Archive for January, 2013

Lobbying Muscle and Green Agenda Blinded Boeing to Reality

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Source: National and Legal Policy Center   boeing-787-dreamliner1_0

With the revelation that All Nippon Airways replaced defective lithium ion batteries 10 times, Japan Air Lines replaced ?quite a few,? and United Airlines replaced ?multiple batteries,? in the months preceding the smoke emergency that grounded their Dreamliners, is there anything that can be said about the technology that can overcome its now-horrible reputation?

Boeing has worked on the 787 for 10 years or so, with an ample amount of time to determine what kind of battery technology would be functional with the ?super-efficient? jet with ?exceptional environmental performance.? Had the Chicago-based manufacturer ?and its airline customers ? concerned themselves more with achievable plans that built on proven fossil-fuel designs and economic sensibility rather than appeasement of environmental activists, and the accompanying millions of dollars in government subsidies for such, they might not be burning through millions of dollars in costs and lost productivity due to idle airplanes right now. That?s in addition to the public image hit they are taking. (more…)

Vitter Warns Louisiana of EPA?s Secret ?Sue and Settle? Deals, Could Impact State

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Source: Sen. Vitter  

Contact: Luke Bolar

(202) 224-4623

Vitter Warns Louisiana of EPA?s Secret ?Sue and Settle? Deals, Could Impact State

Says EPA and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are colluding with environmental groups

WASHINGTON, DC ? U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is warning of more secret ?sue and settle? deals with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups. In a letter today, Vitter encourages Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to join the 13 states? AGs who recently filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with EPA asking for any and all correspondence between EPA and a list of 80 environmental, labor union and public interest organizations that had been party to litigation since the start of the Obama Administration.

?The collusion between federal bureaucrats and far-left environmental organizations entering legal agreements under a shroud of secrecy is the opposite of a transparent government,? Vitter said. ?This is a problem across the country, but could quickly become a threat to Louisianans if we see the full weight of the EPA and Fish and Wildlife Service come crashing down on private landowners.?

Vitter is encouraging Caldwell to join the other states? AGs, and is also encouraging the inclusion of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in their investigation. The Fish and Wildlife Service was not included in the original FOIA request. In his letter, Vitter also highlights a specific recent example where the Fish and Wildlife Service entered an agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity that could impact private property owners across the South and in Louisiana with new rules on habitat for endangered species on private property because private property owners will have few resources to fight any legal challenge of a massive federal agency.

A copy of Vitter?s letter is below.

January 22, 2013

James D. ?Buddy? Caldwell

Attorney General

State of Louisiana

1885 N. Third Street

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Dear A.G. Buddy Caldwell:

I write asking your personal assistance regarding a matter imperative to Louisiana?s economy and private property owners across our great state.   My concern stems from the non-transparent nature of litigation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and specifically the entering of consent decrees through a practice referred to as ?sue and settle,? and sometimes referred to as ?friendly lawsuits.?

Under this practice, radical environmental groups file lawsuits against a federal agency in a friendly court demanding the agency take action.  Rather than allowing the entire process to play out, the Department of Justice and the agency being sued settles the lawsuit by agreeing to move forward with the requested action.  While the environmental group is given a seat at the negotiating table, private property owners and other affected residents are not given the opportunity to object to these settlements.

On August 10, 2012 thirteen state Attorney Generals filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with EPA asking for any and all correspondence between EPA and a list of 80 environmental, labor union and public interest organizations that had been party to litigation since the start of the Obama administration.  My specific request is that you intervene in these efforts and expand the investigation beyond the EPA to include the USFWS.  The collusion between federal bureaucrats and the organizations entering consent agreements under a shroud of secrecy represents the antithesis of a transparent government, and your participation in the FOIA request will help Louisianans understand the process by which these settlements were reached.

Using these ?sue and settle? agreements, a significant portion of regulatory policy is being fashioned behind closed doors with groups that are clearly antagonistic to the economic health of the United States and Louisiana.  This regulatory policy is having a significant, negative impact on states and private property owners.  A specific recent example involves the settlement agreement between the USFWS and the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group who has made clear its goal is to use the litigation process to force species listings.  The agreement to make listing determinations on hundreds of species will adversely impact private property owners across the South and the state of Louisiana with new rules on habitat for endangered species on private property.  Unfortunately, most private property owners will not have the resources to fight the legal and regulatory onslaught of a massive federal agency.

As the new ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, I plan to investigate  this ?sue and settle? practice using all available tools to bring to light this often abused path to regulatory influence.  Private interest groups using lawsuits that are settled in secret, with minimal to no input from the regulated community, small businesses and private property owners should no longer go on without oversight.

