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  • Ex-Ambassador Joseph Wilson’s ‘Embarrassing’ Emails To Hillary

    10/03/2015 3:45:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson caused “embarrassment” to a company he consulted for by lobbying then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton in an email he sent through her longtime friend and ally, Sidney Blumenthal, according to court documents obtained by The Daily Caller. The company, Symbion Power, made the claim in response to a lawsuit filed in New Mexico last week by Wilson, who served as ambassador to Gabon and São Tomé and Príncipe during the Bill Clinton administration. Wilson claims that Symbion and its co-founders, Paul Hinks and Lord Richard Westbury, engaged in fraud, breach of contract and civil conspiracy...
  • How Tom Steyer, the White House, and a Scandal-Plagued Operative Paved the Way for EPA Regulations

    08/24/2015 8:08:52 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 24, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    The White House, statehouses, and nonprofits backed by the billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer worked behind the scenes to create a state-level advocacy network to support controversial new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, newly released emails reveal. Involved in the strategy was a top aide to John Kitzhaber, the former Democratic governor of Oregon, according to emails obtained by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute. Kitzhaber resigned this year in the midst of a scandal involving his fiancée. E&E released its findings in a Monday report that shows extensive behind-the-scenes coordination between White House staff, aides to as many as 12 governors,...
  • US carbon pollution from power plants hits 27-year low

    08/05/2015 2:44:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/5/15 | Seth Borenstein - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Heat-trapping pollution from U.S. power plants hit a 27-year low in April, the Department of Energy announced Wednesday. A big factor was the long-term shift from coal to cleaner and cheaper natural gas, said Energy Department economist Allen McFarland. Outside experts also credit more renewable fuel use and energy efficiency. Carbon dioxide — from the burning of coal, oil and gas — is the chief greenhouse gas responsible for man-made global warming. "While good news for the environment, we certainly would not want to assume that this trend will continue and that we can simply relax," said...
  • Solar Modules Cause More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Modern Coal Power Plants! (WTF)

    08/04/2015 8:32:39 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 32 replies
    NotrickZone ^ | 3/25/3014 | P Gosselin
    It turns out that because of the emissions of extraordinarily potent greenhouse gases NF3 and SF6 and energy during the manufacture of solar modules, solar energy ends up being worse for the climate than burning coal (assuming the global warming hypothesis is valid). A Swiss engineer has made a thorough analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the manufacture, transport and operation of solar panels. His conclusion: Ferrucio Ferroni writes here how China is the number 1 manufacturer of solar panels globally and that the production of solar panels there requires immense amounts of electricity, which in China is...
  • Obama’s Energy Power Grab

    08/03/2015 10:34:20 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/03/15 | Douglas Gibbs
    Obama to mandate steeper emissions cuts from U.S. Power Plants The expansion of the federal government, and more specifically the expansion of the executive branch, has been the daunting storyline of the Barack Obama administration, be it taking control of the auto industry; inserting heavy federal regulations on the banking and credit industries; hijacking the health care industry with Obamacare (and modifying the law through executive orders when legislative authorities belongs to Congress); gun control measures; seizing control of the internet through an expansive reach of the FCC; declaring its own definition of marriage through a Supreme Court judicial ruling;...
  • Eco-Imperialism Joins Vulture Environmentalism

    03/21/2013 11:14:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | March 21, 2013 | Paul Drissen
    Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s choice to replace Lisa Jackson at the Environmental Protection Agency, has been chastised for having lied to Congress, in claiming that EPA did not use “dangerous manmade climate change” to justify new 54.5 mpg standards for cars and light trucks. She’s also been implicated in the agency’s practice of using fake emails to hide questionable dealings and activities. These issues highlight attitudes toward ethics, law and public policy that prevail at EPA and too many other government agencies. However, that attention should not distract from other important matters. Ms. McCarthy may be the worst of the...
  • Supreme Court overturns landmark EPA air pollution rule

