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  • Methane Deceptions

    01/24/2015 6:27:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    First they came for the coal mining and power plant industry, and most people did not speak out because they didn’t rely on coal, accepted Environmental Protection Agency justifications at face value, or thought EPA’s war on coal would benefit them. In fact, Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon gave the Sierra Club $26 million, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave the Club $50 million, to help it wage a Beyond Coal campaign. The Sierra Club later claimed its efforts forced 142 U.S. coal-fired power plants to close, raising electricity rates, threatening grid reliability, and costing thousands of jobs...
  • EPA Putting Electricity Grid At Risk

    01/23/2015 11:58:15 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 22, 2015 | Mike Duncan
    When the temperature dips below freezing, reliable electricity becomes more than a matter of convenience but a matter of life and death. Unfortunately, the reliability of our electric grid is at-risk due to EPA regulations that are shutting down America’s coal plants.Existing EPA regulations already have led to the scheduled shutdown of nearly 20 percent of the U.S. coal fleet. EPA’s newest carbon regulations being finalized this summer will lead to even more shutdowns. With coal responsible for generating nearly 40 percent of America’s electricity, these shutdowns will further strain our nation’s electricity grid and could leave many Americans in...
  • Obama Has Two More Years Left to Destroy the U.S.

    01/20/2015 4:31:34 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/20/15 | Alan Caruba
    Everything Obama has put in motion has had the single objective of destroying the nation's economy in every possible way As 2015 began the Journal Editorial Report on Fox News was devoted to having its reporters, some of the best there are, speculate on what 2015 holds in terms of who might run for president and what the economy might be. The key word here is “speculate” because even experts know that it is unanticipated events that determine the future and the future is often all about unanticipated events. How different would the world have been if John F. Kennedy...
  • Threatened bird showing up at higher elevations [ Colorado: yellow-billed cuckoo ]

    01/20/2015 6:54:00 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | January 19, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Expert says western yellow-billed cuckoo may be more prevalent than first thought. Paonia ornithologist Jason Beason likes to say that there are a lot of cuckoos out there. The line is good for laughs at presentations like the talks he gave in the Roaring Fork Valley last week, and it accurately reflects the fact that dozens of species of cuckoos populate the Earth in both the Old and New Worlds. These include birds people might not immediately think of as being cuckoos, such as the greater roadrunner in the southwestern United States. But in the case of the cuckoo of...
  • The myth of the methane menace

    01/19/2015 8:58:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced major new regulations on the emissions of methane into the air from oil and gas production. It calls methane a “potent” pollutant and its new rules would require a 45 percent reduction by 2025 from 2012 levels. Most Americans support these new rules, according to polling from environmental groups. This isn’t surprising. Methane sounds like a dirty and dangerous pollutant and even deadly if leaked into water or the air. However, methane is just another term for the main component of natural gas. Drillers have a powerful motive to stop leakage on...
  • Obama Unleashes EPA to Kill American Jobs

    01/17/2015 9:28:44 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Radix News ^ | January 16, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    I am guessing you don’t know one of the major things resident Obama was doing while snubbing France and world leaders who convened in Paris to express solidarity in the civilized world’s war against radical Islamic terrorism. I assure you it was something close to his heart — as opposed to fighting Islamic jihad. It was something that will thrill the anti-business, anti-energy extreme environmentalists but will not warm the hearts of American businesses and energy producers, and it is not good news for America’s currently overhyped economy. Yes, you heard me right; despite all the faux euphoria projected by...
  • EPA faces internal review over scrubbed text messages

    01/16/2015 6:48:29 PM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 16, 2015 | Judson Berger
    The Environmental Protection Agency, on the heels of the controversy at the IRS over missing emails, is facing a probe of its own over whether it improperly scrubbed text messages. The EPA inspector general's office announced this week it is launching an audit into the agency's policies for keeping text messages. The audit was prompted by a complaint from Republicans on the House science committee, worried the EPA may have "deleted thousands of text messages" that should have been preserved. Jennifer Kaplan, spokeswoman for the EPA inspector general's office, confirmed the complaint prompted the audit. "Our auditors were persuaded that...
  • Price of Electricity Hit Record High in U.S. in 2014

