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  • Pelosi’s home city exempted from water restrictions imposed on rural farmers

    08/21/2014 11:34:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 20, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    The Endangered Species Act has wreaked havoc for decades on rural communities, but a newly filed lawsuit could force San Francisco urbanites like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to share their pain. A federal complaint filed this week contends that the Hetch Hetchy Project, which supplies water to San Francisco and the Bay Area, has unfairly enjoyed an exemption from the “severe cutbacks” required in rural California in order to save endangered fish species. Craig Manson, who heads the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy and Reliability (CESAR) in Fresno, said the lawsuit is aimed at addressing the “double standard” that...
  • Report: EPA Exceeds Its Authority With Proposed Rules

    08/20/2014 8:15:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 19, 2014 | Peter Fricke
    Congress should use the appropriations process to reassert its authority over the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a Heritage Foundation issue brief released Tuesday.The report, written by scholar Daren Bakst, identifies three issues on which the EPA has proposed rules and regulations that exceed its authority. In all three cases, Bakst recommends that Congress prohibit the agency from using its funding to implement the proposals. (RELATED: EPA Overrides Congress, Hands Over Town to Indian Tribes)According to the report, “the EPA is using the regulatory process to require greenhouse gas emission reductions even as Congress has been unwilling to take such...
  • EPA’s air quality measures would hammer Nevada

    08/19/2014 12:54:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | August 19, 2014 | By ANASTASIA SWEARINGEN
    In 2011, President Barack Obama famously called for “shared sacrifice” in America. Three years later, his wish might just become the Environmental Protection Agency’s command. In the coming months, Obama’s EPA will decide whether to further tighten air quality requirements, known as the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. If the EPA gets its way (to which it is accustomed), the vast majority of the country, including Las Vegas and nearly all of Nevada, would fall into so-called “non-attainment” — when the EPA deems air pollution levels “persistently exceed” limits. This is up from a few isolated regions just five years...
  • Western cuckoo up for endangered species listing ( UN Agenda 21 )

    08/18/2014 9:14:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    Record Courier ^ | August 14, 2014
    More than a half-million acres of land across nine Western states is being proposed for designation as critical habitat for the yellow-billed cuckoo. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 546,335 acres of critical habitat is up for listing in 80 separate units in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. The bird is a neotropical migrant that winters in South America and nests along rivers and streams in western North America. ... The Service is seeking information concerning the western yellow-billed cuckoo’s biology and habitat, threats to the species and current efforts to protect...
  • The EPA’s Shoddy Math

    08/14/2014 8:41:52 AM PDT · by rktman
    nationalreview.com ^ | 8/14/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    It’s critically important to have high-quality cost-benefit assessments for proposed regulations, especially at the Environmental Protection Agency, which issues some of the federal government’s most expensive rules. But a new report from the Government Accountability Office finds that the EPA has employed some suspicious math in assessing several recent regulations aimed at improving air and water quality. For example, the EPA claims it examined the potential effects on employment as it drafted regulations for industrial boilers, commercial incinerators, and waste-water dischargers — but, the GAO found, the EPA was reaching these estimates by using 20-year-old labor-market research that examined only...
  • Journalism, Science Groups Decry EPA Move to Muzzle National Science Advisers

    08/12/2014 7:58:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    INDIANAPOLIS (August 12, 2014)—Journalists and scientists are urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop banning leading national scientists from talking to media outlets and the public. The EPA is placing new restrictions on independent scientists who advise the agency, according to a memorandum from the EPA’s chief of staff. The memo instructs Science Advisory Board members to get permission before talking to the press, which inhibits their ability to speak freely to the public about important scientific issues, including air pollution, toxic chemicals and water quality. “The EPA wants to control what information the public receives about crucial issues...
  • Declare a Ceasefire in EPA's War on Coal

