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  • EPA Workers ‘Told To Stop Pooping In the Hallways’

    06/25/2014 1:59:22 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 59 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | June 25, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    They’re adults. They had to be told this? It wasn’t part of their upbringing? I know that most EPA workers are urban liberals, but were they raised in barns? Management for Region 8 in Denver, Colo., wrote an email earlier this year to all staff in the area pleading with them to stop inappropriate bathroom behavior, including defecating in the hallway. In the email, obtained by Government Executive, Deputy Regional Administrator Howard Cantor mentioned “several incidents” in the building, including clogging the toilets with paper towels and “an individual placing feces in the hallway” outside the restroom. Confounded by what...
  • EPA Employees Told to Stop Pooping in the Hallway

    06/25/2014 2:28:39 PM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    Government Executive ^ | 6/25/2014 | Eric Katz
    Environmental Protection Agency workers have done some odd things recently. Contractors built secret man caves in an EPA warehouse, an employee pretended to work for the CIA to get unlimited vacations and one worker even spent most of his time on the clock looking at pornography. It appears, however, that a regional office has reached a new low: Management for Region 8 in Denver, Colo., wrote an email earlier this year to all staff in the area pleading with them to stop inappropriate bathroom behavior, including defecating in the hallway. In the email, obtained by Government Executive, Deputy Regional Administrator...
  • Supreme Court: EPA can regulate greenhouse gas emissions, with some limits

    06/23/2014 9:58:21 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/23/2014 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court on Monday mostly validated the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to regulate power plant and factory emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, while imposing some limits on the agency’s reach. The justices said the EPA could not rewrite specific standards written into the law, but they still handed the Obama administration and environmentalists a big victory by agreeing there was another way for the EPA to carry out its program.
  • High carbon dioxide levels set a record

    05/01/2014 10:20:56 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 86 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 5/1/14 | David Perlman
    There's striking new evidence that Earth's atmosphere is increasingly saturated with carbon dioxide, the major gas from fossil fuel emissions that trigger climate change. ... "This should be taken as a warning," said Ken Caldeira, an atmospheric scientist with the Carnegie Institution's department of global ecology at Stanford University. "It is time to stop building things with tailpipes and smokestacks. "It is time to stop using the sky as a waste dump for our carbon dioxide pollution. If we fail to heed this warning, our children will end up living in a world that is much hotter than any human...
  • White House looks to regulate cow flatulence as part of climate agenda

    03/28/2014 6:45:40 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 70 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 28,2014 | MICHAEL BASTASCH
    As part of its plan to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Obama administration is targeting the dairy industry to reduce methane emissions in their operations. This comes despite falling methane emission levels across the economy since 1990. The White House has proposed cutting methane emissions from the dairy industry by 25 percent by 2020. Although U.S. agriculture only accounts for about 9 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it makes up a sizeableportion of methane emissions — which is a very potent greenhouse gas. Some of these methane emissions come from cow...
  • White House eyes new regulations to cut methane from oil, gas sector (In REGS Ve TRvst)

    03/28/2014 9:23:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/28/14 | Roberta Rampton and Timothy Gardner - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it will take a hard look at whether new regulations are needed to cut emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry, part of President Barack Obama's plan to address climate change. Regulators will start by proposing new rules later this year to reduce venting and flaring from oil and gas wells on public lands, one way to begin slashing emissions of the potent greenhouse gas, said Dan Utech, Obama's top energy and climate aide. Most oil and gas production takes place on privately owned land. The Environmental Protection Agency...
  • Supreme Court Skeptical of EPA’s Greenhouse Limit Approach