    01/16/2015 3:00:06 PM PST · by george76 · 43 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 16, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Even as gasoline prices plummeted and the overall energy price index calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics declined, electricity prices bucked the trend in the United States in 2014. Data released today by the BLS indicates that the electricity price indexes hit all-time highs for the month of December and for the year. 2014 was the most-expensive year ever for electricity in the United States. The annual price index for electricity, published by BLS today, was 208.020. That was up from 200.750 in 2013. ... The average price for a kilowatt hour of electricity in the United States was...
  • API's Gerard to President Obama: Follow Facts and Science, Not Politics

    01/16/2015 4:56:32 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | January 15, 2015 | Gene Lockard
    Ahead of President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union (SOTU) address, American Petroleum Institute (API) President and CEO Jack Gerard discussed ways for the president to take a leadership position on the oil and gas industry in the United States. The energy industry has gone from scarcity in the 20th century to abundance early in the 21st century, generating billions in tax revenue, creating millions of new jobs and providing a boost to manufacturing, Gerard said, thus necessitating a new way of thinking about energy. The change also offers the country an opportunity to achieve a level of energy security...
  • Enjoying cheaper gas? Don’t worry, EPA is about to cause it to go up again

    01/15/2015 8:39:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/15/2015 | Bruce McQuain
    Yes friends, never let it be said that this administration isn’t beholden to special interests to the detriment of the middle class.The oil shale boom has helped create a surplus of oil that has entered the market and driven prices down to under $2 a gallon. It is an economic boon to hard pressed families and businesses who use a lot of fuel. It is also a testament to how well markets work.And that’s why government is about to intrude in that market and jack the prices back up. This time under guise of your out-of-control EPA: In spite...
  • War On Shale: EPA Targets Fracking Boom With New Regs

    01/15/2015 10:09:56 AM PST · by raptor22 · 38 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 15. 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy Policy: In spite of dramatically lower methane emissions from fracking, according to the EPA's own data, the agency wants to impose draconian regulations on the oil and gas industry similar to those on coal. The new rules that the White House announced on Wednesday aim to cut oil emissions of methane, a target of environmental groups, by 45% below 2012 levels, despite the fact that the emissions already show a sharp decline even as shale oil and gas production has skyrocketed. This war-on-shale action mirrors the administration's war on coal, with EPA rules impossible to meet economically and sometimes...
  • The EPA’s Methane Madness

    01/15/2015 9:57:22 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/15/15 | Alan Caruba
    The EPA thinks cow flatulence is a serious problem The Obama administration’s attack on America’s energy sector is insane. They might as well tell us what to eat. Oh, wait, Michelle Obama is doing that. Or that the Islamic State is not Islamic. Oh, wait, Barack Obama said that. Or that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is about protecting the environment. It used to be decades ago, but not these days. There was a time when the EPA was devoted to cleaning up the nation’s air and water. It did a very good job and we now all breathe cleaner...
  • Friends of the Earth are the Enemies of Mankind

    01/14/2015 9:27:33 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/14/15 | Alan Caruba
    Back to the past with Friends of the Earth: With its anti-energy, anti-capitalism agenda, Friends of the Earth are in fact enemies of mankind It’s such a benign sounding name, Friends of the Earth. This multi-million dollar international organization is a network of environmental organizations in 74 countries. If its agenda was adopted and enacted much of mankind would lose access to the energy sources that define and enhance modernity or the beneficial chemicals that protect food crops from insect predators and weeds. I am on FOE’s mailing list and the most recent email informed me and the thousands of...
  • Clash Looms Over Fuel Economy Standard, As Consumers Snap Up Trucks, Big SUVs

