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  • Volkswagen Emissions Probe Zeroes In on Two Engineers

    10/05/2015 12:23:46 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 4, 2015 | By William Boston
    WOLFSBURG, Germany—Two top Volkswagen engineers who found they couldn’t deliver as promised a clean diesel engine for the U.S. market are at the center of a company probe into the installation of engine software designed to fool regulators, according to people familiar with the matter. The two men, Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi ’s chief engineer, and Wolfgang Hatz, developer of Porsche’s winning Formula One engines, were among the engineers suspended in the investigation of the emissions cheating scandal that sank the company’s market value by 43% since Sept. 18 and triggered a world-wide recall to refit the engines to meet clear-air...
  • VW Is Said to Cheat on Diesel Emissions; U.S. to Order Big Recall

    09/20/2015 2:48:12 PM PDT · by kristinn · 78 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Friday, September 18, 2015 | Coral Davenport and Jack Ewing
    The Obama administration on Friday directed Volkswagen to recall nearly a half-million cars, saying the automaker illegally installed software in its diesel-power cars to evade standards for reducing smog. The Environmental Protection Agency accused the German automaker of using software to detect when the car is undergoing its periodic state emissions testing. Only during such tests are the cars’ full emissions control systems turned on. During normal driving situations, the controls are turned off, allowing the cars to spew as much as 40 times as much pollution as allowed under the Clean Air Act, the E.P.A. said. “We expected better...
  • Volkswagen Chief Martin Winterkorn Resigns Amid Emissions Scandal

    09/23/2015 8:29:58 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 65 replies
    NY Times ^ | SEPT. 23, 2015 | JACK EWING
    FRANKFURT — Martin Winterkorn resigned as chief executive of Volkswagen Wednesday, taking responsibility for an emissions cheating scandal that has gravely damaged the carmaker’s reputation and may spread to the German economy. “As C.E.O. I accept responsibility for the irregularities that have been found in diesel engines,” Mr. Winterkorn, who had headed the company since 2007, said in a statement. But he continued to insist he personally committed no misconduct. “I am not aware of any wrong doing on my part.”
  • Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn Resigns Over Emissions Scandal

    09/23/2015 8:27:42 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 41 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/23/2015 | By William Boston
    BERLIN— Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn resigned Wednesday in the wake of a developing emissions scandal that has stunned the auto industry and slashed the car maker’s market value. “Volkswagen needs a fresh start—also in terms of personnel,” Mr. Winterkorn said. “I am clearing the way for this fresh start with my resignation.” Mr. Winterkorn said that he accepted responsibility for the irregularities found in diesel engines and has asked the supervisory board to agree to his stepping down. He said, however, that he wasn't aware of any wrongdoing on his part.
  • Obama and Biden were running late so they made Pope Francis’s plane turn around

    09/22/2015 5:42:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Hot ^ | September 22, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    There are so many minor stories that are embarrassing to liberals to blog about this afternoon, it’s hard to choose just one. Should I blog the fact that gutless Hillary Clinton waited for the Pope’s arrival to dump the news that she’s taking the predictable orthodox left-wing position on the Keystone Pipeline? Should I blog about left-wing writers being so stupid that they don’t realize the word “retarded” has a non-slur definition? Or should I blog the fact that America’s been planning the Pope’s visit for months and somehow Obama still couldn’t quite get to the airport on time? When...
  • Naomi Klein admits global warming is not about science but destroying capitalism

    08/24/2015 9:04:08 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 27 replies
    Green Jihad ^ | 8/19/2015
    The Heartland Institute published a very revealing article about Leftist shock jock Naomi Klein who just published a new anti-capitalst screed entitled This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. Essentially, Ms. Klein admits that the issue of climate change (formerly known as global warming) is not about science but really about overthrowing capitalism. “Our economic model is at war with the Earth,” writes Klein. “We cannot change the laws of nature. But we can change our economy. Climate change is our best chance to demand and build a better world.” The Heartland article goes on to say: For the author,...
  • Crushing the Poor & Middle Class with the EPA

    08/05/2015 2:51:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 8/5/15 | Matthew Vadum
    President Obama is surreptitiously colluding with radical anti-growth environmentalists to force ideologically driven carbon-emission controls on the energy industry that will devastate the U.S. economy, congressional investigators have discovered. As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drew up rules aimed at limiting carbon emissions from power-generation plants, "key stakeholders — including the American public — had little to no influence over the debate while powerful environmental activist groups were given unprecedented access to and influence over administration officials," the Washington Times reported yesterday. Collusion between the EPA and the green's isn't exactly breaking news. They've been doing it for years, but...
  • 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;...
  • EPA Scrambles To Save Its Global Warming Rule From Defeat

