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Doctrinaire fanatics

Classic lines from Luke Popovich’s “Dateline Washington – EPA Down on the MAT” piece in the July 2015 issue of Coal Age.

“Lawmakers did not anticipate … that the nation’s energy grid would one day be transformed by doctrinaire fanatics running an environmental agency that is indifferent to cost, to the law, to congress and to public opinion. That sounds like the old Soviet Politburo, not the U.S. government. …

The words of Justice Scalia in the majority opinion should be inscribed over the portals of the EPA’s headquarters: ‘It is not rational, never mind ‘appropriate,’ to impose billions of dollars in economic costs in return for a few dollars in health benefits.’”

07. August 2015 by Jason Hayes
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We need both clean AND affordable Energy

Editor’s note: I just posted this piece as response to yet another article that plays the tired and cliched “dirty coal” game. It’s time for those of us who support American jobs, as well as affordable, secure, domestic AND clean energy to start speaking up. – We need both clean AND affordable Energy.

Coal can and should play a pivotal role in our energy supply

I was disheartened to see Nithin Coca’s recent article make use of the tired epithet “dirty coal” to attack an energy resource that – despite recent market difficulties – continues to provide this country with almost 40% of its electricity needs. Unfortunately the term “dirty coal” conveniently and simplistically ignores the real-life use of technology that makes coal increasingly clean today.

04. August 2015 by Jason Hayes
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ACC Statement on EPA Clean Power Plan Regulation

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Click here to read the full American Coal Council statement on the EPA’s Final Clean Power Plan Regulation

The final Clean Power Plan continues EPA’s execution of President Obama’s legacy climate change agenda. It is a risky, expensive, and misguided regulatory scheme, devoid of any real climate impact. The increased emphasis on inefficient, intermittent renewables for electricity generation in the final plan only intensifies concerns about grid reliability. The Energy Information Administration projected closure of 90 gigawatts of coal capacity under EPA’s proposed plan. That’s nearly one third of the existing coal fleet, and that number is likely to rise under the final rule. With such drastic reductions, coal plants will be far less available to back up renewables or to buffer spiking natural gas prices. …

03. August 2015 by Jason Hayes
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CMS 2015 – Regulatory Spotlight – Clean Power Plan

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“Coal – Evolving in the Energy Space” – Regulatory Spotlight – Clean Power Plan

With the release of EPA’s final Clean Power Plan just one week before Coal Market Strategies, the timing of our conference couldn’t be better. Meet your coal sector colleagues in Park City, Utah August 10-12, 2015 and benefit from up-to-the minute expert insight and analysis on these critical regulations and other important topics.

Don’t miss out! Register today

EPA’s carbon rules will be addressed by two speakers:

Allison Wood, Partner, Hunton and Williams – Legal issues

03. August 2015 by Jason Hayes
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EPA deletes “navigable” from statute – states sue

Editor’s note: In this article, Ron Arnold takes a close look a the many issues associated with the EPA’s continued overreach in the area of regulation, their close working relationship with extreme environmental groups, and their drastic proposed changes to the Waters of the US rule. This article is reprinted with the permission of the author.

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Environmental Protection Agency flooded with lawsuits over controversial water rule

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EPA Offices, Washington DC

EPA Offices, Washington DC

29. July 2015 by Jason Hayes
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CASE STUDY: Public Communication and Collaboration for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Technology: Acceptance, Education, and Outreach

 

Editor’s note: Dr. Brauer presented information on the Richland Community College / Illinois – Industry Carbon Capture and Storage project in the ACC’s May 15th Coal Q&A webcast. Dr Brauer’s presentation was titled “Carbon (Dioxide) Capture and Storage – Public Acceptance 101.” The PowerPoint slides and audio recording of the webcast are available to ACC members in the member section of the ACC website. This article provides further information on the methods used to obtain public support for the IL-ICCS project.

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29. July 2015 by Jason Hayes
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A renewable fantasy

Wind TurbineThis July 6th WSJ editorial on the fantasy of relying on renewable energy is a must read. Here’s a few good quotes from the article to get you started.

Recently Bill Gates explained in an interview with the Financial Times why current renewables are dead-end technologies. They are unreliable. Battery storage is inadequate. Wind and solar output depends on the weather. The cost of decarbonization using today’s technology is “beyond astronomical,” Mr. Gates concluded. …

24. July 2015 by Jason Hayes
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The Social Cost of Carbon – real-world impacts

The Social Cost of Carbon - Real-world ImpactsA few months back, I received a copy of Dr. Roger Bezdek‘s presentation titled, “The Social Cost of Carbon: The Actual, Real-World Impact of Obama’s Stealth Energy Tax.” The numbers and facts that Dr. Bezdek presents, are an eye-opener and well worth reviewing.

  • The SCC is an “artificial construct” designed to penalize fossil fuels
  • Allows the “Administration to achieve via regulation what it cannot via Congress” – (remember the President’s “there are other ways to skin a cat” comment when Congress declined to pass the ‘cap and trade’ bill.)
  • SCC lacks any consideration of or for the benefits of CO2

26. June 2015 by Jason Hayes
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Twin peaks – twin lies

Supposedly record-high temperature and carbon dioxide levels supposedly bring record chaos

Paul Driessen and Tom Tamarkin

18 year long hiatus in global temperature changeA recent NOAA article is just what Doctor Doom ordered. It claims the 18-year “hiatus” in rising planetary temperatures isn’t really happening. (The “pause” followed a 20-year modest temperature increase, which followed a prolonged cooling period.) The article states:

“Here we present an updated global surface temperature analysis that reveals that global trends are higher than reported by the IPCC, especially in recent decades, and that the central estimate for the rate of warming during the first 15 years of the 21st century is at least as great as the last half of the 20th century. These results do not support the notion of a ‘slowdown’ in the increase of global surface temperature.”

25. June 2015 by Jason Hayes
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Indiana Governor, Mike Pence rejects EPA Clean Power Plan

Source: "Mike Pence, official portrait, 112th Congress" by United States Congress - http://mikepence.house.gov/images/stories/pence_photo.jpg. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mike_Pence,_official_portrait,_112th_Congress.jpg#/media/File:Mike_Pence,_official_portrait,_112th_Congress.jpg

Source: “Mike Pence, official portrait, 112th Congress” by United States Congress – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

The National Journal is reporting that Gov. Mike Pence, Indiana has sent a letter to the White House openly rejecting the EPA’s “ill-conceived and poorly constructed” Clean Power Plan. Without “demonstrable” and “significant” improvements in the proposed regulation, Pence says his state “will not comply” with the rule.

Gov. Pence also goes on to note that Indiana will use any means available to block the rule’s implementation and criticizes the rule as damaging to Indiana’s economy. Pence notes that the CPP will impact system reliability, force the state to fundamentally restructure its generation system, and that it oversteps the agency’s legal and Constitutional boundaries.

24. June 2015 by Jason Hayes
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