    01/14/2015 5:27:38 AM PST · by thackney · 43 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 13, 2015 | MIKE SPECTOR and CHRISTINA ROGERS
    Auto makers are on a collision course with U.S. regulators over the timetable to achieve stringent fuel-economy standards as cheap gasoline sends consumers flocking to less-efficient pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles. Car companies are laying the groundwork to seek some relief when the targets come up for review by regulators in 2017, executives said at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. They are in some cases already canvassing the White House, Capitol Hill and regulatory agencies to start lobbying for possible changes to fuel economy standards that take effect in 2022. The mileage targets, known as corporate average...
  • Secretary Jewell Unveils Greater Sage Grouse Plan

    01/11/2015 5:15:40 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Washington, DC – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today issued a Secretarial Order calling for a comprehensive science-based strategy to address the more frequent and intense wildfires that are damaging vital sagebrush landscapes and productive rangelands, particularly in the Great Basin region of Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California. The strategy will begin to be implemented during the 2015 fire season. Goals include reducing the size, severity and cost of rangeland fires, addressing the spread of cheatgrass and other invasive species, and positioning wildland fire management resources for more effective rangeland fire response. “Targeted action is urgently needed to...
  • Will new Congress take on ethanol?

    01/09/2015 10:58:39 AM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    Watchdog ^ | January 9, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    The fiscal impact of the ethanol mandate is huge — Michaels estimated it totals “billions, easily” in direct and indirect money — but it has come under attack by liberals as well as conservatives and appears to have lost some of its clout on Capitol Hill. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency — which administers the Renewable Fuel Standard — is considering a cut to the amount of ethanol blended into the nation’s gasoline supply. ... a growing number of environmentalists want the ethanol requirement eliminated, too. ... In 2007, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law...
  • The EPA Is Not Above the Law

    01/09/2015 8:49:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2015 | Todd Gaziano
    When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency violates a clear statute designed to ensure its regulations and environmental standards receive independent scientific review, someone should sue to force the agency to follow the law. ThatÂ’s exactly what Pacific Legal Foundation did when the EPA and the Department of Transportation issued regulations in 2011 to establish greenhouse gas emission and fuel efficiency standards for cars (the Car Rule) and medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (the Truck Rule) without submitting either proposed rule to the federal Science Advisory Board for peer review. Both cases will be debated in federal court for the first time...
  • Elizabeth Warren Says Economy Is Rigged Against Middle Class

    01/09/2015 5:06:35 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 56 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/08/2015 | John Merline
    Is the economy rigged against the middle class? The Democratic left's dream candidate -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren -- thinks so. "I see evidence everywhere of the pounding working people are taking," Warren said on Wednesday at an AFL-CIO summit on raising wages. "These families are working harder than ever, but they can't get ahead. Many feel that the game is rigged against them, and they are right. The game is rigged against them." Her argument, of course, is that the government must intervene to level the playing field. But Warren must not be looking very hard if she can't see...
  • Opposition to EPA plan to open-burn propellant at Camp Minden (Video)

    01/08/2015 9:44:07 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    knoe ^ | 1-8-2015 | Jillian Corder
    MINDEN, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The EPA has decided to dispose of the 15 million pounds of propellant at Camp Minden by an open burn, but officials and chemists are opposed to the plan. "We are worried about dinitrotoluene which is a carcinogen, we are also worried dibutyl phthalate which is a teratogen that means it causes birth defects," says Dr. Brian Salvatore. Dr. Brian Salvatore, a chemistry professor at LSU-Shreveport says these chemicals, found in M6 propellant, put the community at risk. The EPA announced last year its plan to dispose of the 15 million pounds of propellant,...
  • Senate environment panel to hit EPA regulations early and often

    01/07/2015 7:29:22 PM PST · by PROCON · 14 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | Jan. 7, 2015 | Zack Colman
    Sen. Jim Inhofe said he plans to use a legislative maneuver that would allow rejection of environmental regulations by majority vote to take whacks at President Obama's agenda, signaling a contentious two years between the White House and Congress with the Oklahoma Republican helming the Environment and Public Works Committee. Inhofe said he intends to use the Congressional Review Act to strike down a proposed rule limiting carbon emissions from power plants along with other regulations once they are finalized. Any attempt to do so, however, almost certainly would be vetoed by Obama, who has said he plans to protect...
  • It’s Time to Endanger the Endangered Species Act