    07/31/2015 1:33:47 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 31, 2015 17:16 UTC | Michael Bastasch
    The EPA may be making some major changes to its carbon dioxide emissions regulatory scheme, the details of which have been leaked to the media just days ahead of its expected release date. The EPA will be getting rid of its energy efficiency building block of its Clean Power Plan over legal concerns the agency was overstepping its bounds by controlling how efficiently people used their electricity, reports The Wall Street Journal. The Journal also reported the Clean Power Plan will encourage nuclear power production. An EPA spokeswoman would not confirm the reported changes to the rule as it has...
  • Scott Walker calls EPA power plant rule 'unworkable'

    05/29/2015 12:44:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 28, 2015 | Zack Colman
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signaled in a letter to President Obama that his state might not comply with a forthcoming rule limiting carbon emissions from power plants. The likely GOP presidential candidate told Obama in the May 21 letter that he has "deep concerns regarding our ability to develop a state plan to comply with" the proposed Environmental Protection Agency targets. The implicit threat makes Walker the highest-profile governor to consider endorsing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's strategy of undercutting the regulation through states refusing to submit a compliance plan, though he ultimately stopped short of doing so. "The...
  • California sets tough new targets to cut emissions (MoonBeam goes off the deep end .. officially)

    04/29/2015 6:21:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/29/15 | BBC
    Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order to bring down emissions to 40% below 1990 levels, in the next 15 years. The US state was already one of the most ambitious in its previous targets and has forced companies to pay for their carbon pollution. Mr Brown said the new target must be met for the sake of future generations. He called the plan "the most aggressive benchmark enacted by any government in North America to reduce dangerous carbon emissions". There were few details about how he intends to meet this target, but the governor has previously talked about increasing...
  • China to surpass U.S. as top cause of modern global warming ('shared' blame policy emerging?)

    04/13/2015 6:36:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/13/15 | Alister Doyle - Reuters
    OSLO, April 13 (Reuters) - China is poised to overtake the United States as the main cause of man-made global warming since 1990, the benchmark year for U.N.-led action, in a historic shift that may raise pressure on Beijing to act. China's cumulative greenhouse gas emissions since 1990, when governments were becoming aware of climate change, will outstrip those of the United States in 2015 or 2016, according to separate estimates by experts in Norway and the United States. The shift, reflecting China's stellar economic growth, raises questions about historical blame for rising temperatures and more floods, desertification, heatwaves and...
  • Climate Madness: Obama Pledges 28% Emissions Cut To U.N.

    04/01/2015 11:45:26 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 26 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 1, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Climate Change: President Obama's proposal to cut U.S. emissions by 28% over 10 years as America's contribution to a global climate treaty will devastate our economy while doing nothing to reduce temperatures. The "Clean Power Plan" that the Obama administration submitted Tuesday to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change met an end-of-March deadline for contributions to a treaty in the final stages of negotiations. But the proposal, known to climate negotiators as an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, isn't new. Obama announced the goal of reducing emissions by 28% below 2005 levels by 2025 as part of a joint climate...
  • Obama Will Sign Executive Order Targeting Gov't Greenhouse Gases

    03/19/2015 6:34:21 AM PDT · by PROCON · 27 replies
    AP ^ | March 19, 2015
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is directing the federal government to cut its emissions of heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. Obama will sign an executive order targeting greenhouse gases at the White House on Thursday. The White House says a number of major companies that sell to the federal government will also announce commitments to cut their emissions.
  • CO2 helps rainforests grow faster: Study shows trees absorb more greenhouse gas than expected

    12/30/2014 8:25:31 PM PST · by grundle · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 30, 2014 | Richard Gray
    Full title: Carbon dioxide emissions help tropical rainforests grow faster: Study shows trees absorb more greenhouse gas than expected Tropical forests are growing faster than scientists thought due to rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. A Nasa-led study has found that tropical forests are absorbing 1.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year as they photosynthesise and grow. And this is far more than is absorbed by the vast areas of boreal forest that encircle the Arctic. As emissions add more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, forests worldwide are using it to grow faster.
  • Supreme Court: EPA can regulate greenhouse gas emissions, with some limits

