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  • Mark Udall’s Wife Partners with Leonardo DiCaprio to Call for Carbon Tax

    08/28/2014 6:29:14 AM PDT · by lbryce · 33 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Auggust 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall’s (Colo.) wife called for a carbon tax while appearing in a new anti-oil video produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. “People are ready for conversation,” says Maggie Fox, Udall’s wife and former president of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, in the Green World Rising video, entitled, “Carbon.” “They’re ready to understand that carbon pollution is causing this challenge and that there is a simple solution: put a price on carbon pollution,” she says. DiCaprio is releasing a series of environmentalist videos on climate change, the first focusing on gathering support for a cap and trade system. A...
  • Average Price of Electricity Climbs to All-Time Record

    07/30/2014 8:04:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 29, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    For the first time ever, the average price for a kilowatthour (KWH) of electricity in the United States has broken through the 14-cent mark, climbing to a record 14.3 cents in June. ... Back in June 1984, the seasonally adjusted price index for electricity was 103.9—less than half what it was in June 2014. Electricity prices have not always risen in the United States. The BLS has published an annual electricity price index dating back to 1913. It shows that from that year through 1947, the price of electricity in the United States generally trended down, with the index dropping...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • The Stunning Key That Could Unlock 160 Billion Barrels of Oil Trapped Underneath America

    07/20/2014 1:42:44 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 69 replies
    fool.com ^ | July 20, 2014 | By Matt DiLallo
    The Stunning Key That Could Unlock 160 Billion Barrels of Oil Trapped Underneath America By Matt DiLallo | More Articles July 20, 2014 | Comments (0)  Photo credit: Flickr/Melissa  It is estimated that there are 160 billion barrels of oil still trapped underneath this country in what are considered depleted oil fields. That's a tremendous amount of oil given that America uses about seven billion barrels of it each year. In fact, if we could only find the key to unlock this trapped oil we could extend fleeting our reserves by more than 22 years.That's why it probably comes as a surprise...
  • People who claim to worry about climate change use more electricity

    07/14/2014 8:05:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | July 14, 2014 | by Matthew Holehouse
    People who claim to worry about climate change use more electricity than those who do not, a Government study has found. Those who say they are concerned about the prospect of climate change consume more energy than those who say it is “too far into the future to worry about,” the study commissioned by the Department for Energy and Climate Change found. That is in part due to age, as people over 65 are more frugal with electricity but much less concerned about global warming. However, even when pensioners are discounted, there is only a “weak trend” to show that...
  • Breaking EPA’s climate science secrecy barriers

    07/02/2014 7:20:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 7/2/2014 | Paul Driessen & Lawrence Kogan
    Can you imagine telling the IRS you don’t need to complete all their forms or provide records to back up your claim for a tax refund? Or saying your company’s assurances that its medical products are safe and effective should satisfy the FDA? Especially if some of your data don’t actually support your claims—or you “can’t find” key data, research and other records, because your hard drive conveniently crashed? But, you tell them, people you paid to review your information said it’s accurate, so there’s no problem. Do you suppose the government would accept your assurance that there’s “not a...
  • “I am scared to death for our country”:energy CEO says Obama destroying low-cost energy with EPA

    06/20/2014 5:23:29 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 156 replies
    Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray says he is scared to death for this country, for poor people, those who live on fixed incomes and for people who are retiring. Murray says Obama is illegally using the EPA and the Clean Air Act to take over the US Electric Power Grid and in the process he’s destroying low-cost energy. Murray points out that coal is only 4 cents per kilowatt-hour and Obama wants to replace it with renewable energy sources, wind and solar, that cost 22 cents per kilowatt-hour. By 2030, according to Murray, we will be down from 40% coal-fired...
  • Sea Levels are Never Still

    06/18/2014 6:36:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/18/2014 | Viv Forbes
    Sea levels have been rising and falling without any help from humans for as long as Earth’s oceans have existed. The fastest and most alarming sea changes to affect mankind occurred at the end of the Pleistocene Ice Age. Seas rose about 130m about 12,000 years ago, at times rising at five metres per century. Sea levels then fell as ice sheet and glaciers grew in the recent Little Ice Age – some Roman ports used during the Roman Warm Era are now far from the sea even though sea levels have recovered somewhat during the Modern Warm Era. Many...
  • Tony Abbott to 'Forge Alliance' to Counter Obama's Efforts to Push Climate Change...