    08/11/2014 6:40:38 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 11, 2014 | William F. Shughart II
    Before we become too optimistic about the prospects for using renewable energy sources to curb carbon emissions, it’s worth looking at a study commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which should give pause to even the most confident advocate of action against climate change. The study forecasts that new EPA regulations -- regulations intended to cut carbon emissions by 30% from coal-, oil- and natural gas-fired plants by 2030 -- will lead to higher energy costs, fewer jobs, and slower economic growth in the United States. That, in turn, will lower Americans’ standards of living. A typical household could...
  • A Dozen States File Suit Against New Coal Rules

    08/02/2014 7:55:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    Twelve states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Friday seeking to block an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to regulate coal-fired power plants in an effort to stem climate change. The plaintiffs are led by West Virginia and include states that are home to some of the largest producers of coal and consumers of coal-fired electricity. The suit was filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The other plaintiffs are Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming. The E.P.A. rule, announced by President Obama on June...
  • Sue And Settle Another Way For Greens To Halt Progress

    07/22/2014 6:21:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    investors.com ^ | 7/22/2014 | Stephen Moore
    If you've never heard of the litigation technique "sue and settle," it's the hottest new strategy for extreme environmentalists to make millions of acres of prime land for ranching, farming, oil and gas drilling, and mining of natural resources off limits for development. Sue and settle involves a stealth partnership between anti-development Obama administration regulators at the Environmental Protection Agency or the Interior Department and litigious green groups — including Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, WildEarth Guardians and the Sierra Club — who want to halt fossil fuel development and other projects on federal and even private lands.
  • Obama fraudulently declares meadow jumping mouse “endangered” in order to hurt ranchers

    07/05/2014 5:10:06 AM PDT · by grundle · 23 replies
    wordpress ^ | July 5, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Obama fraudulently declares meadow jumping mouse “endangered” in order to hurt ranchers On May 24, 2014, Wikipedia’s article on the meadow jumping mouse stated:The meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius) is the most widely distributed mouse in the subfamily Zapodinae. It may be found from the Atlantic coast, to the Great Plains, as far north as the arctic tree lines in Canada and Alaska, and as far south as Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, and New Mexico.The meadow jumping mouse is currently not in any kind of danger. According to the IUCN Red list, it is widely spread, common,...
  • EPA Gets Smacked Around by SCOTUS (June 2014 )

    07/02/2014 12:07:11 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    powerlineblog.com ^ | June 23, 2014 | Steven Hayward
    Today’s Supreme Court decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA is potentially a huge setback for the climatistas and the Obama administration’s recent proposal to regulate greenhouse gases through the Clean Air Act, though it is a complicated opinion and will take a while to unravel.  It is a typical 5 -4 ruling along the usual lines, but in some ways appears to be a 9 – 0 vote against the EPA on the narrow holding, as the Court’s opinion features multiple partial concurrences and partial dissents about various sub-parts of the opinion that make it confusing to unravel. ...
  • Obama Continues his Attack on U.S. Energy

    06/30/2014 11:11:26 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 4 replies
    Warning Signs ^ | June 30 2014 | Alan Caruba
    The delay of the Keystone XL pipeline is a perfect example of the way President Obama and his administration has engaged in, not just a war on coal, but on all forms of energy the nation has and needs. Even his State Department admits there is no reason to refuse its construction and, as turmoil affects the Middle East, there is an increased need to tap our own oil and welcome Canada’s. The latest news, however, is that Canada has just approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, a major pipeline to ship Canadian oil—to Asia. The pure evil of the...
  • EPA: Some of Our Emails Have Been Lost as Well

    06/25/2014 1:35:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    Apparently this wasn’t just an isolated innocent: a second federal agency is also having trouble finding emails that a congressional committee is demanding in order to fulfill its oversight responsibilities: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the IRS share a problem: officials say they cannot provide the emails a congressional committee has requested because an employee’s hard drive crashed. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy confirmed to the House Oversight Committee Wednesday that her staff is unable to provide lawmakers all of the documents they have requested on the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, because of a 2010 computer crash. “We’re having...
  • EPA Workers ‘Told To Stop Pooping In the Hallways’