    06/23/2014 9:58:21 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/23/2014 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court on Monday mostly validated the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to regulate power plant and factory emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, while imposing some limits on the agency’s reach. The justices said the EPA could not rewrite specific standards written into the law, but they still handed the Obama administration and environmentalists a big victory by agreeing there was another way for the EPA to carry out its program.
  • 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...
  • Minnesota ordered to cut carbon emissions 41 percent

    06/03/2014 5:25:09 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 35 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-2-14 | Amy Forliti
    emissions by nearly 41 percent over the next 15 years as part of a sweeping plan President Barack Obama announced Monday to reduce pollution from power plants. Obama's plan calls for a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions nationwide by 2030, when compared with 2005 levels. It sets different goals for each state, and some that rely heavily on coal won't have to make as many reductions. Minnesota is one of nine states told to reduce their 2012 levels by more than 40 percent, to help meet the nation's overall reduction goal. Officials with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, utilities...
  • 45 senators, including vulnerable Dems, are asking the EPA to delay incoming emissions regulations

    05/23/2014 6:48:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    It’s only a small matter of time until the Obama administration finally, rapturously releases what its hopes will be the crown jewel of its rise-of-the-oceans-slowing climate-change agenda: Regulations capping the emissions from existing power plants, a.k.a., stamping out coal plants across the country. This set of regs is going to be even more complicated and controversial than the regulations for only new power plants the administration released last year, and as the AP obliquely explains, we’re likely to start seeing those “necessarily skyrocketing” energy prices Obama once mentioned pretty quickly here: Electricity prices are probably on their way up...
  • Obama Endorses the Orwellian 'B1 Emissions Path'

    05/18/2014 7:40:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 5/18/2014 | Peter Wilson
    Has the Obama administration set the U.S. on the “B1 emissions path”? The B1 emissions pathway was defined in an obscure IPCC report published fourteen years ago (and since superseded), titled the Special Report on Emission Scenarios (SRES). Four scenarios were presented: A1: “strong commitment to market-based solutions” and “high rates of investment and innovation in education [and] technology.” B2: “international institutions decline in importance, with a shift toward local and regional decision-making structures and institutions.” A2: “some regions move toward stronger welfare systems and reduced income inequality, while others move toward "leaner" government and more heterogeneous income distributions.” B1...
  • Scientists look to create ‘Problem-Free Cow’ with less emissions

    04/10/2014 11:38:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | April 9, 2014 | The Blog
    According to a fact sheet published by the White House late last month, part of the Obama Administration’s effort to curb greenhouse gases involves cutting “cow emissions.”The executive announcement has since boosted an interest in researching technology to accomplish the Administration’s environmental goals.The Financial Times reports that scientists now have a renewed interest in developing “a next-generation creature whose greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by anti-methane pills, burp scanners and gas backpacks.”The Cow of the Future Project, directed by Juan Tricarico, is looking for a “star athlete” of the bovine world, says FT. He says the Administration’s latest environmental...
  • Minister's bizarre tip in battle to tackle climate change (cut back on eating baked beans)

    04/09/2014 9:10:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | April 9, 2014 | Matt Chorley
    People should eat fewer baked beans to reduce flatulence which can contribute to global warming, a minister suggested today. Fears were raised about the impact of ‘smelly emissions’ caused by Brits eating more beans than any other country in the world. Climate change minister Lady Verma said it was an ‘important’ issue and urged the public to ‘moderate our behaviour’. Concerns have previously been raised about the effect of methane emissions from cows on global warming. But in the House of Lords today a Labour peer raised questions about the impact of human diet on emmisions. Viscount Simon, 73, a...
  • China going cold on carbon market? Cites Australia and US

    03/30/2014 11:46:42 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    Jonova ^ | March 21st, 2014 | Joanne
    Another day is The Backdown? Everything is more important than carbon action these days. In China, real pollution is trumping the fake kind. China has been toying with carbon markets, but this month announced they might have to back away. (The shame!) [Reuters]  “…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.“We have to reflect the requests of the majority through many consultation rounds,” he told the Beijing Morning...
  • White House looks to regulate cow flatulence as part of climate agenda

