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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Solar Cells 23,000 Times Worse for Environment Than Carbon Dioxide

    07/15/2012 7:00:09 AM PDT · by dennisw · 19 replies
    www.thedailybell.com/ ^ | Monday, June 25, 2012
    New Book: Solar Cells 23,000 Times Worse for Environment Than Carbon Dioxide Tuesday, June 05, 2012 – by Staff Report Solar Cells Linked to Greenhouse Gases Over 23,000 Times Worse than According to New Book, Green Illusions ... Solar cells do not offset greenhouse gases or curb fossil fuel use in the United States according to a new environmental book, Green Illusions (June 2012, University of Nebraska Press), written by University of California - Berkeley visiting scholar Ozzie Zehner. Green Illusions explains how the solar industry has grown to become one of the leading emitters of hexafluoroethane (C2F6), nitrogen...
  • The EPA dictatorship loading up on ways to destroy industry.

    06/30/2012 9:49:49 AM PDT · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 6 replies
    Usajobs.com ^ | 31 May 2012 | EPA
    Job Title:Director, Office of Environmental Justice Agency:Environmental Protection Agency Job Announcement Number:EPA-SES-2012-0038 SALARY RANGE: $119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year OPEN PERIOD: Thursday, May 31, 2012 to Monday, July 02, 2012 SERIES & GRADE: ES-0340/0905-00 POSITION INFORMATION: Full-time - Permanent DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy(s) in the following locations: Washington, DC, JOB SUMMARY: Earth Day is every day at EPA! Come help us protect the environment! Our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career-we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. We consistently...
  • 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...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Tuesday, June-26-2012

    06/26/2012 2:25:11 PM PDT · by Fudd Fan · 152 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Federal court upholds EPA's global warming rules

    06/26/2012 9:37:13 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 26, 2012 | DINA CAPPIELLO
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the first-ever regulations aimed at reducing the gases blamed for global warming. The rules, which were challenged by industry groups and various states, will reduce emissions of six heat-trapping gases from large industrial facilities such as factories and power plants, as well as from automobile tailpipes.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lisa Jackson: EPA isn’t to blame for coal industry’s problems

    06/11/2012 1:22:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6/12/12 | Erika Johnsen
    Is this some sort of inept, tasteless joke? Try to read around the relentless environmental bias and feel-good blather of this glowing profile of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson from the Guardian, and you’ll recognize the same sort of economic-language usage employed by the wider Obama administration to try and disguise their many endeavors at central planning. The president talks about “all of the above” energy, and I think we don’t realize enough how important that is. There are those who would like us to drop everything and say, time for another, a second fossil fuel boom, and the president is...
  • Your Electricity Bill is About to Necessarily Skyrocket

    06/10/2012 6:59:56 PM PDT · by netmilsmom · 28 replies
    Breitbart. <3 <3 <3 ^ | 6-10-12 | Derek Hunter
    In January of 2008, then Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama, talking about his energy plan, told the San Francisco Chronicle, “When I was asked earlier about the issue of coal…under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket…” He wasn’t kidding. While he was talking about his cap and trade plan, something that went nowhere in Congress, even when Democrats controlled it with a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, his objective of changing how we generate electricity hasn’t changed. Neither has his lack of concern for the cost to consumers. President Obama hates coal...
  • Armed EPA Agents Visit Asheville Man

    06/06/2012 5:58:48 PM PDT · by CaptainKrunch · 67 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | June 6, 2012 | Alan Caruba
    Sometimes a small incident says volumes about a large government agency. In this case, it's the Environmental Protection Agency. Around 1:45 PM on May 23, Ashville, North Carolina resident Larry Keller was in the midst of an international call which he had to cut short in order to answer his front door. He found two armed agents of the EPA who were accompanied by an Ashville Police officer. According to a May 24 news story in the Ashville Tribune, a weekly newspaper to which I am a contributing columnist, the agents had blocked his and his neighbor's driveways with their...
  • Former EPA official, of “crucify” fame, bails from Hill hearing at the last minute

    06/06/2012 8:18:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6/6/12 | Erika Johnsen
    Yesterday, I was pretty excited about today’s scheduled House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, “EPA Priorities and Practices,” at which the former EPA regional administrator Al Armendariz was supposed to appear to explain his unique philosophy of enforcement. But then, all of my hopes were dashed — dashed! — when Energy & Commerce made this announcement late last night: WASHINGTON, DC – With less than 24 hours until he was scheduled to testify in front of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 6 Al Armendariz has notified the committee that he will not appear at...
  • Why Are the Feds Trying to Kill Tombstone?

