Posts Tagged ‘EPA’

What Is Really At Stake In The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subpoena Of EPA Data

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Source: Forbes

by Geoffrey Kabat

Last month Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives launched a new offensive in the long-running battle over the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of air pollution under the Clean Air Act.  For the first time in 21 years the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology issued a subpoena requiring the EPA to hand over the data from two scientific studies, which provide the basis for most of the regulations.

According to the committee’s chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R – TX), the subpoena comes after nearly two years of requests for EPA to make the data available.  He argues that the scientific evidence used to justify new regulations that will cost billions of dollars should be accessible to independent researchers and other groups, rather than hinging on the analysis and interpretation of a small group of academic researchers.  In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, he charged the EPA with basing its rule-making on “secret science.” (more…)

EPA chief’s secret ‘alias’ email account revealed

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Source: Daily Caller

[SPPI Note:  More on Lisa Jackson's EPA here:  

Lisa P Jackson - EPA Administrator: Fulfilling the UN Mission

The United Nations-States Environmental Protection Agency

Samples of U.S. Government Grants to the Global Warming Industry]

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The name Richard Windsor may sound innocuous, but it is allegedly one of the secret “alias” emailaccounts used by Obama EPA Administrator Lisa JacksonRead more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/12/epa-chiefs-secret-alias-email-account-revealed/#ixzz2CloYgC00

“That is the name — sorry, one of the alias names — used by Obama’s radical EPA chief to keep her email from those who ask for it,” Chris Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and author of the new book “The Liberal War on on Transparency,” told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an email. (more…)

Why Courts Should Repeal EPA’s ‘Carbon Pollution’ Standard (and why you should care)

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Source: Global Warming Org

Fracking

by Marlo Lewis

Note: A nearly identical version of this column appeared last week in Forbes Online. I am reposting it here with many additional hyperlinks so that readers may more easily access the evidence supporting my conclusions.

The November 2012 elections ensure that President Obama’s war on coal will continue for at least two more years. The administration’s preferred M.O. has been for the EPA to ‘enact’ anti-coal policies that Congress would reject if such measures were introduced as legislation and put to a vote. Had Gov. Romney won the presidential race and the GOP gained control of the Senate, affordable energy advocates could now go on offense and pursue a legislative strategy to roll back various EPA global warming regulations, air pollution regulations, and restrictions on mountaintop mining. But Romney lost and Democrats gained two Senate seats. (more…)

EPA’s Regional Administrators Love Activism, Litigation

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Source:  NLPC

See SPPI profile on Lisa Jackson

The suspicions of Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe were correct: Rather than sitting before the House Energy and Commerce Committee three weeks ago to explain the ways he “crucified” oil and natural gas companies, instead Al Armendariz – who cancelled his appearance at the last minute – met with the Sierra Club for a job interview.

This time the recently resigned EPA’s Region 6 administrator will eagerly attack another fossil fuel, joining the litigious environmental group as part of its “Beyond Coal” campaign. If there was any question that Armendariz unfairly regulated the gas and oil businesses under his authority in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and other neighboring states, the Sierra Club announcement left no doubt.

“I know how important it is to transition to cleaner sources of energy that don’t pollute the air that our children breathe,” he said, “and I’m proud to be working on a campaign with a proven track record for success.”

Inhofe proved prescient in remarks to National Journal on June 7th. (more…)

Showdown at the EPA corral

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Source:  Junk Science

By Steve Milloy

March 2 should be a date that lives in infamy for the Obama Environmental Protection Agency.

That day will most likely be the last opportunity for congressional Republicans to apply meaningful pressure on EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson as she testifies before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the agency’s 2013 budget.

Over the past three years, the Obama EPA has conducted a scorched earth campaign against fossil fuel producers and users, especially the coal-fired power industry, with multibillion-dollar rules that provide no meaningful environmental or public-health benefits, like the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and the Mercury Air Toxics Standard (MATS). (more…)

Coal Regs Would Kill Jobs, Boost Energy Bills

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Source: US News & World Report

Two new EPA pollution regulations will slam the coal industry so hard that hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost, and electric rates will skyrocket 11 percent to over 23 percent, according to a new study based on government data.