    06/25/2014 1:59:22 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 59 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | June 25, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    They’re adults. They had to be told this? It wasn’t part of their upbringing? I know that most EPA workers are urban liberals, but were they raised in barns? Management for Region 8 in Denver, Colo., wrote an email earlier this year to all staff in the area pleading with them to stop inappropriate bathroom behavior, including defecating in the hallway. In the email, obtained by Government Executive, Deputy Regional Administrator Howard Cantor mentioned “several incidents” in the building, including clogging the toilets with paper towels and “an individual placing feces in the hallway” outside the restroom. Confounded by what...
  • The Jailbird Architect of Obama's Global Warming Plan

    06/25/2014 8:41:10 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/24/14 | Phil Kerpen
    When President Obama announced an unprecedented effort by the EPA to strong-arm states into adopting cap-and-trade, he made the announcement not by focusing on the benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but rather on the so-called co-benefits that closing coal plants will have on particulate matter, which is already tightly regulated. These purported co-benefits are based on two secret studies that have never been publicly validated. Amazingly, the architect of this co-benefits strategy is a long-time EPA staffer named John Beale, now known as federal inmate number 33005-016 and locked up for fraud at Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution. For nearly...
  • 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.
  • When Four Former EPA Chiefs Are Asked If They Agree With Obama’s(VIDEO)

    06/20/2014 2:20:13 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 2 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | June 20 2014 | Cassy Fiano
    FULL TITLE: When Four Former EPA Chiefs Are Asked If They Agree With Obama’s Claim That Global Temperatures “Increasing Faster Than Predicted” Not A Single One Raises Their Hand//// Global warming morphed into “climate change” because global warming alarmists had to face the fact that the weather was just, sadly, not cooperating with their doom-and-gloom scenarios. So instead of hand-wringing about global warming, they could just use the catchall of climate change, so that no matter what happens, they’re covered. Barack Obama has been peddling the global warming lie, but unfortunately for him, not everyone is willing to play along....
  • [AP July 25, 2003 13 yrs ago] EPA in Contempt for Destroying Computer Files

    06/21/2014 2:07:35 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    Sharylattkisson.com ^ | June 21,2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    It’s hard to hear about this week’s Environmental Protection Agency contempt case and not think about the controversies surrounding the IRS “loss” of Lois Lerner’s email–and hard drive–and crash of the relevant server. According to an Associated Press report, a federal judge has held the EPA in contempt for destroying computer files sought after by a conservative group: Landmark Legal Foundation. It’s taken more than 13 years. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth had ordered the EPA on Jan. 19, 2001, at the end of the Clinton administration, to preserve all documents relevant to a Freedom of Information Act request by...
  • Fears of EPA ‘land grab’ create groundswell against water rule

    06/21/2014 12:21:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 21, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    Lawmakers are up in arms over an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal that they fear could give federal officials expansive new powers over private property and farmland. The EPA is seeking to redefine what bodies of water fall under the agency’s jurisdiction for controlling pollution. The scope of the final Clean Water Act (CWA) rule is of critical importance, as any area covered would require a federal permit for certain activities. The rule is facing a groundswell of opposition from lawmakers, who fear the EPA is engaged in a “land grab” that could stop farmers and others from building fences,...
  • Murray Energy CEO: What the president’s done is illegal, unachievable

    06/20/2014 1:14:01 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    Fox Business Network ^ | 6-19-2014 | Cavuto
    Jun. 19, 2014 - 5:57 - Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray on the impact of regulations on the energy industry.
  • EPA Receives 300,000 Comments Regarding 2014 RFS Rules

    06/13/2014 12:32:43 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 3 replies
    Heritage Action ^ | June 13 2014 | Katherine Rosario
    The Hill reports the Environmental Agency (EPA) has delayed its Renewable Fuel Standard compliance deadline for a second time and noted that its 2014 rulemaking “has been more time consuming than originally anticipated, involving over 300,000 comments”: Petroleum companies will get a breather from latest round of renewable fuel standard, as the Environmental Protection Agnecy (EPA) is once again delaying the deadline for compliance with the 2013 standards. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a program started under the Bush administration that requires that increasing amounts of renewable fuels that emit lower levels of greenhouse gases be mixed with gas...
  • Ex-EPA official goes off the grid, dodges lawmakers' inquiry into Alaska mine project

