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  • Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

    07/28/2014 8:04:43 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 16 replies
    WRAL ^ | 7/28/14 | Dina Cappiello
    As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama's strategy for reducing the gases blamed for climate change and reveals a little-discussed side effect of countries acting alone on a global problem. The contribution of this exported pollution to global warming is not something the administration wants to measure, or even talk about.
  • Egypt premier defends steep rise in energy prices

    07/05/2014 11:00:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 5, 2014 12:34 PM EDT | Mariam Rizk
    Egypt’s prime minister on Saturday defended his government’s decision to introduce a steep rise in fuel prices, saying energy subsidies have over the past decade cost the treasury a staggering E£687 billion (nearly $100 billion) that could have been used to bolster essential services. The fuel price hikes of up to 80 percent came into force early on Saturday and follow promises to cut subsidies that eat up nearly a quarter of the state budget. They also come after an increase in electricity prices that were put in effect at the start of July. Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, addressing a...
  • New EPA Regs Issued Under Obama Are 38 Times as Long as Bible

    06/24/2014 3:17:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 23, 2014 - 3:27 PM | Ali Meyer
    Since President Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued 2,827 new final regulations, equaling 24,915 pages in the Federal Register, totaling approximately 24,915,000 words. The Gutenberg Bible is only 1,282 pages and 646,128 words. Thus, the new EPA regulations issued by the Obama Administration contain 19 times as many pages as the Bible and 38 times as many words. The Obama EPA regulations have 22 times as many words as the entire Harry Potter series, which includes seven books with 1,084,170 words. They have 5,484 times as many words as the U.S....
  • Ohio coal company sues over carbon emissions rules

    06/18/2014 4:58:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2014 7:39 PM EDT | Hope Yen
    One of the nation’s largest coal companies on Wednesday sued President Barack Obama’s administration seeking to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon emissions rules for power plants. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by Murray Energy Corp. EPA rules announced this month seek to reduce global warming by forcing a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2030. […] “This is clearly an illegal attempt by the Obama EPA to impose irrational and destructive cap-and-tax mandates, which Congress and the American people have consistently rejected,”...
  • Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase

    06/18/2014 9:48:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2014 12:17 PM EDT | Joan Lowy
    Two senators unveiled a bipartisan plan Wednesday to raise federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades, pitching the proposal as a solution to Congress’ struggle to pay for highway and transit programs. The plan offered by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., would raise the 18.4-cents-a-gallon federal gas tax and 24.4-cents-a-gallon diesel tax by 12 cents each over the next two years, and then index the taxes to keep pace with inflation. The plan also calls for offsetting the tax increases with other taxes cuts. …
  • Obama carbon rule gives states more time to comply

    06/02/2014 7:48:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 2, 2014 10:21 AM EDT | Dina Cappiello and Josh Lederman
    In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday that cuts carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years, but pushes the deadline for some states to comply until long after President Barack Obama leaves office. The 645-page rule, expected to be finalized next year, is a centerpiece of Obama's plans to tackle climate change and aims to give the United States more leverage to prod other countries to act when negotiations on a new international treaty resume next year. Under the plan, carbon...
  • Gas Price Record Worsens: 1,245 Days above $3 a Gallon

    05/22/2014 1:34:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | Julia Seymour
    Memorial Day weekend drivers will continue to take a hit as gasoline prices remain high. May 20 marks the 1,245th straight day that the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline costs more than $3 a gallon, according to AAA data. That’s nearly three-and-a-half years above $3 a gallon.
  • Wyoming is 1st state to reject science standards (standing up against AGW hoax)

    05/08/2014 3:24:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2014 3:11 PM EDT | Bob Moen
    Wyoming is the first state to reject adopting new K-12 science standards proposed by national education groups. The Wyoming Board of Education decided recently that the Next Generation Science Standards need more review after questions were raised about how the standards address man-made global warming. Wyoming is the nation’s leading coal producing state. …
  • GE Crushes Obama's War on Coal

    05/03/2014 12:10:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2014 | Charles Payne
    em>"Probably for the next decade, the most dominate technology around the world will be coal..." -Jeff Immelt The fastest growing source of energy in the world last year was coal, and it is going to stay that way for a very long time. With that in mind, one has to wonder why President Obama has insisted on the gut-wrenching destruction of the coal industry that has costs thousands of jobs, and has sent electricity costs to all-time highs. This, combined with last month's report from the International Energy Agency, state that reaching the goal of carbon emission reduction would cost...
  • Behind the cornucopia of higher food prices

    04/20/2014 9:50:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 19, 2014 | John W. Schoen
    Alert shoppers are accustomed to watching food prices go up and down. But a string of forces—from droughts to diseases—is raising the cost of a trip to the grocery store at a rapid clip. And it looks like it will be a while before the price pressure eases. Some of that pressure is coming from California—the source of roughly half the nation's fruits and vegetables—where a long-running drought is forcing farmers and ranchers to cut production. After the driest year on record, large sections of farmland are expected to lay fallow this year as the Golden State copes with an...
  • Court upholds EPA emission standards

