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  • Wood Stove Ban Made Universal

    10/02/2013 2:10:04 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 248 replies ^ | September 30, 2013
    For many years, those of us in the Arctic have been fighting the wood stove ban. The use of PM2.5 particulates has been an issue pursued by local agencies as a way to swipe at those who choose to live beyond the borders of traditional civilization. That attack has now extended to the rest of the United States. In a stunning move, the Environmental Protection Agency decided to ban most of the operational wood stoves in the U.S. In those places where there is you, God, and nature, the wood stove has represented that one thing that can sustain. Going...
  • Obama's EPA And IRS Violate Our Constitutional Rights

    04/15/2013 8:03:00 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 15, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Big Brother: The government we entrust our medical records to under ObamaCare has its EPA sharing confidential data on farmers with green groups and the IRS reading your email. Smile and wave at the EPA drone. The Environmental Protection Agency has acknowledged that it released personal information on potentially thousands of farmers and ranchers to environmental groups, violating their privacy rights and acting in collusion with private groups with private political agendas. In Nixonian fashion, the EPA has provided these environmental groups with the dossiers of farmers it has gathered to help them create an enemies list of potential polluters....
  • NAACP and EPA Inflict Heat Prostration and Death

    08/01/2011 11:53:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | August 1, 2011 | Harry R. Jackon, Jr
    This column was co-authored by Niger Innis From New York, Washington and Atlanta to Chicago, St. Louis and Dallas, America is baking in a furnace. As millions swelter and gasp, they thank their lucky stars for air-conditioned cars, homes, offices and other places of refuge. And for the reliable, affordable electricity that makes AC possible. Previous generations weren’t so fortunate. When a record heat wave slammed the nation in July 1936, Midwest temperatures hit 100-107 for a week. With most homes and businesses lacking even fans in this pre-AC era, millions suffered heat prostration. In Wisconsin, 449 died. Nationwide, thousands...
  • Stop the EPA's Attack on Property Rights

    07/26/2011 12:01:25 PM PDT · by Twotone · 25 replies
    Americans for Prosperty ^ | July 26, 2011 | Phil Kerpen
    President Obama wants to control all the land and all the water in the United States. Legislation that would have deleted the word "navigable" from the federal Clean Water Act and given the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers jurisdiction over every drop of moisture in the country crashed and burned last Congress, ending the 36-year congressional career of its lead sponsor, Jim Oberstar, in the process. But Obama's EPA, as usual, won't take no for an answer, and is now attempting to ignore two Supreme Court decisions, commonsense, and the American people and vastly expand federal Clean Water Act...
  • EPA Says All Texas Plants Will Get New Air Permits

    07/13/2011 11:38:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 7/13/11 | Staff
    HOUSTON– Nearly 140 Texas plants, including some of the nation’s largest refineries, have reached a deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to receive new permits even though a long-standing battle between the Lone Star State and the federal agency is far from over.The EPA’s announcement Tuesday that it reached a deal for all 136 companies to apply for new permits came more quickly than initially expected when the agency ruled last year that Texas’ so-called “flexible permits” violated the federal Clean Air Act. At the time, Texas blasted the EPA ruling, challenging it in court and saying
  • EPA Warns House Bill Would 'Overturn' Clean Water Law

    06/27/2011 3:23:26 PM PDT · by EBH · 63 replies
    New York Times ^ | 6/23/11 | Paul Quillian
    U.S. EPA warned of the potential dire consequences of legislation being fast-tracked through the House that would give states final say on rules concerning water, wetlands and mountaintop-removal mining. In a four-page legal analysis (pdf), EPA said the measure (H.R. 2018 (pdf)) sponsored by House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) and ranking member Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) "would overturn almost 40 years of federal legislation by preventing EPA from protecting public health and water quality." GOP House leaders expect to bring the bill to a floor vote this summer. EPA said the Mica-Rahall bill would "significantly undermine" the agency's...
  • More Regulations Are Not a Plan for Job Creation

