Category Archives for Emissions
Former Sierra Club activist, Dr. Alan Carlin’s story of his whistleblowing experience at the EPA is an interesting read. In this article, Dr. Carlin describes why he was forced to blow the whistle on EPA during the run up to the CO2 endangerment finding, how he was “muzzled” for bringing forth negative comments, and how he sees the EPA now operating outside of their legal mandate.
The Obama administration appears to be losing ground in its efforts to cut U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases, according to new government figures that show pollution levels rising again after several years of gradual decline.
Two quick notes on this issue. First, CO2 is not pollution, no matter how strenuously media, some elected officials, the environmental industry, and Leo DiCaprio protest. CO2 is, and always has been, plant food. It is an essential chemical component of all life on this planet.
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Alex Epstein (@) Founder of the Center for Industrial Progress will give the keynote presentation at the 2014 Coal Market Strategies Conference (August 11-13, 2014 in Park City, Utah at the Stein Eriksen Lodge). Be sure to attend to be one of the first to learn about his new book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels!
An avid and innovative champion of fossil fuels, Alex has defended their economic and environmental benefits in debates against , Greenpeace, 350.org’s Bill McKibben, and the Sierra Club. Alex’s writings and views on fossil fuels have been covered and published in hundreds of publications, ranging from the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the New York Times to Rolling Stone. He engages with many constituencies on the economic and environmental benefits of fossil fuels, including university students, having spoken at Stanford, Duke, Rice, UCLA and others.
Have you registered for the 2014 Coal Market Strategies Conference in Park City, Utah on August 11 – 13?
During our two-day program, Session III presenters will focus on Policy, the Environment, and Technology.
- Politics & Policy in 2014 – Prognostications on Mid-term Elections: We will examine the critical factors and races influencing House and Senate majorities. Will the Senate shift, and what’s in it for coal if it does? We will focus on key coal / energy state races, and how Democrats may fare amidst concerns over the ACA rollout and administration/EPA actions to address climate. Plus we’ll take a look ahead to 2016.
Speaker: Stefan L.B. Bailey, Director, Prime Policy Group
Senator Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) recent question to four former EPA Agency chiefs is an instructive look into the use of hyperbole and the deliberate and extravagant overstating of potential impacts of climate change that is widely used in contemporary politics and policy development.
Senator Sessions quoted President Obama’s repeated attempts to defend his climate action plan and the claimed need for EPA GHG regulations on new and existing coal plants with claims that
“the temperature around the globe is increasing faster than was predicted even 10 years ago,”
“we also know that the climate is warming faster than anybody anticipated 5 or 10-years ago.”
The Brookings Institute has released a report that criticizes the benefits that EPA claims are associated with its proposed new greenhouse gas rule. The report authors note that by cherry-picking claimed world wide benefits of climate change mitigation efforts and ignoring certain world wide costs associated with climate change abatement, EPA has effectively gotten around the need to report actual costs of their new proposed rule for existing CO2 sources.
The Environmental Protection Agency has argued that its new climate rule will yield tens of billions of dollars in benefits in the coming decades by reducing carbon dioxide emissions from existing U.S. power plants.
Via Forbes.com, Travis H. Brown opines on the war on coal.
Since 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under direction from the Obama administration, has effectively waged a war on America’s energy industry. While the most talked-about blow is the President’s failure to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, the EPA’s announcement on June 2, 2014, that it will impose new regulations on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants that use coal, in addition to other existing and pending regulations, may prove the most damaging to employment, economic growth, and gross domestic product (GDP) on both a national level and a state level. …
Speaks for itself. (via Wattsupwiththat.com)
0.02°C Temperature Rise Averted: The Vital Number Missing from the EPA’s “By the Numbers” Fact Sheet
It is really time that people woke up to the fact that these extreme new EPA regulations will have no perceptible impact on the environment. EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy clearly admitted this fact during her testimony before Congress.
As she clearly stated, the EPA’s anti-coal regulations are not designed to address any of the EPA’s 26 climate change indicators. By Ms. McCarthy’s admission, we will spend $50 billion+ and lose over 200,000 jobs per year for the sole purpose of having the U.S. seen as a “leader in an international discussion” on climate change and carbon dioxide emissions reductions. Nothing more.
This recent Wall Street Journal article by Joe Bast and Roy Spencer neatly debunks the notion that there is a 97% consensus view among scientists about the causes and expected impacts of climate change.
Last week Secretary of State John Kerry warned graduating students at Boston College of the “crippling consequences” of climate change. “Ninety-seven percent of the world’s scientists,” he added, “tell us this is urgent.”