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  • 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 · 19 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...
  • White House looks to regulate cow flatulence as part of climate agenda

    03/28/2014 6:45:40 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 70 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 28,2014 | MICHAEL BASTASCH
    As part of its plan to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Obama administration is targeting the dairy industry to reduce methane emissions in their operations. This comes despite falling methane emission levels across the economy since 1990. The White House has proposed cutting methane emissions from the dairy industry by 25 percent by 2020. Although U.S. agriculture only accounts for about 9 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it makes up a sizeableportion of methane emissions — which is a very potent greenhouse gas. Some of these methane emissions come from cow...
  • Reporter detained by Capitol Hill police for trying to ask EPA chief a question [Question unreveald]

    03/28/2014 11:34:47 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/28/14 | Michael Bastasch
    <p>The Daily Caller: A reporter has been detained by Capitol Hill police for trying to ask a question of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy.</p> <p>Bloomberg BNA energy reporter Ari Natter tweeted about being detained.</p> <p>Natter was detained while covering the American Council On Renewable Energy conference, where McCarthy spoke. Also speaking at the conference was Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a staunch supporter of green energy who regularly takes the Senate floor to sound the alarm on global warming.</p>
  • Reporter detained by Capitol Hill police for trying to ask EPA chief a question

    03/28/2014 11:34:50 AM PDT · by shepardspie33 · 76 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 28, 2014 | Michael Bastasch
    A reporter has been detained by Capitol Hill police for trying to ask a question of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy. Bloomberg BNA energy reporter Ari Natter tweeted about being detained. #transparency RT @AriNatter: I am being detained by Capital Police for trying to ask @EPAGina a question after her remarks. — nickjuliano (@nickjuliano) March 28, 2014 Natter was detained while covering the American Council On Renewable Energy conference, where McCarthy spoke. Also speaking at the conference was Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a staunch supporter of green energy who regularly takes the Senate floor to sound the...
  • White House eyes new regulations to cut methane from oil, gas sector (In REGS Ve TRvst)

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

    03/15/2014 9:28:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2014 | Justin Sykes
    There appears to be a flourishing culture of financial misconduct at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This culture has been perpetuated by a lack of administrative oversight leading to millions of taxpayer dollars being wasted. At a time when D.C.’s fiscal climate is characterized by a national debt that is spiraling out of control, there is no excuse for any government organization to be lacking financial accountability. A report released this month by the EPA Inspector General (IG) found EPA employees improperly used federal charge cards to purchase everything from gym memberships to gift cards. The report indicated over 90...
  • Wyoming welder faces $75,000 a day in EPA fines for building pond on his property

    03/14/2014 1:30:45 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 100 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/14/2014 | Barnini Chakraborty
    All Andy Johnson wanted to do was build a stock pond on his sprawling eight-acre Wyoming farm. He and his wife Katie spent hours constructing it, filling it with crystal-clear water, and bringing in brook and brown trout, ducks and geese. It was a place where his horses could drink and graze, and a private playground for his three children. But instead of enjoying the fruits of his labor, the Wyoming welder says he was harangued by the federal government, stuck in what he calls a petty power play by the Environmental Protection Agency. He claims the agency is now...
  • Supreme Court Skeptical of EPA’s Greenhouse Limit Approach

    03/12/2014 12:06:28 PM PDT · by EBH · 1 replies
    Stateline ^ | 2/24/2014 | Jake Grovum
    Specifically, those challenging the EPA say it is reading too broadly its authority to regulate greenhouse gases, carrying over limits from vehicle transmissions and applying them to stationary sources such as power plants. They also say the EPA is picking and choosing which parts of the law to enforce by establishing a permitting scheme for greenhouse gas emitters, because its threshold for when those regulations take effect is above the law’s limits. The government argues a lower limit would potentially ensnare millions of buildings nationwide beyond the intent of the regulations, including public schools and some apartment buildings. It argues...
  • Coal to the Rescue, but Maybe Not Next Winter

    03/11/2014 9:28:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 10, 2014 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    ... As the end of the harshest winter in recent memory approaches, the bill is coming due for millions of consumers who are not only using more electricity and natural gas but also paying more for whatever they use. And there might not be relief in future winters, as the coal-fired power plants that utilities have relied on to meet the surge in demand are shuttered for environmental reasons. The sticker shock has been particularly acute in the Northeast, where natural gas supplies have been constrained. But it has spread to other regions of the country, including the Midwest, where...
  • EPA’s Climate Regulations Will Harm American Manufacturing