    05/18/2012 4:37:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    In Arizona, it's no surprise that water can be hard to come by, but why is the federal government is cutting off the water supply to the famous Old West town of Tombstone?   Nearly a year ago, Tombstone's water supply lines were heavily damaged in a flood after a heavy rain due to a massive wildfire leaving loose soil in the area. (Read this article to find out why we can thank the Forest Service for catastrophic wildfires) Since the damage, Tombstone residents have been fighting to repair the water lines, but because they run through a wilderness area,...
  • Ice-cream spot hits rocky (shutdown by armed Environmental police officers)

    05/17/2012 1:08:17 PM PDT · by KansasGirl · 10 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 5/16/12 | Chris Camire
    CARLISLE -- Looking to hit the spot with a savory ice cream at Great Brook Farm State Park this week? You may be out of luck. The park's popular ice-cream stand was unexpectedly shut down by state officials over the weekend, after the stand's operator made building improvements at the site without getting permission first. Mark Duffy, who has operated the dairy farm at the state-owned park for 26 years and has a lease with the state to run the stand, said armed Environmental Police officers showed up at stand on Friday evening and stood guard throughout the weekend, turning...
  • U.S. District Court rejects Tombstone's water supply request

    05/16/2012 7:21:36 AM PDT · by AZHSer · 26 replies
    CBS5AZ ^ | May 15,2012 | By Breann Bierman
    TOMBSTONE, AZ (CBS5) - Officials in Tombstone, AZ, are appealing a U.S. District Court's ruling which denies the city use of mechanical equipment to restore its water system. City officials said the the 130-year-old water system was destroyed by massive flooding from torrential rains and the destruction of surrounding forests in the Monument Fire. The court ruled Monday that the city did not exhaust efforts to obtain federal permits to use equipment. But city officials claim they've spent the past nine months trying to secure the U.S. Forest Service's cooperation. The Goldwater Institute, which is representing the City of Tombstone,...
  • DC Tells Tombstone, AZ They Can Repair Water System, As Long As They Use Horses and Hand Tools

    05/11/2012 9:24:09 PM PDT · by inkling · 29 replies
    All American Blogger ^ | May 11, 2012 | Duane Lester
    This is an incredible story showing how far the federal government is from rational thought. Here’s what happened in Tombstone: Between May and July 2011, the Monument Fire engulfed a large part of the eastern portion of the Huachuca Mountains. Record-breaking monsoon rains followed. With no vegetation to absorb the runoff, huge mudslides forced boulders to tumble down the mountain sides, crushing Tombstone’s mountain spring waterlines, destroying reservoirs and shutting off Tombstone’s main source of water. In some areas, Tombstone’s pipeline is under 12 feet of mud, rocks and other debris; while in other places, it is hanging in mid-air...
  • Coal industry warns proposed EPA rule could force fourth of plants to close

    05/10/2012 9:26:51 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 23 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 10, 2012 | unattributed
    In obscure, blue-collar towns across Appalachia -- places that most Americans have never seen -- generations of coal miners have toiled away at back-breaking labor to power American homes and industry. Now, as many as 200,000 of them who dig, process, transport and burn America's most abundant fuel are threatened by EPA's latest coal rule. It imposes a standard for emissions that is all but impossible for many plants to meet. It requires coal-fired plants to release no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour. The only means for many older plants to attain that standard is...
  • EPA regulations swat town’s mosquito aerial spray efforts