    06/29/2015 10:22:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 29, 2015 | Timothy Cama and Lydia Wheeler
    The Supreme Court overturned the Obama administration’s landmark air quality rule on Monday, ruling the Environmental Protection Agency did not properly consider the costs of the regulation. In a 5-4 ruling, the justices ruled that the EPA should have taken into account the costs to utilities and others in the power sector before even deciding whether to set limits for the toxic air pollutants it regulated in 2011. The case, Michigan v. EPA, centers on the EPA’s first limits on mercury, arsenic and acid gases emitted by coal-fired power plants, known as mercury and air toxics (MATS). Opponents, including the...
  • Supreme Court rules against EPA on pollution rules

    06/29/2015 7:44:32 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 79 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6-29-2015 | John Siciliano
    The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against Environmental Protection Agency pollution rules for power plants Monday, in a blow to President Obama's environmental agenda. The EPA rules in question regulate hazardous air pollutants and mercury from coal- and oil-fired power plants, known as the MATS regulations. The regulations went into effect April 16. The utility industry argues that the rules cost them billions of dollars to comply and that EPA ignored the cost issue in putting the regulations into effect. Many of the companies have either made the investments or closed power plants to comply. If the investments necessary to upgrade...
  • Major utility to begin closing down power plants next month

    04/06/2015 3:55:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 66 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/6/15 | John Siciliano
    One of the country's largest coal utilities will begin closing power plants next month in four states, as strict federal environmental regulations begin to kick in. The company, American Electric Power, made the announcement in a notice advising employees at the electricity stations that it plans to close six power plants in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana, according to news reports. The company said it plans to shutter as much as 6,000 megawatts of power plant capacity in seven states by the start of 2016. The closures were planned as far back as 2011 to comply with new pollution...
  • Court battle set for Obama climate rule (twelve states - power plants)

    01/27/2015 3:36:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/15 | Timothy Cama
    A federal appeals court has agreed to hear arguments in a pair of cases challenging the Obama administration’s climate rule proposal for power plants. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said Tuesday that it will hear oral arguments from the various sides in the cases on the morning of April 16. Twelve states, led by West Virginia, along with coal mining company Murray Energy Corp., filed separate lawsuits last year asking the court to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. In briefs...
  • TABLE-Construction plans for Japan's coal power stations

    12/12/2014 5:02:36 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Reuters
    The closure of Japan's nuclear power plants following the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi plant after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami increased fossil fuel consumption and led to a wave of new coal plant construction. Japan plans to build 28 new coal-fired power generation units with total capacity of as much as 14,800 megawatts, due to come online in the next decade or so. Total = 28 units 13,801-14,801 megawatts. Individual plants and start dates excepted
  • EPA uses Jonathan Gruber tactic to impose harmful regulations

    12/12/2014 5:35:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 11, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    “Lack of transparency was really critical to getting it passed,” former Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber explained. The Democrats cleverly exploited the American voters’ “lack of economic understanding.” Now President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is using secretive, duplicitous science, and exploiting people’s lack of scientific understanding, to impose punitive regulations cleverly labeled the “clean power plan.” The agency claims the clean power plan will prevent “dangerous manmade climate change” by reducing carbon dioxide and “encouraging” greater use of renewable energy. Its real goal is forcing coal-fired power plants to reduce operations significantly or shut down entirely. The EPA also claims that...
  • Moderate Dems call for longer deadlines in EPA climate rule

    12/11/2014 7:02:21 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2014 | By Timothy Cama
    Six moderate Democratic senators are asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to give states more time to comply with its climate rule for power plants. The moderate Democrats said that states should be responsible for developing their own “glide paths” toward the 2030 goal. The senators signing the letter were Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.).
  • Lost Electricity Generation Capacity 7X Higher Than EPA Estimates

    10/10/2014 9:19:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 9, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    ( – Power plants generating 72 gigawatts (GW) of electricity in 37 states have either closed or are scheduled to shut their doors to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, according to the Institute for Energy Research (IER). The loss of generating capacity is “over seven times the amount originally predicted by EPA modeling,” IER’s updated report, released October 7, noted. “Originally, EPA calculated that only 9.5 GW of electrical generating capacity would close as a result of its MATS (Mercury and Air Toxics Standard) and CSAPR (Cross State Air Pollution Rule) rules,” the report stated. “Before President Obama’s...
  • Submit Your Comments on the EPA’s Power Plant Rule

