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  • Top Senate Republican tells states: ignore EPA carbon rules

    03/04/2015 10:16:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 4, 2015 11:55 AM EST | Dina Cappiello
    The Senate’s top Republican is telling states to ignore a central part of President Barack Obama’s plans to curb the pollution blamed for global warming. In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says states should reject Obama’s proposed requirements for power plants to reduce carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas. The rule, expected to be final this summer, would require states to submit plans as soon as 2016, or risk being forced to comply with a federal substitute. …
  • EPA's latest proposal could be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the United States.

    03/03/2015 2:14:15 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 13 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-28-15 | John Eick
    In late 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that would further ratchet down national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ground level ozone from the current level of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to a range of 65 to 70 ppb. Notably, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) declared the proposal to be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the country. A study recently conducted by NERA Economic Consulting and commissioned by NAM confirms NAM’s earlier statement. Specifically, the study reveals that reducing the current ozone standard to 65 ppb would reduce U.S. gross...
  • Judge blasts, but won't punish, EPA over FOIA failures

    03/02/2015 2:18:43 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/02/2015 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    A federal judge has blasted the Environmental Protection Agency for badly botching its response to a conservative group’s Freedom of Information Act request, but ultimately declined to punish the agency for its conduct.In an opinion issued Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth delivered a brutal tongue-lashing to the EPA over its handling of a request from Landmark Legal Foundation about possible delays in regulations prior to the 2012 elections.The case helped expose that former EPA Administration Lisa Jackson had a semi-secret internal email account under the fake name Richard Windsor.“Thirty months after Landmark’s initial FOIA request, it remains unclear...
  • Scott Walker wants to end funding for renewable energy program - UW-Madison needs to prioritize

    03/02/2015 10:12:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | March 2, 2015 | By Thomas Content and Lee Bergquist
    ......UW officials say that Walker's proposal to end funding for the bioenergy program would cripple broader energy-development research that is receiving $25million annually from the federal Department of Energy."I can't honestly say how we would replace it at this point,"said Michael Corradini,director of the Wisconsin Energy Institute at UW-Madison,which derives 90% of its funding from the bioenergy program...In 2007,Wisconsin landed the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center—the first federal research center the state had attracted in decades. The center received an initial five-year,$125 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.It was part of a $375 million package by the administration...
  • Judge rules EPA lied about transparency, tells agency to halt discrimination against conservatives

    03/02/2015 11:26:45 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 2, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal judge warned the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday not to discriminate against conservative groups in how it responds to open-records requests, issuing a legal spanking. Judge Royce C. Lamberth concluded the agency may have lied to the court and showed “apathy and carelessness” in carrying out the law, though the judge was unable to determine if documents were intentionally destroyed. Judge Lamberth described the “absurdity” of the way the EPA handled a Freedom of Information Act request from the Landmark Legal Foundation and then the court case stemming from it — including late last week admitting it lied...
  • Vermont to lose 3.4% of manufacturing jobs to EPA regs

    02/26/2015 7:11:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    When you think of the downstream effects of the Obama administration’s EPA regulations, the first states which come to mind tend to be in coal country and what remains of the rust belt and manufacturing centers. That’s all true enough, but it seems that when the government puts its thumb on the scale, the ripples can be felt in ever widening circles. This includes what might be one of the last states you’d think of… Vermont. Vermont will lose 3.4 percent of its manufacturing jobs by 2023 due to Obama administration climate regulations, according to a report on the...
  • Why Obama Is So Autocratic About Environmental Policy [that's what dictators do]

    02/25/2015 11:07:11 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Slate ^ | February 25, 2015 | Alec MacGillis
    After President Obama’s veto this week of legislation demanding the approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, congressional Republicans are charging him with once again flouting the will of the duly elected legislative branch. The charge has the ring of truth when it comes to energy and environmental matters, given how much the Obama administration has sought to circumvent Republicans with regulation and executive orders in that arena, most notably with the rules announced last year limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants. But there is a reason that Obama has chosen to go it alone on energy: The GOP’s...
  • Law Introduced to Curb Porn Crisis in Govt. Agencies

    02/24/2015 11:51:04 AM PST · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 24, 2015
    An epidemic of federal employees watching pornography on government computers during work hours has gotten so out of control that legislation has been introduced in Congress to contain the embarrassing crisis. Porn has for years been part of the job at some government agencies and in fact a number of federal audits have long documented the enraging details of how our tax dollars are being wasted. Judicial Watch has also reported on this for years, especially the porn crisis at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the agency charged with policing the nation’s financial industry. While the economy crumbled, the...
  • A Pincer Movement on Ammunition The ATF is one side, and the EPA is the other.