    06/12/2014 2:52:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 12, 2014 | Barnini Chakraborty
    A former EPA official tied to a controversy over allegations of federal overreach at an Alaska mine project has mysteriously gone off the grid, sources tell FoxNews.com, complicating lawmakers' efforts to question him. Emails from Phillip North, a now-retired Environmental Protection Agency employee, recently surfaced that seem to show the Alaska-based biologist tried to get the Pebble Mine project killed as far back as 2008. Those emails -- and memos indicating government officials worked early on with tribal leaders and environmental groups to oppose the venture -- raised questions about the agency's claims that when it ultimately vetoed the gold-and-copper...
  • The ad war over EPA’s climate rule has begun

    06/04/2014 6:48:19 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    WAPO ^ | 6-4-14 | Juliet Eilperin
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s draft rule to limit carbon from existing power plants is just two days old, but it’s already sparked an ad war. The American Lung Association today will launch a national television ad buy featuring a sleeping baby drawing deep breaths, touting the fact that the regulation would close the “loophole” that allows industry to “pump unlimited carbon pollution into his air.”
  • EPA To Unilaterally Push Cap And Trade On Carbon Emissions

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

    05/26/2014 7:12:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 83 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 26, 2014 | By John Solomon
    The war on climate change may soon be moving inside the kitchen. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is set to unveil on Tuesday six federal grants to universities to fund research on clean cookstove technology. The announcement will put the EPA’s resources squarely behind a United Nations’ quest for cleaner burning stoves and an end to deadly cooking pollution. “This research will help to improve air quality, protect public health and slow climate change,” the EPA said in explaining why the agency chief will preside over the announcement on Tuesday. To make the case for why these grants are...
  • EPA targets couple's private pond in Wyoming, threatens huge fines

    05/19/2014 7:51:11 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 33 replies
    FoxNews ^ | May 19, 2014 | Kelly David Burke
    When Andy and Katie Johnson built a pond on their property in 2011 to provide water for their cattle, they never dreamed it would result in threats of $75,000 a day in fines from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Johnsons believed they had done everything necessary to get permission for the pond, where the tiny Six Mile Creek runs through their property south of Fort Bridger, Wyo. The Wyoming State Engineer's Office provided the permit and even stated in an April 4, 2013 letter to the Johnsons: "All of the legal requirements of the State Engineer's Office, that were your...
  • Obama to create largest national monument of his presidency [11th he's established]

    05/19/2014 1:12:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 19, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama on Wednesday will designate nearly half a million acres in New Mexico as a national monument, the latest in a series of executive actions intended to improve environmental protections of federal lands. The president will sign a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument, the largest such designation of his presidency, during a ceremony at the Department of the Interior, the White House said Monday. It will be the 11th time the president has established a national monument during his term, and the largest designation in terms of land mass during his presidency.By contrast, former President...
  • Obama's War on Coal, on the ground in W.Va.

    05/19/2014 6:50:35 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 18 replies
    The Economist ^ | 5/17/14 | Lexington
    Alas for Ms Tennant, nothing can hide her big problem with coal: it divides Democrats. The party’s green supporters hate this dirtiest of fuels. Many would like to see it taxed or regulated so fiercely that it stays in the ground. New federal carbon curbs are expected next January, making it uneconomic to build coal-fired power stations. Blue-collar Democrats in coal states are aghast. As a union official in Farmington said: “Coal built the middle class here.” Plenty of big-city or college-campus Democrats don’t care.
  • Measure Would Ban Enforcement Of Woodstove Emission Regulations