    10/01/2014 8:19:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies ^ | 10/1/2014 | Unknown
    EPA has proposed one of the largest, most expensive regulations in American history. These rules will impact our entire economy, hurt America’s diverse energy portfolio, and result in higher electricity prices while having little benefit to the environment. EPA is asking for public comment on this vast, regulatory overreach between now and December 1, 2014. We need you to share your views with EPA by sending the letter below, or using the open space to personally tell EPA how higher energy prices will impact you, your business, and your family.
  • Senate Hopeful Wants EPA Administrator to Visit Montana Coal Town

    07/26/2014 10:33:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 25, 2014 | Rod Kackley
    Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) invites — no, Daines demands — Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency visit the town of Colstrip, Mont., to see for herself the impact of her agency’s Clean Power Plan on that community. So far, he has not received her RSVP. This time next year, he could have a lot more pull with the EPA. Daines could be forgiven if he is doing some early packing. He can’t be too worried about winning the November Senate election. Rasmussen Reports gives him an 18-point lead among Montana voters in his bid to replace Sen....
  • EPA chief McCarthy, critics spar at Senate hearing over new rules

    07/23/2014 10:56:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 23, 2014
    EPA chief Gina McCarthy issued a strong defense of controversial proposed new curbs on carbon emissions from power plants, telling a packed Senate hearing Wednesday the agency talked to all sides in the debate before issuing its draft recommendations. “This is the most respectful rule at the federal level that I have ever been involved in,” the Environmental Protection Agency administrator told the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, citing what she said was the flexibility given to the states to design their own plans to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030. But Republicans and many in...
  • My Remarks on New Proposed EPA Power Plant Regulations at ICCC9 (EPA Whistleblower)

    07/21/2014 11:33:39 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 1 replies
    Carlin Economics and Science ^ | July 18, 2014 | Alan Carlin
    On July 8 I received the Climate Science Whistleblower Award at the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change sponsored by the Heartland Institute and other cosponsoring organizations held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The following are remarks I prepared for my acceptance statement:~~snip~~I wrote my negative comments on the Endangerment Finding support document because I believed EPA was using bad science ... But it is very encouraging to find that others agree with my decision to do so, which EPA clearly did not. My offending comments to EPA led to my being immediately muzzled at the same time that Obama was...
  • Breach: New Computer Virus Can Cripple Power Plants With the Click of a Mouse

    07/01/2014 4:03:45 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 40 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 7/1/14 | Mac Slavo
    Over 1,000 energy firms were infected with a sophisticated cyber weapon that gave hackers access to power plant control systems, it has been revealed. … The software allows operators to monitor energy consumption in real time – and to cripple physical systems such as wind turbines, gas pipelines and power plants at the click of a mouse. … ‘Among the targets of Dragonfly were energy grid operators, major electricity generation firms, petroleum pipeline operators, and energy industry industrial equipment providers,’ Symantec said. … ‘Dragonfly initially targeted defense and aviation companies in the US and Canada before shifting its focus mainly...
  • Ahead of power plant push, Obama ties climate change to health hazards

    05/31/2014 4:42:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 31, 2014 | by Jeff Mason
    President Barack Obama kicked off a campaign to promote new restrictions on U.S. power plant emissions on Saturday by tying the fight against climate change with efforts to promote better health for children and the elderly. In his weekly radio address, Obama said the United States had to do more to reduce carbon emissions so that children suffering from asthma and other related ailments did not face further problems as a result of polluted air. Obama said the new guidelines would reduce smog and soot that threaten vulnerable populations such as the young and the aged and he said up...
  • Obama scores rare environmental victory at Supreme Court

    04/30/2014 9:35:39 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 12 replies
    cnn ^ | 10:42 AM EDT, Wed April 30, 2014 | Bill Mears
    (CNN) -- A key part of the Obama administration's green policies received surprisingly strong Supreme Court support on Tuesday over efforts to curb air pollution. A 6-2 majority of justices issued a decision upholding federal agency rules to control coal-fired power plant emissions from 28 states. Obama takes on coal industry It was a rare environmental victory in a conservative majority court that has in recent years generally sided against the federal government's nationwide clean air policies. The issue was complex -- whether an "upwind" state that is polluting a "downwind" state is free of any obligations under the so-called...
  • Supreme Court Revives EPA Rule on Air Pollution Across State Lines