As the AG, your intervention and requested expansion of the FOIA request can help to investigate and shed light on what our federal agencies are doing to undermine Louisiana and the people of our great state.  I am warily confident that both EPA and USFWS will shun all efforts to open the doors on these practices, the negotiations, and the communications between agency staff and outside groups regarding ?sue and settle? agreements.  However, I request that you stay vigilant and join the consorted effort of the 13 other state AGs working to make public the collusion between our federal government and certain interest groups.

If I can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to contact me directly.


David Vitter

Ranking Member

U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works




Obama coal regulations crippling communities

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

source: Wash Times  

The war on jobs and affordable energy is real and continues to pick up steam with a swarm of new regulations coming out of President Obama?s Environmental Protection Agency contributing to more mine closures and plant shutdowns across the country. Last week, we witnessed the latest round of victims in the war on coal, with Georgia Power Co. announcing its plans to shutter 15 fossil-fuel-fired electric units, impacting nearly 500 jobs in the state. (more…)

Who?s Afraid of Fracking?

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Source:  NRO

by Deroy Murdock 

If frackophobes are to be believed, natural-gas fracking is the most frightful environmental nightmare since Japan?s Fukushima nuclear-power plant melted down amid an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

In Promised Land, Matt Damon?s new anti-fracking film funded by the United Arab Emirates, one character demonstrates this production technique?s ?dangers? by drenching a toy farm with household chemicals and then setting it ablaze.

In the pro-fracking film FrackNation, one Pennsylvania homeowner absurdly claims that fracking polluted his well water with weapons-grade uranium. (For details, watch AXS-TV on Tuesday, January 22, at 9 p.m. EST.) FrackNation also is in limited theatrical release at the Quad Cinemas in New York City and at Laemmle?s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Calif.

In an agitprop poster from the group New Yorkers Against Fracking, the Statue of Liberty furiously topples natural-gas drilling towers with her torch as energy-company big rigs flee in horror. (more…)

Will the Supreme Court Review EPA?s Greenhouse Gas Regulations? Part II

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Source: Global 

Marlo Lewis

by Marlo Lewis

In Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA, petitioners ? a coalition of industry groups, states, and non-profit organizations ? sought to overturn the EPA?s endangerment, tailpipe, triggering, and tailoring rules for greenhouse gases (GHGs). In June of last year, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the EPA, upholding the four GHG rules. In August, coalition members petitioned for an en banc (full court) rehearing of the case. On Dec. 20, 2012 the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the petitions by 5-2.

However, given the importance of the issues and the strength of the two dissenting opinions, the case may go to the Supreme Court. Last week, I reviewed Judge Janice Rogers Brown?s dissenting opinion. Today, I review Judge Brett Kavanaugh?s dissent. (more…)

The EPA Pushes the Envelope, Again

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Source:  Reason

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

A long train of abuses suggests an institutional culture that sees the law as an impediment.

In accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of trying to regulate ?water itself as a pollutant,? Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is not showing an excess of exactitude. But his looseness is rhetorical and harmless. The EPA?s is neither.

Last week federal judge Liam O?Grady sided with Cuccinelli when he ruled that the EPA had overstepped its bounds. As a measure of just how far the EPA had overreached, note that Cuccinelli?s suit against the EPA was joined by Fairfax County, led by Board of Supervisors chairman Sharon Bulova. (more…)

Now even Pravda admits the ‘global warming’ jig is up

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Source: UK Telegraph

by James Delingpole

It’s Death of Little Nell time again in the field of climate “science.” The New York Times ? aka Pravda ? has announced the closure of its Environment Desk. Rumours that the entire environment team, headed by Andy Revkin, have volunteered to be recycled into compost and spread on the lawn of the new billion dollar home Al Gore bought with the proceeds of his sale of Current TV to Middle Eastern oil interests are as yet unconfirmed. What we do know is that it’s very, very sad and that all over the Arctic baby polar bears are weeping bitter tears of regret. (more…)

New Material Posted on the NIPCC Web site

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Source: NIPCC

Full Entry here

Storms of the Past Century over the Southern Great Barrier Reef (8 Jan 2013) 

The authors of this study report that ?coral reefs in the southern Great Barrier Reef are frequently influenced by periods of high storm activity,? and that the reefs in that part of the world ?show strong resilience to natural disturbances over the past century,? indicative of the fact that the continued existence of that region?s corals is not nearly as tenuous as many climate alarmists have made it out to be… Read More (more…)

The latest from Climate Depot

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Source:  Climate Depot

James Hansen Arrested

By Marc Morano

Alert: NASA’s James Hansen Declared Obama Has One Week Left To Save The Planet! — ‘On Jan. 17, 2009 Hansen declared Obama only ‘has four years to save Earth’ — Only 7 Days left!  