    06/17/2011 10:07:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | June 16, 2011 | James Lankfort
    There must be something in the water coolers on the other side of the aisle. Earlier this year, at an Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing concerning reducing regulations, a Democrat colleague expressed his “concern” over reducing the regulation on business and stated boldly that increased regulation on businesses creates jobs in America. According to his logic, more regulation creates more requirements for businesses to hire compliance officers to oversee the regulations imposed upon them by government; therefore the government creates more jobs. At first, I thought he was joking, but he was serious. I later asked the witnesses at the hearing...
  • EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Lashes Out at Utility Companies For Spilling the Beans

    06/15/2011 3:26:48 PM PDT · by radioone · 62 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 6-15-11 | Jim Hoft
    Let’s face it. Obama doesn’t give a damn about creating jobs. He only cares about fundamentally changing America and destroying its wealth. American Electric Power announced this week that the latest Obama EPA regulations will cost the company at least 600 jobs and over $6 billion which will be pushed on consumers. Today, Barack Obama’s horrible EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson lashed out at utility companies for revealing the economic destruction of her department’s policies. She then claimed her administration’s policies will prevent premature deaths… What garbage. The Hill reported: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson struck back Wednesday at American...
  • The Myth of Killer Mercury

    05/29/2011 10:31:28 AM PDT · by I got the rope · 88 replies
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | May 25, 2011 | Willie Soon
    By WILLIE SOON AND PAUL DRIESSEN The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued 946 pages of new rules requiring that U.S. power plants sharply reduce their (already low) emissions of mercury and other air pollutants. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson claims that while the regulations will cost electricity producers $10.9 billion annually, they will save 17,000 lives and generate up to $140 billion in health benefits. There is no factual basis for these assertions. To build its case against mercury, the EPA systematically ignored evidence and clinical studies that contradict its regulatory agenda, which is to punish hydrocarbon use. Mercury has always...
  • EPA to enforce greenhouse-gas rules in AZ

    01/05/2011 5:20:19 AM PST · by EBH · 21 replies
    However, the state has reluctantly agreed to let the EPA impose the federal plan for now, because the agency could have blocked construction or expansion of projects that need the air permits. The new rules, which took effect Sunday, add greenhouse gases to the list of pollutants covered under air-quality permits and will eventually require the largest polluters to reduce emissions. The federal intervention widens a rift between Arizona and the EPA, which have been feuding over a dust-control plan in Maricopa County. "It's not a good situation, but our approach will prevent a bad situation from getting worse," said...
  • EPW report : New EPA rules will cost more than 800,000 jobs (And destroy cement/boiler industries)

    09/28/2010 8:43:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/28/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Actually, it’s not just the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s minority contingent that fears the loss of nearly a million jobs from new EPA rules on greenhouse gases and other emissions issues. It’s also groups like the United Steel Workers, Unions for Jobs and the Environment, and experts like King’s College Professor Ragnar Lofstedt. Hot Air got an exclusive look at a report that the EPW minority staff will release later this morning detailing the economic damage that an activist EPA will do to the American economy, and which will come at perhaps the worst possible time, both economically...
  • Feds taking over permits for Texas plants [EPA going after refineries]

    05/25/2010 10:27:17 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 66 replies · 1,808+ views ^ | May 25, 2010 | PEGGY FIKAC
    Objecting to how Texas regulates air pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it is taking over the issuance of an operating permit for a Corpus Christi refinery and could step in at some 39 other major facilities across the state. “I think the writing will be on the wall — unless we start seeing better permits that address our objections, we are very likely to begin federalizing others,” EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz said in a telephone interview. “The state is not following federal Clean Air Act requirements.” Tuesday's unprecedented action affected a Flint Hills Resources refinery in...
  • EPA mandate New renovation rules to push up costs(epa police now in your home)

    04/12/2010 12:15:00 PM PDT · by day21221 · 45 replies · 1,845+ views ^ | April 12th, 2010 | 4/12/2010
    EPA mandate New renovation rules to push up costs BY ALESHIA HOWE April 12, 2010 Renovation companies nationwide are preparing for a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s mandate beginning April 22 and local experts say homeowners should be prepared to see a higher bill because of it. According to the EPA’s new Renovation Repair and Paint rule, beginning on April 22 builders performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 must be EPA certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. “Some things won’t change,...
  • (Obama's) Backdoor Energy Tax