    05/05/2012 6:37:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Delta County Independent (CA) ^ | May 2, 2012 | by Hank Lohmeyer
    New regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency that carry onerous requirements for permitting for applicators, increased threat of lawsuits, and crippling fines for violations have led the area's local spray operator to drop the aerial service. "This is thanks to the Obama EPA," Orchard City Mayor Don Suppes noted. Orchard City's aerial mosquito spraying program, begun several years ago to combat West Nile Virus, has been highly successful and popular with town residents, Suppes said. Various news accounts of new EPA spraying regulations point out the onerous permitting requirements and fines of up to $37,500 per day for violations. New...
  • The Human Consequences of EPA’s War on Coal

    05/03/2012 10:03:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Heritage ^ | 5/3/12 | Lachlan Markay
    There are very real consequences to the Environmental Protection Agency’s continued efforts to undermine America’s coal industry. Those consequences were recently spotlighted in an industry-produced video, embedded above. Maria Tworek owns a sports bar in Omaha, Nebraska. “Our energy bills are sky-high,” Tworek explains. The bar has to keep its cooling facilities running 24/7 to keep all of its beer cold. If “we can’t cool our product, we don’t make money,” Tworek says. “It’s as simple as that.” The bar is Tworek’s livelihood. “This is how we live,” she says. “This is how we support our family.” Nebraska is a...
  • Wowdy webels oust EPA prefect who talked of crucifying oil companies

    05/01/2012 4:28:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    IBD Edirorials ^ | May 1, 2012 | Andrew Malcom
    For the second time in recent weeks someone in the Obama administration has embarrassed the boss by providing a peek behind the aloof facade on how the Chicago pol really governs. And now Alfredo Al Armendariz has been banished. Actually, the chief regional administrator threw himself under the bus, presumably fueled by natural gas. He was in charge of District 6 enforcement encompassing Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas. He was caught on videotape (Scroll down for the video) addressing a Texas community's residents and likening the EPA's tough enforcement policy toward oil companies to the Romans' approach to...
  • "Crucify Them": The Obama Way

    04/27/2012 4:22:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    One of President Obama's radical eco-bureaucrats has apologized for confirming an indelible truth: This White House treats politically incorrect private industries as public enemies who deserve regulatory death sentences. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Al Armendariz, an avowed greenie on leave from Southern Methodist University, gave a little-noticed speech in 2010 outlining his sadistic philosophy. "I was in a meeting once, and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think it was probably a little crude and maybe not appropriate for the meeting, but I'll go ahead and tell you what I said," he...
  • ‘Crucify Them’: The Obama Way : The EPA emulates Roman tactics to terrorize business

    04/27/2012 4:58:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/26/2012 | Michele Malkin
    One of President Obama’s radical eco-bureaucrats has apologized for confirming an indelible truth: This White House treats politically incorrect private industries as public enemies who deserve regulatory death sentences. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Al Armendariz, an avowed greenie on leave from Southern Methodist University, gave a little-noticed speech in 2010 outlining his sadistic philosophy. “I was in a meeting once, and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think it was probably a little crude and maybe not appropriate for the meeting, but I’ll go ahead and tell you what I said,” he...
  • YouTube pulls Armendariz ‘crucify them’ video

    04/27/2012 12:24:08 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 36 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/27/12 | Caroline May
    The YouTube channel where Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe’s office originally discovered the video of EPA official Al Armendariz speak about his “crucify them” enforcement philosophy has scrubbed the original video and lodged a complaint against Inhofe to YouTube. The source and now YouTube complainant, David McFatridge of “Citizen Media for We The People,” is an environmentalist and, according to Inhofe’s office, has eliminated all content related to Armendariz’s speech from his YouTube channel. The original video now turns of an error notice that reads: “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by David McFatridge.” McFatridge’s complaint...
  • TX Congressman Poe Calls for Resignation of EPA Official Who wanted to "Crucify" Oil & Gas Producers