    04/15/2014 1:17:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 15, 2014 4:05 PM EDT | Pete Yost
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. The EPA’s determination in 2000 that regulating emission standards is appropriate and necessary, and the agency’s reaffirmation of that determination in 2012, “are amply supported by EPA’s findings regarding the health effects of mercury exposure,” said the court. Congress did not specify what...
  • Price of Ground Beef Climbs to Another Record High

    03/18/2014 8:47:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 18, 2014 - 2:49 PM | Ali Meyer
    The seasonally adjusted price index for uncooked ground beef jumped 3.8 percent from January to February, as the average price for a pound of 100-percent ground chuck rose from approximately $3.59 in January to a new record high of $3.73 in February, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS’s seasonally adjusted price index measures the relative change in the price of product from a baseline of 100. From January to February, the price index for uncooked ground beef rose from 248.864 to 258.323, its highest level ever. The 258.323 price index also indicates that...
  • Energy official: Electricity prices to soar 80 percent, thanks to EPA coal regulations

    02/12/2014 3:13:22 PM PST · by matt1234 · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | FEBRUARY 11, 2014 | Ashe Schow
    Regulations for new coal plants would increase electricity prices by as much as 80 percent, an Obama administration official told lawmakers on Tuesday. Julio Friedmann, deputy assistant secretary for clean coal at the DEPArtment of Energy, told members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's oversight board that carbon capture and storage technology was still not ready for prime time. “The precise number will vary, but for first generation we project $70 to $90 per ton [on the wholesale price of electricity],” Friedmann said. “For second generation, it will be more like a $40 to $50 per ton price. Second...
  • Obama to propose billion-dollar Climate Resilience Fund; Icy blast heats up coal debate

    02/14/2014 11:12:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/14/14 10:08 AM EDT | Alex Guillen
    President Barack Obama will ask Congress to set up a $1 billion “Climate Resilience Fund” in his proposed budget next month. Obama travels to Fresno, Calif., today to discuss the drought plaguing most of California and the Western U.S. and to announce new administration actions, including the proposed billion-dollar fund. According to the White House, the fund would go to research on the projected impacts of climate change, help communities prepare for climate change’s effects and fund “breakthrough technologies and resilient infrastructure.” […] As another snowstorm socks the East Coast, the coal industry has a message for the nation’s electricity...
  • Solar Provides 0.2% of Electric Supply--Up From 0.02% Before Obama

    01/29/2014 5:16:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    cns news ^ | 1/29/14 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - Solar power, which President Barack Obama promoted in his State of the Union Address, accounted for 0.2 percent of the U.S. electricity supply in the first nine months of 2013, according to data published by the U.S. government's Energy Information Administration. That is up from the 0.02 percent of the total electricity supply that solar power sources provided in 2008, the last calendar year before Obama took office. “Now, one of the biggest factors in bringing more jobs back is our commitment to American energy,” Obama said in the State of the Union. “The all-of-the-above energy strategy I...
  • ‘Not looking good’: Coal workers see future dim amid regulation burden

    01/16/2014 8:35:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 16, 2014 | Mike Tobin
    Far below the Appalachian Mountains, in a space barely big enough to stand up straight, Bobby Combs works a job his father and his grandfather worked. Coal-mining is the highest-paying job available to him in eastern Kentucky. As he skillfully maneuvers a massive machine and rips into a seam of coal, though, Combs wonders if the family tradition ends with him. “It’s not looking good,” he says, dirt smudging his face. Coal has come under the crosshairs of the Obama administration in the push to transition to renewable energy sources. Coal mines are burdened with a never-ending stream of federal...
  • Survey: US gas prices up 8 cents per gallon

    01/12/2014 5:57:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2014 4:47 PM EST
    Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says the average U.S. price of gasoline is up 8 cents a gallon over the past three weeks. According to the Lundberg Survey released Sunday, the average for a gallon of regular gas is now $3.35. Midgrade averages $3.54, and premium is $3.68. …
  • Price of Electricity Hit Record for October; Up 42% in Decade

    11/22/2013 8:59:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 22, 2013 - 5:07 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The price of electricity hit a record for the month of October, according to data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That made October the eleventh straight month when the average price of electricity hit or matched the record level for that month. The average price of electricity in October was 13.2 cents per kilowatt hour (KWH), up from 12.8 cents per KWH in October 2012—and up from 9.3 cents per KWH in October 2003. Americans now pay 42 percent more for electricity than they did a decade ago. …
  • Tennessee Valley Authority closing 8 coal fired power plants