    02/18/2015 5:15:44 PM PST · by Red Steel · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | Kevin D. Williamson | Kevin D. Williamson
    As it wanes, the Obama administration grows bold, and even reckless, on matters that send a thrill up the leg of its most leftward supporters. Its new attack on so-called armor-piercing ammunition — which is, in reality, a very broad attack on ammunition across the board — is a dangerous and destructive example of the administration’s late-days slide into rule-by-decree. A little background, which is unavoidably weedy: In 1986, Congress revised the Gun Control Act, inserting prohibitions against the manufacture and import of “armor-piercing ammunition.” Armor-piercing ammunition does not mean ammunition designed to defeat body armor — that would be...
  • EPA Climate Regulations Expected to Hit Manufacturing Sector Especially Hard

    02/18/2015 1:40:43 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 19 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-18-15 | John Eick
    A short paper recently released by the Heritage Foundation takes a look at the expected manufacturing job losses as a result of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Predictably, they are significant. Using a social cost of carbon (SCC) equal to $37 per ton, the Heritage Energy Model (HEM) was used to determine the economic impact such climate regulations would have on the U.S. economy down to the state and, most interestingly, even to a congressional district level. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Rust Belt, home to what remains of the country’s once dominant industrial sector, can expect to see the largest losses...
  • Ozone Regulation and the EPA

    02/14/2015 3:10:54 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/14/15 | Jack Dini
    The west coast sees rising levels of ozone because of emissions from fast-developing Asian countries while the southeast sees increasing ozone from uncontrolled growth of the invasive species kudzu Thirty percent of the ozone- one of the primary components of photochemical smog found in the skies above the western United States during the spring- comes from coal-fired factories in East Asia (primarily China and India). (1) In about one week, winds carry ozone formed by emissions from cars, factories, and power plants in Asia to the US west coast, where it can add to locally generated pollution, worsening smog in...
  • Republicans Slam EPA Over Rule Change, Claim Power Grab

    02/13/2015 7:31:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 12, 2015 | Rob Langley
    But Dems say GOP needs to stop grandstanding: “We don’t want to regulate a puddle,” Boxer said. “That’s ridiculous.” House and Senate Republicans grilled Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy last week over a plan they say could give the agency control of “just about any place where water collects,” in the words of Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.).That’s just not so, says McCarthy, who claims the proposal by the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would simply clarify the Clean Water Act of 1972 and the kinds of waterways that fall under the agency’s jurisdiction. In fact, she said,...
  • Why Did This Republican Vote Against The Keystone Pipeline?

    02/12/2015 9:43:31 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/12/2015 | PG Veer
    Michigan Rep. Justin Amash was the sole Republican in the House to vote against the latest version of the bill advancing the Keystone XL Pipeline. Amash says he supports the construction of the pipeline, but he opposes legislation singling out one company. He has previously voted present on Keystone, but the addition of “new, unrelated sections empowering the EPA and the federal government with respect to local energy efficiency” pushed him to a no. In a statement published on his Facebook page, the tea party favorite said that the bill includes a lot of cronyism. Since 2013 he has argued...
  • Phony CIA AGent Pulled Off Scam to Impose EPA REGs.(abbreviated)

    02/10/2015 8:16:17 AM PST · by wildbill · 11 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 2/10/2015 | Kevin Mooney
    Remember the EPA bureaucrat who got caught receiving $900,000 in pay without working because he claimed he also was employed by the CIA? According to a report from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the man, former climate policy expert John Beale, “retired” when questions arose about his spotty attendance and expense records. Only he didn’t file his retirement paperwork and continued to draw an active-duty salary for some time after. His boss at the time in the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, now-EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, knew this for about seven months and did nothing to stop...
  • The climate Comintern speaks - "intentionally transform the economic development model"

    02/10/2015 4:42:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 10, 2015 | Benjamin Zycher, John G. Searle scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
    "This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history. This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for the, at least, 150 years, since the industrial revolution." Those were the words spoken on Feb. 4 by Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), under the auspices...
  • Obama pressed to ban bee-killing pesticide before it's too late