    04/29/2014 8:07:41 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 23 replies ^ | 04/29/2014 | Brent Kendall
    The Supreme Court on Tuesday revived an Environmental Protection Agency regulation that limited power-plant emissions blowing across state lines—a victory for the Obama administration. The court's 6-2 ruling breathes new life into a 2011 EPA regulation known as the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, which requires 28 states to reduce power-plant emissions that hurt the air-quality in states located downwind. The regulation stands to affect about 1,000 power plants in the eastern half of the U.S that may have to adopt new pollution controls or reduce operations. The court's decision in EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, written by Justice Ruth...
  • Reston Man Pleads Guilt on Felony Trade Charges

    03/09/2014 12:38:11 AM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies
    RESTON ^ | March 7, 2014 at 9:30 am | by Karen Goff
    SNIPPET: "A Reston man who federal officials said sold $250,000 worth of machinery parts from American manufacturers to Iranian companies pleaded guilty to felony charges in U.S. Federal Court in Alexandria on Thursday. Vahid Hosseini, 62, ran a business called Sabern Industries from his home in Reston, FBI officials said."
  • UPDATE 1-Texas grid extends power conservation call as cold boosts usage, prices

    03/03/2014 4:03:21 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 3, 2014
    The Texas electric grid operator extended its call for residents and businesses to conserve power until Tuesday morning as a late arctic cold front that barreled as far as South Texas boosted the state's electricity consumption to a monthly record on Monday. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state's primary grid, had issued a public call for conservation on Sunday evening, citing freezing temperatures that would strain available generation capacity. "With the continued cold weather, we expect conditions to remain tight, especially during the early evening tonight and early morning hours tomorrow," said Dan Woodfin, director of system...
  • Will the Supreme Court Permit EPA Fraud?

    03/01/2014 5:38:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | March 1, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency. The case will determine how far EPA can extend its regulatory overreach, to control “climate changing” carbon dioxide from power plants and other facilities – by ignoring the Constitution’s “separation of powers” provisions, rewriting clear language in the Clean Air Act, and disregarding laws that require the agency to consider both the costs and benefits of its regulations and what it is regulating. Put more bluntly, the Court will decide whether EPA may deceive and defraud the American people, by implementing regulations that...
  • How the EPA Plans to Kill Jobs and Reduce Your Income

    12/17/2013 4:34:49 AM PST · by IbJensen · 15 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 12/17/2013 | Amy Payne
    How’s your heating bill? If you feel like you’re not paying enough, you’re in luck. President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing new regulations on power plants—regulations that will kill jobs, jack up your energy costs, and even end up reducing families’ income because of the impact on the prices of everything you buy. As Heritage experts Nicolas Loris, Kevin Dayaratna, and David Kreutzer explain: These regulations will act as a major energy tax that would negatively impact American households. Americans will suffer through higher energy bills, but also through higher prices for goods and services, slowing the economy...
  • House Republicans pressure EPA to drop coal-plant carbon rules

    11/16/2013 6:05:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 16, 2013
    Republican leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its proposal to impose carbon dioxide limits on power plants. Committee leaders sent a letter to EPA director Gina McCarthy on Friday, asking her to withdraw the proposed regulations, arguing that the agency is trying to "impose standards beyond the scope of its legal authority." In September, the EPA released a proposal to set emissions caps for new coal-fired power plants that would likely require the industry to use carbon-capture technology, which involves burying the carbon underground. Critics argue the technology, which...
  • Obama Moves to Limit Power-Plant Carbon Pollution

    09/20/2013 4:03:39 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sept 20, 2013 | DINA CAPPIELLO, AP
    Linking global warming to public health, disease and extreme weather, the Obama administration pressed ahead Friday with tough requirements to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, despite protests from industry and Republicans that it would dim coal's future. Under the law once the Environmental Protection Agency controls carbon at new plants, it will also control carbon at existing plants — a regulation the agency said Friday it would start work on immediately to meet a June 2014 deadline. The revised standards, the company said in a statement, "essentially eliminate coal as a future generation option."
  • Greens press EPA to revoke ‘outdated’ emissions exemption