    06/10/2014 7:42:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 6/10/14 | Reissa Su
    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is seeking an alliance among "like-minded" nations to thwart efforts to introduce carbon pricing and American President Barack Obama's move to push climate change through global forums like G20.
  • Math Is Math: The Obama administration’s new carbon rules won’t put a dent in emissions.

    06/10/2014 7:40:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/10/2014 | Rich Lowry
    For people who use the word “science” as a bludgeon and trumpet their strict commitment to fact and reason, the Obama administration and its supporters are strangely incapable of rational analysis of new climate-change regulations. President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency released draft rules last week to create a vast new regulatory apparatus with no input from Congress — in other words, to govern in its accustomed highhanded, undemocratic manner. The goal is to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants, in particular coal-fired plants, to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The rhetoric around the rules has involved...
  • John Podesta: EPA carbon rule will survive next president

    06/06/2014 3:45:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | June 6, 2014 | By DARREN GOODE
    White House counselor John Podesta is “fairly confident” that proposed EPA greenhouse gas restrictions can survive scrutiny under the next president — and that Democrats can campaign on the climate change issue in races this year. “If you’re a climate denier trying to run nationally, I think you’re going to have a very hard road to go getting elected president of the United States,” he said. “There’s no doubt there’s some states where this is an issue that presents a different set of political challenges, particularly coal-producing states,” he said. “And there’s no doubt that the polluters have come after...
  • Stranded Carbon Democrats (Exempt RAT Mary Landrieu wants to overrule Hussein)

    06/04/2014 4:14:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    **SNIP** Don't expect Hillary Clinton to repudiate the EPA rule as she campaigns in 2016. She also knows where the muscle is in the new Democratic coalition. There is one political catch, however, and that is the composition of the Senate, where North Dakota gets as many votes as California. That reality might haunt Democrats this year because they are trying to hold or gain Senate seats in Kentucky, West Virginia, Montana, Alaska and Louisiana, among other right-leaning states. If voters ever figure out what Mr. Obama's carbon rule really means to their state economies, Democrats would lose every one....
  • The EPA as Super-Legislature

    06/02/2014 5:16:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 6-2-14 | Editors
    Having failed to get the Democrats’ cap-and-trade scheme through Congress, President Obama intends to create it through fiat, with the Environmental Protection Agency scheduled to issue today what amounts to a bill of attainder against coal-fired electricity generators. The regulation will set a national limit on greenhouse-gas emissions from coal plants and then offer states a phony menu of choices for meeting that standard, stacking the policy deck in such a way as to force them into cap-and-trade programs administered by multistate cartels. It is far from obvious that the Obama administration has anything like the legal authority for this;...
  • EPA to Seek A 30% Cut In Emissions [by 2030]

    06/01/2014 2:48:43 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | 01 June 2014 | Amy Harder
    The Environmental Protection Agency will seek a 30% reduction in U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions by 2030 from existing power plants based on emission levels from 2005, according to two people briefed on the rule, setting in motion the main piece of President Barack Obama's climate-change agenda. The draft rule, to be proposed Monday and scheduled to be completed one year from now, will give flexibility to the states, which must implement the rules and submit compliance plans to the EPA by June 2016. States can decide how to meet the reductions, including joining or creating new cap-and-trade programs, deploying more renewable...
  • Prof. Ian Plimer explains the true source of CO2

    05/30/2014 4:29:31 AM PDT · by simka · 30 replies
    Ian Plimer, professor emiritus
    PLIMER: "Okay, here's the bombshell. The volcanic eruption in Iceland .. Since its first spewing of volcanic ash has, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet - all of you. Of course, you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to suppress - it’s that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans and all animal life. I know....it's very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings...
  • EPA To Unilaterally Push Cap And Trade On Carbon Emissions

    05/28/2014 9:49:45 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 05/27/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Despite being soundly rejected a few years ago, cap-and-trade will soon get its U.S. encore — but not in Congress. The Obama administration will likely use its executive power to unilaterally impose carbon dioxide emissions trading systems. The plan is being sold as a “flexible” one. By allowing states a menu of policy options to meet federal mandates, the standards will ostensibly meet the unique needs of each individual state. But the stark reality behind the proposal is that it will be a boon for states that have already imposed cap-and-trade systems — which are overwhelmingly Democratic states. “While President...
  • 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...
  • Renewables Aren’t Enough. Clean Coal Is the Future