    04/27/2012 6:51:28 AM PDT · by davidbellow · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/26/12 | Caroline May
    “They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them,” said Armendariz. “And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years. And so you make examples out of people who are in this case not compliant with the law.” “The comments made by Administrator Armendariz back in 2010 confirm what we’ve known all along: the EPA’s crusade to destroy the oil and gas industry is a politically premeditated effort, not one meant to protect the environment,” Poe said. “Administrator Armendariz’s words reflect his...
  • EPA official apologizes for call to 'crucify' oil companies, senator investigating

    04/26/2012 4:12:32 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 31 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 4/26/12 | foxnews
    A top EPA official has apologized for comparing his agency's enforcement strategy to Roman crucifixion -- as Republican Sen. James Inhofe launched an investigation and told Fox News the comments are part of a campaign of "threats" and "intimidation." Al Armendariz, the EPA administrator in the Region 6 Dallas office, made the remarks at a local Texas government meeting in 2010. He relayed to the audience what he described as a "crude" analogy he once told his staff about his "philosophy of enforcement."
  • EPA: Hey, sorry about that whole “crucify” thing, we’re all about being ethical

    04/26/2012 2:02:13 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 53 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10:41 am on April 26, 2012 | by Ed Morrissey
    The EPA has scrambled to contain the damage from the clip highlighted by Morgen Richmond this morning, which went viral yesterday, showing an EPA administrator bragging about crucifixion as a means to impose the EPA’s will on American subjects, er, citizens.  The EPA’s Richard Armendariz apologized late last night for his remarks, and the EPA rushed to assure people that they are all about “ethical enforcement”: The Obama-appointed Environmental Protection Agency official who explained that the agency uses a “crucify them” enforcement philosophy against oil and gas companies apologized for his comments on Wednesday night.“I apologize to those I have...
  • Jim Inhofe rips EPA’s ‘crucify’ approach

    04/26/2012 2:12:09 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/26/12 7:38 AM EDT | MJ LEE
    Jim Inhofe had some harsh words for the Obama administrations energy policy. | AP PhotoClose By MJ LEE | 4/26/12 7:38 AM EDT Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Thursday blasted an Environmental Protection Agency official’s claim that the agency was using a “crucify them” strategy against oil and gas companies, calling it a part of President Barack Obama’s “war on domestic energy.”“Let’s keep in mind, this is all a part of Obama’s war on domestic energy,” Inhofe said on “Fox & Friends.” “He’s the one who said that we have good natural gas and it’s plentiful and all of...
  • ALEC Report Highlights EPA Overreach

    04/26/2012 11:14:28 AM PDT · by 92nina
    ATR ^ | 2012-04-25 | Heather Ginsberg
    In celebration of this year’s Earth Day, ALEC has released a new study examining the EPA and how their regulations affect the American people. As we all have witnessed, the EPA has grown in size and has passed more regulations in the first 2 years of the Obama administration than it did during the entire first term of President Clinton’s presidency. The administration has claimed to be looking out for the people’s lives and wellbeing by putting new restrictions on various energy producing communities. With this new report from ALEC it is now clear exactly what kind of impact these...
  • EPA Official on Non-Compliant Companies:

    04/25/2012 5:30:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 25, 2012 | Becket Adams
    Are you familiar with a certain Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official named Al Armendariz? Chances are you’ve never heard of him. We suspect most Americans haven’t. However, with the recent unearthing of the video below, that could change very soon.Thanks to a little digging by the staff of Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), attention has been brought to a 2010 video that seems to confirm what many conservative have long suspected: that the EPA is at war with the oil and gas industries.“[O]il and gas is an enforcement priority, it’s one of seven, so we are going to spend a fair...
  • EDITORIAL: More fracking red tape

    04/23/2012 5:56:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2012 | Editorial
    New EPA rules place a green thumb on energy scalesNewton’s law says for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Obama’s law says for every innovation, there is an equal and opposite regulation. Despite President Obama’s assurance he is doing everything he can to solve the nation’s energy woes, his minions are busily grinding out fresh regulations to ensure only unaffordable power options have a chance at success. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday finalized 588 pages of new restrictions on the production of natural gas and oil that take primary aim at hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,”...
  • EPA's new farcical carbon mandate