    03/12/2014 12:06:28 PM PDT · by EBH · 1 replies
    Stateline ^ | 2/24/2014 | Jake Grovum
    Specifically, those challenging the EPA say it is reading too broadly its authority to regulate greenhouse gases, carrying over limits from vehicle transmissions and applying them to stationary sources such as power plants. They also say the EPA is picking and choosing which parts of the law to enforce by establishing a permitting scheme for greenhouse gas emitters, because its threshold for when those regulations take effect is above the law’s limits. The government argues a lower limit would potentially ensnare millions of buildings nationwide beyond the intent of the regulations, including public schools and some apartment buildings. It argues...
  • Mysterious new man-made gases pose threat to ozone layer

    03/10/2014 9:43:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/9/14 | Matt McGrath
    Scientists have identified four new man-made gases that are contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer. Two of the gases are accumulating at a rate that is causing concern among researchers. Worries over the growing ozone hole have seen the production of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases restricted since the mid 1980s. But the precise origin of these new, similar substances remains a mystery, say scientists. Lying in the atmosphere, between 15 and 30km above the surface of the Earth, the ozone layer plays a critical role in blocking harmful UV rays, which cause cancers in humans and reproductive problems in...
  • Challenge, accepted: Supreme Court to review EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations

    10/15/2013 12:11:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1:21 pm on October 15, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    The Obama administration has been mighty pleased with themselves and the various ways in which they have stepped up their climate-change game with impunity, mainly through aggressive regulatory maneuvering (most recently with their new plans to essentially regulate new coal-plant construction out of existence paired with their forthcoming plans to regulate existing coal plants next year). The Obama administration has been discouraging the Supreme Court from providing a platform for the inevitable legal challenges to their emissions-capping agenda, but to no avail: The highest court in the land decided to hear out the consolidated arguments against the Environmental Protection Agency’s...
  • Coal plants already announcing shutdowns ahead of Obama admin’s regulations

    07/11/2013 6:02:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/11/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    That’s really the goal, of course, of the Obama administrations incoming regulations. The hardcore eco-radicals will openly admit that, yes, a “war on coal” is precisely what’s needed to accomplish their goals, and that they do want to forcibly remove the coal industry from America’s (and someday, the world’s) energy scheme; but the Obama administration will deny the “war on coal” charge all day long, insisting that, why no, what we really want is just to nudge coal to become more clean and efficient, and eventually support a slow and steady shift in our energy scheme’s proportions as we begin...
  • Obama’s Eco-Assault on America

    06/27/2013 10:45:34 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 1 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | June 27, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    On Tuesday, President Obama announced a sweeping series of initiatives, including the use of executive powers, to combat global warming. The plan will involve federal funding for renewable energy technology, and spending for areas hit by storms and droughts aggravated by an allegedly changing climate. Yet the most ambitious part of his agenda is an effort to force a reduction in so-called greenhouse gases from the nation’s coal-fired power plants. Prior to the speech, Daniel P. Schrag, a White House environmentalism adviser and director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, got to the nub of that agenda: “Politically,...
  • Obama Readying Emissions Limits on Power Plants

    06/19/2013 8:21:47 PM PDT · by lbryce · 65 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 19, 2013 | John M Btoder
    President Obama is preparing regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, senior officials said Wednesday. The move would be the most consequential climate policy step he could take and one likely to provoke legal challenges from Republicans and some industries. Electric power plants are the largest single source of global warming pollution in the country, responsible for nearly 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. With sweeping climate legislation effectively dead in Congress, the decision on existing power plants — which a 2007 Supreme Court decision gave to the executive branch — has been among the most closely watched...
  • Key players, Gore, are giving up: they can’t control the climate

    06/16/2013 2:12:06 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 40 replies
    JoNova ^ | June 17th, 2013 | Joanne
    IIn history studies of the Great Global Warming Scare, people will ask, is this the bargaining stage or the start of acceptance? Adapting to _ not just fighting _ climate change is taking the heat out of global warming talk Seth Borenstein for The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts to curb global warming have quietly shifted as greenhouse gases inexorably rise.The conversation is no longer solely about how to save the planet by cutting carbon emissions. It’s becoming more about how to save ourselves from the warming planet’s wild weather. — Newsdaily On the five stages of  grief, this...
  • Andrea Mitchell: Storms Show U.S. Needs To Go It Alone If Necessary On Climate Change