    05/02/2014 9:54:18 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 25 replies
    Wired.Com | March 25, 2014 | Charles C. Mann
    FR is prohibited from posting from Wired.com, title and link only: http://www.wired.com/2014/03/clean-coal/
  • WSJ: California Politicians Looting Cap and Trade Fund

    04/24/2014 6:51:16 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 April, 2014 | Adelle Nazarian
    It's California’s latest spending rush--and this time it involves carbon. For years, the Wall Street Journal has been reporting that cap and trade's real purpose was to create another revenue stream for politicians while dodging accountability for raising taxes. Now Senate President Darrel Steinberg is suggesting that cap and trade revenues be used to finance the state’s $68 billion "bullet" train. One problem: The cap-and-trade revenues must be used to reduce carbon emissions. According to one analyst, the train's construction will do just the opposite; it will increase emissions. An initiative that was once intended to reach green programs (e.g....
  • EPA Strikes Again: This Would Be Funny If It Wasn’t True! (Guest Post)

    04/01/2014 11:15:58 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-01-14 | Warren Beatty
    We have to first assume that global warming, or climate change, or whatever it's called this week, is caused by us. That is a big assumption, one that Dear Leader Barack Hussein Obama embraces. Plus, as reinforcement, we have this Fact Sheet from Obama about methane gas as a contributor to global warming, I mean climate change, uh, I mean ... : ... last June, President Obama issued a broad-based Climate Action Plan, announcing a series of executive actions to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address global climate...
  • Extracting carbon from nature can aid climate but will be costly: U.N.

    03/26/2014 2:32:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/26/14 | Alister Doyle - Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) - A little-known technology that may be able to take the equivalent of China's greenhouse gas emissions out of the carbon cycle could be the radical policy shift needed to slow climate change this century, a draft U.N. report shows. Using the technology, power plants would burn biomass - wood, wood pellets, or plant waste like from sugar cane - to generate electricity while the carbon dioxide in the biomass is extracted, piped away and buried deep underground. Among techniques, a chemical process can strip carbon dioxide from the flue gases from combustion. The process - called bio-energy...
  • Climate adaptation faces funding crisis warn UN officials [Carbon Market Collapse]

    03/21/2014 7:40:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    RTCC ^ | March 20, 2014 | Sophie Yeo
    Flows of money towards climate adaptation projects are becoming increasingly unpredictable, making it difficult for vulnerable countries to prepare for the hardships caused by global warming. Future fundraising tactics would have to be “extremely aggressive” in order to raise enough money to continue their work, according to board members of the UN-run Adaptation Fund, the primary finance provider for adaptation projects around the world. “We are essentially going with our hands out to everyone,” Philip Weech, the board member from the Bahamas representing the Latin American and Caribbean regions, told RTCC. “We take funds from anyone, any inch, but the...
  • China cites Australia in carbon market baulk [considers environment tax - easier]

    03/15/2014 11:58:06 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Business Spectator ^ | March 13, 2014
    .................Premier Li Keqiang last week declared war on pollution, which is expected to speed up the process of turning China's limited environmental levy into a full-blown tax targeting the nation's major polluters. But the all-out efforts to combat China's disastrous pollution levels might get in the way of plans to tax carbon dioxide emissions in a bid to stunt the rapid growth of greenhouse gas emissions, Zhu Guangyao, the vice environment minister, said...... A carbon tax is increasingly controversial among lawmakers, said Zhu, adding that an environment tax would be easier to push through without carbon in the mix. The...
  • Report: EPA coal plant rule tainted by secretiveness, collusion with green groups

    03/10/2014 6:57:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/10/2014 | Editors
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants is tainted by secretiveness and collusion with environmental groups, according to a conservative environmental lawyer. Energy and Environmental Law Institute attorney Chris Horner has presented an 81-page regulatory comment showing the EPA’s “New Source Performance Standard” (NSPS) — which limits carbon emissions from new coal plants — was developed by officials masking their true agendas, using secret and private email accounts and in collusion with environmental groups.
  • Obama Credits Self for Decreasing Carbon Pollution that Has 'Severe Impacts on Our Weather'