    04/05/2010 4:18:33 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies · 983+ views
    Investor' ^ | April 5, 2010 | Editorial staff
    Pollution Control: From cars to coal mines, the imposition of economy-killing restrictions is under way. Are the new EPA regulations on auto emissions the precursor to regulating carbon dioxide by executive order? In announcing the Environmental Protection Agency's first regulations on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from cars, Administrator Lisa Jackson has promised they won't be the last such rules stemming from the EPA's "endangerment finding" that carbon dioxide, six pounds of which every human being exhales every day, is a dangerous pollutant. "These are the first regulations that cover greenhouse gas emissions in the United States," Jackson told reporters in...
  • Obama to Crush Economy with Massive CO2 Taxes as Early as Next Week

    04/01/2010 9:57:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 156 replies · 5,557+ views
    canada free press ^ | 4/1/10 | Fred Dardick
    Abandoning all loyalty to the democratic processes this nation holds dear, President Obama has made the decision that getting energy tax legislation through Congress with the approval of the American people is just too much of a pain to bother with. Instead he will have the EPA declare as early as next week that CO2 is a dangerous global warming gas and will start regulating its emissions immediately. Obama’s promise to open up vast stretches of ocean on the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico to energy exploration is simply a ruse to soften up the public for soon to...
  • World’s biggest coal company brings U.S. government to court in climate fraud

    The world’s largest private sector coal business, the Peabody Energy Company (PEC) has filed a mammoth 240-page “Petition for Reconsideration,” a full-blown legal challenge against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The petition must be answered and covers the entire body of leaked emails from ‘Climategate’ as well as those other ‘gate’ revelations including the frauds allegedly perpetrated under such sub-headings as ‘Himalayan Glaciers,’ ‘African Agricultural Production,’ ‘Amazon Rain Forests,’ ‘Melting Mountain Ice,’ ‘Netherlands Below Sea Level’ as well as those much-publicized abuses of the peer-review literature and so called ‘gray literature.’ These powerful litigants also draw attention to the proven...
  • Democratic Climate Revolt

    02/07/2010 6:42:59 PM PST · by ricks_place · 73 replies · 2,716+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | FEBRUARY 7, 2010 | Editorial
    A bipartisan effort to stop the EPA's anticarbon crusade.The Obama Administration has been moving full-speed ahead on anticarbon regulation, never mind waiting for Congress to pass a bill. But now opposition is building among senior Democrats, with two powerful committee Chairmen introducing a bill last week to bar the Environmental Protection Agency from declaring that carbon is a dangerous pollutant. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is busy writing new rules that would let her drive a tax-and-regulation bulldozer through the U.S. economy under laws never meant to apply to greenhouse gases. Ms. Jackson is expected to issue new anticarbon regulations for...
  • Effort To Block EPA Greenhouse Ruling Now Bipartisan

    02/03/2010 12:48:56 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 16 replies · 629+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 2/3/2010 | Sean Higgins
    Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., has co-sponsored a bill to prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases as pollutants under the Clean Air Act. Peterson, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee — which has some jurisdiction on climate issues — explained his thinking in a statement: “I have no confidence that the EPA can regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act without doing serious damage to our economy.
  • Democrats join in Murkowski's push against climate change rules

    01/22/2010 5:12:14 AM PST · by thackney · 40 replies · 1,703+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan 21, 2010 | Tom Fowler
    ... Sens. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., and Mary Landrieu, D-La., on Thursday signed on as co-sponsors to a new resolution offered by Murkowski that would effectively veto the Environmental Protection Agency's formal declaration last year that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases endanger the public health and welfare. With that formal endangerment declaration, the agency is prepared to move forward with new limits on emissions from vehicles in March. EPA lawyers and environmental law experts say the tailpipe limits would automatically lead to requirements that new or modified power plants, refiners and other industrial facilities emitting carbon dioxide...
  • EPA ignores reality in scientific breakthrough Unable to disprove greenhouse effect in equilibrium

