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  • School Sunscreen Ban Leaves Student Severely Sunburned

    06/26/2012 5:27:26 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 55 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 24, 2012 | Tanya Rivero
    Severely sunburned at school, Violet and Zoe Michener came home from field day so burned that their mother rushed them to the hospital. It was scorching pain that could have been avoided. Violet and Zoe Michener came home from field day so burned that their mother rushed them to the hospital. The sisters aren't just fair-skinned. Zoe has a form of albinism that makes her particularly sun-sensitive. "Yeah, I was crying about my sunburn," Zoe said. Mother Jesse Michener of Tacoma, Wash. said she regrets not putting sunscreen on them that morning since it was raining. Even so, doctors...
  • Bid to kill EPA coal plant regulations thwarted in Senate

    06/20/2012 11:23:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/20/12 | Ben Geman and Daniel Strauss
    Senate lawmakers on Wednesday blocked a GOP-led effort to scuttle Environmental Protection Agency regulations that mandate cuts in mercury pollution and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants. The 46-53 vote against Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) resolution staves off what would have been a stinging election-year rebuke of the White House green agenda. Five Republicans joined 48 Democrats in blocking Inhofe’s measure to overturn regulations that coal industry groups and other critics contend will hurt the economy, cause power costs to spike and force numerous plants to shutter.
  • EPA is set to announce tougher soot standards

    06/15/2012 4:39:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | June 15, 2012 | By Juliet Eilperin
    WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency will announce a proposal Friday to tighten the nation's soot standards, a move that could help deliver major health benefits by the end of the decade but force some oil refiners, manufacturers, and other operations to invest in pollution-abatement upgrades. Industry officials and environmentalists said the proposal, which will be made final by mid-December, would have far-reaching implications for both the U.S. economy and public health.
  • New Federal Regulations cost in excess of US$100 million. It increased by 60 pc since 2005.

    06/11/2012 5:57:55 AM PDT · by se99tp · 1 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | June 11th, 2012 | Dr Norman Bailey
    Would unfettered markets maximize social wellbeing? This is where the weakness of the arguments for tighter financial market regulation lies. It is not in the thesis or the framing of the question, but rather in the conclusion that is reached. To a large extent, the argument for ever-increasing regulation is like the argument that in order to minimize the risk of being run over by a car, one should walk as little as possible, or, alternatively, that in order not to catch the flu, one should stay indoors. This argument is embodied in the EU’s so-called ‘precautionary principle’ which essentially...
  • Who’s science and math do you buy? The EPA’s?

    06/05/2012 5:42:55 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 6 replies
    Government agencies, who have a vested interest in justifying what they spend, expanding what they do and making a case for more of both, are hardly disinterested parties. Witness the EPA, that political entity dating to the Nixon Administration, which was created much like opening a Pandora’s box. The unforeseen consequences continue to pour forth to degrees not even Rachel Carson could have imagined. One of the short-comings of the mainstream media is that it swallows then regurgitates so much of what the government has to say about itself without bothering to critically examine, or even to seek out other...
  • EPA Enforcers: 'Way Of Life Act' Needed;' 'Individual Change' Isn't Enough

    06/05/2012 3:25:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/5/12 | Craig Bannister
    n preparation for Obama-EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz’s testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) released a video montage of Obama EPA Regional Administrators longing to impose a green “Way Of Life Act” on Americans through the regulatory regime of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Regional Administrators talk of how they plan to “crucify” domestic energy producers, make their businesses “painful every step of the way,” or otherwise compel a green way-of-life. Recently, Sen. Inhofe uncovered a video of Region 6 Administrator Al Armendariz admitting that EPA’s “general philosophy” is to “crucify” and...
  • Region 1 EPA Administrator: Obama coal rules ‘painful every step of the way'

    06/04/2012 3:59:28 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 4, 2012 | Caroline May
    Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe plans to highlight a little-known speech by an EPA regional administrator who admitted on video that the Obama’s administration’s air regulations will kill the coal industry. “Lisa Jackson has put forth a very powerful message to the country. Just two days ago, the decision on greenhouse gas performance standard and saying basically gas plants are the performance standard which means if you want to build a coal plant you got a big problem. That was a huge decision,” Region 1 EPA Administrator Curtis “Curt” Spalding says, in footage filmed at Yale University. “You can’t imagine...
  • Financial Markets in Permanent Turmoil