Obama Mission Accomplished! ‘Obama succeeded in reversing global warming’ Global Temps Cooling Over past 4 years

UK Guardian Jan. 17, 2009

Alert: NASA’s James Hansen Declared Obama Has One Week Left To Save The Planet! — ‘On Jan. 17, 2009 Hansen declared Obama only ‘has four years to save Earth’ — Only 7 Days left!UK Guardian Jan. 17, 2009

Obama Mission Accomplished! ‘In Jan. 2009, Hansen gave Obama 4 years to save the planet ? and he succeeded in reversing global warming’ Global Temps Cooling Over past 4 years! (more…)

Obama’s radical EPA chief quits

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Source:  Examinor. com

Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson, a former engineer and head of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection has been Obama?s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator through his first term. Jackson led her state’s efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, and has aligned herself with militant eco-groups in every job-killing green agenda item imaginable. Her radical green activism under Obama has raised suspicion about the negative economic impacts of EPA regulations — a recent Rasmussen poll indicates that only 39% approve of the EPA, while 34% disapprove and 27% are undecided. Much of Jackson?s ambitious regulatory portfolio has ultimately failed in judicial review. Jackson has admitted to unlawfully operating anonymous e-mail accounts in conducting EPA government business, and is presently under Congressional investigation for such excesses. (more…)

UK Met Office: rainfall follies

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Source:  Numbers  

And now for the weather aftcast

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past.
Burnt Norton

Yes, it is rude to laugh, but sometimes it is irresistible. The new green Telegraph regales us with the headline ?

After deluge, expect more ‘extreme rain?

With due deference to the First Law of Journalism, it is all down to the famous Met Office. Suddenly, after a wet year, which naturally they failed to forecast, they have reversed their customary fiery slogans to ?Après nous le deluge?. Their antediluvian joy has given way to postdiluvian melancholy. As we noted just a year ago, they had been obliged to withdraw from issuing long term weather forecasts after their warming predictions became a national joke, with their ?barbecue summers? and ?milder than average winters?. These were all going to be the inevitable results of global warming, but now: (more…)

England and Wales rainfall trends

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Source:  Bishop Hill

In the wake of the “more rain and more intense rain” story, Doug Keenan sends this graph of England & Wales rainfall records for 1766-2012 (click for larger; data here).

Let’s just say the trend towards more rainfall is not obvious. (As indeed is any trend towards less rainfall, which is said to be more likely by the UK Climate Impacts Programme).

[Updated to show England and Wales, rather than UK]

Northern Hemisphere Snow Extent Was Greatest On Record In December

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Source:  Real Science


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Snow extends all the way to Mexico because of an overheated atmosphere which is melting down the planet.

Northern Hemisphere December snow extent was the greatest on record, and has increased by more than 20,000 Manhattans since the 1960s.

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Rutgers University Climate Lab :: Global Snow Lab

The IPCC predicted the exact opposite, because they have no idea what they are talking about.

2001 Ice Storms

Milder winter temperatures will decrease heavy snowstorms

IPCC Draft 1995

shrinking snow cover in winter

Northern Hemisphere Snow Cover Sets All Time December Record ? 9 Million Sq Km More Than 32 Years Ago!

Coal News

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Source:  SPPI  

by Dennis Ambler

Here are a few interesting tidbits on coal.

IEA expects coal to rival oil by 2017 –

“Coal will rival oil as the world?s top source of energy in five years, as the mineral benefits from booming demand for electricity generation and steel and cement production in China, India and other emerging nations of Asia.

The International Energy Agency on Tuesday said that by 2017 coal ?will come close? to surpassing crude oil as the world?s top energy source even if demand growth for coal slows down somewhat from the torrid pace of the past decade.

The new IEA medium-term projections, covering the 2012-17 period, bode well for the world?s top coal producers, including Shenhua Group of China, Coal of India, Anglo America, the combination of Glencore and Xstrata, and Peabody Energy.

India will drive consumption, with demand increasing at 6.3 per cent a year over the next five years. ?This surge in coal consumption is not matched by production growth from domestic mines, causing strong growth in imports?, the IEA said.” (more…)

Silicon Valley’s Green Energy Mistake

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Source:  WSJ

Political venture capital turns out to be a loser.

Silicon Valley’s investment wizards are fleeing the so-called green economy, and not a moment too soon for American prosperity. As painful as the era of  has been for taxpayers and shareholders, there’s an emerging silver lining. It’s likely that in 2013 fewer people will spend their time trying to turn political projects into companies.

A recent survey from our corporate cousins at Dow Jones VentureSource and the National Venture Capital Association finds that “clean technology” is inspiring pessimism among venture capitalists. Fully 61% expect less clean-tech investment in 2013 compared to 2012. On the flip side, a majority expect more investment next year in business information technology, a traditional U.S. economic strength.

The survey reflects a natural and healthy shift in Silicon Valley. Talent and resources are moving back to the technologies that gave the valley its name?and away from trendy eco-projects that failed. (more…)