    01/18/2010 8:25:57 PM PST · by Danae · 34 replies · 2,604+ views ^ | 1-18-2010 | Dianna Cotter
    Dr. Miklos Zagoni, Dianna C. Cotter Earth's Greenhouse Effect is constant and does not rise with human CO2 emissions. That is the main point of Dr Miskolczi's results, called to the attention of the EPA in the 'Endangerment Finding' evaluation process. The EPA could not disprove this or Miskolczi’s conclusions. Recently the United States Environmental Protection Agency issued an “Endangerment Finding” stating that CO2 and 5 other green house gasses constituted a danger to public health and welfare. Many people are not aware that the Obama Administration through the EPA’s finding can now pass through environmental regulations that will force...
  • Legislation Would Block EPA’s CO2 Regulations

    01/11/2010 11:27:12 AM PST · by thackney · 27 replies · 1,028+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | Jan 11, 2010 | Nick Loris
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to do what Congress couldn’t: regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases because allegedly “greenhouse gases threaten both the public health and the public welfare, and that greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles contribute to that threat.” To prevent this backdoor policy that would grant the EPA unprecedented authority over American economy, Congressman Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) introduced legislation on Friday that would prohibit the agency from implementing national greenhouse gas emissions standards. In his press release, Congressman Pomeroy said, Regulation of greenhouse gas emissions under the current provisions of the Clean Air Act...
  • EPA replacing Bush smog limit with stricter rule

    01/07/2010 9:06:09 AM PST · by granite · 24 replies · 913+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 1/7/10 | LAT
    The Environmental Protection Agency will propose the nation's strictest-ever smog limits today, a move that would put Los Angeles, Chicago, their suburbs and much of the rest of the country in violation of federal air quality regulations. The Agency will propose allowing a ground-level ozone concentration of between 60 and 70 parts per billion, down from the 75 parts per billion standard adopted under President Bush in 2008. The proposed range was what scientists had recommended during the Bush administration. However, former President George W. Bush personally intervened and set the standard above what was advised after protests from electric...
  • Sing Along: 'This Land Is EPA's Land'

    12/16/2009 5:10:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 742+ views ^ | December 16, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Regulations: The Clean Water Act is being rewritten to give a government bureaucracy the power to regulate every body of water from the Mississippi River to a rain-flooded field. The first casualty may be American coal. With all the concern for the harm that cap-and-trade and regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant might do to the American economy and free markets, the Environmental Protection Agency is doing quite enough damage with an existing law on the books — the Clean Water Act. Congress plans to revise it to make it an even more powerful bludgeon against industry, energy producers and...
  • EPA Must Be Stopped

    12/10/2009 8:24:19 AM PST · by raptor22 · 42 replies · 1,906+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | December 10, 2009
    The EPA’s finding that carbon dioxide is a dangerous pollutant explains why the administration wasn’t too concerned over possible failure at Copenhagen. This was their Plan B. The finding is an environmental Sword of Damocles held over the head of the U.S. with a warning that if cap-and-trade legislation such as Waxman-Markey or Kerry-Boxer is not signed into law, the full regulatory fury of an unelected bureaucracy will be unleashed on the American people and the U.S. economy.
  • EPA Formally Declares CO2 a Dangerous Pollutant

    12/10/2009 8:55:25 AM PST · by myknowledge · 33 replies · 1,063+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | December 7, 2009 | Nick Loris
    Step aside, elected Members of Congress. If you can’t pass cap and trade legislation, The Environmental Protection Agency will move in with massively complex and costly regulations that would micromanage just about every aspect of the economy. They announced today that carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten public health and the environment. Since 85 percent of the U.S. economy runs on fossil fuels that emit carbon dioxide, imposing a cost on CO2 is equivalent to placing an economy-wide tax on energy use. The kind of industrial-strength EPA red tape that the agency could enforce in the name...
  • Job Killing At EPA (Lisa Jackson Accepts CRU Fraud)