    01/07/2015 5:57:46 AM PST · by rktman · 5 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 1/7/2014 | Editors
    The Endangered Species Act has become a gold mine for liberal activists and a barrier to our nation’s infrastructure. It is time for it to go. The Heartland Institute's Taylor Smith reports for the January issue of Townhall Magazine.
  • America Is Being Transformed Into Brazil

    01/04/2015 10:32:16 AM PST · by PROCON · 14 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Jan. 3, 2015 | Andrew Thomas
    Our dishwasher broke just after Christmas. The timer stopped working, and a new one costs about $100. My wife suggested that since the dishwasher is nineteen years old, we should buy a new one. Up until now it was working very quietly and efficiently, washing and drying a full load in about an hour. We visited the appliance shop where we had recently purchased a new clothes washing machine a few months earlier. I mentioned to the salesman that our new washer was very slow, taking nearly two hours to finish a large load compared to our old one, which...
  • America Is Being Transformed Into Brazil

    01/03/2015 5:02:11 AM PST · by rktman · 39 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/3/2014 | Andrew Thomas
    21,000 new regulations have been enacted under Obama, and 2,375 are scheduled so far for 2015. Congress does not have the power to stop this avalanche, and can do very little to slow it down. The sad and frustrating part of this “government gone wild” scenario is that it is highly doubtful any of these regulations can be rescinded or fixed before they potentially cause significant permanent damage to our individual freedoms, to say nothing of how they will negatively impact our day-to-day lives. This is how Obama’s “fundamental change” of America is accomplished.
  • Why Are We Importing Our Own Fish?

    12/30/2014 7:15:12 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 91 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | June 20, 2014 | PAUL GREENBERG
    IN 1982 a Chinese aquaculture scientist named Fusui Zhang journeyed to Martha’s Vineyard in search of scallops. The New England bay scallop had recently been domesticated, and Dr. Zhang thought the Vineyard-grown shellfish might do well in China. After a visit to Lagoon Pond in Tisbury, he boxed up 120 scallops and spirited them away to his lab in Qingdao. During the journey 94 died. But 26 thrived. Thanks to them, today China now grows millions of dollars of New England bay scallops, a significant portion of which are exported back to the United States. As go scallops, so goes...
  • Environment is Cleaner Than it's Been in More Than 100 Years

    12/29/2014 8:40:02 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 26 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/29/2014 | Thomas Doran
    Many people view the relationship between humans and nature as a zero-sum game: Our progress comes at the direct expense of the environment. Actually, that’s not the case. Recently, we’ve been able to dramatically improve our standard of living while simultaneously leaving behind a cleaner environment. In fact, Michigan’s environment is arguably cleaner than it has been in more than 100 years. Consider how clean our drinking water has become. In the early 20th century, waterborne infectious diseases such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid were leading causes of death, and typhoid epidemics annually sickened thousands in American cities. With technological...
  • EPA: Get Merry With a Smoke-Free Fire This Christmas

    12/24/2014 5:36:36 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..." But WAIT! Stop the music -- What is the moisture content of those logs? Before burning the logs, did you knock them together to see if they sounded hollow? You really should go dashing through the snow to your local hardware store in search of a "moisture meter," the perfect gift for that environmentally paranoid person on your Christmas list. Those people are so hard to please, aren't they? And be sure to check your local air quality forecast on airnow.gov before lighting a fire. Alas, the Environmental Protection Agency recognizes that,...
  • Court rules against environmentalists seeking EPA regs for lead bullets

    12/23/2014 1:43:28 PM PST · by aomagrat · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 23, 2014 | AP
    A federal appeals court has ruled against environmentalists who are trying to force the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate spent lead bullets and lead shot used in hunting and shooting sports. In a decision favorable to gun enthusiasts, the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said Tuesday that environmental groups have suggested no way in which EPA could regulate spent lead bullets and shot without also regulating cartridges and shells.
  • EPA Regs Issued Under Obama Are 43 Times as Long as The Bible