    04/06/2012 11:20:00 AM PDT · by billflax · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/05/2012 | Bill Flax
    Bill Flax Popular in Opinion 1 PETA vs. people ... and animals 2 EPA's new farcical carbon mandate 3 Manhattan Moment: One word hurting growth: Zero 4 Examiner Editorial: Obama's budget, not Ryan's, is 'antithetical' to history 5 How many incumbents voted themselves a pay raise this year? Last week the Environmental Protection Agency issued new standards for carbon dioxide requiring that fewer than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide be released per megawatt-hour of electricity. Plants running on natural gas already average below 850 pounds. Coal-fired plants, which emit on average 1,768 pounds per megawatt-hour, cannot achieve this without prohibitively...
  • You are Invited to Occupy the Job-Killing, Wealth-Robbing EPA Mafia

    03/31/2012 4:16:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2012 | John Ransom
    Regular readers have been able to follow along as I chronicle the 17,384-employee wrecking crew that is the EPA. This week the racket put the coal industry out of business, helped raise electricty prices for everyone, and did it all for the low, low price of $9,000,000,000 per year. Underpinning the confidence game is deceptive science that manufactures evidence of climate change/global warming by pointing out people's natural curosity about natural weather events.          A New York Times story that ran in the Environment section on March 28, 2012 is a textbook example of all that is wrong with the supposed “scientific” method liberals are employing to...
  • Obama Plan Cuts Emissions for Future Coal Plants (To End the Coal Industry)

    03/29/2012 8:02:11 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 15 replies
    Guardian ^ | Tuesday 27 March 2012 15.55 EDT | Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
    New rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions will make it nearly impossible to build new coal power plants The Obama administration effectively blocked the construction of any new coal-fired power plants on Tuesday, introducing rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions from the next generation of plants. The proposed new standards would cut carbon dioxide emissions on new power plants in half and will, over time, help move America away from the carbon-heavy plants that currently produce nearly half of the country's electricity, Lisa Jackson, the head of the environmental protection agency, told a conference call with reporters. "Right now there...
  • Sacramento lawyer wins key environmental ruling from U.S. Supreme Court

    03/29/2012 11:33:17 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 14 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 29, 2012 | Matt Weiser
    A Supreme Court decision last week involving an Idaho couple had special meaning for one Sacramento lawyer. For Damien Schiff, the ruling was the skier's equivalent of an Olympic gold medal, or a tennis player winning Wimbledon. At the age of 32, Schiff accomplished something few attorneys ever experience: He argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court – and won. On March 21, the court declared Schiff and his clients victorious in a case against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The decision overturned decades of lower-court precedent that prevented property owners from suing the agency after being served with...
  • EPA Rule Proposes First-Ever Carbon Limits on Power Plants

    03/28/2012 8:36:32 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 16 replies
    New American ^ | 3-27-12 | Brian Koenig
    The Obama administration is surging forward with a first-of-its-kind EPA rule for new power plants, in what Republicans and industry groups say will inflate electricity prices and possibly kill off coal, the preeminent U.S. energy source. The EPA announced the rule Tuesday, with a goal to curb carbon dioxide emissions by imposing strict regulations on new coal-fired plants, including a limit that caps plant emissions to not more than 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour of energy generated. "Right now there are no limits to the amount of carbon pollution that future power plants will be able to put...
  • Judge slams EPA for axing coal permit

    03/23/2012 5:45:58 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | March 23, 2012 | ERICA MARTINSON
    A federal judge slammed an Obama administration gambit to revoke mountaintop mining permits Friday, saying the EPA invented authority where there was none. “EPA resorts to magical thinking” to justify nullifying permits issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Arch Coal Inc.’s Mingo Logan mine in West Virginia, wrote U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C. Berman Jackson said the EPA’s effort to revoke permits already issued by the Army Corps lacked the backing of any statutory provision or regulation. “It posits a scenario involving the automatic self-destruction of a written permit issued by an entirely...
  • Steven Chu: "Coal is my nightmare." (2007)