    12/09/2009 4:26:03 PM PST · by raptor22 · 9 replies · 993+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 9, 2009 | IBD editorial Staff
    Junk Science: The Environmental Protection Agency's sneak attack on the U.S. economy and our freedoms, curiously timed for the opening day of the Copenhagen climate charade, won't go unchallenged. Nor should it. (snip) EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, in a conversation with Sen. James Inhofe, ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has in effect admitted the finding was based on the junk science and data manipulation practiced at Britain's East Anglia Climate Research Unit (CRU). "She told me that EPA accepted those findings without any serious independent analysis to see whether they were true," Inhofe said. Dr....
  • CARTOON: EPA to Public - Toss Him in the Gulag

    12/09/2009 10:41:49 AM PST · by NetRight Nation · 5 replies · 936+ views
    NetRight Nation ^ | December 9, 2009 | William Warren
  • EPA head: US must make up for lost time on climate

    12/09/2009 10:12:00 AM PST · by UAConservative · 58 replies · 1,593+ views
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | December 9, 2009 | John Heilprin
    COPENHAGEN – The top U.S. environmental official told a divided U.N. climate conference Wednesday that the Obama administration's moves to "make up for lost time" and cut greenhouse gases would complement congressional action and wasn't intended to bypass recalcitrant lawmakers. The comments by Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson came on the same day that the tiny Pacific island nation of Tuvalu — which would be among the first victims of rising seas — was rebuffed by the conference in an attempt to demand strong action against major polluting countries. Jackson suggested the EPA's decision Monday that greenhouse gases should...
  • The Politicization of the EPA — an Administration’s Radical Gamble

    12/09/2009 8:19:06 AM PST · by AJKauf · 12 replies · 805+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Dec. 8 | Alan Carlin
    On Monday, the EPA announced its endangerment finding for greenhouse gases. One can infer from the timing of the announcement that the administration may have taken this action at this time in order to bring something to the table at the Copenhagen COP15 meeting. From a scientific viewpoint, it was an odd time to do so — given that the very recent Climategate disclosures would presumably have taken some time to digest and analyze for their possible effects on vital conclusions. So the timing may have been based more on the political, rather than the scientific, factors involved. But from...
  • Rasmussen: Voters Not Happy With EPA "Greenhouse Gas" Regulations

    12/09/2009 8:15:26 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 33 replies · 1,190+ views
    Rasmussen/ The Lid ^ | 12/9/09 | The Lid
    Monday afternoon the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions a danger to public health and said it will begin to draft and enforce regulations. Even the EPA realizes these moves will be a disaster for the US economy (and to our own selves as one of those gases, CO2, is what humans ad to the atmosphere every time they exhale). Rasmussen asked American "likely voters" what they thought about the EPA announcement and reaction was split 41% to 41%. But the EPA can write and enforce their regulations without the consent of Congress. When...
  • (EPA) declare carbon a toxic pollutant: Obama pulls end run

    12/09/2009 4:35:10 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 128 replies · 3,423+ views ^ | December 8, 2009 | Klaus Rohrich
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declare carbon a toxic pollutant Obama pulls end run As I wrote here yesterday, I believe the feeding frenzy currently taking place at the Copenhagen trough will result in the ultimate global governance of every man woman and child on the planet. A climate treaty may not actually be signed and agreed upon by the 192 countries whose representatives are currently living LARGE on caviar and limousines at the conference, but the rules such a treaty might impose will still take effect. The main reason to believe this will happen is that President Barack Obama has...

    12/08/2009 5:22:40 AM PST · by shortstop · 54 replies · 1,999+ views ^ | 12/08/09 | Bob Lonsberry
    Carbon dioxide is poison. That’s what the EPA says. The public health is at risk. Carbon dioxide is poison and an “endangerment” edict has been issued and the government is going to run your life. Even more than it does already. In one more Obama lurch toward totalitarianism, the administration announced yesterday that the Environmental Protection Agency has determined that carbon dioxide is a threat to clean air and that it, the EPA, claims the authority to impose binding rules across the society and economy to cut American production of CO2. That’s right, the same CO2 you exhale something like...
  • EPA Lawyers: Cap-And-Trade 'Fatally Flawed'

