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Reasons to apply a skeptical mindset to claims of disaster due to @EPA regulation …

June 2nd, 2014 · 2 Comments

With today’s roll-out of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance for reducing coal-fired electricity plants carbon emissions, industry interests have been pressuring hard with efforts to undermine public support for EPA action. Before heading further and in line with the Debunking Handbook, let us start with some basic truths about investing in climate mitigation. Climate mitigation investments […]

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Tags: analysis · carbon dioxide · climate change · coal · Energy · environmental · Global Warming · government energy policy · Obama Administration

Coal Industry Should Celebrate New EPA Guidelines

March 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced guidelines for new power plants for providing Americans electricity into the future. This move was required by a Supreme Court decision from five years ago. In short, these standards demand that new power plants be a bit less polluting, in carbon dioxide terms, than the average of current […]

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Tags: Energy

“We can’t wait” … President stands up to Big Oil and Big Coal

December 13th, 2011 · Comments Off on “We can’t wait” … President stands up to Big Oil and Big Coal

President Barack Obama might finally have crystalized to a core message that, honestly, should have been core from the election through today. We cannot wait … – To address the health care inequities, costs, and shortfalls – To foster a more honest engagement between the financial community (Wall Street) and the citizenry (Main Street) – […]

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Tags: Congress · Obama Administration · pollution · President Barack Obama · republican party

Why does Jay Rockefeller hate good investments?

December 27th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Let’s play word association. Read the following phrase and what’s the first thing that comes to mind. Rich family … There are, of course, many possible from Hilton to Mellon to Rothschilds to … Yes, there are many that might come to mind.  For me, the ‘first to mind’ would be the Rockefellers.  Robber baron […]

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Tags: clean emissions · climate change · climate delayers · Congress · environmental

Just as EPA doesn’t like getting dumped on, neither do West Virginians …

September 13th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Earlier today, Rainforest Action Network (RAN)paid a visit to EPA headquarters in Washington, DC, and brought along a gift: a truckload of Appalachian dirt and rubble .  As per the photo, the message was simple: EPA: don’t let King Coal dump on Appalachia. This, of course, is referring to the damage in the ongoing War […]

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Tags: coal

Senator Jeff “Energy Smart” Merkley speaks out on economic value of environmental regulation

February 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Sadly, one of the refrains that we hear (ad nauseum) is that regulation is somehow harmful for the economy, that government action (on any front) would strangle business activity.  In the public debate, the accurate and truthful case is not made frequently enough about how government regulation actually strengthens our economy and boosts our economic […]

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Tags: emissions · Energy · environmental

Obama Administration To Send Texas Hope of a Breath of Fresh Air?

November 6th, 2009 · Comments Off on Obama Administration To Send Texas Hope of a Breath of Fresh Air?

News organizations are reporting that the Obama Administration plans to appoint Dr. Al Armendariz to lead Region 6 of the Environmental Protection Agency.  Local environmentalists have greeted this with “high praise”. “Our region has typically provided a haven for some of the worst polluters in the country, and has paid a steep price,” said Tom […]

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Tags: Obama Administration

Valuing demand destruction … critical to understanding value of clean energy action

October 28th, 2009 · 8 Comments

There are many things being lost in the discussion of the cost-benefit equation when it comes to mitigating global warming. When doing cost-benefit analyses, organizations like the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are constrained to consider just one quadrant of what could be considered (in simplified form) the four-quadrant cost-benefit analysis […]

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Tags: analysis · cap and trade · carbon tax · climate change · climate legislation · Congress · Energy · environmental · Global Warming · government energy policy

EPA fails to think in four quadrants: Valuing Climate Legislation

October 24th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Much noise is made over varying calculations associated with climate legislation. There is the disinformation fed from fossil foolish interests misrepresenting the situation. And, there are official studies from government institutions like the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that seek to do honest analysis but which are working within financial and […]

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Tags: analysis · climate change · climate legislation · Energy · Global Warming · government energy policy

On the Public Dime, A Very Public Whine … on a very false note

June 29th, 2009 · 3 Comments

From the industry global-warming denial mouthpiece Competitive Enterprise Institute to CBS News to Faux News (with a guest ranting by James Inhofe (R-Exxon calling for a criminal investigation), the Global Warming denial “news of the day” is about supposed suppression of a “report” ‘proving’ that global warming isn’t real by EPA economist Alan Carlin. Carlin’s […]

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Tags: climate change · climate delayers · Global Warming · global warming deniers