today praised the Obama Administration for today's Executive Order, "Accelerating Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency," which calls for a national combined heat and power deployment goal of an additional 40GW by 2020. Currently supplying twelve percent (12%) of U.S. energy capacity, CHP systems can reach efficiencies above eighty percent (80%). There is approximately 82 GW of CHP installed in the U.S. and industry estimates indicate the technical potential for additional CHP at existing sites in the U.S. is approximately 130 GW (plus...
  • 7 unspeakable acts guaranteed to revive economy

    08/30/2012 7:17:23 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    WND ^ | August 29, 2012 | Robert Ringer
    Exclusive: Robert Ringer envisions Romney only tinkering around edges of government The cover story in the September issue of Newsmax is titled Saving America: Mitt and Ann Share Their Personal Journey. It reminded me once again that so long as people look to politicians to solve their problems or the nations problems the problems will only get worse. Politicians are in the business of passing laws, and laws almost always involve taking money from individuals or restricting their freedom. There are hundreds of ways to get the economy moving, but off the top of my head I can...
  • Obama finalizes auto mileage mandate

    08/28/2012 10:54:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 28, 2012 | Ben Geman & Keith Laing
    The Obama administration issued final rules Tuesday that require a major boost in vehicle mileage standards, highlighting a clash with Mitt Romney as the GOP convention gets under way. 

The Transportation Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced joint mileage and carbon emissions rules for model years 2017 through 2025 that will eventually force automakers to meet a standard equivalent to 54.5 miles per gallon.

 Administration officials have made the rules a cornerstone of their energy agenda, noting that alongside earlier 2012-2016 rules, the mandate will eventually save consumers an estimated $1.7 trillion in fuel costs and save 12 billion barrels...
  • EPA Levies $40,000+ Fines on Landlords Who Fail to Provide EPA-Approved Pamphlets to Tenants

    08/25/2012 12:41:46 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 45 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/24/2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    ( Thinking of renting or selling a home or apartment? asks the Environmental Protection Agency. Make sure you disclose its lead-based paint history. Mr. Wolfe Landau did not and it cost him a $20,000 fine. Landau is one of the many landlords and realtors fined by the EPA for failing to provide an EPA-approved pamphlet to tenants seeking to rent or buy a house built before 1978. And for the EPA, the non-compliance business is booming. Juan Hernandez of Bridgeport, Conn., faces seven Level 1 violations for failing to provide seven tenants with a copy of the Protect Your...
  • Let the EPA Hear Your Voice

    08/24/2012 6:18:05 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies ^ | 8-24-12 | National Mining Association
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to force expensive mandates on affordable coal-based electricity that will cause electricity rates to rise sharply in the future, with a corresponding negative effect on jobs and local economies. The EPA's proposed rule for National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter will be disastrous for small jurisdictions that do not meet the unreasonable standard set by the EPA - it's simply another ill-conceived regulation that will deny Americans affordable and reliable coal-based electricity. The public comment period is open until August 31st and we need you to let the EPA hear your voice...
  • Court Strikes Down EPAs Abuse of Power

    08/23/2012 11:45:33 PM PDT · by CaptainKrunch · 7 replies
    The Foundry ^ | August 21, 2012 | Diane Katz
    A major component of the Obama Administrations regulatory crackdown on fossil fuels was struck down Tuesday by a federal appeals court panel that ruled the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule transgressed statutory boundaries. The decision vacates a measure that otherwise jeopardized thousands of jobs and the reliability of the nations electricity supply.The regulation at issue, also known as the Transport Rule, involves power plant emissions (sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, in particular) that waft across state lines and contribute significantly to other states noncompliance with national air quality standards. Finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in August 2011, the rule...
  • Had Enough? Sign the 'Citizens Petition to Rein in the Environmental Protection Agency'

    08/23/2012 4:29:09 PM PDT · by seamus · 29 replies
    The Heartland Institute ^ | August 24, 2012 | Jim Lakely (seamus)
    The bureaucrats in the Environmental Protection Agency no longer aim to protect our air and water from pollution. In fact, you could say they should pat themselves on the back. Mission accomplished: America enjoys the cleanest air and water in the industrial world by far. But to keep itself busy, the EPA is imposing via President Obama's direction draconian mandates that do virtually nothing to keep the environment clean, but do a ton to destroy industry, jobs, and personal property rights. The Heartland Institute is circulating the Citizens Petition to Rein in the Environmental Protection Agency. Join the fight more...
  • EPA to Shut Down LEPC Database

    08/21/2012 3:16:28 PM PDT · by EBH · 7 replies
    ERC ^ | 8/20/12
    Despite best efforts to keep the National Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) Database current and accurate, EPA has found that it has become significantly outdated. Discussions of whether to maintain or remove the database have been on-going since the 2008 Nationwide Survey of LEPCs. After discussions with key stakeholders, including State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs), LEPCs, EPA Regional Offices, and industry, the decision was made to remove the database on September 1st, 2012. Each state has designated a SERC that is responsible for implementing the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) provisions within its state. The SERCs duties include:...
  • Court strikes down major pollution rule (EPA loses)

    08/21/2012 10:15:54 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 21, 2012 | Ben Geman
    A federal court has struck down an Environmental Protection Agency rule that forces cuts in soot- and smog-forming power plant emissions that cross state lines, dealing a major blow to the White House's air quality agenda. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule that forces cuts from plants in 28 states in the eastern half of the country, finding that it exceeds EPAs powers under the Clean Air Act. The 2-1 court decision Tuesday is a victory for industry groups, some states and GOP lawmakers, who alleged the rule would...
  • EPA denies challenge to biofuels rule