    08/19/2013 12:09:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 19, 2013 | Zack Colman
    The Obama administration is poised to rescind a little-known emissions exemption for power plants as it seeks to address climate change. Green groups are pressuring the Environmental Protection Agency to finalize a rule that would force utilities to limit emissions when power plants are shutting down, starting up or malfunctioning. Those emissions had previously been exempted from regulations because they were not considered a part of “normal operations,” but the EPA says that policy is now “outdated.” The environmental group Sierra Club held rallies last week near two facilities that would be affected by the end of the exemption and...
  • Closing of Western Pennsylvania power plants leaves workers at a loss [Obama destroys 380 jobs]

    07/21/2013 10:32:39 PM PDT · by grundle · 73 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | July 21, 2013 | Jessica Contrera
    A job for life. That's what they were promised. It wasn't in a contract, but to the 20 men who gathered for Bud Lights and commiseration Wednesday night in Greene County, working at a power plant was the equivalent. "This was the job everybody wanted," said Ray Christner Jr. of Brownsville. "We had it. And now it's gone."Nine days had passed since FirstEnergy announced it will shut down two power plants: Hatfield's Ferry, Greene County, across the Monongahela River from Masontown, Fayette County, and Mitchell in Union Township, Washington County, by Oct. 9 -- leaving 380 people without work."First, we...
  • Obama declares a War on Coal

    06/25/2013 10:56:12 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 99 replies ^ | 6/24/2013 | Phil Kerpen
    So much for the denials. An administration that throughout its 2012 election campaign denied it was waging a War on Coal has now come out and publicly declared its intention to shut down coal-fired power plants – putting hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work and sending electricity prices skyrocketing. This is not what the American people voted for. Responding to a White House petition to end the War on Coal, the administration said: “The President has made clear that he understands that coal has played a critical role in our country’s energy portfolio for decades and will continue...
  • Obama orders new rules on coal-fired plants, sets condition for Keystone pipeline

    06/25/2013 11:56:46 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 58 replies
    Fox ^ | June 25, 2013
    President Obama pressed ahead Tuesday with his climate change agenda, calling for new regulations on coal-fired power plants and setting a strict condition for the approval of the controversial Keystone pipeline. "We need to act," Obama said, in an address at Georgetown University. Even before he spoke, the president's proposal drew condemnation from the coal industry and lawmakers whose states rely on that industry for jobs. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican from West Virginia, said the proposal "could deliver an unrecoverable blow to coal-rich states" like hers. But Obama claimed climate change is having "profound impacts" on the planet...
  • WH Climate Adviser: 'A War on Coal Is Exactly What’s Needed'

    06/25/2013 8:06:40 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 58 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Jun 25, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    Daniel P. Schrag, a White House climate adviser and director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, tells the New York Times "a war on coal is exactly what's needed." Later today, President Obama will give a major "climate change" address at Georgetown University.  “Everybody is waiting for action,” Schrag tells the paper. “The one thing the president really needs to do now is to begin the process of shutting down the conventional coal plants. Politically, the White House is hesitant to say they’re having a war on coal. On the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what’s needed.”Obama's speech today...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Obama EPA Regulations Kill 15 Power Plants, 480 Jobs In Georgia

    01/08/2013 10:54:35 AM PST · by drewh · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 8, 2013 | 10:20 am | Beltway Confidential
    Georgia Power asked state regulators for permission to shut down 15 power plants yesterday, claiming new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) make the plants too expensive to run. The 15 coal-, oil- and natural gas-fired power plants currently produce 2,061 megawatts (MW) for Georgia energy consumers. Georgia Power plans to close 11 of the plants on the exact day the EPA’s new mercury regulations are set to take effect, April 16, 2015. Georgia Power will seek waivers from the EPA to keep four of the other plants open for a single year, and then shut those down too...
  • Court strikes down major pollution rule (EPA loses)