    02/18/2014 10:21:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    breitbart ^ | 2/18/14 | staff
    President Obama speaking at a Safeway distribution center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, while speaking about fuel standards: "So for decades, the fuel efficiency standards of our cars and trucks was stuck in neutral even as other kinds of technology leapt forward," Obama said. "And that left families and businesses and our economy vulnerable to fluctuations in oil prices. Every time oil prices shot up the economy got hurt. Our automakers were in danger of being left in the dust by foreign automakers. Carbon pollution was going unchecked, which was having severe impacts on our weather."
  • Carbon Benefits Exceed Costs By Up to 500:1

    02/15/2014 8:41:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Roger Bezdek. The Environmental Protection Agency, other government agencies and various scientists contend that fossil fuels and carbon dioxide emissions are causing dangerous global warming and climate change. They use this claim to justify repressive regulations for automobiles, coal-fired power plants and other facilities powered by hydrocarbon energy. Because these rules are costing millions of jobs and billions of dollars, a federal Interagency Working Group (IWG) devised the “social cost of carbon” concept – which attaches arbitrary monetary values to the alleged impacts of using hydrocarbons and emitting carbon dioxide. SCC estimates...
  • EPA set to strike key blow against coal?

    02/07/2014 6:42:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 7, 2014 | Doug McKelway
    Video at link. Stymied by the GOP's long resistance to cap and trade legislation, the EPA this week began public hearings -- the next step toward a final rule -- to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new coal plants. The rule would limit emissions to 1100 pounds per Megawatt hour, a level the coal industry says is technologically unattainable. Green energy proponents disagree. "Opponents say this will prevent ever building another coal-fired plant in the United States today. They say that the technology is not commercially available. These claims are scare tactics," Rep. HenryWaxman, D-Calif., said in a press conference...
  • 'Burnt out' EU likely to curb climate goals

    01/22/2014 4:30:10 AM PST · by csvset · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 21 January 2014 | Matt McGrath
    Binding national targets on renewable energy are expected to be dropped from new EU proposals due to be unveiled on Wednesday. The UK has lobbied hard to have the mandatory 2030 target watered down, saying it would drive up energy bills. The EU executive will also outline a goal on emissions cuts for 2030, set to be 35 or 40% below 1990 levels. But green groups said the proposals lacked ambition and were the acts of a "burnt out" Commission. Seven years ago, the EU set out a three-pronged energy and climate strategy for 2020. Emissions of greenhouse gases were...
  • Wind farm operator says eagle deaths overestimated

    12/24/2013 12:12:18 PM PST · by CedarDave · 31 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 24, 2013 | AP
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The developers of what could become the nation’s largest wind energy project say the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has overestimated how many eagles could be killed by wind turbines at the site. They say they’re planning a variety of measures to reduce eagle deaths at the $5 billion Chokecherry/Sierra Madre wind power project south of Rawlins, and those steps will result in fewer deaths than the BLM estimate of 46-64 per year.
  • Ex-Energy chief Chu joins carbon capture company

    12/18/2013 6:24:52 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    AP ^ | 12-17-13 | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON—Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu is joining the board of directors of a Canadian company that says it has a cost-effective way to capture and reuse carbon dioxide from power plants fired by coal and natural gas. Vancouver-based Inventys Thermal Technologies says it has developed a process that it says uses less energy than conventional carbon capture techniques and is less expensive. A Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Chu served as energy secretary in President Barack Obama's first term and now teaches physics at Stanford University. "It's a cause I believe in, and it is also something that has a shot at...
  • EPA preparing to unleash a deluge of new regulations

    11/27/2013 12:29:53 PM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    http://dailycaller.com ^ | 2:13 PM 11/27/2013 | Michael Bastasch
    Happy holidays from the Obama administration. Federal agencies are currently working on rolling out hundreds of environmental regulations, including major regulations that would limit emissions from power plants and expand the agency’s authority to bodies of water on private property. On Tuesday, the White House released its regulatory agenda for the fall of 2013. It lists hundreds of pending energy and environmental regulations being crafting by executive branch agencies, including 134 regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency alone. The EPA is currently crafting 134 major and minor regulations, according to the White House’s regulatory agenda. Seventy-six of the EPA’s pending...
  • Blood And Gore: Making A Killing On Anti-Carbon Investment Hype (hucksters pimp the hoax)

    11/03/2013 3:07:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/03/13 | Larry Bell
  • (Sex Poodle) Al Gore Explains How He Lowers His Carbon Footprint

    10/27/2013 7:54:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 60 replies
    Ecorazzi ^ | 10/24/13 | Lindsey Little
    **SNIP** “What specific things are you doing in life to lower your personal carbon footprint? And what is the biggest one specific thing I as an individual can do to reduce mine?” Gore responded by saying, “I use only carbon-free electricity. Have 33 solar panels on my roof, seven deep geothermal wells under my driveway, LED lights and highest-grade energy-saving windows, max insulation, hybrid plug-in car, etc. No fountains, btw. What you can do? Make smart choices for low-carbon options in the marketplace, make sure you divest from carbon-intensive stocks; be a smart and active citizen! Let politicians know the...
  • Why Is Comet ISON Green?