    02/04/2013 12:21:31 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Andrea Mitchell isn't about to let a good hurricane go to waste in her push for economy-wrecking climate change regulations. On her MSNBC show today, Andrea Mitchell claimed that recent weather events including Superstorm Sandy have "taught us if nothing else, that we have a real climate problem and that we have to deal with this here even if the rest of the world isn't going to deal with it in China and elsewhere." View the video here.
  • Human link to climate change stronger than ever: (IPCC) draft report

    12/14/2012 1:40:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/14/12 | Nina Chestney and Alister Doyle | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - International climate scientists are more certain than ever that humans are responsible for global warming, rising sea levels and extreme weather events, according to a leaked draft report by an influential panel of experts. The early draft, which is still subject to change before a final version is released in late 2013, showed that a rise in global average temperatures since pre-industrial times was set to exceed 2 degrees Celsius by 2100, and may reach 4.8 Celsius. "It is extremely likely that human activities have caused more than half of the observed increase in global average surface...
  • “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
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  • Court upholds EPA's greenhouse gas rules

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

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

    04/22/2012 7:31:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies
    AFP ^ | April 22, 2012
    The Arctic Ocean could be a significant contributor of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, scientists reported on Sunday. Researchers carried out five flights in 2009 and 2010 to measure atmospheric methane in latitudes as high as 82 degrees north. They found concentrations of the gas close to the ocean surface, especially in areas where sea ice had cracked or broken up. The study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, wonders if this is a disturbing new mechanism that could accelerate global warming. "We suggest that the surface waters of the Arctic Ocean represent a potentially important source of methane, which...
  • 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...
  • Global warming quote of the day

    01/26/2012 5:05:50 PM PST · by landsbaum · 6 replies · 1+ views
    It’s been a few days since our last Global Warming Quote of the Day, and because our readers probably have yearned for another, we bring you without further ado, today’s Global Warming Quote of the Day. “I don’t pursue the electrification of the automobile out of any fear I might have of planetary meltdown. . .
  • Weaker sun will not delay global warming: study

    01/25/2012 2:24:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/23/12 | Nina Chestney - Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - A weaker sun over the next 90 years is not likely to significantly delay a rise in global temperature caused by greenhouse gases, a report said Monday. The study, by Britain's Meteorological Office and the university of Reading, found that the Sun's output would decrease up until 2100 but this would only lead to a fall in global temperatures of 0.08 degrees Celsius. Scientists have warned that more extreme weather is likely across the globe this century as the Earth's climate warms. The world is expected to heat up by over 2 degrees Celsius this century due...
  • Scripps blockbuster: Ocean acidification happens all the time — naturally

    01/08/2012 8:33:36 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    JoNova ^ | January 9th, 2012 | Joanne
    There goes another scare campaign.Until recently we had very little data about real time changes in ocean pH around the world. Finally autonomous sensors placed in a variety of ecosystems “from tropical to polar, open-ocean to coastal, kelp forest to coral reef” give us the information we needed.It turns out that far from being a stable pH, spots all over the world are constantly changing. One spot in the ocean varied by an astonishing 1.4 pH units regularly. All our human emissions are projected by models to change the world’s oceans by about 0.3 pH units over the next 90...
  • Aliens may destroy humanity to protect other civilisations, say scientists

    08/18/2011 6:06:21 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 84 replies
    guardian--uk ^ | 18 aug 2011
    It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim. Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth's atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control – and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain. This highly speculative scenario is one of several described by scientists at Nasa and Pennsylvania State University that, while considered unlikely, they say could play out were humans and alien life to make contact at...
  • New GWPF Briefing Paper ( The Truth About Greenhouse Gases ) link to PDF