    03/07/2014 4:12:40 PM PST · by 1rudeboy · 35 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | March 4, 2014 | Nicolas Loris and Filip Jolevski
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) forthcoming climate change regulations for new and existing electricity generating units have been appropriately labeled the “war on coal,”[1] because the proposed limits for carbon dioxide emissions would essentially prohibit the construction of new coal-fired power plants and force existing ones into early retirement. However, the casualties will extend well beyond the coal industry, hurting families and businesses and taking a significant toll on American manufacturing across the nation. Congress should stop the EPA and all other federal agencies from regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. Driving Energy Prices Up, Economic Activity Down...
  • Report: EPA’s Global Warming Agenda Will Cost The Economy $2.23 Trillion

    03/06/2014 7:13:18 PM PST · by lbryce · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 7, 2014 | Michael Bastasch
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s climate rules aimed at phasing out coal-fired power in favor of low-carbon fuels will come at a high cost, according to a newly released report. Over the next two decades, the EPA’s rules to fight global warming will cost the economy $2.23 trillion, raise energy prices and lower families’ incomes. Using economic models based on the federal government’s National Energy Model System, the conservative Heritage Foundation found that, by the end of 2023, EPA climate regulations will cost the U.S. nearly 600,000 jobs and reduce a family of four’s income by $1,200. EPA rules would also...
  • How Many Jobs Are Threatened by the EPA in YOUR District?

    03/06/2014 7:05:50 AM PST · by rktman · 8 replies
    heritage.org ^ | 3/6/2014 | Amy Payne
    The Obama Administration is trying to regulate Americans’ livelihoods away. Will Congress do anything to stop it? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing regulation of “greenhouse gases”—something even its own officials have admitted would have no noticeable impact on the climate. New Heritage research shows the devastating impact it would have, however, on American manufacturing jobs.
  • EPA restricts sulfur in gasoline to help cut auto emissions

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

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

    03/01/2014 5:38:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency. The case will determine how far EPA can extend its regulatory overreach, to control “climate changing” carbon dioxide from power plants and other facilities – by ignoring the Constitution’s “separation of powers” provisions, rewriting clear language in the Clean Air Act, and disregarding laws that require the agency to consider both the costs and benefits of its regulations and what it is regulating. Put more bluntly, the Court will decide whether EPA may deceive and defraud the American people, by implementing regulations that...
  • Obama’s War on America: Killing Coal to Kill U.S. Electrical Power

    02/20/2014 6:41:22 AM PST · by rktman · 38 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2/20/2014 | Alan Caruba
    If the White House and the EPA is permitted to implement the MATS regulation the economy will dramatically decline. Life in America will resemble that of third world nations. It is entirely based on lies
  • Obama Hangs Californians Out to Dry: Fed action could alleviate the drought in California

    02/18/2014 6:57:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/17/2014 | Mona Charen
    There are many reasons that Barack Obama’s presidency has proven so ineffectual even by its own standards — boosting economic growth, improving health care, preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, enhancing America’s world reputation. One reason is that Barack Obama is the most ideologically rigid president in American history. He believes in all the wrong ideas, and holds to them with mulish tenacity. But there’s a second reason that was on vivid display in the past few days — overweening arrogance. This president has no patience with attempting to solve the actual problems that afflict the people he...
  • Report: Government-backed solar power costs 161 percent more than coal power

    02/15/2014 8:21:33 AM PST · by rktman · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/13/2014 | unknown
    The Obama administration heaped praise on the world’s largest solar thermal power facility, which began sending energy to customers in California on Thursday. The 392 megawatt Ivanpah solar facility was hailed as a grand achievement, but the administration neglected delivering solar power to consumers is much more expensive than coal. The Ivanpah solar thermal facility in California’s Mojave Desert is the largest in the world, but it comes with a high cost. To start, the facility received $1.6 billion in loan guarantees from the Obama administration in 2011 — about 73 percent of the project’s total costs, according to BrightSource...
  • The High Cost of Fracking Regulation

    02/12/2014 1:34:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 12, 2014 | Jeffrey Folks
    In Europe, where fracking is heavily regulated or prohibited altogether, consumers pay more than twice for natural gas than what they do in America (currently $11.59 per mBtu vs $4.78). As consumers, businesses, and electric utilities pay more, the result is a stalled economy and lower standard of living. Thanks in part to its large investment in solar energy, Spain's per capita GDP in current U.S. dollars has dropped from $31,679 in 2010 to $28,624 in 2012. Based on his recent words and actions, Obama wants the same for the U.S. Over half the homes in America heat with natural...
  • EPA set to strike key blow against coal?

