Archive for June, 2013

President Obama’s climate initiative: The bad news and good news

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Source:  Wash Times

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/carbon_dioxide_and_the_earths_future_pursuing_the_prudent_path.html?Itemid=0

by Steve Gorham

In President Obama?s lead initiative in his Tuesday?s speech on climate change at Georgetown University, he said,?So today?I?m directing the Environmental Protection Agency to put an end to the limitless dumping of carbon pollution from our power plants and complete new pollution standards for both new and existing power plants.? The President also called for expanded efforts to use ?clean energy? and for the US to lead the world in bold actions to ?combat climate change.?

For the last decade, an obsession with global warming has dominated a wide array of US government policies. Climatism, the belief that man-made greenhouse gases are destroying Earth?s climate, skews federal automobile, transportation, energy, and infrastructure policies. Billions are spent in the ongoing effort to fight climate change.

Today, US policies toward the automobile industry are ?driven? by Climatism. In his speech, the President praised new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards that rise to 54.5 miles per gallon by year 2025 and that are designed to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Plug-in electric vehicles are promoted and subsidized as a solution to global warming. (more…)

The President?s Climate Action Plan and the Electricity Industry

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Source:  Troutman Sanders

Obama killing coal industry and utilities

Obama killing coal industry and utilities

by Todd R. Coles

Peter S. Glaser

Bonnie A. Suchman

President Obama released a sweeping climate plan (Plan) on June 25, 2013, using his authority to both address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to prepare for the impacts of climate change. The plan, which consists of a wide variety of executive actions, has three key pillars: (1) cut carbon pollution in America; (2) prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change; and (3) lead international efforts to combat global climate change. While the Plan contains proposals to promote such measures as energy efficiency and advanced transportation technologies, much of the focus of the Plan is on the electric generation sector. (more…)

Things That Will Cost More Under Obama’s Climate Change Plan

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Source:  Hawaii Reporter

State by State look at the futility of CO2 emissions control policies

State by State look at the futility of CO2 emissions control policies

President Obama doesn?t ?have time for a meeting of the flat-Earth society.? And he probably considers you a member if you disagree with him on his crushing regulatory approach to climate change.

The heck of it is, the policies he advocates actually would not help the Earth.

Before Obama?s speech yesterday, Heritage?s Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow, Nicolas Loris, explained the President?s dilemma:

But let?s pretend we were able to stop emitting all carbon immediately. Forget the electricity to cool our homes in the summer months. Shut down the power plants. Stop driving our cars. No talking. The Science and Public Policy Institute found that the global temperature would decrease by 0.17 degrees Celsius?by 2100. These regulations are all pain no gain.

That?s what President Obama?s climate change plan would not do.

What President Obama?s climate change plan would do: increase the price of just about everything. (more…)

Vitter: Administration?s Commitment to Costly Energy Regulations Could Devastate Economy

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Source:  Senator Vitter

Senator Vitter

Senator Vitter

(Washington, DC) ? U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, today made the following statement after President Barack Obama announced plans to implement costly new regulations on power plants.

?The pattern of behavior from this administration is to hide their true plans from the public and conduct business without transparency,? said Vitter. ?Their plans, often developed in secret, result in job loss and added costs to taxpayers. In almost the same breath, he laid the groundwork to implement regulations akin to a carbon tax ? which would frustrate economic recovery; and waivered on the Keystone pipeline ? which would obviously be a huge job creator.?

In President Obama?s speech, he stated that the administration will be working closely with other countries to reduce and regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Vitter and EPW Republicans have long questioned the economics behind regulating businesses in the United States, while China, India, and Russia, some of the world?s largest carbon emitters, and do not show interest or willingness to do the same.

President Obama also hedged his support of the Keystone XL pipeline, saying, ?Allowing the Keystone pipeline to be built requires a finding that doing so would be in our nation’s interests. Our national interest would be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.?  Keystone is estimated to create over 20,000 direct jobs and over 100,000 indirect jobs through carrying nearly one million additional barrels per day of North American oil supplies to U.S. refineries. Vitter has continually urged President Obama and administration officials to move forward with Keystone XL.

Last week, White House energy advisor Heather Zichal said, ?Going forward, obviously the EPA is going to be working very hard on rules that focus specifically on greenhouse gas emissions from the coal sector.  They?re doing a lot of important work in that space.?

Below are several questions that Gina McCarthy, the nominee to head the EPA, answered on the record during her nomination proceedings, suggesting the EPA was not involved.

Questions for the Record from Sen. Vitter to Gina McCarthy, nominee to be EPA Administrator

The questions were submitted on April 15. Responses were received on April 30.

Question: What health benefits are projected to occur as a result of an existing source NSPS – that is, benefits other than the co-control of criteria pollutants or NESHAPS?

Answer: At this time, EPA is working to finalize the proposed NSPS for new power plants. The agency is not currently developing any existing source GHG regulations for power plants. As a result, we have performed no analysis that would identify specific health benefits from establishing an existing source program.

Question: What plans does EPA have to adopt new GHG regulations for existing power plants? Specifically, has your office prepared draft regulations, what regulatory options are you considering, and what is the likely timeline for such action?

Answer: EPA is not currently developing any existing source GHG regulations for power plants. Accordingly, the Office of Air and Radiation has not prepared draft regulations. The office?s current work is focused on reviewing the comments submitted in response to the proposed carbon pollution standard for new power plants under section 111(b).