    08/20/2012 9:29:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    The HIll ^ | 8/21/2012 | Zack Colman
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delivered a blow to the petroleum industry Monday by denying a petition that would have exempted refiners from part of a biofuel blending mandate, according to documents obtained by The Hill. EPA shot down the American Petroleum Institutes (API) challenge of the renewable fuel standard (RFS), according to Monday court filings with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. EPA determined that enough advanced biofuels generally understood to be made from non-food products existed to meet that portion of the RFS for 2012.
  • Fracking Leads To Cleaner Air

    08/20/2012 5:05:31 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 20, 2012
    Carbon emissions in the U.S. have hit a 20-year low due to a supposedly environmentally unfriendly drilling technique that has created an abundance of cheap natural gas. The free market, it seems, does it better than the EPA. Environmentalists find themselves between shale rock and a hard place after a little noticed technical report documented how the natural gas boom caused by the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has actually helped the environment in a major way while also creating jobs and economic growth. In the report, the U.S. Energy Information Agency, a part of the Energy Department, said...
  • Fuel industry pushes to keep high-ethanol blends off the market

    08/20/2012 3:07:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2012 | Zack Colman
    The head of a top fuel industry group wants Congress to take action that he says would protect consumers by keeping a more corrosive blend of gasoline off the market. American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) President Charles Drevna told The Hill on Monday that a U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia decision last week will put consumers at risk. The court upheld Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules that let gas stations offer fuel with a higher ethanol content. Auto companies say the higher-blend ethanol fuel is more destructive to engines and is not covered by many...
  • As ATP Oil Files For Bankruptcy, CEO Blames Obama For Company's Collapse

    08/18/2012 12:35:31 PM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/18/2012 | Christopher Helman
    When I get Paul Bulmahn on the phone rumors are swirling that hes just days from putting his company, ATP Oil & Gas, into Chapter 11. He cant confirm it yet, but he wants to make one thing perfectly clear: If it does come to bankruptcy (which it did on August 17) it isnt his fault. The founder and chairman of publicly traded ATP (Nasdaq:ATPG), Bulmahn wants the world to know that the Obama Administrationand its illegal ban on deepwater drilling in the wake of the BP disasteris to blame for the implosion of his company. Not him. It is...
  • Republican Candidates Campaign Against Obamas War on Coal

    08/17/2012 5:50:55 PM PDT · by stocksthatgoup · 16 replies
    The New American ^ | 8/17/2012 | Brian Koenig
    Combating the Environmental Protection Agencys flurry of new regulations on coal and other energy resources has become a campaign platform for Republicans in key battleground states. GOP contenders in states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are directing their focus to the Obama administrations anti-coal policies, while blaming their Democratic rivals for bolstering the EPAs intrusive regulatory efforts. Representative Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) recently launched a pro-coal campaign positioning 150 billboards in six different swing states aimed to underscore President Obamas purported opposition to the coal industry. Too many lawmakers in Washington have ignored President Barack Obamas War on Coal,...
  • GAO: EPA rules to cause energy price increases in Midwest, compromise electric grid

    08/17/2012 4:59:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/16/12 | Joel Gehrke
    Four coal industry regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will likely cause electricity prices to rise and may compromise electric grid reliability especially in the Midwest and South according to the Government Accountability Office. Several representatives from power companies and officials from federal and state regulatory agencies have expressed concerns that as companies incur additional costs in responding to these additional regulations, and as the electricity supply is affected by generating unit requirements, electricity prices could increase and reliability the ability to meet consumers electricity demands could be compromised, the GAO
  • EPA is pressured to drop ethanol mandate while drought drives corn prices up

    08/17/2012 4:09:44 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 16 August 2012 | Doug McKelway
    With record drought destroying crops across the country, corn prices are skyrocketing, and that is causing a world-wide ripple effect, including on the cost of the corn-derived gasoline additive ethanol. Corn prices are up 60 percent this summer, Christopher Hurt, a Purdue University economic professor, estimates. And now Democratic governors from Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina and Arkansas have joined ranchers, poultry farmers and the United Nations director-general for food and agriculture in asking the Environmental Protection Agency to waive the federal requirement that gasoline contain 10 percent ethanol. "It's universally acknowledged that ethanol is raising the price of food," Kenneth...
  • Help! My gas can won't work. Spout is plugged with gubment cheese!

    08/15/2012 10:47:01 AM PDT · by DariusBane · 39 replies
    Dariusbane | 08/15/2012 | Dariusbane
    Vanity: My gas can spout broke. You all know the one I am talking about. The old one. The one that works. Has a vent on the back and an unimpeded spout. The one I have been using carefully and preserving. Preserving because it WORKS. It does exactly what it is supposed to do. I fill it up with gas and transfer said gas to wherever I want it. The godless communist Statist freaks. Those gubment cheese swilling unelected shiite life long employees have taken my gas can and ruined it. So these numb skulls, shiite brains who can ruin...
  • Arkansas, NC ask EPA to waive ethanol mandate on high corn

    08/14/2012 4:43:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/14/12 | Timothy Gardner, Charles Abbott
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. governors asked the United States government on Tuesday to waive this year's mandate for making ethanol from corn, adding pressure on it to relieve meat producers from high corn prices spurred by the worst drought in more than 50 years.
  • 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, theyve 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 countys 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 arent 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 its 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. That’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 mine’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 EPAs 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...