    06/04/2012 11:44:24 AM PDT · by se99tp · 2 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | June 4th, 2012 | Norman Bailey, Alexander Mirtchev
    Among the reactions to the global financial and economic crisis of 2008-2009 none was expressed with more ardor than the call for increasingly tighter and more comprehensive regulation of market activity, with a particular focus on the housing and financial sectors. The uncertainty brought about by the crisis expressed itself in a growing feeling of helplessness and subsequent anger. This anger was generally directed at the perceived failure of market capitalism, but its specific targets were the ‘greedy bankers’ and the financial markets as a whole.
  • World stocks fall on dismal US hiring report

    06/04/2012 4:17:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 4, 2012 | PAMELA SAMPSON, AP
    BANGKOK (AP) — World markets took a beating Monday as another setback for the U.S. economic recovery sent investors fleeing from stocks. A weak U.S. jobs report flustered investors and intensified fears that a global recession was in the making. The dismal report released Friday came on the heels of other data that showed weak economic conditions in Europe and Asia.
  • More Austinites drilling private wells to water lawns [unshared misery alert]

    06/03/2012 5:42:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies
    The Austin-American Statesman ^ | June 2, 2012 | Dave Harmon
    ..........Austin isn't considering any ordinances to regulate drilling for water, said Daryl Slusher, an assistant director at the Austin Water Utility, but "we're definitely watching it. We are definitely concerned about the impact of folks doing this." Slusher's main concern is the effect residential drilling will have on attitudes toward water. Once people have shelled out tens of thousands of dollars for a well, he said, they don't have much incentive to conserve water. In fact, the more water they pump from the aquifer, the faster they can recoup their investment. "When neighbors see people watering any time they want...
  • Jerry Brown moves to protect high-speed rail project from environmental lawsuits [For "Jobs"]

    06/02/2012 12:53:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | June 2, 2012 | David Siders
    The Brown administration, laboring to start building California's high-speed rail project by early next year, is preparing a proposal to insulate the project from environmental lawsuits, limiting circumstances in which a court may block construction of the line. The proposal, criticized by environmentalists as it emerged on Friday, would protect the $68 billion project from court-ordered injunctions that might otherwise be issued under the California Environmental Quality Act. .............The state has previously protected major projects from environmental challenges. Brown, a Democrat, signed legislation last year accelerating judicial review of environmental challenges to a proposed football stadium in Los Angeles. At...
  • CARB’s Mary Nichols disallows presentation of public concerns on cap-and-trade carbon trading

    05/31/2012 5:44:28 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | May 31, 2012 | Guest post by Lorraine Yapps Cohen
    California Air Resources Board (CARB) met on Thursday, May 24. On the agenda was discussion toward deciding where and how to spend the billions raised from cap-and-trade carbon trading in the state.At the public meeting was Betty Plowman, who attended the meeting to present a letter on behalf of the industries that CARB calls polluters, the California Construction Trucking Association (CCTA) and California Dump Truck Owners Association. The letter describes CARB’s threats to these industries, induced by the Board’s regulations that are, in turn, based on junk science. The letter’s signatories indicate intention to seek reparations for the regulated class...
  • Dimon’s Déjà Vu Debacle

    05/21/2012 6:53:00 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 5/20/2012 | Paul Krugman
    Sometimes it’s hard to explain why we need strong financial regulation — especially in an era saturated with pro-business, pro-market propaganda. So we should always be grateful when someone makes the case for regulation more compelling and easier to understand. And this week, that means offering a special shout-out to two men: Jamie Dimon and Mitt Romney. I’ll come back shortly to the troubles at JPMorgan Chase, the bank Mr. Dimon runs. First, however, let me talk about Mr. Romney, whose remarks about those troubles were so off-point that they constitute a teachable moment. Here’s what the presumptive Republican presidential...
  • Owner of solar-powered home fights neighbor's trees, gains little ground - "Right to sunlight"