    05/16/2014 11:42:29 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/14/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Legislation aimed at preventing enforcement of potential federal limits on woodstove emissions has been introduced in the Michigan legislature. Senate Bill 910, which was introduced on April 24 by Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, would prohibit the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality from imposing new state regulations limiting emissions from woodstoves and heaters, or enforcing federal regulations that do so. In January, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed rule changes that would dramatically tighten emissions requirements on new wood-powered heaters. Sen. Casperson "We believe environmental groups are really the ones behind those who have told the EPA they have concerns about wood...
  • EPA toughening oil refinery regulations

    05/15/2014 11:46:10 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 15 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    The Environmental Protection Agency moved Thursday to beef up air quality regulations for oil refineries, an action officials said would cut toxic emissions by 5,600 tons per year. The agency maintained the updated standards would protect public health with negligible impacts on the cost of petroleum — a contention immediately disputed by the oil and gas industry. Under the proposed changes, companies would for the first time be required to monitor concentrations of benzene, a chemical compound linked to an array of health problems, surrounding the refineries. Results of the monitoring would be made available to the public. The new...
  • Think economy is slow now? Wait until new Obama coal regs take effect . . .

    05/15/2014 9:01:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 5/14/2014 | Dan Calabrese
    In case you ever wonder why the debate over global warming is important, remember that the left’s pushing of this notion has nothing to do with science and has everything to do with the big government expansion for which they need a rationale. And if you want a look at the real-life effect of this agenda, you can see it right now in the form of the EPA’s proposed carbon dioxide limits on new power plants. Not that liberals will listen, but the American Coal Council is doing what it can to warn of the effects this proposal will have...
  • 'Rogue law enforcement agency' inside EPA the subject of testimony today

    05/07/2014 1:43:27 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 7, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The House Oversight Committee under Darrell Issa is slated to hear testimony today on another Obama administration cover-up. ... A unit run by President Barack Obama's political staff inside the Environmental Protection Agency operates illegally as a "rogue law enforcement agency" that has blocked independent investigations by the EPA's inspector general for years, a top investigator told Congress. The assistant EPA inspector general for investigations, Patrick Sullivan, was expected to testify Wednesday before a House oversight committee ... The office of about 10 employees is overseen by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy's office, and the inspector general's office is accusing it...
  • Darrell Issa threatens EPA official with contempt

    05/07/2014 11:18:25 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 7 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    House Republicans have run out of patience with President Obama's administration, Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said Wednesday. Issa, who has been investigating employee misconduct at the Environmental Protection Agency, demanded that deputy administrator Bob Perciasepe produce documents within one month.
  • EPA accused of blocking independent investigations

    05/06/2014 1:32:38 PM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    Inspector general's office accuses EPA of blocking internal probes citing national security WASHINGTON (AP) -- A unit run by President Barack Obama's political staff inside the Environmental Protection Agency operates illegally as a "rogue law enforcement agency" that has blocked independent investigations by the EPA's inspector general for years, a top investigator says.
  • ILLEGAL Obama EPA law enforcement unit BLOCKING Inspector General from investigating EPA wrongdoing

    05/06/2014 6:35:28 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 25 replies
    http://therightscoop.com/ ^ | May 6, 2014 | The Right Scoop
    Mark Levin reported on his radio show tonight that an illegal law enforcement unit run by Obama’s henchmen are blocking the Inspector General at the EPA from investigating any wrongdoing at the EPA and they’ve been doing it for years! This is from testimony that will be given tomorrow by the Assistant EPA Inspector General for Investigations: ASSOCIATED PRESS – A unit run by President Obama’s political staff inside the Environmental Protection Agency operates illegally as a “rogue law enforcement agency” that has blocked independent investigations by the EPA’s inspector general for years, a top investigator told Congress. The assistant...
  • Largest coal producing state slams administration over EPA rules