    12/22/2014 9:55:32 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 20 replies
    cns news ^ | December 22, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    Since President Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued 3,120 new final regulations, equaling 27,854 pages in the Federal Register, totaling approximately 27,854,000 words.
  • Feds set standards to regulate coal ash

    12/19/2014 11:53:50 AM PST · by aimhigh · 9 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 12/19/2014 | Michael Collins
    Six years after a devastating coal ash spill in Roane County, the federal government is putting in place standards to regulate ash from coal-fired power plants as a nonhazardous material, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The new rules, the first-ever federal regulations for the storage and disposal of coal ash, would require industries to install liners and put in place other safeguards for new and existing storage ponds. Groundwater monitoring systems would have to be installed to detect pollutants, any existing contamination would have to be cleaned up immediately, and impoundments that are already polluting groundwater above health-safety...
  • EPA: Time to Abolish, Not Merely Restrict

    12/19/2014 5:11:51 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 17 replies
    The New American ^ | 12/18/2014 | William F. Jasper
    (EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy) The federal SWAT team of nearly two dozen heavily armed agents from the EPA, FBI, and other agencies descended on the Canal Refining Co. in Church Point, Louisiana. Their target: Hubert P. Vidrine, Jr., the plant manager. His crime? Allegedly storing hazardous materials. His employees were herded up and treated like criminals. They were prevented from using the restrooms for several hours, as well as being denied the right to call their homes and daycare centers to make plans to have their children picked up. That was in September 1996. It took the federal government...
  • Scott Walker to EPA: Take Your Clean Power Plan and Keep Walking

    12/16/2014 9:13:50 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies
    pjmedia,com ^ | 12/16/2014 | Rod Kackley
    The nation’s state legislatures are about to become embroiled in a battle of epic proportions as they line up on either side of the debate over the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The struggle could define the future of, and indeed the very existence of, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisc.), 49 members of the Wisconsin Legislature and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin are part of a nationwide, state legislative backlash against the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. EPA officials proposed the plan in June 2014. It is designed to reduce carbon greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fuel fired...
  • 1 year from now, freedom dies worldwide

    12/15/2014 6:05:48 AM PST · by rktman · 10 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 12/15/2014 | Lord Monckton
    Freedom is our birthright. The forthcoming climate treaty – if the failed Copenhagen draft of five years ago is any guide – may yet prove a greater threat to liberty than fascism or communism. For it is the same threat writ global, albeit with the jackboots and guns very carefully hidden – for now.
  • McConnell: Congress' disapproval of EPA 'will soon be very clear'

    12/12/2014 7:00:15 PM PST · by PROCON · 44 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | Dec. 12, 2014 | Zack Colman
    Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said there won't be any mistaking what Congress thinks about the Environmental Protection Agency when Republicans take control of the upper chamber in January. The Kentucky Republican, responding to comments Secretary of State John Kerry made at a United Nations climate change conference in Lima, Peru, said the EPA would be in his crosshairs early next session. "Given the change in management that’s coming to the Senate, overseas audiences may want to proceed with caution when it comes to Secretary Kerry’s recommendations and comments," McConnell warned.
  • Obama's Science and Tech Adviser, Holdren, laid foundation for understanding environmental probs

    12/12/2014 11:48:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Volvo Environment Prize ^ | December 12, 2014
    "In 1993, the [Volvo Environment] Prize went to Professor Paul R. Ehrlich of Stanford University and Professor John P. Holdren of the University of California in Berkeley, whose work laid the foundations of our understanding of how the dynamics of population growth, rising living standards and changing technology, as well as the relationships between them, interact in the context of environmental problems." List of past winners (and their work) from 1990 - 2014 Professor Paul R. Ehrlich, Professor John P. Holdren
  • EPA uses Jonathan Gruber tactic to impose harmful regulations