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

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

    03/04/2014 10:45:26 AM PST · by nascarnation · 20 replies
    LA Times ^ | 3/3/2014 | Neela Banerjee
    The Environmental Protection Agency issued final rules Monday to slash the amount of sulfur in gasoline, which would help cut smog-causing pollution from autos and bring the rest of the country's fuel supply in line with California's standards. The new rule for "Tier 3" gasoline calls for reducing the amount of sulfur in fuel by two-thirds, to 10 parts per million from 30 parts per million. Similar low-sulfur gasoline is already in use in California, Europe, Japan and South Korea. The new gasoline would be available at the pump by January 2017. Cutting sulfur improves the efficiency of catalytic converters...
  • At the Supreme Court, a royal mess for ‘King Barack’

    02/25/2014 1:06:18 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 51 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2-24-14 | Dana Milbank
    It has the makings of a royal mess for “King Barack.” Monday morning’s Supreme Court argument about the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases went badly for the Obama administration — so much so that the real question before the justices seemed to be how severe the EPA’s loss would be. The administration’s solicitor general, Donald Verrilli, pleaded with the justices to recognize the “urgent problem” of climate change, because the “threat to future generations gets worse” with each passing year. But as the argument played out, the court’s swing justice, Anthony Kennedy, made clear that he agreed...
  • Obama orders up new mileage standards for big rigs

    02/18/2014 10:32:02 AM PST · by jazusamo · 120 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 18, 2014 | Ben Wolfgang
    Linking increased fuel economy to the larger issue of economic growth, President Obama on Tuesday directed his administration to write new rules to improve mileage for the nation’s big-rig trucks. Mr. Obama made the announcement during a speech at a suburban Maryland Safeway distribution center and cast it as the latest move in his so-called “year of action,” a time he’ll act without Congress wherever possible. “Improving gas mileage for these trucks is going to drive down our oil imports even further,” Mr. Obama said. “That reduces carbon pollution even more, cuts down on businesses’ fuel costs, which should pay...
  • EPA Voids 1905 Law, Cedes Town to Tribe

    01/13/2014 12:00:09 PM PST · by John Semmens · 29 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 Jan 2014 | John Semmens
    The Environmental Protection Agency voided a law passed by Congress in 1905 and awarded the town of Riverton, Wyoming to the Wind River Indian Reservation. Wyoming Governor Matt Mead (R) questioned the legitimacy of the move asking “since when can a federal agency override an Act of Congress? I mean, if the EPA has objections to an existing law shouldn’t they be asking Congress to revise it? I see nothing in the Constitution granting the EPA the authority they’ve assumed.” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson brushed aside Mead’s concerns as “excessively formalistic. The president has stressed that we take a broader...
  • EPA preparing to unleash a deluge of new regulations

    11/27/2013 12:29:53 PM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | 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...
  • EU aviation emissions proposals attacked from all sides

    11/18/2013 12:16:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 15 November 2013 | Tanja Milevska
    An amended Commission proposal to force airlines to pay a carbon charge on flights within the European Economic Area was slammed by both left- and right-wing MEPs in the Parliament’s transport committee yesterday (15 November). “We look ridiculous”, Conservative MEP Jacqueline Foster said of the new emission trading system (ETS) proposals, which are due to come into effect on 1 January. “The scheme was never going to save CO2 [emissions],” she said. “The majority in ICAO voted against, and you didn’t like what the majority said. You don’t like mutual consent”. …
  • Report suggests slowdown in CO2 emissions rise

    10/31/2013 9:52:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/30/13 | Matt McGrath
    Global emissions of carbon dioxide may be showing the first signs of a "permanent slowdown" in the rate of increase. According to a new report, emissions in 2012 increased at less than half the average over the past decade. Key factors included the shift to shale gas for energy in the US while China increased its use of hydropower by 23%. However the use of cheap coal continues to be an issue, with UK consumption up by almost a quarter. The report on trends in global emissions has been produced annually by the Netherlands Environment Assessment Agency and the European...
  • Germany gets its way on EU car emissions

    10/16/2013 10:46:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 15.10.13 @ 09:22 | Valentina Pop
    EU environment ministers on Monday (14 October) caved in to German pressure and agreed to reopen a deal that had been reached in June on a cap for CO2 emissions for new cars. The deal would have limited all new cars’ carbon emissions to 95 grams per kilometer from 2020 on. But Germany, home of big carmakers Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen, argued that the cap is not “flexible” enough and could endanger its industry and jobs. …
  • Pollution rule hurts coal, helps other sources