    02/07/2015 9:10:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 5, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    Several top environmental groups have joined with the honey bee industry to urgently demand that President Obama ban a pesticide many blame for the downfall of the world’s No. 1 food pollinator before it is too late.Fearing that Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is delaying action, the groups took the unusual step to press Obama directly in a letter that said inaction could jeopardize food supplies.“We hope that you will prioritize action on this issue of vital importance to our food system, economy and environment and make saving bees a key piece of your legacy as president,” said the letter provided...
  • The EPA Is Getting Ready To Regulate Americans’ Wood Stoves Forcing Them To Buy New Ones

    02/07/2015 6:36:42 AM PST · by xzins · 148 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | 06 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    When my husband and I move to a new area, we specifically look for a home with a wood burning stove. It’s cheaper and if the power grid goes down, we have a way to survive it. Yep, we’re preppers. These regulations are meant to do away with wood stoves and force people to get their heat from gas or electric, paid for at exorbitant rates from utility providers. In some areas, even with gas or electric, the only way to truly keep a home warm is with a wood or pellet stove. This is more of the EPA’s fascist...
  • Thanks, EPA: Your New 'Navigable Waters' Rule Strengthens The Case Against Administrative Law

    02/06/2015 7:20:02 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 6, 2015 | George Leef
    When Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972, it was exercising its power to regulate interstate commerce by prohibiting discharges into the nation’s “navigable waters.” If a body of water could be used to transport goods from one state to another, it was covered by the Act. Like so many other statutes enacted over the last 80 years – that is, since the advent of the administrative state under FDR – the Clean Water Act (CWA) depends on bureaucratic interpretation and enforcement. The two entities involved with the CWA are the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of...
  • In Last Ditch Effort, EPA Tries To Sabotage Keystone XL Pipeline

    02/05/2015 6:43:50 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/05/2015 | Terry Jones
    Will the Keystone XL pipeline ever get built? Not if President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency get their way.
  • Putnam Testifies On Newest Federal Overreach

    02/04/2015 8:52:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    spacecoastdaily ^ | February 4, 2015
    "The EPA has once again made an attempt to expand federal jurisdiction on Florida’s waterways with its proposed changes to the rules guiding the implementation of the Clean Water Act. “The EPA claims that the purpose of this rule is to clarify which bodies of water are and are not subject to the Clean Water Act. The EPA claims that the proposed regulations will not significantly change what currently is considered Waters of the U.S. And the EPA claims the proposed regulations will not substantially effect communities like agriculture. “I believe this is another attempt by the EPA to regulate...
  • EPA turning regulatory eyes to natural gas, expert says

    02/04/2015 5:30:06 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Mississippi Watchdog ^ | February 4, 2015 | Steve Wilson
    A former Environmental Protection Agency regulator warns that while the Obama administration now has coal in its crosshairs, natural gas is next in line. David Schnare cites a proposed rule on methane emissions as one of the ways President Obama and the EPA will clamp down on natural gas. The 33-year EPA veteran, who once sued utilities for coal-fired plants that didn’t meet Clean Air Act standards, is director of the Center of Energy and Environmental Stewardship at the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy. Schnare said the EPA — as part of its “Clean Power Plan” rule that would...
  • [Walker] Budget would end Wisconsin DNR land purchases until 2028

    02/04/2015 2:09:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 3, 2015 | Todd Richmond
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker's budget would prohibit the state Department of Natural Resources from purchasing any land through its stewardship program until at least 2028 — if the program still exists then. The budget the governor released Tuesday would place a moratorium on stewardship land acquisitions. It would last until the DNR's debt service on purchases that already have been made drops to $1 for every $8 spent since the program's inception in 1989. The program won't reach that ratio until 2028. The moratorium is expected to save the state $13 million in debt by then,...
  • Feds To Regulate Fake Fireplaces To Stop Global Warming

    01/31/2015 11:14:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 88 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 30, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Better go out and buy a gas fireplace and stove soon before federal regulations make them more expensive. Federal officials are looking to regulate the energy usage of fake fireplaces as part of the Obama administration’s effort to fight global warming.The Energy Department has proposed new regulations that would mandate that “gas-fired hearth products” like decorative fireplaces and stoves be more energy efficient and produce fewer carbon dioxide emissions. DOE says its rule would save $165 over the lifespan of the average hearth and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 11.1 million metric tons through 2030.The major change DOE demands is...
  • Senate approves Keystone bill, White House threatens veto