Overall, the rules aimed at making the air cleaner could cost the coal-fired power plant industry $180 billion, warns a trade group.

“Many of these severe impacts would hit families living in states already facing serious economic challenges,” said Steve Miller, president of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. “Because of these impacts, EPA should make major changes to the proposed regulations before they are finalized,” he said. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Oceans 21 – The Process Has Begun

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Source:  SPPI

by Dennis Ambler

Here is a follow up to the Agenda 21 Oceans paper, the process is well underway.

Here is a very apposite article  following on from the paper, UN Agenda 21 Will Rule the US Waves, with the title, How do you manage US oceans? Look at local successes, (Environmental Research web, May 5, 2011)

“Policymakers are very familiar with land-use planning. But what is the best approach for planning uses of America’s coastal waters and oceans? That question has gained importance since President Obama formed the National Ocean Council last summer and charged it with developing an ecosystem-based stewardship policy for the nation’s oceans, coastal waters and the Great Lakes.” (more…)

Expect media activism in run-up to Supreme Court’s climate change case

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Source:  Daily Caller

by Chris Horner

Lee Casey and David Rivkin had a piece in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, “Climate Change heads to the Supreme Court.” The subhead – “Green activists hope to force electric utilities and many others to pay ‘public nuisance’ claims for emitting carbon dioxide” – sets forth the basics of the case, which will be argued Tuesday to determine whether courts can assign individual liability for individual contributions to climate change (really), on the grounds of common law nuisance.

There are several cases in the federal judicial circuits confronting similar claims, from utilities causing or contributing to global warming to oil companies causing or making Hurricane Katrina worse. Imagine if this practice is unleashed.

The Casey/Rivkin piece hits the right notes but also provides context for the next few days’ worth of marches, stories, human interest items and editorials in the establishment press. For example, Washington is presently being swarmed for four days by Al Gore, Van Jones and the left-liberal greenosphere. (more…)

And the beat-down goes on – EPA and Mercury

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Source:  SPPI

by Paul Driessen

Proposed EPA rules will do more harm than good for human health, especially for minorities

Presidential candidate Barack Obama promised that his policies would cause electricity rates to “skyrocket” and “bankrupt” any company trying to build a coal-fired generating plant. This is one promise he and his über-regulators are keeping.

President Obama energetically promotes wind and solar projects that require millions of acres of land and billions of dollars in subsidies, to generate expensive, intermittent electricity and create jobs that cost taxpayers upwards of $220,000 apiece – most of them in China.

His Interior Department is locking up more coal and petroleum prospects, via “wild lands” and other designations, and dragging its feet on issuing leases and drilling permits. Meanwhile, his Environmental Protection Agency is challenging shale gas drilling and fracking, and imposing draconian carbon dioxide emission rules, now that Congress and voters have rejected cap-tax-and-trade. That’s for starters. (more…)

EPA moving unilaterally to limit greenhouse gases

Saturday, December 25th, 2010
Source:  AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stymied in Congress, the Obama administration is moving unilaterally to clamp down on greenhouse emissions, announcing plans for new power plants and oil refinery emission standards over the next year.

In an announcement posted on the agency’s website late Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson said the aim was to better cope with pollution contributing to climate change.

“We are following through on our commitment to proceed in a measured and careful way to reduce GHG pollution that threatens the health and welfare of Americans,” Jackson said in a statement. She said emissions from power plants and oil refineries constitute about 40 percent of the greenhouse gas pollution in this country.

President Barack Obama had said two days after the midterm elections that he was disappointed Congress hadn’t acted on legislation achieving the same end, signaling that other options were under consideration. (more…)

EPA Shifting Its Emphasis to ‘Sustainability’

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

By Susan Jones

(CNSNews.com) – The Environmental Protection Agency, marking its 40th anniversary this week, announced that ”sustainability concepts” will govern its programs from now on.

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said her agency has commissioned a “groundbreaking” National Research Council study that will help the agency “incorporate sustainability into the way the agency approaches environmental protection.”