    05/20/2012 7:21:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 162 replies
    Tampa Bay - St. Petersburg Times ^ | May 20, 2012 | Will Hobson
    LARGO — Last summer, Mike Zwalley put a $65,000 solar energy system on his roof. The system — a 30-gallon solar water heater and 44 black panels that convert sunlight into electricity — cut Zwalley's electric bill from $300 to $400 per month to $10 to $20. About two months after Zwalley installed the system at his waterfront home off Indian Rocks Road, his next-door neighbor planted three cypress trees, each about 10 feet tall, along his property line. Zwalley, a 58-year-old car salesman, was not happy. He had asked the neighbor, Wade Gibson, not to plant the trees there....
  • Cravaack wants to end federal regulations for fishing guides on Mille Lacs Lake

    05/19/2012 7:26:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    The Duluth News Tribune ^ | May 12, 2012 | By: News Tribune staff
    Calling it an “intrusive overreach into Minnesota’s great fishing tradition,” Rep. Chip Cravaack announced Saturday that he will seek to end federal authority over some outdoors activities on Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Lake. Cravaack, R-North Branch, is targeting Coast Guard regulations requiring a so-called “six-pack” license for fishing guides or anyone operating a boat for hire with up to six passengers. The regulations stem from the Coast Guard determining in 2010 that Mille Lacs is a “federally navigable” body of water. “This new Coast Guard regulation, being funded at taxpayer expense, is taking a toll on the Mille Lacs Lake resort-based...
  • 200,000 Blue Collar Coal Miners Who Power America Threatened by Obama EPA

    05/11/2012 11:28:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/11/2012 | Fox News
    In obscure, blue-collar towns across Appalachia -- places that most Americans have never seen -- generations of coal miners have toiled away at back-breaking labor to power American homes and industry. Now, as many as 200,000 of them who dig, process, transport and burn America's most abundant fuel are threatened by EPA's latest coal rule. It imposes a standard for emissions that is all but impossible for many plants to meet. It requires coal-fired plants to release no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour. The only means for many older plants to attain that standard is...
  • WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES NEW STEPS TO CUT RED TAPE, ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS

    05/10/2012 9:54:11 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 48 replies
    Today, as part of the Obama Administration’s unprecedented government-wide regulatory review, the White House announced five final rules that will save nearly $6 billion in the next five years by eliminating outdated requirements and unjustified costs. To ensure that the federal government continues this important work, the President also signed a new Executive Order today, making it a continuing obligation of our government to scrutinize rules on the books to see if they really make sense. Today’s announcements mark an important milestone in the ambitious regulatory “lookback” that President Obama ordered in 2011 to cut through unnecessary red tape while...
  • Americans with Disabilities Act covers ‘bashful bladder syndrome,’ could cost employers billions

    05/10/2012 5:22:21 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 53 replies
    It could cost U.S. employers between $2 billion and $4 billion to comply with an obscure Americans with Disabilities Act regulation meant to protect workers who are gun-shy in public restrooms. According to an informal discussion letter the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued in August 2011, “paruresis” — more commonly known as “shy bladder syndrome” — qualifies as a disability under the amended Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Tale of Two Commencements

    05/09/2012 10:40:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 8, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Georgetown, a Jesuit university which refuses to provide contraceptive coverage in accordance with its catholic designation, is inviting as a speaker the federal official who is most determined to make them do so—U. S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. “Secretary Sebelius is not speaking at Georgetown’s commencement,” Georgetown spokesman Rachel Pugh said in an email to The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS). “She is speaking at Georgetown Public Policy Institute’s annual student and faculty awards event.” “The nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university has chosen to honor Sebelius by granting her a prestigious platform at its Public Policy...
  • Refiners are being squeezed

    05/09/2012 10:27:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 9, 2012 | By Charles T. Drevna
    America’s petroleum refiners manufacture safe, proven and reliable high-quality fuels and other products in an environmentally responsible manner to keep America moving, our economy growing, our citizens employed and our nation secure. But refiners are being squeezed by costly government overregulation, foreign competition, high oil prices and reduced fuel demand. A recent report by the Department of Energy found the compounded burden of federal regulations was a significant factor in the closing of 66 oil refineries in the United States in the past 20 years, wiping out thousands of jobs. Two money-losing refineries in the Philadelphia area are threatened with...