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

    02/08/2014 9:25:20 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/8/2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    ‘The House should sharply reduce IRS funding until the agency is more responsive.” Well, I’d have omitted everything after “funding” but this was still an astute observation, offered at the conclusion of Thursday’s excellent Wall Street Journal editorial. I’m grateful to have smart guys on the team, even if slumming with us power-of-the-purse radicals may get them booted from the GOP’s “We’re only one-half of one-third” circle of submission. The editors were exercised over the revenue agency’s latest shenanigans, which include covering up its past shenanigans — the willful targeting of conservative groups in order to frustrate their opposition to...
  • Puny mouse threatens to delay Colorado flood recovery

    02/06/2014 12:44:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12:33 PM 02/05/2014 | Greg Campbell
    Colorado Republican Rep. Cory Gardner is demanding an emergency waiver from the Endangered Species Act for a species of mouse that threatens to delay flood recovery in Colorado. The Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse is a threatened species under the ESA, meaning that any governmental action—such as flood recovery—must first consider potential impacts on the tiny animal’s habitat, even if that habitat was also destroyed in the flood that wiped out entire Colorado communities in September. On Monday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency sent a notice to Colorado officials that the presence of the mouse in the flood zone “may cause...
  • Response to the SOTU address: Efforts to cap CO2 emissions are adverse to human health and welfare

    02/02/2014 9:15:32 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    What's up with that? ^ | 1/30/2014 | Craig D. Idso, Ph.D
    In his State of the Union address, President Obama advocated an energy policy aimed at reducing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), which he claims are causing catastrophic changes to the earth’s climate and “harming western communities.” In his policy prescription, the president advocates a combination of increased regulation of the energy and transportation industries and more government spending on research designed to bring low-carbon-emitting sources of energy, i.e., so-called renewables, to market. He considers those actions to be the only viable options “leading to a cleaner, safer planet.” But the president’s concerns for the planet are based upon flawed and...
  • EPA Administrator: We ‘Look at Climate Change As Something Where We … Can Grow Jobs’

    02/01/2014 2:16:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 30, 2014 - 10:06 PM | Penny Starr
    Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asked scientists at a climate change conference on Thursday in Arlington, Va., to explain the science of climate change. She also said that the EPA looks at climate change as an opportunity to grow the economy and create jobs. […] Obama referenced climate change in his State of the Union address while talking about “cleaner energy.” “The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way,” Obama said. “But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact. And when our children’s...
  • Five Months Later, EPA Still Hasn’t Complied With Congressional Subpoena

    01/25/2014 9:25:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 24, 2014 - 4:41 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has still not complied with a subpoena issued August 1, 2013 by the House Science, Space and Technology Committee seeking the scientific foundation of virtually every Clean Air Act regulation the agency has issued. The subpoena demanded that EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy hand over data from two decades-old taxpayer-funded studies as the agency moves towards the adoption of strict new ozone standards that could cost the U.S. economy $90 billion annually—which would make them the most expensive regulations in U.S. history. The subpoenaed data is cited as the scientific basis for EPA’s claim that microscopic...
  • Emails expose close coordination between EPA, Sierra Club and other lib environ activist groups

    01/23/2014 10:24:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2014 | Mark Tapscott
    Among Washington's most important but rarely covered realities is the daily close coordination among Democratic politicians, executive branch bureaucrats and the left side of the non-profit activism community. Emails obtained recently through a Freedom of Information Act request submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute exposed a slice of that coordination in the campaign to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The emails show, according to Fox News correspondent John Roberts, "senior policy officials at the EPA working closely with environmental groups in what appears to be an effort to kill the pipeline."...
  • Ex-EPA official told lawmakers of project to 'modify the DNA' of capitalism

    01/22/2014 3:56:06 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/22/2014 | Fox News
    A former high-ranking EPA official who recently was sentenced to prison for fraud told lawmakers last month that, before he left the agency, he was working on a "project" examining ways to "modify the DNA of the capitalist system." The startlingly blunt comment was included in newly released transcripts of John Beale's deposition before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. One group that is frequently critical of the Obama administration's energy policy, the Institute for Energy Research, said the claim is a "smoking gun" that reveals the administration's true intentions.
  • EPA Decree Shrinks Size of Wyoming by a Million Acres -

    01/21/2014 8:19:59 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 63 replies
    CNS News ^ | 01/21/2014 | Matt Vepsa
    Why is the EPA altering state boundaries in Wyoming - and reversing over 100 years of established law? Well, apparently the city of Riverton now falls under the jurisdiction of the Wind River Indian Reservation. Wyoming Governor Matt Mead warned of the dangers to all Americans of this type of unilateral land redistribution by the EPA: ...My deep concern is about an administrative agency of the federal government altering a state's boundary and going against over 100 years of history and law. "This should be a concern to all citizens because, if the EPA can unilaterally take land away from...
  • EPA Administrator Says Coal Rules Necessary Because of ‘Devastating Impacts on the Planet’

    01/21/2014 8:13:53 AM PST · by rktman · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1/20/2014 | Rodrigo Sermeño
    But Gina McCarthy tells GOP lawmakers she can't answer climate-change questions: 