Question: Once EPA finalizes its proposed NSPS for GG Emissions for New Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units (EGUs), does the agency intend to propose regulations under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act to establish procedures whereby states set standards of performance for GHG emissions from existing EGUs in their jurisdiction? If so, does EPA agree that it can only issue guidance to the states on regulating GHG emissions from power plants and that each state must submit a plan to the agency that sets standards for performance for existing power plants within the state? Will EPA discuss its plans for the guidance with states prior to issuing such guidance?

Answer: EPA is not currently developing any existing source GHG regulations for power plants. As a general matter, the provisions of section 111(d)(1) are plain on their face to the extent that they require EPA to ?prescribe regulations which shall establish a procedure ? under which each State shall submit ? a plan which ? establishes standards of performance for any existing source ?.? In the event that EPA does undertake action to address GHG emissions from existing power plants, the agency will ensure, as it always seeks to do, ample opportunity for the public and stakeholders to offer meaningful input on potential approaches.

Question: Has the agency done any legal analysis of the challenge of regulating greenhouse gases from powerplants under 111(d)? Can you share it with me?

Answer: At this time, EPA is working to finalize the proposed NSPS for new sources. The agency is not currently developing any existing source GHG regulations. In the event that EPA does undertake action to address GHG emissions from existing power plants, the agency would ensure, as it always seeks to do, ample opportunity for States, the public and stakeholders to offer meaningful input on potential approaches.

CEI Press Release on Obama Climate Plan

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Source:  CEIco2

President?s Climate Plan Undemocratic, Bordering On Authoritarian, Disingenuous On Keystone

CEI Analysts See Effort To Avoid Congress Because Ideas Are Unpopular

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25, 2013 ? President Obama?s climate agenda released today is being done without public or congressional support and is being pursued in this way because he knows the peoples? elected representatives would never approve these plans, say experts at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

?Obama?s all-pain, no-gain agenda will cost jobs, drive up prices and have little effect on global emissions,? said Myron Ebell, director of CEI?s Center for Energy and Environment. ?It is undemocratic, bordering on authoritarian.

?It confirms the Obama administration?s all-out war on coal, calls for more negotiations on a treaty the Senate will never ratify and displays an alarming lack of knowledge about the state of climate science. Congress should move immediately to defund as much of this as possible.?

The president also said his decision on whether to approve the Keystone pipeline project would depend largely on whether it increases total carbon emissions.

?President Obama should?ve announced his approval today of the Keystone pipeline,? Ebell said.  ?The fact he didn?t demonstrates that he?s still playing political games with this project, which has overwhelming public and congressional support.?

The president pledges to impose carbon dioxide emissions limits for existing as well as new power plants, strengthen efficiency standards for homes and appliances and encourage more development of renewable energy sources on public lands. Obama admits his plan calls mostly for actions he can take without congressional approval. (more…)

Berlin 2013 — Obama vows US ‘will do more’ to battle climate change

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Source: Daily Nation

Obama's bogus climate alarmism

Obama’s bogus climate alarmism

 

BERLIN

President Barack Obama on Wednesday pledged that the United States “will do more” to tackle the threat of climate change and said the world must do likewise before it is too late.

“Our generation must move towards a global compact to confront a changing climate before it is too late, that is our job, that is our task,” Obama said in a speech in Berlin.

Speaking on a blistering hot day at Brandenburg Gate, Obama said that “peace with justice means refusing to condemn our children to a harsher, less hospitable planet”. (more…)

Earth undergoing global COOLING since 2002!

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Source: Climate Depot  dsc00563

Forget global warming!? Earth undergoing global COOLING since 2002! Climate Scientist Dr. Judith Curry: ?Attention in the public debate seems to be moving away from the 15-17 year ?pause? to the cooling since 2002?

 

Growing number of scientists are predicting global cooling: Russia?s Pulkovo Observatory: ?We could be in for a cooling period that lasts 200-250 years?

?Sun Sleeps?: Danish Solar Scientist Svensmark declares ?global warming has stopped and a cooling is beginning?enjoy global warming while it lasts?

Prominent geologist Dr. Don Easterbrook warns ?global COOLING is almost a slam dunk? for up to 30 years or more

Australian Astronomical Society warns of global COOLING as Sun?s activity ?significantly diminishes?

By: Climate DepotJune 15, 2013 2:55 PM

Climate Depot Exclusive Round Up of Global Cooling  predictions   (more…)

Vanishing Snow: Should there be A Law?

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Source:  Washington Times

Photo: Jamestown, North Dakota, March 9, 1966 (NOAA)

Photo: Jamestown, North Dakota, March 9, 1966 (NOAA)

CHICAGO, June 18, 2013 ? Last month, more than 100 ski resorts joined the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) Climate Declaration. The BICEP declaration urges that Americans ?use less electricity,? ?drive a more efficient car,? and choose ?clean energy? to combat climate change. Ski resorts are concerned that global warming will reduce snowfall and hurt the skiing industry.

Skiing executive Auden Schendler said, ?Aspen Skiing Company joined the climate declaration because if there is an industry that ought to care about climate change, it?s the ski industry.? The 2007 Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns of a difficult future for the industry: ??snow cover area is projected to contract?mountainous areas will face glacier retreat, reduced snow cover and winter tourism?shifting of ski slopes to higher altitudes.? (more…)