    05/01/2014 8:46:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 01, 2014 | Kelly David Burke
    The American coal industry is accusing the Obama administration of using the Environmental Protection Agency to end the use of coal despite the president's claim of having an "all of the above" energy policy. ... the EPA's MATS rules, which go into effect in January 2016, will devastate coal production in America and .. about 60 gigawatts of coal-fired generation coming off-line .. One of Monseu’s issues is the way she said the administration is targeting coal, which currently fuels around 40 percent of the electricity produced in the U.S. "Increasingly we face a situation where policy is dictated not...
  • Court upholds EPA emission standards

    04/15/2014 1:17:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 15, 2014 4:05 PM EDT | Pete Yost
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. The EPA’s determination in 2000 that regulating emission standards is appropriate and necessary, and the agency’s reaffirmation of that determination in 2012, “are amply supported by EPA’s findings regarding the health effects of mercury exposure,” said the court. Congress did not specify what...
  • King Barack’s Crown Government: F.H. Buckley's Once and Future King (Article and book review)

    04/15/2014 1:10:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | April 15, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    The federal government threatens a Nevada rancher with the loss of his private property. A Long Island man loses his life to Obamacare while a Virginia woman’s family says, “Obamacare killed my sister." IRS bureaucrat Lois Lerner is held in contempt of Congress, having emerged as the key figure in a scheme to deprive conservatives of their rights. With these stories and endless others spilling into the news cycle, F.H. Buckley’s new book — The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America — could not be better timed. Mr. Buckley’s writings are familiar on these pages...
  • The EPA’s Science Problem: Startling revelations about the agency’s misrepresentation of data.

    04/15/2014 12:09:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 04/15/2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    In a stunning admission, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy revealed to House Science, Space and Technology Committee chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) that the agency neither possesses, nor can produce, all of the scientific data used to justify the rules and regulations they have imposed on Americans via the Clean Air Act. In short, science has been trumped by the radical environmentalist agenda. The admission follows the issuance of a subpoena by the full Committee last August. It was engendered by two years of EPA stonewalling, apparently aimed at preventing the raw data cited by EPA as the scientific...
  • EPA ban puts Minnesota's ice rinks in tough position

    04/15/2014 6:23:23 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 53 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-13-14 | Nick Ferraro
    The clock is ticking for Minnesota's indoor ice rinks. By 2020, the refrigerant chemical now used at half the state's 240 arenas to make ice no longer will be manufactured or imported into the U.S. as part of a global effort aimed at ridding the world of greenhouse gases linked to depletion of the ozone layer. The phaseout of the odorless gas R-22 is expected to be costly for arenas -- most of which are publicly owned -- because of an anticipated rise in its cost. After the deadline, arenas still will be able to use the refrigerant gas for...
  • EPA Concedes: We Can’t Produce All the Data Justifying Clean Air Rules

    04/13/2014 6:58:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 4/11/2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Seven months after being subpoenaed by Congress, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy conceded that her agency does not have - and cannot produce - all of the scientific data used for decades to justify numerous rules and regulations under the Clean Air Act.
  • Obama's EPA Conducts Dangerous Human Experiments

    04/07/2014 3:25:58 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Faily ^ | Apeil 7, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Mad Science: The Environmental Protection Agency has been deliberately exposing people — including children — with asthma and other health issues to pollution to justify ever-more-stringent air quality standards. 'Improvements to EPA Policies and Guidance Could Enhance Protection of Human Study Subjects," released by the EPA's Office of Inspector General on March 31, confirms that the agency "exposed 81 human study subjects to concentrated airborne particles or diesel exhaust emissions in five EPA studies conducted during 2010 and 2011." According to the report, obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation, the human subjects, said to have given their "informed consent,"...
  • Watchdog report: EPA didn’t properly disclose noxious pollutant risks to study participants

    04/07/2014 3:05:21 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 9 replies
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not consistently disclose health risks to human test subjects it used to study the risks of pollutants, sometimes keeping information about cancer possibilities from participants, the agency’s internal watchdog said Wednesday. The EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that the agency obtained the proper approvals from participants before exposing them to airborne exhaust and diesel pollutants, including particulate matter, in 2010 and 2011. However, the consent forms were inconsistent in their disclosures and did not warn of potential long-term risks of exposure to the gases. “This was because they only planned to perform...
  • Obama EPA’s Monstrous Human Experiments