The announcement signifies an important step toward building a society that can meet its needs while preserving the ability of future generations to meet their needs, the EPA said in a Nov. 30 news release.

Historically, environmental programs have focused on reducing air pollution and water pollution and identifying and monitoring chemical and environmental risks to human health and the environment. But, the EPA explained, today’s challenges involve the sustainable use of energy, water, materials and land – “and require solutions that stress the linkages between energy use, water use, environmental protection, human health, quality of life, and the global economy.” (more…)

EPA Puts ‘Environmental Justice’ Front and Center in Its Rulemaking Process

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
Source:  CNSNEWS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a 55-page “guidance” to help its employees ‘advance environmental justice’ for low-income and minority communities.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
By Susan Jones

(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a 55-page “guidance” to help its employees “advance environmental justice” for low-income and minority communities.

“Achieving environmental justice is an Agency priority and should be factored into every decision,” the document says.

The move comes 16 years after President William Clinton signed an executive order directing every federal agency to “make achieving environmental justice part of its mission.” And Barack Obama campaigned on a promise to make “environmental justice policies a priority within the EPA.” (more…)

Environmental injustice en Español

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

by Rev. Sam Rodriguez

Liberal Latino pressure groups’ campaign will drive up energy prices, kill jobs and hurt families

Rev. Sam Rodriguez

Nineteen Latino activist groups recently asked Congress and President Obama to oppose any attempts to delay or scale back proposed Environmental Protection Agency air pollution and climate regulations.

The groups’ letter cites EPA claims that “rising temperatures caused by human activities” would lead to higher levels of ground-level ozone, the main ingredient in smog. This they assert, again citing EPA claims, would lead to health problems in cities with large Hispanic populations, because low-income and minority communities are often less able to pay costs associated with heat-related health threats.

Therefore, they argue, any legislation that affects the proposed Clean Air Act initiatives “will severely jeopardize” public health and productivity in our communities. These initiatives are needed to ensure “environmental justice” and avoid “disproportionate impacts” from climate change in minority communities, by emphasizing renewable energy, better weatherization and “green jobs.”

My organization, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, represents over 25,000 congregations and 16 million Hispanic Evangelical Christians. We were not consulted or asked to sign the letter. If we had been, we would have offered some very different insights and perspectives. (more…)

EPA Estimates Its Greenhouse Gas Restrictions Would Reduce Global Temperature by No More Than 0.006 of a Degree in 90 Years

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
Source:  CNSNEWS

By Chris Neefus

Coal-burning power plant. (AP photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Tough new rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency restricting greenhouse gas emissions would reduce the global mean temperature by only 0.006 to 0.0015 of a degree Celsius by the year 2100, according to the EPA’s analysis.

As a side effect, these rules would “slow construction nationwide for years,” the EPA said in a June 3 statement.

Republican members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee highlighted those findings in a report released last week.

The GOP minority report, issued last Wednesday, said a series of proposed and partially implemented new regulations on industrial boilers, greenhouse gas emitters, and ozone levels will put over 800,000 jobs at risk with little environmental benefit. (more…)

EPW POLICY BEAT: ‘METAPHYSICAL SUBTLETIES’

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Source: Link to Inhofe EPW Press Blog

For businesses facing growing regulatory uncertainty from Washington, EPA’s greenhouse gas regime must be downright vexing.  We don’t refer only to EPA’s mere rewriting of the Clean Air Act (CAA) in its greenhouse gas tailoring rule.  We also mean EPA’s rather bizarre invitation to states to change their laws by having them simply change the interpretation of those laws to mean, well, what they clearly don’t.

To understand such strangeness, one must know that EPA is acting desperately in hopes of avoiding the “glorious mess” that regulating GHGs will surely create.  As a means to that end, the agency recently proposed a “SIP” (State Implementation Plan) call for states whose laws and/or regulations are deemed deficient in that they don’t authorize GHG regulation.  EPA has granted states one year to correct those deficiencies; EPA in the meantime would become the backstop GHG permitting authority—permanently so, if states refuse to make the necessary changes. (more…)