    10/24/2013 11:46:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | October 24, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson on
    “ISON’s green color comes from the gases surrounding its icy nucleus,” says SpaceWeather.com’s Tony Phillips. “Jets spewing from the comet’s core probably contain cyanogen (CN: a poisonous gas found in many comets) and diatomic carbon (C2). Both substances glow green when illuminated by sunlight in the near-vacuum of space.” Both are normally colorless gases that fluoresce a green color when excited by energetic ultraviolet light in sunlight. And if those poisonous gasses sound dangerous, don’t worry. They are spread out in space much too thinly to touch us here on Earth. So don’t fall prey to fear mongers who are...
  • Report from the 'War on Coal'

    09/24/2013 2:55:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 23, 2013 | S. Fred Singer
    A major project has been quietly underway, within the executive branch of the U.S. government, trying to calculate a "social cost of carbon" (SCC) -- a so-called "non-market externality" (i. e., not captured by the normal price system of a free market). This calculated cost would then be imposed on all government programs in order to "fix" the price system -- so they say. The SCC report was published in May 2013, with little fanfare; public comments had to be submitted by Sept. 16. But this whole misconceived exercise has no valid scientific basis and can destroy the supply of...
  • Norway abandons Mongstad carbon capture plans

    09/23/2013 1:42:24 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 September 2013 | Roger Harrabin
    The outgoing government in Norway has buried much-vaunted plans to capture carbon dioxide and store it underground amid mounting costs and delays. The oil and energy ministry said the development of full-scale carbon dioxide capture at Mongstad oil refinery had been discontinued. It said it remained committed to research into carbon capture. When the Labour Party presented the plan in 2007, it was hailed as Norway's equivalent of a "Moon landing". Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and his allies lost a general election to conservatives and centrists this month, and are due to step down shortly. Mongstad had already run into...
  • New carbon emission rules will devastate the coal industry

    09/21/2013 11:22:27 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9-21-2013 | Rick Moran
    The UN's climate change panel is set to release a report next month that reluctantly concludes there has been no warming of the earth in at least the last 15 years. Fewer and fewer people are believers that climate change is man made. This hasn't stopped the Obama administration from releasing new rules governing "carbon pollution" at new power plants that would mean the virtual destruction of the coal industry.
  • Norway abandons Mongstad carbon capture plans

    09/21/2013 5:29:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | September 20, 2013
    The outgoing government in Norway has buried much-vaunted plans to capture carbon dioxide and store it underground amid mounting costs and delays. The oil and energy ministry said the development of full-scale carbon dioxide capture had been discontinued. "At both the national and international level, the development of technologies to capture and store CO2 has taken longer, been more difficult and more costly than expected," Oil and Energy Minister Ola Borten Moe told reporters.
  • 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."
  • Administration to Press Ahead With Carbon Limits

    09/20/2013 7:00:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 20, 2013 | By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    The Obama administration on Friday announced that it was not backing down from a confrontation with the coal industry and would press ahead with enacting the first federal carbon limits on the nation’s power companies. The proposed regulations, announced at the National Press Club by Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, are an aggressive move by Mr. Obama to bypass Congress on climate change with executive actions he promised in his inaugural address this year.
  • 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...
  • Obama officials: Rule won't kill coal-fired power

    09/18/2013 6:50:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 9/18/2013
    President Barack Obama's top energy and environmental officials said Wednesday there is a future for coal, despite a pending regulation aimed at limiting global warming pollution from new power plants that Republicans and the coal industry say will doom the fuel source. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, questioned at a House hearing, both said coal-fired power would continue. Coal makes up about 40 percent of U.S. electricity. "The rule will provide certainty for the future of new coal moving forward, and in terms of existing facilities, coal will continue to represent a significant source of energy...
  • Tony Abbott Instructs Officials To Prepare To Scrap Carbon Tax in Aussie victory