    08/21/2012 10:15:54 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 21, 2012 | Ben Geman
    A federal court has struck down an Environmental Protection Agency rule that forces cuts in soot- and smog-forming power plant emissions that cross state lines, dealing a major blow to the White House's air quality agenda. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule that forces cuts from plants in 28 states in the eastern half of the country, finding that it exceeds EPA’s powers under the Clean Air Act. The 2-1 court decision Tuesday is a victory for industry groups, some states and GOP lawmakers, who alleged the rule would...
  • GenOn to mothball power plants in Elrama, New Castle

    02/29/2012 2:45:10 PM PST · by RS_Rider · 16 replies · 2+ views
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | Kim Leonard
    GenOn Energy Inc. has put power plants in Elrama, Washington County, and in New Castle on its list of eight plants to shut down by May 2015 because of environmental regulations. Elrama, a 460-megawatt plant, will be deactivated in June, according to the company's announcement today. The 330-megawatt New Castle plant is expected to close in April 2015. GenOn said the eight plants in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey represent about 13 percent of its generating capacity, or 3,140 megawatts in the wholesale market. One megawatt can power about 800 homes. Read more: GenOn to mothball power plants in Elrama,...
  • EPA: (U.S.) Power plants main global warming culprits (ULTRa BaRF ALerT! Gubamint Runamuckin')

    01/11/2012 1:06:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/11/12 | Dina Cappiello - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The most detailed data yet on emissions of heat-trapping gases show that U.S. power plants are responsible for the bulk of the pollution blamed for global warming. Power plants released 72 percent of the greenhouse gases reported to the Environmental Protection Agency for 2010, according to information released Wednesday that was the first catalog of global warming pollution by facility. The data include more than 6,700 of the largest industrial sources of greenhouse gases, or about 80 percent of total U.S. emissions. According to an Associated Press analysis of the data, 20 mostly coal-fired power plants in...
  • Obama puts personal stamp on EPA rules as Republicans pounce

    12/21/2011 3:17:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 21, 2011 | Ben Geman & Andrew Restuccia
    President Obama and Capitol Hill Republicans broke sharply Wednesday over new EPA power plant pollution rules , underscoring election-season divides about environmental regulation that have spilled onto the campaign trail. The White House sought to put Obama’s stamp on the new mercury standards for coal-fired power plants while emphasizing that the administration is providing “flexibility” to industry. In a video posted on the White House website Wednesday, Obama said his administration has had “enough” of efforts to delay clean air rules, noting that 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act mandated limits on mercury pollution from power plants. 

  • Senate majority rejects GOP bid to block EPA (with the help of 6 RINOs)

    11/11/2011 4:48:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | November 11, 2011 | Dina Cappiello (AP)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democrat-controlled Senate on Thursday rejected a Republican attempt to block a regulation intended to curb power plant pollution that blows downwind into other states. By a 56-41 vote, senators defeated a resolution by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who said the step was needed to rein in what he called the Obama administration's overzealous job-killing approach to environmental protection. "We are simply asking that the clean air regulations already on the books stay in place and we do not make the regulations so onerous that they put utility plants out of business and we have an...
  • Major Security Firms Detect New Trojan Capable Of Disrupting Power Plants - Infrastructure

    10/19/2011 2:08:07 PM PDT · by blam · 33 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 10-19-2011 | Mac Slavo
    Major Security Firms Detect New Trojan Capable Of Disrupting Power Plants, Oil Refineries and Other Critical Infrastructure Networks Mac Slavo October 19th, 2011 In our October 7, 2011 report There Have Been Intrusions, we noted that DHS Undersecretary Greg Shaffer warned that hackers and foreign governments are “knocking on the backdoor” of the networked systems which connect everything from infrastructure grid control systems to financial networks. It now appears that our interconnected smart grid is actively under attack, as evidenced by a new Stuxnet-style trojan that has been detected by major cyber security leaders Symantec and McAfee. Much like its...
  • IER Identifies Coal Fired Power Plants Likely to Close as Result of EPA RegulationsCoal