    03/27/2012 5:14:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Youtube ^ | Dec 18, 2008 | k21desmog
    Excerpt from Steven Chu's April 23, 2007 presentation at UC Berkeley. See transcript here:
  • Government proposes first carbon limits on power plants

    03/27/2012 11:55:20 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 27, 2012 | Timothy Gardner
    (Reuters) - The Obama administration proposed on Tuesday the first ever standards to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants, a move likely to be hotly contested by Republicans and industry in an election year. The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the long-delayed rules that limit emissions from all new U.S. power stations, which would effectively bar the building of any new coal plants. While the rules do not dictate which fuels a plant can burn, they would require any new coal plants essentially to halve carbon dioxide emissions to match those of efficient gas plants. "We're putting in place...
  • EPA Proposes Strict Limits on Coal Plants

    03/27/2012 9:06:14 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    EPA Proposes Strict Limits on Coal Plants By RYAN TRACY And KEITH JOHNSON WASHINGTON—The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed strict limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from new power plants despite warnings from utilities and others that such a step to would lead to the demise of coal-fired electricity generation. The agency outlined a standard that analysts said would effectively ban new coal-fired stations unless they use carbon-capture technology, which hasn't yet been proven cost-effective. The EPA said the rule wouldn't apply to existing power plants, including when they make modifications to comply with other air-pollution rules, addressing a major concern...
  • EPA to kill new coal-fired plants through first-ever greenhouse-gas regulations

    03/27/2012 7:37:42 AM PDT · by Qbert · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | MARCH 27, 2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    If you thought gas prices will never stop rising, just wait until you see what happens to electricity after the Barack Obama’s EPA gets its way.  The agency will deliver on Obama’s election promise to bankrupt any new coal-fired electrical production in its first-ever regulations on greenhouse-gas emissions, the Washington Post reports.  The new regulatory regime will all but guarantee that new coal-fired plants won’t be built to replace others shutting down: The Environmental Protection Agency will issue the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants as early as Tuesday, according to several people briefed on the proposal. The move...
  • Supreme Court sides with Idaho landowners against EPA

    03/22/2012 8:46:57 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 25 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 22, 2012 | Bettina Boxall and David G. Savage
    Reporting from Los Angeles and Washington— The Supreme Court strengthened the rights of property owners who are confronted by federal environmental regulators, ruling Wednesday that landowners are entitled to a hearing to challenge the government's threats to fine them for alleged Clean Water Act violations. The 9-0 decision revolved around procedural matters and did not resolve questions about the reach of the act, which has been the subject of different legal interpretations. But it is a victory for an Idaho couple, Mike and Chantell Sackett, who faced fines of up to $75,000 a day if they didn't restore a small...
  • Supreme Court sides with Idaho landowners against EPA (9-0 EPA Smackdown)

    03/22/2012 7:06:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 03/22/2012 | Bettina Boxall and David G. Savag
    The Supreme Court strengthened the rights of property owners who are confronted by federal environmental regulators, ruling Wednesday that landowners are entitled to a hearing to challenge the government's threats to fine them for alleged Clean Water Act violations. The 9-0 decision revolved around procedural matters and did not resolve questions about the reach of the act, which has been the subject of different legal interpretations. But it is a victory for an Idaho couple, Mike and Chantell Sackett, who faced fines of up to $75,000 a day if they didn't restore a small wetland the Environmental Protection Agency said...
  • Historic Supreme Court ruling allows the Sacketts to fight EPA takeover of their land

    03/22/2012 6:11:03 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 10 replies
    Pacific Legal Foundation ^ | March 21, 2012 | press release
    WASHINGTON D.C.; March 21, 2012: In a precedent-setting victory for the rights of all property owners, the United States Supreme Court today held that landowners have a right to direct, meaningful judicial review if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency effectively seizes control of their property by declaring it to be “wetlands.” The Court ruled in favor of Mike and Chantell Sackett, of Priest Lake, Idaho, who were told by EPA — and by the Ninth Circuit — that they could not get direct court review of EPA’s claim that their two-thirds of an acre parcel is “wetlands” and that they...
  • Energy expert Dr. Daniel Fine takes on the "opposition" to Shale Gas in North Carolina