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

    12/12/2014 1:28:28 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    Slate ^ | December 12, 2014 | Joshua Zaffos
    ".....Yuma,Colorado, a farming town of 3,500 people near the Kansas border, celebrated last month as homegrown Republican Cory Gardner was elected to the U.S. Senate. Gardner, a high school football player and the son of a farm equipment dealer, defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall to help the GOP gain control of the Senate in the second-most expensive congressional race of all time.Gardner represented Colorado’s 4th Congressional District for four years, an expansive territory that covers the mostly flat and rural eastern third of the state. Farmers there mostly grow corn to feed cattle, and water comes from the quickly...
  • Moderate Dems call for longer deadlines in EPA climate rule

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

    12/10/2014 4:18:59 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 8 Dec 2014 | Marita Noon
    Late on Thanksgiving eve, with no one paying attention, the Obama administration released its regulatory road map of thousands of regulations for 2015. Within the bundle of more than 3,000 regulations lies a rule on ozone that President Obama himself in 2011 “put on ice” in effort to reduce “regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover.” Regarding the 2011 decision that shocked environmental groups, the New York Times recently stated: “At the time, Mr. Obama said the regulation would impose too severe a burden on industry and local governments at a time of economic distress.”...
  • 100 National and State Parks Could Fail to Comply with EPA’s New Ozone Regulations

    12/10/2014 4:09:11 PM PST · by OneLoyalAmerican · 37 replies
    American Action Forum ^ | December 8, 2014 | Sam Batkins, Catrina Rorke
    With the release of EPA’s 600-plus page proposal on ozone, all attention turns to the fine details of such an expansive regulation. American Action Forum (AAF) research found that 100 national and state parks might not the meet EPA’s standards of 60-70 parts per billion (ppb). Hardly transportation corridors and centers of heavy pollution, many observers would be surprised to know that Death Valley National Park, Sequoia National Park, and Cape Cod National Seashore have ozone readings of 71 to 87 ppb. The map below details the geographic distribution of state and national parks in danger of EPA’s non-attainment label...
  • Thune Prevents EPA From Regulating Lead In Ammunition For At Least Another Year

    12/10/2014 2:27:51 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 25 replies
    chadrad.com ^ | Dec 10, 2014 | Kevin Larsen
    South Dakota Senator John Thune, co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, has announced that the omnibus appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2015 includes an important provision championed by Thune preventing the Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating lead in ammunition and fishing tackle for one year.
  • The New Congress Must Save the USA from the EPA

    12/10/2014 10:39:08 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/10/14 | Alan Caruba
    The United States has plenty of enemies in the world that want it to fail. It is insane that we harbor one as a federal agency. When the Republican Party takes over majority control of Congress in January, it will face a number of battles that must be fought with the Obama administration ranging from its amnesty intentions to the repeal of ObamaCare, but high among the battles is the need to rein in the metastasizing power of the Environmental Protection Agency. In many ways, it is the most essential battle because it involves the provision of sufficient electrical energy...
  • The New Congress Must Save the USA from the EPA

    12/10/2014 8:55:33 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 12/10/2014 | Alan Caruba
    When the Republican Party takes over majority control of Congress in January, it will face a number of battles that must be fought with the Obama administration ranging from its amnesty intentions to the repeal of ObamaCare, but high among the battles is the need to rein in the metastasizing power of the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • GOP secures environmental policy riders on grouse, Clean Water Act in spending bill

    12/10/2014 8:06:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 10, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Included in the massive, $1.1 trillion bill unveiled late Tuesday that would fund most of the government through next fall are several policy “riders” on energy and the environment supported by Republicans, adding fuel to what is already shaping up to be a fight between the GOP and the Obama administration over environmental policies next year. Republicans said the spending bill stops the listing of the sage-grouse as an endangered species — a move by the administration after the midterm elections that Democrats and the GOP alike had criticized. The federal move to protect the bird was seen as having...
  • Comment On Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources Elec

    12/09/2014 7:49:12 AM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    instituteforenergyresearch.org ^ | 12/9/2014 | unknown
    EPA’s proposed guidelines for carbon dioxide (CO2)emissions from existing stationary sources are fatally flawed. The rule violates the language of the Clean Air Act; it arbitrarily and capriciously imposes emission reduction goals with no analysis from EPA on the actual warming impacts; it is not supported by the American people nor Congress; it will drive up electricity prices; and it will threaten the stability of the electricity grid. EPA fails to note that in exchange for higher electricity rates, the benefit of this rule is that the world is expected to be 0.018 degrees Celsius cooler than otherwise by 2100....
  • Conservative Coalition Urges State Officials to ‘Fiercely Resist’ EPA Rule