    01/29/2015 1:40:30 PM PST · by what's up · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 29, 2014
    The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up a looming veto showdown with the White House. The legislation passed on a 62-36 vote
  • Obama ad Nauseum

    01/29/2015 11:12:23 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/29/15 | Alan Caruba
    Between a President who lies about global warming, climate change, a Congress composed mostly of lawyers who are clueless about the actual science, the best we can hope for is a Republican Party determined to rein in the EPA I made a promise to myself that I would not write about President Obama’s State of the Union speech because that would require me to watch him deliver it. Like many others I can barely watch him under any circumstance because, to my mind, that means having to watch a psychopathic liar. The problem with that is that he is the...
  • Why Our Electronic Gizmos Inevitably Die

    01/28/2015 9:11:12 AM PST · by dennisw · 55 replies
    12/23/2014 | Robert X Cringely
    Almost ever electronic device made today except some for the military have solder joints that contain no lead. This is an effort to save our groundwater and our public health. The fact that the lead has been generally replaced with silver or bismuth, both of which are actually greater health risks than lead, well we’ll leave that one for Ralph Nader. The longer-term trend is toward all-tin connections, anyway, but they don’t work very well, either. Costs have gone up for computers with lead-free solder, mean time between failures (MTBF) has gone down (in this case down is bad) and...
  • EPA chief headed to Vatican to talk climate change

    01/27/2015 6:19:33 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 29 replies
    The Fishwrap ^ | 01/27/15 | Brian Roewe
    EPA chief headed to Vatican to talk climate change Brian Roewe  |  Jan. 27, 2015 Eco Catholic The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to make a brief Vatican visit at the end of the week on the topic of addressing climate change. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will meet there Friday with senior officials, among them Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. She is also slated to meet with Catholic journalists Friday morning and business leaders in Rome that afternoon. The agency initiated the meeting through U.S. Ambassador to the Holy...
  • Court battle set for Obama climate rule (twelve states - power plants)

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

    01/27/2015 6:20:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/27/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    In politics, much as with a Broadway chorus line, timing is everything. That’s a lesson that current EPA Director, Gina McCarthy will probably take to heart after this one. As the northeast braces for what is being described as a potentially historic snowstorm, Ms. McCarthy spent the beginning of her weekend huddling with environmental activists with a clear message. These climate change deniers will ruin the ski industry because we’re going to run out of snow. The Environmental Protection Agency, Aspen Skiing Co., and a pair of Olympic snowboarders teamed up Thursday to help spread the word about climate...
  • BUZZKILL: EPA Chief Jets to Aspen’s Winter X Games to Preach Global Warming

    01/26/2015 6:53:02 AM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | January 23, 2015
    EPA chief Gina McCarthy was harshing on everyone’s mellow up in Aspen Thursday going on about global warming and generally being a buzzkill. Not content just to catch the men’s snowboard superpipe, McCarthy used the Winter X Games as an excuse to lecture the liberal crony class on the benefits of investing in tank tops versus GORE-TEX. According to the Denver Business Journal: McCarthy was in Aspen to make the point that warmer temperatures caused by carbon pollution hurt the winter-sports industry, and to advocate for Obama administration policies to curb greenhouse gases. Apparently we can’t stress this enough because...
  • Peer-reviewed pocket-calculator climate model exposes serious errors in complex computer models

    01/26/2015 1:26:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Physics Organization News ^ | January 21, 2015
    Near-term global warming projections (brick-red region) on[0.13, 0.50] K decade-1, compared with observations (green region)that fall on [0.0, 0.11] K decade-1, and the simple model's 21stcentury warming projections (yellow arrow), falling on 0.09 [0.06,0.12] K decade-1. Credit: Science China PressA major peer-reviewed climate physics paper in the first issue (January 2015: vol. 60 no. 1) of the prestigious Science Bulletin (formerly Chinese Science Bulletin), the journal of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, exposes elementary but serious errors in the general-circulation models relied on by the UN's climate panel, the IPCC. The errors were the reason for concern about Man's effect...
  • 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,...