    08/18/2011 9:59:38 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | August 18, 2011 | Professor Happer
    London, 17 August – The Global Warming Policy Foundation today publishes an outstanding briefing paper by the distinguished physicist Professor William Happer of Princeton University (USA).In his paper The Truth About Greenhouse Gases, Professor Happer criticises the misguided scare-mongering about CO2 emissions as well as the habitual exaggeration of the likely impact and risks posed by global warming. He particularly laments the co-option of climate science by governments.Happer discusses what he calls the “contemporary moral epidemic” of climate alarmism: the notion that increasing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, notably carbon dioxide, will have disastrous consequences for mankind and for the...
  • Get ready for electricity prices to “necessarily skyrocket" (Bills go up as much as 60% by 2014)

    06/12/2011 12:57:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies · 6+ views
    Hotair ^ | 06/11/2011 | Ed Morrisey
    Have you had a lot of fun watching the price of gasoline shoot out of sight this year at the pump? That will be just the appetizer. Thanks to new regulations from the Obama administration, power companies will shut down a significant number of coal-fired plants by 2014, and without any other reliable sources of mass-produced electricity, consumers will see their bills go up as much as 60% (via Instapundit and Newsalert): Consumers could see their electricity bills jump an estimated 40 to 60 percent in the next few years.The reason: Pending environmental regulations will make coal-fired generating plants, which...
  • Heating oil phase-out part of NYC clean-air plan (#6 by 2015, #4 by 2030)

    04/21/2011 6:30:05 PM PDT · by decimon · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 21, 2011 | SAMANTHA GROSS
    NEW YORK – The city will phase out the use of polluting heavy oils to heat buildings and will begin building solar power plants on capped landfills, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday in his first update to a 4-year-old environmental plan that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2030. Under the plan, the phase-out of heavy oils from the city's boilers would start right away and be completed by the 2030 deadline. It would reduce the presence of airborne fine particulate matter, which the city says is killing 3,000 residents each year and forcing 6,000 to seek...
  • Jim Inhofe to Democrats: 'Get a life' (not amused by snarky RAT amendments)

    04/07/2011 8:28:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/05/11 | DARREN GOODE
    Jim Inhofe to Democrats: 'Get a life'By DARREN GOODE | 4/5/11 3:08 PM EDT Sen. Jim Inhofe has a simple message to House Democratic critics of the Republican plan to derail EPA climate change regulations: “Get a life.” The Senate Environment and Public Works ranking member wasn’t amused by the series of snarky Democratic amendments to rename the GOP legislation preventing EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) offered a series of amendments to the House measure — which Inhofe is pushing in the Senate — to change the title of the...
  • Earth Warmed by Trails of Clouds that Jets Leave Behind (Contrails)

    03/29/2011 9:40:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    LiveScience.com ^ | 3/29/11 | Wynne Parry
    The long, feathery lines of condensation that form behind aircraft, called contrails, have more of an immediate warming effect on the Earth's surface than the carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases that the aircraft emit, a new study calculates. However, the researchers add, contrail clouds disappear within a day or two; the potent greenhouse gas carbon dioxide lingers in the air for many years. Contrails form when the hot, moist plume of exhaust generated by an airplane's engines mixes with cold air in the upper atmosphere. Liquid droplets form and then freeze, forming a straight, white line. Over the span...
  • The EPA’s Power Grab

    03/26/2011 10:46:07 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 7 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-26-11 | gyyfawkes99
    Congress is set to vote on a series of amendments aimed to limit the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to impose restrictions on carbon limits without congressional approval. The votes could come as early as next week. Environmental groups have petitioned the FDA to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The impact of such an action would be enormous. Such a regulatory action - which has never been approved by Congress - would raise energy price and reduce energy supplies making President Obama's admission that such regulation would cause electricity rates to "skyrocket," reality. A...
  • 'Green' price tag: $700 trillion to drop Earth's temp 1 degree