    09/10/2013 4:24:25 PM PDT · by Signalman · 3 replies
    IceCap ^ | 9/9/2013 | Kate Rogers
    PRIME Minister-elect Tony Abbott has personally instructed his new departmental secretary to make preparations to axe the carbon tax and activate Operation Sovereign Borders to stop asylum boats. Mr Abbott got down to business this morning after his landslide election victory, with a briefing with Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary Ian Watt. Meetings were scheduled with Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson and Finance Department head David Tune, while Mr Abbott was also due to hold talks with senior Coalition colleagues later in the day. He told Dr Watt to prepare the ground for the Coalition to implement its agenda...
  • Canada PM Ready to Introduce New Carbon-Emission Rules for Keystone Approval -- Report

    09/07/2013 8:40:04 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 6, 2013 | Paul Vieira
    OTTAWA--Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has told U.S. President Barack Obama that he's ready to work on joint plan between the two countries to reduce carbon emissions in the energy sector in an effort to secure approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday. The CBC, citing unnamed sources, said Mr. Harper wrote to Mr. Obama in late August, signaling he is ready to accept carbon-reduction targets proposed by the U.S. and prepared to work with the White House to address concerns raised about Keystone and its impact on greenhouse-gas emissions. A spokesman for Mr....
  • Analysis: Foes of Obama climate policy prepare battle over cost of carbon

    08/20/2013 6:00:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 20, 2013 | By Valerie Volcovici
    Three months ago, the Obama administration made a little-noticed but potentially pivotal move in the stepped-up fight against climate change: it boosted the U.S. government's official estimate of the future economic damage caused by carbon pollution. The move should make it much easier for the EPA and other federal bureaus to enact tougher measures to crack down on emissions by showing that the greater benefits of such measures will justify their costs. "This has all the characteristics of a stealth approach toward making a greenhouse gas rule more justifiable by exaggerating the social benefits," said Luke Popovich, a spokesman for...
  • CLIMATE CHANGE made sea levels FALL in 2010 and 2011( Australia got the Flood )

    08/20/2013 10:38:33 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | 20th August 2013 | Lewis Page
    Global warming and climate change are usually thought to mean that world sea levels will rise, perhaps disastrously. But according to US government boffins, in recent times (2010 and 2011, to be precise) phenomena driven by human carbon emissions have actually caused world sea levels to fall.The seas have, of course, been rising steadily as the climate has changed for thousands of years, ever since the end of the last ice age. During the 20th century, according to estimates mostly from erratic tide gauges, sea levels rose by around 1.7mm a year. Since the early 1990s, satellites have also been...
  • Lexicon Shift Alert: global warming gets another name change (Carbon Pollution ??)

    08/15/2013 12:18:02 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | August 15, 2013 | by Anthony Watts
    Back in 2010, I pointed out that White House science adviser John Holdren had made a shift in naming conventions for the twice renamed “global warming”. The lexicon shift in 2010 It seems that another shift in the lexicon has occurred, again at the White House. Organizing for Action, President Obama’s campaign machine declared Tuesday that there was a new name.The Washington Times picked up on this shift, and I’ve updated the graphic to reflect the new name.  There’s also a poll to choose/predict the next name after this one. The doomed planet movement has been losing momentum. Inconvenient scientific...
  • Carbon Dioxide: The Gas of Life

    08/15/2013 7:17:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8/15/2013 | Paul Driessen
    It’s amazing that minuscule bacteria can cause life-threatening diseases and infections –- and miraculous that tiny doses of vaccines and antibiotics can safeguard us against these deadly scourges. It is equally incredible that, at the planetary level, carbon dioxide is a miracle molecule for plants -– and the “gas of life” for most living creatures on Earth.
  • Liberal Democrats Propose to Outlaw Gas-Powered Cars by 2040

    08/08/2013 8:31:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 8, 2013 | John Ransom
    The problem with bad ideas from Europe is that they eventually become bad ideas in America too. And so it goes with the latest nitwit scheme from Britain’s Liberal Democrat Party, which is cousin to our own liberal Democrat Party, separated not ideologically or by a vast ocean, but only by accents. The Lib Dems want to outlaw gas and diesel powered cars from the United Kingdom with a goal to create a “zero-carbon” UK by 2040. No word yet whether they will allow people to “breathe,” which-- incidentally to Lib Dems it seems-- also pushes carbon into the atmosphere....