    03/12/2012 8:28:19 PM PDT · by greenwill · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The John Locke Foundation ^ | 02/27/12 | Dr. Daniel Fine
    Daniel Fine discusses North Carolina's approach to shale gas and hydraulic fracturing (two minutes)---> http://youtu.be/4Lbn9diK1PA
  • API: Proposed EPA Emission Rules Will Reduce Shale Gas Drilling

    03/15/2012 12:18:03 PM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | March 15, 2012 | Karen Boman
    Proposed regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce air emissions from hydraulic fracturing operations would drastically reduce shale gas drilling by 31 percent to 52 percent, or 12,700 to 21,400 wells, over the 2012 to 2015 time period, according to a study by the American Petroleum Institute (API). The API study also found that: 5.8 to 7.0 quadrillion Btu (Quads) of otherwise economic unconventional natural gas would not be developed and produced by 2015, a 9 percent to 11 percent reduction 1.8 billion barrels of otherwise economic unconventional liquids would not be developed and produced by 2015,...
  • EPA Budget Judgment Day Coming Up

    02/25/2012 3:42:23 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 2+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | February 25, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    I’d ask EPA’s Lisa Jackson about the legality of “disappearing” the over $468,000 dollars in grants to Peter Gleick’s Pacific Institute from the EPA grants database, then putting them back, all without any public notice. Since 2007, Gleick’s PI has received over 1 million in taxpayer’s money. In 2007 they got $647,000 dollars in two grants from the EPA, which also “disappeared” this week. When an FOIA request was made to the EPA, they mysteriously returned. Showdown at the EPA corralSource: Junk Science By Steve MilloyMarch 2 should be a date that lives in infamy for the Obama Environmental Protection...
  • Breaking: EPA scrubs grants database of Gleick grants

    02/23/2012 5:43:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies · 1+ views
    junkscience.com ^ | February 23, 201 | Steve Milloy
    Gleick’s grants from EPA get Stalinized from the EPA Grants Database.Here’s the timeline: Yesterday at 11:41 am we reported that EPA has awarded Peter Glieck’s Pacific Institute $468,000 in grants. Later in the afternoon, the National Center for Public Policy Research issued a media release calling for Congressional hearings into the EPA grants to Gleick. Today, a JunkScience.com commenter Brian Carter reported that the links in our original post didn’t work. We confirmed Carter’s observation around 12:30pm today. Fortunately, we saved a PDF file of one of the EPA grants to Gleick. So unless JunkScience.com gets Stalinized…Click for: The EPA...
  • Senators warn new EPA rules would raise gas prices

    01/13/2012 6:17:29 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 22 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | January 13, 2012 | Judson Berger
    Snips from Excerpt Only Website: Senators from both sides of the aisle are warning that looming EPA regulations on gasoline could impose billions of dollars in additional costs on the industry and end up adding up to 25 cents to every gallon of gas.  Citing the nearly $3.40-a-gallon average price of gas and the state of the economy, the senators said "now is not the time for new regulations that will raise the price of fuel even further." 
  • Obamaland: American Mules Must Eat Certified Weed-Free Hay

    12/24/2011 7:14:40 AM PST · by ibytoohi · 78 replies · 1+ views
    Town Hall ^ | Marita Noon
    Mining has played an important role in the development of the western United States—providing jobs and revenues. It should be doing the same now. In Nevada’s mining towns, the unemployment rate is among the lowest in the country: 5-7%—according to Tim Crowley President of the Nevada Mining Association who says there are hundreds of mining jobs available in Nevada. Skills from the hard hit construction industry can be transferred to mining. General Moly plans to hire 450 people by the end of the year. There are major copper operations in permitting. Companies are looking at mining rare earths and lithium—both...