    03/15/2011 7:09:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies · 1+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 14, 2011 | Drew Zahn
    New calculations applied to a U.S. Senate report reveal the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to combat global warming through regulation of greenhouse gases would theoretically take over $700 trillion, seven times the world's gross production, to drop the earth's temperature only 1 degree Celsius. The report released last year by Sen. James Ihnofe, R-Okla., then-ranking minority member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, quotes the EPA's own stats and experts to break down the numbers, including one researcher who called the Obama administration's plan "absurd." Citing a study by the EPA's Dr. Linda M. Chappell and various...
  • Calif. seeks right to sue over greenhouse gases

    03/15/2011 8:13:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 3/15/11 | Bob Egelko
    California and five other states are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to let them sue power companies whose plants emit greenhouse gases, saying legal action is needed as a backup for the Obama administration's embattled efforts to curb pollution that contributes to global warming. The case, to be argued April 19, pits the states and environmental organizations against an unusual alliance: the energy industry, which opposes the emissions limits, and the Obama administration, which says such restrictions should be imposed by Congress and federal agencies, not the courts. The Environmental Protection Agency plans to issue regulations in May 2012 that...
  • Simple Chemistry and the Real Greenhouse Effect.

    02/10/2011 9:29:16 AM PST · by BillM · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Blogging Tories ^ | March 2010 | Bill MacLean
    Simple Chemistry and the Real Greenhouse Effect. Truths: 1. Most of the Sun’s radiation that gets to the Earth’s lower atmosphere passes through substantially unabsorbed. 2. Most of the radiation is then absorbed on contact with the Earth’s surface. This includes the majority water and the minority land. 3. Most of the Earth’s surface is either water or moist vegetation. Most of the radiation from the sun is converted to infrared wavelengths at or near the surface. The water molecules absorb the infrared radiation causing increased vibration within the individual water molecules. This is converted into translational energy during intermolecular...
  • House GOP Readies Ban on EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulations (ALL of 'em - polar bears hardest hit)

    02/02/2011 12:42:25 AM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/02/11
    House GOP Readies Ban on EPA Greenhouse Gas RegulationsPublished February 02, 2011 Associated Press WASHINGTON – In a sharp challenge to the Obama administration, House Republicans intend to unveil legislation Wednesday to ban the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act and expect to advance the bill quickly, officials disclosed Tuesday night. The officials said the bill would nullify all of the steps the EPA has taken to date on the issue, including a threshold finding that greenhouse gases constitute a danger to the public health and welfare. In addition, it seeks to strip the...
  • Editorial: Pelosi's composting project trashed

    01/27/2011 11:52:35 AM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 11 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 1-26-2011 | Mark Landsbaum
    Congressional Republicans already have saved nearly a half-million dollars by eliminating a pet program set up by the House's previous Democratic leadership. Admittedly it is not much, considering the government's $1.4 trillion deficit. But even if it is more symbolic than substantive, it's always good to see wasteful spending reduced. In this case, wasteful spending on waste. Northern California Republican Rep. Dan Lungren has ordered an end to former Speaker Nancy Pelosi's composting program in the House of Representatives. Apart from the $475,000 that ending the project will save, it points up the persistent problems with the Democratic Party's reflexive...
  • NM court orders publication of environmental rules (state Supreme Court)

    01/26/2011 5:19:35 PM PST · by CedarDave · 6 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | January 26, 2011 | Susan Montoya Bryan/AP
    SANTA FE -- Environmental groups have been handed a victory by the New Mexico Supreme Court in a pair of cases that challenged an attempt by Gov. Susana Martinez's administration to delay publication in the state register of recently approved pollution control measures. The Supreme Court is ordering the state records administrator to publish the rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions and dairy discharges.
  • Martinez ousts board over emissions rules (NM- to scrap new cap & tax regs)