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

    08/03/2013 1:28:28 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    JoNova ^ | July 30th, 2013 | joanne
    Here’s a graph showing something about Australian, Chinese and Indian emissions (thanks to Tom Quirk). At a glance you might think we are up there with the best of them (doing our bit to fertilize the flora of the planet, and to regreen the deserts). Alas, the Australian tally (the green triangles) represents the total emissions of Australia. The lines depicting Chinese and Indian emissions just show their annual increases.Chinese annual increases in emissions are larger than the entire Australian output. India is not too far behind. UPDATE: TonyfromOz points out the Y-axis scale  is missing three zero’s. Data source:...
  • Obama: No to Keystone If it Increases 'Emissions'

    06/25/2013 10:44:21 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 53 replies
    Obama: No to Keystone If it Increases 'Emissions' Daniel Halper June 25, 2013 1:32 PM In President Obama's climate change speech set for later today, he'll reportedly say that the Keystone pipeline shouldn't be built if it hurts the environment. The Huffington Post reports, "President Barack Obama will ask the State Department not to approve the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline unless it can first determine that it will not lead to a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions, a senior administration official told The Huffington Post." The liberal website adds: The president has avoided weighing in on...
  • Lawmakers Release Carbon Emissions Tax Plan (Waxman, Blumenauer, Whitehouse, Schatz)

    03/20/2013 3:29:52 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3/13/13 | JOHN M. BRODER
    **SNIP** Mr. Waxman, joined by Representative Earl Blumenauer, Democrat of Oregon, and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Brian Schatz of Hawaii, both Democrats, distributed a relatively simple proposal to impose a fee on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, factories, refineries and other major sources. The idea of a carbon tax, long favored by many economists as the most straightforward way of deterring pollution, has been kicking around the Capitol for years, but has never gained a broad following. The plan contains three potential per-ton prices for carbon pollution, $15, $25 or $30, and a range of annual...
  • Shhh, U.S. Leads World In Carbon Emissions Reductions

    11/30/2012 10:22:29 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/29/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Over the past six years, the United States has reduced its carbon emissions more than any other nation in the world. Efforts to curb so-called man-made climate change had little or nothing to do with it. Government mandated "green" energy didn't cause the reductions. Neither did environmentalist pressure. And the U.S. did not go along with the Kyoto Protocol to radically cut CO2 emissions. Instead, the drop came about through market forces and technological advances, according to a report from the International Energy Agency. Breakthroughs in how natural gas is extracted from underground shale formations were the key factors that...
  • EU ministers back deep cuts in shipping fuel emissions

    10/30/2012 11:06:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 30 October 2012 | ( with Reuters
    Tough new sulfur limits for shipping fuel will be phased in across EU waters as part of European Union efforts to free the air of toxic chemicals that shorten thousands of lives. EU environment ministers backed the rules on Monday (29 October), in a final stage of the process before official publication of the law. From 2015, the maximum sulfur content of shipping fuels will be cut by 90% to 0.1% in restricted Sulfur Emission Control Areas, which include some of Europe's busiest waters, versus 1% of mass now. …
  • Romans, Han Dynasty were greenhouse gas emitters: study

    10/03/2012 7:20:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/3/12 | Alister Doyle | Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) - A 200-year period covering the heyday of both the Roman Empire and China's Han dynasty saw a big rise in greenhouse gases, according to a study that challenges the U.N. view that man-made climate change only began around 1800. A record of the atmosphere trapped in Greenland's ice found the level of heat-trapping methane rose about 2,000 years ago and stayed at that higher level for about two centuries. Methane was probably released during deforestation to clear land for farming and from the use of charcoal as fuel, for instance to smelt metal to make weapons, lead...
  • Brussels to launch shipping emissions monitoring system

    10/02/2012 12:05:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 02 October 2012 | Marc Hall and Arthur Neslen
    The European Commission announced yesterday (2 October) that it intends to introduce an emissions monitoring system in early 2013, in a bid to curb the environmental footprint left by the shipping industry. The Commission said in a statement it would outline “a simple, robust and globally feasible approach towards setting a system for monitoring, reporting and verification of emissions based on fuel consumption”. This was “the necessary starting point” for further action on greenhouse gas emissions, it said, flagging market-based mechanisms. These could include a maritime emissions trading scheme (ETS) or bunker fuel levies. …
  • Obama order targets industrialefficiency, emissions