    11/17/2013 9:47:47 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 17, 2013 | Jazz Shaw
    The Tennessee Valley Authority, a federal corporation which operates energy facilities and other land management operations across multiple states, has announced that they will be closing eight coal fired power plants. They will seek to reduce coal sourced energy to 20% of their total capacity and the plants in question will be closed in Alabama and Kentucky. (The latter plants faced some headwinds as Mitch McConnell fought to stop them from closing, but the TVA overruled him.)
  • Pollution rule hurts coal, helps other sources

    09/20/2013 9:29:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 21, 2013 12:03 AM EDT | Jonathan Fahey
    Tough new limits on the amount of heat-trapping emissions new power plants can emit will likely accelerate a shift away from coal-fired power and toward electricity generated with natural gas, wind, and sunshine. Power prices for homes, businesses and factories may eventually rise, and nuclear power could return to fashion. The rule proposed by the Obama administration Friday will have little effect on the mix of power sources and electricity prices anytime soon because it only applies to new power plants and is likely to be challenged in court. …
  • Obama takes on coal with first-ever carbon limits

    09/19/2013 8:16:28 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 22 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 09/19/2013 | Dina Cappiello
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will press ahead Friday with tough requirements for new coal-fired power plants, moving to impose for the first time strict limits on the pollution blamed for global warming. The proposal would help reshape where Americans get electricity, away from a coal-dependent past into a future fired by cleaner sources of energy. It's also a key step in President Barack Obama's global warming plans, because it would help end what he called "the limitless dumping of carbon pollution" from power plants. Although the proposed rule won't immediatedly affect plants already operating, it eventually would force...
  • After coal, W.Va. push for natural gas trust fund

    09/14/2013 8:17:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 2013 10:21 AM EDT | Bruce Schreiner
    For decades, coal from West Virginia’s vast deposits was mined, loaded on rail cars and hauled off without leaving behind a lasting trust fund financed by the state’s best-known commodity. Big coal’s days are waning, but now a new bonanza in the natural gas fields has state leaders working to ensure history doesn’t repeat itself. West Virginia’s Senate president, Jeff Kessler, is pushing to create an oil and natural gas trust fund to support core government functions decades from now. His goal: a cushion of funds long after the gas is depleted to buoy an Appalachian mountain state chronically vexed...
  • Obama to unveil climate plan in Tuesday speech (going after power plants)

    06/24/2013 2:23:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 22, 2013 6:05 PM EDT | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama is preparing to unveil his long-awaited national plan to combat climate change in a major speech, he announced on Saturday. … Environmental groups have been pleading with Obama to take that step, but the administration has said it’s focused first on controls on new power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency, using its authority under the Clean Air Act, has already proposed controls on new plants, but the rules have been delayed—to the chagrin of states and environmental groups threatening to sue over the delays. … “They shouldn’t wait for Congress to act, because they’ll be out of...
  • EPA rules Ariz. power plants must upgrade

    11/18/2012 7:47:15 PM PST · by lowbridge · 48 replies
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met a deadline Thursday on a plan to control emissions from three Arizona power plants that it contends have impaired visibility at places like the Grand Canyon. The Associated Press reports that the EPA had proposed approving Arizona's air-quality plan to reduce sulfur dioxide and soot at the Apache coal-fired plant in Cochise, along with the Cholla and Coronado plants. But when it came to nitrogen oxide emissions, the EPA suggested the state's plan didn't go far enough and came up with one of its own. The conflict highlights the tension between the EPA and...
  • Getting ready for a wave of coal-plant shutdowns

    08/20/2011 10:11:43 PM PDT · by Why_are_Democrats_stupid? · 72 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/20/11 | Brad Plumer
    Over the next 18 months, the Environmental Protection Agency will finalize a flurry of new rules to curb pollution from coal-fired power plants. Mercury, smog, ozone, greenhouse gases, water intake, coal ash—it’s all getting regulated. And, not surprisingly, some lawmakers are grumbling. Industry groups such the Edison Electric Institute, which represents investor-owned utilities, and the American Legislative Exchange Council have dubbed the coming rules “EPA’s Regulatory Train Wreck.” The regulations, they say, will cost utilities up to $129 billion and force them to retire one-fifth of coal capacity. Given that coal provides 45 percent of the country’s power, that means...
  • Daily Kos: Climate Skeptics Should Be Euthanized

    07/29/2010 11:38:29 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 39 replies · 1+ views
    The Fox Nation ^ | July 30, 2010 | The Fox Nation
    A Daily Kos contributing editor has suggested that “Steve Milloy and his buddies” commit suicide or be euthanized apparently for the crime of opposing global warming alarmism. Amid a rant on his Examiner.com blog about skeptics “carpet-bomb[ing] newspaper editorial pages with climate change disinformation…], Steven Alexander, who writes for Daily Kos under the nom-de-plume “Darksyde,” wrote that: … if only Milloy and his buddies could check into one of the [Soylent Corporation's] lovely medical suites for a short nature movie and a glass of wine… The reference is to the assisted suicide scene in the 1973 movie Soylent Green, starring...