    01/05/2011 10:02:42 AM PST · by CedarDave · 38 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | January 5, 2011 | Susan Montoya Bryan/AP
    Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday took aim at the controversial Environmental Improvement Board, announcing that she was removing all members over concerns about the board's approval in recent months of what she considers "anti-business" policies. The board — made up of members appointed by former Gov. Bill Richardson — was at the center of a heated debate last year over whether New Mexico should regulate greenhouse-gas emissions. The board ultimately decided to approve two proposals — one from an environmental group that aimed to limit the emissions of the state's largest polluters and another from the state Environment Department that...
  • Corporations Favor EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases

    01/01/2011 11:43:00 AM PST · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 31, 2010 | Paul Chesser
      Earlier this month corporate climateers including Nike and 3M were given awards -- supposedly "the equivalent of an Oscar for the climate change mitigation world" -- for their efforts to reduce their carbon emissions. The honors were bestowed by the Carbon War Room, which "harnesses the power of entrepreneurs to implement market-driven solutions to climate change." The Virgin Group's Richard Branson is one of the nonprofit's co-founders. The War Room gave Nike the Gigaton Award for the "consumer discretionary" category. The prize was named for a Clinton Global Initiative project called Gigaton Throwdown, which "encourages companies, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and...
  • Simple Physics – In reality my feather blew up into a tree ( About CO2 as a GHG )

    12/28/2010 1:34:38 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies · 13+ views
    Watts Up With That? ^ | December 28, 2010 | Guest Post by Barry Woods
    All too often the ‘simple physics of CO2′ argument is presented to the public by the media, politicians, climate scientists and environmental advocacy groups, in a way that grossly simplifies the issue of the response in global temperature to increasing CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere.An excellent response to the simple physics argument is to be found in the comments at Climate Etc (Professor Judith Curry’s blog)In reality my feather blew up into a tree “….. which is that since CO2 is a GHG it follows that increasing CO2 must increase the temperature (of something). No matter how many times we say that the...
  • EPA To Require Power Plants and Refineries To Use Pollution-Reduction Technologies To Trim...

    12/27/2010 11:24:41 AM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 27, 2010 | Edwin Mora
    Complete title: EPA To Require Power Plants and Refineries To Use Pollution-Reduction Technologies To Trim Greenhouse Gas Emissions (CNSNews.com) -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, it will decide which pollution-reduction technologies work best for power plants and refineries and will then set regulations over the next two years that require those industries to implement similar pollution-reduction technologies.However, the EPA acknowledged that it does not yet know how much greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced through its new regulatory plan. Also, the American Petroleum Institute criticized the EPA's action...
  • Los Gatos green cement manufacturer to test product in Santa Cruz

    12/04/2010 11:21:38 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies · 1+ views
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 3, 2010 | Kurtis Alexander
    SANTA CRUZ -- The Los Gatos startup that pledged to turn greenhouse gas into cement has landed its first job: a sidewalk in the city of Santa Cruz. While a relatively small project, the 400-foot walkway off Morrissey Boulevard will serve as a big test for plans by the environmentally minded Calera Corp. to capture carbon dioxide exhaust from the Moss Landing Power Plant and fashion it into commercially viable construction materials, like cement. "We're at the point where we want to start using our materials in the built-in environment," said Martin Devenney, vice president of materials development at Calera....
  • The EPA's And Enron's End-Runs Of Congress

    12/02/2010 11:32:43 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12.01.10, 10:00 AM EST | Larry Bell
    Lisa Jackson serves U.S. industry a Thanksgiving turkey. Immediately after chances for carbon cap-and-tax legislation were swept away by a Nov. 2 Republican House cleaning, the Obama administration proceeded with its Plan B. At a time when Congress was recessed for the Thanksgiving holiday and the president was ceremoniously pardoning two white turkeys, the Environmental Protection Agency served up American industries a fowl of far darker feathering--a gobbler of regulatory control. That turkey, called the "PSD and Title V Permitting Guidance for Greenhouse Gasses," came stuffed with constitutionally dubious prerogatives that extend the EPA's influence over a vast swathe of...
  • Stop the EPA's Global Warming Power Grab