    08/31/2012 10:46:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/31/12 | Valerie Volcovici
    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Thursday that would increase the number of cogeneration plants in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2020, a move that would boost U.S. industrial energy efficiency and slash carbon emissions by 150 million tons per year. The order is the administration's latest effort to deploy cleaner and more efficient energy production in the country by working around political resistance to climate change and "green" energy legislation on Capitol Hill. The measure aims to accelerate investments to help manufacturers expand their use of combined heat and power (CHP) facilities,
  • Obama finalizes auto mileage mandate

    08/28/2012 10:54:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 28, 2012 | Ben Geman & Keith Laing
    The Obama administration issued final rules Tuesday that require a major boost in vehicle mileage standards, highlighting a clash with Mitt Romney as the GOP convention gets under way. 

The Transportation Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced joint mileage and carbon emissions rules for model years 2017 through 2025 that will eventually force automakers to meet a standard equivalent to 54.5 miles per gallon.

 Administration officials have made the rules a cornerstone of their energy agenda, noting that alongside earlier 2012-2016 rules, the mandate will eventually save consumers an estimated $1.7 trillion in fuel costs and save 12 billion barrels...
  • California weighs giving away more CO2 permits (to stem 'leakage' of businesses fleeing state)

    08/01/2012 10:12:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/1/12 | Rory Carroll | Reuters
    Aug 1 (Reuters Point Carbon) - In an effort to dissuade companies in key industries facing new carbon costs from leaving the state, California is considering giving them millions of dollars worth of additional free greenhouse gas allowances, state's air regulator said on Monday. California's cap-and-trade program seeks to emulate tactics used in the European Union and Australia to address emission "leakage" - a term describing the exodus of employers from a state or country in order to sidestep environmental costs. The California Air Resources Board (ARB), the regulator of the forthcoming program, held a workshop in Sacramento on Monday...
  • First casualty of greenhouse gas rules may be Texas plant

    07/09/2012 4:48:58 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 9, 2012 | Matthew Tresaugue
    Developers targeted 2013 to begin operating a new power plant fueled by the carbon-rich leftover from nearby oil refining in Corpus Christi. The Las Brisas Energy Center will not be ready by then, however, and there are doubts the project will be built at all, making it the latest flash point in a long fight between Texas and the Environmental Protection Agency. The $3 billion project has stalled as the federal government pushes to limit emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases linked to global warming from new power plants. The first-ever rules are expected to bring an end to...
  • 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: 2010 U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Increased 3.2 Percent (economic growth, electricity demands)

    04/19/2012 6:45:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/16/12 | Rachel Bogart
    EPA: 2010 U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Increased 3.2 PercentBy Rachel Bogart | Yahoo! Contributor Network – Mon, Apr 16, 2012 According to Reuters, the Environmental Protection Agency announced today that greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. increased 3.2 percent in 2010 over the previous year, most likely due to economic growth in the country and electricity demands during the stifling summer. Here are some facts about greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and steps being taken to reduce its emission levels. * Fossil fuel combustion contributes to a major portion of greenhouse gas emissions and in 2010 it contributed about...
  • Most Favor Stricter Regulation of Coal Plant Emissions But Recognize Energy Will Cost More

    04/18/2012 2:12:59 PM PDT · by Skeez · 19 replies ^ | Wednesday, April 18, 2012
    The Obama administration has proposed tighter restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions which critics believe will discourage construction of new coal power plants. Several states that rely heavily on the coal industry are challenging the new rules, but a majority of voters nationwide favor them. Most recognize, however, that the new rules will drive up energy costs. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows that 53% favor new environmental regulations that place stricter limits on carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants. Twenty-nine percent (29%) oppose the new regulations, and 18% are not sure about them.
  • Rick Santorum Global Warming Denial: ‘I Never Bought the Hoax’

    02/16/2012 9:07:59 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 28 replies ^ | February 15, 2012 | Ryan Villarreal
    Presidential candidate Rick Santorum has touted himself as the staunch conservative to Republican primary voters, and when it comes to the environment his views are informed by his Christian faith, or rather his interpretation of it. "We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth, to use it wisely and steward it wisely, but for our benefit, not for the Earth's benefit," Santorum told an audience in Colorado last week, according to the Colorado Independent. Santorum has argued that climate change is beyond human control, and any attempts to mitigate it are part...