    04/04/2014 8:54:35 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 22 replies
    FRONTPAGE ^ | 4/4/2014 | Matthew Vadum
    Obama EPA’s Monstrous Human Experiments Posted By Matthew Vadum On April 4, 2014 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has been subjecting unknowing human guinea pigs to high levels of carcinogens and potentially lethal pollutants in order to justify tough new air quality standards. To make matters worse, EPA has been carrying out these egregiously immoral and unethical human experiments in which subjects are made to inhale freshly pumped-in diesel truck exhaust fumes without advising them of the risk to their health. Such EPA-funded studies have reportedly been carried out at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill,...
  • Report: EPA tested deadly pollutants on humans to push Obama admin’s agenda

    04/02/2014 2:40:57 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 12 replies
    TheDailyCaller.com ^ | 04/02/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    The Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting dangerous experiments on humans over the past few years in order to justify more onerous clean air regulations. The agency conducted tests on people with health issues and the elderly, exposing them to high levels of potentially lethal pollutants, without disclosing the risks of cancer and death, according to a newly released government report. These experiments exposed people, including those with asthma and heart problems, to dangerously high levels of toxic pollutants, including diesel fumes, reads a EPA inspector general report obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The EPA also exposed people...
  • Report: EPA tested deadly pollutants on humans to push Obama admin’s agenda

    04/02/2014 3:35:09 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 10 replies
    Daily aller ^ | 4/2/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Report: EPA tested deadly pollutants on humans to push Obama admin’s agenda Posted By Michael Bastasch On AM 04/02/2014 The Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting dangerous experiments on humans over the past few years in order to justify more onerous clean air regulations. The agency conducted tests on people with health issues and the elderly, exposing them to high levels of potentially lethal pollutants, without disclosing the risks of cancer and death, according to a newly released government report. These experiments exposed people, including those with asthma and heart problems, to dangerously high levels of toxic pollutants, including diesel...
  • Apocalypse Cow - Obama EPA To Regulate Bovine Emissions

    04/01/2014 11:39:14 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 63 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 1, 2014 | Investor's Business Daily
    Regulation: The White House has released a Climate Action Plan that includes the targeting of methane emissions from cows and other barnyard animals that threaten the planet through belching and other, er, activities. It's our lust for cheeseburgers that's dooming the planet through climate change, the Obama administration said in a Climate Action Plan released Friday that seeks to save us all from ruminant livestock. Having already blamed the Industrial Revolution for what we used to call weather and temperatures that have flat-lined for 15 years, the White House is now targeting American agriculture abundance by slashing methane emissions from...
  • EPA Strikes Again: This Would Be Funny If It Wasn’t True! (Guest Post)

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

    03/30/2014 7:42:36 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 75 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12:11 PM 03/28/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Environmental Protection Agency and FBI agents raided the ammunition company USA Brass over alleged “environmental violations” early Thursday morning. NBC Montana was tipped off by witnesses that federal investigators were there until at least 4 a.m. on Thursday. Federal agents could be seen going through the company’s building and taking items to a truck parked outside. EPA lead criminal investigator Bert Marsden said that the agency was looking into alleged “environmental violations” by USA Brass. “We are investigating alleged violations of environmental law,” Marsden said on Thursday. “An investigation takes as long as it takes, and I can’t provide any...
  • EPA land grab? Agency claims authority over more streams, wetlands

    03/25/2014 3:37:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 25, 2014
    In what critics are describing as a government land grab, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a change Tuesday to the Clean Water Act that would give it regulatory authority over temporary wetlands and waterways. The proposal immediately sparked concerns that the regulatory power could extend into seasonal ponds, streams and ditches, including those on private property. "The ... rule may be one of the most significant private property grabs in U.S. history," said Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The EPA proposal would apply pollution regulations to the country's so-called "intermittent...