    06/08/2010 7:55:23 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies · 45+ views
    AFP ^ | 6-8-10 | Americans for Prosperity
    The Obama administration intends to bypass Congress and implement outrageous global warming regulation of the entire U.S. economy through the EPA. Many of you have helped us put tens of thousands of comments into the EPA, but they aren't listening. We need Congress to step in and stop the EPA power-grab, by sending a clear message to our elected officials: if you don't stop the EPA, we will hold you responsible for what they do.
  • Ash Backward (Global Warming Causes Volcanic Eruptions?)

    04/19/2010 5:58:49 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 46 replies · 1,050+ views
    Investors.com ^ | April 19, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Science: An Icelandic scientist says climate change spurs volcanic eruptions such as the one disrupting air traffic in Europe. Rather, the evidence suggests volcanoes cause global cooling and Arctic ice to melt. The stunning eruption of a volcano under Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier has disrupted air traffic over the continent of Europe as vast plumes of steam and ash were spewed into the atmosphere. Once again, we witness the power of nature over man even as man blames himself for nature's acts. Almost every malady on earth has been blamed on global warming, so it wasn't all that surprising when Freysteinn...
  • Are You Ready For Global Cooling?

    05/21/2010 5:37:27 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 42 replies · 1,243+ views
    Investors.com ^ | May 21, 2010 | Investor's Business Daily Staff
    Climate Science: Noted scientists at a Chicago climate conference declare that global warming is not only dead, but that the planet faces a big chill for decades to come. What about those frozen wind turbines? It's not exactly Copenhagen or Kyoto, but the 700 scientists attending the fourth International Conference on Climate Change, sponsored by the Heartland Institute, had some chilling news of their own in the most liberal sense. "Global warming is over — at least for a few decades," Don Easterbrook, emeritus professor of geology at Western Washington University, told the gathering. "However, the bad news is that...
  • EPA moves to regulate smokestack greenhouse gases

    05/13/2010 1:35:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 67 replies · 1,671+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/13/10 | Matthew Daly - ap
    WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency moved Thursday to more tightly control air pollution from large power plants, factories and oil refineries, a step to limit emissions widely blamed for global warming. The EPA said it is completing a rule requiring large polluters to reduce the amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that they release into the air. Those emissions can exacerbate asthma and other breathing problems. The rule would require companies to install better technology and improve energy efficiency whenever they build, or significantly modify, a plant. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said the rule applies only to...
  • The $10 Trillion Climate Fraud

    04/28/2010 5:50:50 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 33 replies · 1,227+ views
    Investors.com ^ | April 28, 2010 | INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Cap-And-Trade: While senators froth over Goldman Sachs and derivatives, a climate trading scheme being run out of the Chicago Climate Exchange would make Bernie Madoff blush. Its trail leads to the White House. Lost in the recent headlines was Al Gore's appearance Monday in Denver at the annual meeting of the Council of Foundations, an association of the nation's philanthropic leaders. "Time's running out (on climate change)," Gore told them. "We have to get our act together. You have a unique role in getting our act together." Gore was right that foundations will play a key role in keeping the...
  • Greenhouse gases explain only 5-10 per cent from global warming

    04/23/2010 1:06:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 959+ views
    Climate Realists ^ | April 14th 2010 | NA
    The following article is from a leading Finnish Newspaper and was sent to me via the contact area. I had to use the Google Translate process as my Finnish is not that good. To show this to you I have had to put the article through as an image, rather then type it. Will this story break to the world press? We will have to see. Text: Greenhouse gases account for only 5-10 per cent of global warming Turkus sue Panel on Climate Change predictions Turun Sanomat 14.4 2010 01:30:40 A University of Turku Department of Physics study shows that...
  • (Obama's) Backdoor Energy Tax

    04/05/2010 4:18:33 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies · 983+ views
    Investor's.com ^ | 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...