    10/08/2011 3:45:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    So if somebody wants to build a coal-fired plant they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them… – Barack Obama speaking to San Francisco Chronicle, January 2008 The United States has the world’s largest coal resources. In fact we have 50 percent more coal than Russia, the country with the next largest reserves. But coal use in the United States is under assault. Before becoming President, Barak Obama promised to bankrupt coal companies. As President, he has tried various strategies to force Americans to use less coal. After failing to pass a national energy tax (cap-and-trade), the President vowed...
  • EPA's Looming Blackouts

    08/22/2011 4:53:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 97 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 22, 2011 | Staff
    Energy: It won't matter which light bulbs we use as the administration's implementation of cross-state pollution rules shuts down coal plants across the country. Where will the jobs be when the lights go out? It's called the Cross-State Pollution Rule, announced last month, and its implementation over the next 18 months will likely result in the loss of a fifth of the nation's electricity-generating capacity. The result will be likely power shortages, skyrocketing rates and inevitable brownouts and rolling blackouts. Based on Bush-era EPA proposals that the federal courts threw out in 2008, this latest example of legislation is designed...
  • Texas fight with EPA grows with power-plant rule

    07/07/2011 7:16:57 PM PDT · by Clairity · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 7, 2011 | Eileen O'Grady
    Texas Governor Rick Perry and two top state regulators on Thursday blasted the U.S. environmental agency for including Texas in a rule to slash sulfur dioxide emissions from power plants, warning that the last-minute action could threaten the state's electric supply. The Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule to reduce air pollution from coal-fired power plants in states east of the Rocky Mountains. "Today's EPA announcement is another example of heavy-handed and misguided action from Washington, D.C., that threatens Texas jobs and families and puts at risk the reliable and affordable electricity our state needs to succeed," said Perry,
  • Obama’s EPA Sets Out to Destroy US Factories With Boilers; Affecting Millions of US Jobs

    06/26/2011 9:41:07 AM PDT · by blueyon · 46 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/26/2011 | Jim Hoft
    Thousands of power plants, manufacturing plants, paper mills, refineries, chemical plants, schools and hospitals use boilers at their facilities. Literally millions of jobs rely on affordable energy from these facilities, and those jobs are put at risk if those boilers can no longer be installed and run in a cost effective manner.
  • AEP to close plants, trim 600 jobs to comply with EPA rules

    06/10/2011 3:26:38 AM PDT · by don-o · 42 replies
    American Electric Power on Thursday announced it plans to shut down several coal-fired power plants, convert or retrofit others, and cut as many as 600 jobs in the next few years to comply with regulations proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Based on the proposed regulations, AEP will have to retire nearly 6,000 megawatts of coalfueled power generation; upgrade or install new advanced emissions reduction equipment on another 10,100 megawatts; refuel 1,070 megawatts of coal generation as 932 megawatts of natural gas capacity; and build 1,220 megawatts of natural gas-fueled generation.
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pulls out of greenhouse gas effort

    05/26/2011 7:04:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    WaPo ^ | 5/27/11
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) announced Thursday that he would pull out of a regional climate pact by the end of the year, delivering a political setback to the fledging effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming. In a news conference, Christie said the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a 2005 accord in which 10 states agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants 10 percent by 2018, would not be able to meet its goals. The program requires plants in the region that burn fossil fuels to buy pollution allowances for the carbon they...
  • Obama’s Blocking of New Power Plants Triggers Nationwide Blackouts

    02/04/2011 1:06:52 PM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 82 replies ^ | 2/4/2011 | Alex Jones & Paul Joseph Watson/Fox News
    Fury as hospitals hit with outages while post-industrial collapse of America accelerates The rolling blackouts now being implemented in Texas and across the country as record cold weather grips the United States are a direct consequence of the Obama administration’s agenda to lay siege to the coal industry, launch a takeover of infrastructure under the contrived global warming scam, and help usher in the post-industrial collapse of America.
  • Obama to regulate carbon from power plants

    12/23/2010 9:03:08 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 139 replies · 5+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/23/10 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama's administration said Thursday it will regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, after legislation on climate change died in Congress. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it would regulate fossil fuel power plants and petroleum refineries -- which together emit nearly 40 percent of US greenhouse gases -- starting in 2012.