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  • A crack in the wall; EPA administrator distances the agency from IPCC report

    02/24/2010 12:38:52 AM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 1,008+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 23, 2010 | Rick Moran
    EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, in testimony before the Environment and Public Works Committee, made it a point to declare that the agency was not using the IPCC report to develop policy. Charlie Martin at PJ Media reports: During the review of the Environmental Protection Agency budget in today's Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing, both Senator Barbara Boxer - the chair of the committee - and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson distanced themselves from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (AR4). Boxer and Jackson's statements, in addition to being a striking change in policy, are problematic...
  • House GOP targets EPA rules

    03/02/2010 3:06:40 PM PST · by pissant · 4 replies · 393+ views
    Politico ^ | 3/2/10 | Marin Cogan
    House Republicans are pushing a resolution that would block the EPA's regulation of greenhouse gases, throwing a wrench in the Obama administration's attempts to bypass Congress and regulate carbon emissions. The announcement comes as a growing chorus of lawmakers—mostly Republicans, but some coal state Democrats as well— have criticized the EPA’s decision to move forward on carbon regulations. Last year, the EPA issued a finding that the heat-trapping gases were harmful to the public, paving way for regulation under the Clean Air Act. Republicans say they’re concerned the regulations will hurt the economy. “The last thing we need in this...
  • Senator Graham calls cap-and-trade plan dead

    03/04/2010 10:19:26 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies · 636+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Mar 2, 2010 7:23pm EST | Richard Cowan and Thomas Ferraro
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The idea of imposing a broad cap-and-trade system to cut America's greenhouse gas emissions is dead and will be replaced with a new approach, an influential Republican senator said on Tuesday. Lindsey Graham, one of three senators working against daunting odds to produce a compromise climate bill, has recently turned against imposing the kind of cap-and-trade system used in Europe, which involves companies buying and selling pollution permits.Graham did not specify whether another mechanism or some sort of cap-and-trade would be used more narrowly, such as to control emissions in the power utility sector. "The cap-and-trade bills...
  • US Sen. Rockefeller seeks EPA carbon rule delay

    03/04/2010 10:11:55 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies · 457+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 4 | Richard Cowan
    WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John Rockefeller introduced legislation on Thursday to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from cracking down on carbon dioxide pollution from coal-fired power plants and other stationary sources for two years. The Obama administration has long maintained that the EPA would move independently to reduce greenhouse gases blamed for global warming if Congress failed to produce its own climate legislation. Rockefeller, who represents the coal-producing state of West Virginia, said he introduced the bill to "safeguard jobs, the coal industry and the entire economy as we move toward clean-coal technology." It was not yet...