“I just look at what the climate scientists tell me."
  • Boneta Bill Part Deux

    01/18/2014 9:07:28 AM PST · by Sheapdog · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | January 18, 2014 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Farming comprises less than three percent of an American labor force that feeds 307 million Americans and many other millions around the world yet government regulations are making it harder and harder for small farms to operate and bring wholesome foods to the market. Why should farmers be subjected to “annual property monitoring visits and inspections” by environmental groups, environmental councils, and local supervisors beholden to international agencies, groups that have no idea how their food gets to the table nor do they care? Virginians have fought back the NGO environmentalist assaults on their land, private property rights, and the...
  • 'War on coal:' GOP Senate group moves to block EPA power plant rules

    01/18/2014 7:44:40 AM PST · by upchuck · 29 replies
    Fox news ^ | Jan 18, 2014
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 39 fellow Republicans are attempting to use a rarely used legislative tactic to block planned Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas standards that would limit the amount of carbon new power plants can emit. The Kentucky senator filed a formal resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, a rarely used provision that allows Congress to block executive branch regulations that Congress considers onerous. The EPA rules were published in the Federal Register last week. "Kentucky is facing a real crisis here," McConnell said Thursday in introducing the disapproval motion. Regulations imposed by the Obama...
  • Ranchers, farmers fear eco-terrorists after EPA releases private info

    01/17/2014 2:28:01 PM PST · by INVAR · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-17-2013 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The Environmental Protection Agency has told farmers and ranchers it is sorry for handing private information about them over to environmental groups, but agriculture advocates who fear attacks from eco-terrorists say it's like closing the barn door after the horses escaped. In response to Freedom of Information Requests, the federal agency released information on up to 100,000 agriculture industry workers, including their home address and phone numbers, GPS coordinates and even personal medical histories. The agency later acknowledged much of the information should never have been provided, and even asked the recipients to give it back. (more at link)
  • {Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.} Senator presses EPA to scrutinize refinery emissions

    01/17/2014 8:51:38 AM PST · by thackney · 16 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 17, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Obama administration is focused on paring greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s power plants, and at least one senator wants refiners to be in the crosshairs too. During a Thursday hearing on President Barack Obama’s climate action plan, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., pressed Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy to begin zeroing in on carbon dioxide emissions from refiners, industrial ovens and commercial boilers. The EPA has been obligated to tackle carbon pollution from power plants and refineries since a December 2010 settlement with conservationists. Obama directed his EPA to focus on new and existing power plants first, however,...
  • Emails Show Extensive Collaboration Between EPA, Environmentalist Orgs

    01/16/2014 1:14:28 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 26 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 15, 2014 | By Lachlan Markay
    Internal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emails show extensive collaboration between top agency officials and leading environmentalist groups, including overt efforts to coordinate messaging and pressure the fossil fuel industry. The emails, obtained by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (EELI) through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, could fuel an ongoing controversy over EPA policies that critics say are biased against traditional sources of energy. Emails show EPA used official events to help environmentalist groups gather signatures for petitions on agency rulemaking, incorporated advance copies of letters drafted by those groups into official statements, and worked with environmentalists to publicly...
  • Clean Air Act: EPA'S Charade To Justify War On Coal Plants

    01/16/2014 10:27:10 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/14/2014 | Larry Bell
    The Environmental Protection Agency didn’t let a Clean Air Act requirement that mandated technologies be “adequately demonstrated” hinder their new performance standards ruling that puts a 1,100-pound limit per megawatt hour on carbon emissions from new coal power plants. Not only is there no scientifically-supportable climate benefit for limiting such emissions, there is no viable commercial-scale technology to achieve that ideological pipedream. Even if it mattered, the most modern coal-fired plants can only reduce CO2 emissions to 1,800 pounds. What’s more, they already knew that. Or at least they certainly should have after a fact-finding working group within EPA’s own...
  • New FOIA emails show EPA in cahoots with enviro groups, giving them special access

    01/16/2014 9:42:44 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    WattsUpWithThat.com ^ | 1/15/2014 | Anthony Watts
    From The Washington Free Beacon, Lachlan Markay. Press release follows. Internal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emails show extensive collaboration between top agency officials and leading environmentalist groups, including overt efforts to coordinate messaging and pressure the fossil fuel industry.
  • EPA overrides Congress, hands over town to Indian tribes

    01/09/2014 5:25:52 PM PST · by lowbridge · 90 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | january 8, 2013 | Michael Bastasch
    Have you heard the story of the residents of Riverton, Wyo.? One day they were Wyomingans, the next they were members of the Wind River tribes — after the Environmental Protection Agency declared the town part of the Wind River Indian Reservation, undoing a 1905 law passed by Congress and angering state officials. The surprise decision was made by officials of the EPA, the Department of Interior, and Department of Justice early last month, and has invoked the ire of Gov. Matt Mead, who has vowed not to honor the agency’s decision and is preparing to fight in court. “My deep concern is about...