    11/11/2009 5:13:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1,668+ views ^ | November 11, 2009
    Warming: After stifling a report questioning the science behind climate change, the EPA is censoring two of its lawyers for saying the proposed solutions are also problematical. The debate isn't over. It's being suppressed. In the proud tradition of EPA whistle-blower Alan Carlin, whose leaked study blew the lid off the EPA's hyped and flawed science behind climate change, two EPA lawyers, Laurie Williams and Allan Zabel, have produced a Web video titled "A Huge Mistake." In it they say cap-and-trade in general and the Waxman-Markey bill in particular are the wrong answers anyway. Williams and Zabel do not deny...
  • Carbongate (Obama's EPA Cover-up)

    06/26/2009 6:07:35 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 63 replies · 6,753+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 26, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Climate Change: A suppressed EPA study says old U.N. data ignore the decline in global temperatures and other inconvenient truths. Was the report kept under wraps to influence the vote on the cap-and-trade bill? This was supposed to be the most transparent administration ever. Yet as the House of Representatives prepared to vote on the Waxman-Markey bill, the largest tax increase in U.S. history on 100% of Americans, an attempt was made to suppress a study shredding supporters' arguments.
  • EPA chief: The hacked e-mails change nothing

    12/07/2009 1:12:37 PM PST · by markomalley · 48 replies · 1,674+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/7/2009 | Ben Geman
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson dismissed GOP calls to delay a critical finding on greenhouse emissions in light of hacked e-mails from climate scientists. EPA documents released Monday state that greenhouse gases threaten human health — a finding that is a precursor to planned regulations controlling emissions from power plants, vehicles and other sources.  RELATED ARTICLES EPA finds greenhouse gases endanger health Republicans including House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ranking member Darrell Issa (Calif.) said e-mails among climate scientists hacked from a British research institute show holes in the case that humans are causing global warming. Jackson...
  • Major US Shift On Climate Change Policy

    12/07/2009 11:51:00 AM PST · by GonzoII · 85 replies · 2,570+ views
    Sky News ^ | Monday December 07, 2009
    America's Environmental Protection Agency has announced that greenhouse gases are a danger to human health. The ruling will allow it to regulate emissions without the approval of the US Congress - a move designed to show President Obama is taking climate change seriously. The president and more than 100 other world leaders, including Gordon Brown, are set to attend a summit at the end of the talks in Copenhagen, which take place until December 18. The meeting is being described as the "best, last chance" to save the planet. The Obama administration wants to show that the US, which has...
  • EPA Finding Gives It Effective Control of the Economy

    12/07/2009 10:14:03 AM PST · by TonyInOhio · 70 replies · 3,413+ views
    The EPA is about to announce that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare, something that has in many ways been inevitable since the boneheaded SCOTUS ruling in Mass. vs EPA (which essentially found that the Clean Air Act was always intended to be Kyoto-on-steroids.) With thanks to my colleague Will Yeatman, here's a brief summary of what this means, and why you should be appalled. Under the Clean Air Act, an “endangerment” finding means that the EPA will have to grant a waiver to those states (such as California) that want to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions from automobiles. The EPA...
  • Business Fumes Over Carbon Dioxide Rule

    12/07/2009 9:51:54 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 24 replies · 1,266+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 7, 2009 | JEFFREY BALL and CHARLES FORELLE
    Officials gather in Copenhagen this week for an international climate summit, but business leaders are focusing even more on Washington, where the Obama administration is expected as early as Monday to formally declare carbon dioxide a dangerous pollutant. An "endangerment" finding by the Environmental Protection Agency could pave the way for the government to require businesses that emit carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases to make costly changes in machinery to reduce emissions -- even if Congress doesn't pass pending climate-change legislation. EPA action to regulate emissions could affect the U.S. economy more directly, and more quickly, than any...
  • EPA: Greenhouse gases endanger human health

