Category Archives for Regulation

Coal states brace for plant closures & lost jobs

As the EPA’s anti-coal regulations get nearer to implementation, states that rely on coal for electricity and jobs are bracing for the massive economic and social impacts.

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08. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Sen. RP Casey: EPA policy shouldn’t burden ratepayers

Good comments from Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) on pending EPA regulations.

“We should try to achieve an EPA policy as it relates to Pennsylvania as well as other states that doesn’t put that kind of burden on ratepayers.”

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03. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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NRDC’s comment numbers are a bit high too

Time to learns some ABC's and 123'sIt seems that I wasn’t the only one who noticed that certain green groups might be needing some remedial work on their basic mathematical skills.

In keeping with the theme of my previous post, How many comments did Sierra Club submit?, the BigGreenRadicals.com blog noticed that the folks at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are also claiming to have submitted 8 million comments to the EPA.

Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) executive director Frances Beinecke chimed in to claim on her blog that Americans have filed 8 million comments in favor of the EPA’s efforts to limit carbon emissions.

02. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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How many comments did Sierra Club submit?

This Washington Examiner headline and opening paragraph caught my attention today.

EPA power-plant proposal draws 1.6 million comments

More than 1.6 million comments both supporting and opposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants were filed before Monday’s deadline.

I was interested because ours was one of those 1.6 million comments that was submitted. However, I was also interested because I had seen the Sierra Club’s Twitter feed earlier today, and they claimed to have submitted over 8 million comments by themselves.

Sierra Club claims 8 million comments to EPA

02. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
Categories: Climate Change, Environment, EPA, Regulation | Tags: , , , , , | 1 comment

Arch Coal comments on EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Arch Coal’s December 1st news release is a poignant reminder about the potential for economic, social, and environmental damage locked into the EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan. It is well worth it to reprint the majority of this news release here on the Coalblog.

“Already promulgated regulations are expected to drive the shut-down of as much as 20 percent of America’s coal-based fleet, which is the primary source of base-load power generation in the United States,” said Deck S. Slone, Arch’s senior vice president of strategy and public policy. “That’s an unprecedented change to America’s power system in what constitutes the blink of an eye in energy markets – creating enormous potential for market disruptions, supply shortages and rate spikes.”

01. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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EPA Clean Power Plan called “Irrational, Illegal”

The West Virginia Coal Association described its comments on the EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan today. Among the comments, was the following warning about how the CPP will necessarily impact the affordability and reliability of our nation’s electricity generation system.

“President Obama is mandating a move away from low cost, coal-fired electricity to more expensive alternatives for an initiative that will have little to no impact on global climate change,” Raney said.  “When you take into account that more than 400 electric generating units across the country are slated for closure or transition to alternative fuels in the coming years, these rules also severely threaten the stability of America’s power grid.”

01. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Abuse of science

The American Thinker has an interesting article on how science could be abused by regulatory agencies and the value of enforcing basic standards of transparency on the “science” driving their various regulations.

On November 19, 2014, the House of Representatives passed HR 4012, the Secret Science Reform Act of 2014. The bill would prohibit the US Environmental Protection Agency from regulations based on “science that is not transparent or reproducible.

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28. November 2014 by Jason Hayes
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“Amazing arrogance”

The folks at junkscience.com don’t pull any punches in their review of the EPA’s just proposed ground level ozone standards, which they refer to as

a combination of arrogance, lack of science and wishful thinking. On 11/26/14, EPA announced its intent to reduce the ozone NAAQS (National Ambient Air Quality Standard) to 65-70 ppbv.  The agency also will take comments on reducing the NAAQS to 60 ppbv.  The current standard is 75 ppbv. …

28. November 2014 by Jason Hayes
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EPA Chief confident

There was an interesting article published in The Hill yesterday, which quotes EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy on the issue of election-based changes in the Senate. Her comments indicate an overweening sense of confidence that public and presidential support will be more than sufficient to stop any attempts to limit EPA actions by the newly elected Republican majority in the Senate and the returning majority in the House.

18. November 2014 by Jason Hayes
Categories: agenda, Election 2014, Energy, Environment, EPA, Government resources, Marketplace Information, Policy, Regulation, Utilities | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

Can’t speak highly enough about this book and Alex Epstein’s other work. There is a solid moral case to be made for the use of fossil fuels and Alex’s book does a good job outlining that case.

Buy the book. Read the book. Tell others about the book AND talk to people about the value of fossil fuels to humanity.

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14. November 2014 by Jason Hayes
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