    12/08/2014 7:50:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 5, 2014 - 4:38 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    A coalition of 35 conservative and free market groups is urging state officials to “fiercely resist” the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempt to force them to implement “ruinous” new greenhouse gas emission rules that could double the current price of electricity or face harsh regulatory repercussions if they refuse. “You should send a clear message to the federal government that if it insists on pursuing the regulatory equivalent of punitive energy taxes, it must promulgate and implement that policy itself—and be held solely accountable for the disastrous consequences that will follow,” the coalition said a letter sent to governors, state...
  • Obama's law professor calls key EPA rule 'overreach'

    12/08/2014 2:13:51 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Worcester Telegram ^ | December 8, 2014 | By Mark Drajem
    Harvard University law professor Laurence Tribe, a mentor to President Barack Obama, said the administration's carbon rule for power plants is "a remarkable example of executive overreach" that raises "serious constitutional questions." Tribe, who submitted joint comments to the Environmental Protection Agency with coal producer Peabody Energy Corp., said the agency should withdraw its plan to cut emissions from power plants because it reverses decades of federal support for coal. "The Proposed Rule lacks any legal basis and should be withdrawn," Tribe and Peabody wrote in their filing, which law firms for the company said was submitted to EPA on...
  • EPA Spent $700,000 to Reduce Pig Flatulence in Thailand

    12/03/2014 11:29:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/03/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    If we could reclassify the EPA as pig flatulence, we could get the EPA to fund its own elimination. A report released by Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake found numerous examples of EPA mismanagement and excess, including employees illegitimately spending $15 million on agency credit cards and $9 million the agency lost track of funding projects in California. Happens to everyone. One time I lost track of $12 million in Arizona and couldn’t find it for a week. $1,500,000 annually to store out-of-date and unwanted publications at an Ohio warehouse” and another “$700,000 to attempt to reduce methane emitted from...
  • The Great Renewable Energy Rip-Off

    12/03/2014 9:55:43 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/03/14 | Alan Caruba
    The EPA is not protecting anyone’s health. It is forcing them to pay more for what should be the most traditional and affordable sources of electricity in the world One of the lesser known attempts to prove that renewable energy, wind and solar power, can replace traditional energy sources—coal, oil, and natural gas—went belly up in much the same way current wind and solar companies depend on tapping the taxpayer for government subsidies in order to stay in business. Google’s Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal initiative begun in 2007 and shut down four years later. Two members of the Institute...
  • The EPA pours on the pain with new ozone regulations

    12/03/2014 8:28:10 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 19 replies
    Searching Wall Street ^ | 12/03/14 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    Oil companies are getting thrashed by falling oil prices. Some analysts predict that there will be no new net investment in the U.S. oil and gas industry in 2015, and the possibility of declining investment in 2016. At the same time, the Environmental Protection Agency is pummeling the industry with a new set of National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone (NAAQS), released the day before Thanksgiving. Congress has little control over oil prices, which are set in world markets, but it does have authority over the EPA. The EPA’s new 626-page ozone regulation, accompanied by a 575-page Regulatory Impact...
  • EPA staffers linked to 'alleged serious misconduct,' agency reveals

    12/01/2014 2:13:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 1, 2014 | George Russell
    EXCLUSIVE: Eight Environmental Protection Agency employees who racked up a total of more than ten years’ worth of paid “administrative leave” between 2011 and 2014 -- valued at more than $1,096,000 -- apparently did so because they were involved in “cases of alleged serious misconduct,” Fox News has learned. In a memorandum sent from EPA’s acting assistant administrator, Nanci E. Gelb, to EPA’s inspector general, Arthur Elkins -- a draft also was given to Fox News -- the agency has revealed that at least three of the affected employees have now left EPA. All of the eight “were or are...