    12/07/2009 7:27:59 AM PST · by janetjanet998 · 131 replies · 4,117+ views
    WASHINGTON – Officials tell The Associated Press that the Environmental Protection Agency has concluded greenhouse gases are endangering people's health and must be regulated. The EPA will announced its findings at a news conference Monday. The announcement is timed to boost the Obama administration's arguments at an international climate conference — beginning this week — that the United States is taking actions to combat global warming, even though Congress has yet to act on climate legislation. Under a Supreme Court ruling, the so-called endangerment finding is needed before the EPA can regulate carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases released...
  • Is EPA jumping gun on climate bill? (EPA jumping ahead of Cong. Dems)

    10/28/2009 2:13:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies · 692+ views
    Politico ^ | 10/27/2009 | Lisa Lerer
    The Environmental Protection Agency is taking steps to regulate greenhouse gases, even though the issue remains far from settled in Congress, where a key Senate committee is debating a major climate change bill. In hearings before the Senate Environment and Public Works committee Tuesday, several moderate Democrats expressed concerns that the EPA is jumping the gun in mandating new curbs on greenhouse gas emissions across a slew of industries. “There is a great deal to be gained by certainty so people can make plans,” said Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter. “If the EPA continues to have flexibility we don’t know...
  • Baucus Is Troubled by Senate Climate Bill

    10/27/2009 1:04:16 PM PDT · by kingattax · 9 replies · 600+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 27, 2009 | SIOBHAN HUGHES and IAN TALLEY
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Max Baucus said Tuesday he has "serious reservations" about climate legislation newly unveiled by his Democratic colleagues, signaling that lawmakers may have to pull back from some ambitious goals in order to line up needed votes. "I have some concerns about the overall direction of the bill," Mr. Baucus (D., Mont.) said at the start of hearings in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "I have serious reservations with the depth of the mid-term reduction target in the bill and the lack of preemption of the Clean Air Act." Mr. Baucus -- who's also chairman of...
  • Senate panel kicks off climate bill drive

    10/27/2009 8:42:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 812+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/27/09 | Richard Cowan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Senate committee on Tuesday launches three long days of hearings on a Democratic climate bill in a bid to further convince an international summit in December that Washington is serious about tackling global warming. The Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee will kick off Tuesday's hearing at 9:30 a.m. EDT with a panel of heavy-hitters from President Barack Obama's Cabinet: the secretaries of energy, transportation and interior and the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Joining them will be the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. According to an EPA statement, the officials will focus...
  • War on coal (Hot Button column)

    10/26/2009 11:54:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies · 1,659+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/26/2009 | Amanda Carpenter
    While campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama said his cap-and-trade tax plans would "bankrupt" anyone building a coal-fired power plant. Although those taxes haven't materialized, the Environmental Protection Agency has put the brakes on 79 surface mining permits in four states since he was elected. The EPA says these permits could violate the Clean Water Act and warrant "enhanced" review. But the agency went even further last week, announcing plans to revoke a permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in West Virginia - a move that has caused anxiety among coal-state Democrats about the future of the...
  • E.P.A. Moves to Curtail Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    09/30/2009 2:50:59 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 89 replies · 4,062+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 30, 2009 | John M. Broder
    The Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed rule Wednesday to begin regulating greenhouse gas emissions from thousands of power plants and large industrial facilities. The proposed rule would require polluters to install the best available technology to capture greenhouse gases whenever a new plant is opened or significantly changed. The rule applies to any industrial plant that emits at least 25,000 tons of greenhouse gases a year. When the rule is final, the EPA said operators of as many 14,000 sources of pollution would have to get additional permits. The proposal, long anticipated and highly controversial, marks the first government...
  • Madness, from D.C. to Denver (NOW, we can take over Agriculture - or at least TAX IT TO DEATH)

    03/13/2009 9:15:06 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 63 replies · 2,044+ views
    summit daily ^ | March 10 | Liddick
    Have we all suddenly gone mad? Have our wits suddenly deserted us? Has common sense been completely routed from our lives? The indications are not good. In a little-noticed verdict last week, a U.S. District Court of Appeals has decided that the Clean Air Act requires the Environmental Protection Agency to act against farmers who endanger public health by kicking up dust in the course of their business. Expect anti-dust regulations and fines to follow. For those unfamiliar with pastoral activities, allow me to enlighten: I grew up on a farm, and can personally attest that most types of agriculture...