EPA Abuse http://epaabuse.com The Truth About the EPA Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:01:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Video: Work For A Small Business? This Is How The EPA’s Newest Regulations Will Affect You… http://epaabuse.com/16862/videos/work-small-business-epas-newest-regulations-will-affect/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=work-small-business-epas-newest-regulations-will-affect http://epaabuse.com/16862/videos/work-small-business-epas-newest-regulations-will-affect/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:01:57 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=16862 Be sure to tell the EPA how you feel about their oppressive actions…
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New Hollywood Film Magnifies The Real Climate Change ‘Monster’ http://epaabuse.com/16858/editorials/new-hollywood-film-magnifies-real-climate-change-monster/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-hollywood-film-magnifies-real-climate-change-monster http://epaabuse.com/16858/editorials/new-hollywood-film-magnifies-real-climate-change-monster/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:59:55 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=16858
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In Carbon, Leonardo DiCaprio’s new film about the “climate crisis,” we are told the world is threatened by a “carbon monster.” Coal, oil, natural gas, and other carbon-based forms of energy are causing dangerous climate change and must be turned off as soon as possible, DiCaprio insists.

But he has identified the wrong monster. The real one is the climate scare – something DiCaprio promotes with his sensationalist, error-riddled movie. That is the real threat to civilization.

Carbon is the first of four films that DiCaprio planned to release in the weeks prior to the United Nations’ Climate Summit 2014, to be held in New York City September 23. If Carbon is any indication of what the rest of the series will be like, the public needs to brace itself against still more mind-numbing global warming propaganda.

DiCaprio repeatedly uses the “carbon pollution” and “carbon poison” misnomers – when he’s really talking about carbon dioxide (CO2), the plant-fertilizing gas that is essential for all life on Earth. But in addition to that deception, DiCaprio’s film is based on a myth: that CO2 from human activities is causing catastrophic climate change.

The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) lists thousands of scientific papers that either debunk or cast serious doubt on this popular though misguided notion.

Oregon-based physicist Dr. Gordon Fulks explains that the climate scare has “become a sort of societal pathogen that virulently spreads misinformation in tiny packages like a virus. CO2 is said to be responsible for global warming that is not occurring, for accelerated sea level rise that is not occurring, for net glacial and sea ice melt that is not occurring, for ocean acidification that is not occurring, and for increasing extreme weather that is not occurring.”

Fulks is right. DiCaprio’s film is just another vector for spreading the virus.

According to NASA satellites and ground-based temperature measurements, global warming ceased in the late 1990s, some 18 years ago. And yet, CO2 levels have risen almost 10% since 1997, a figure that represents an astonishing 30% of all human-related emissions since the industrial revolution began. These facts contradict all CO2-based climate models, upon which nearly all global warming concerns are founded. Similarly:

* Rates of sea-level rise remain small and are even decelerating; over recent decades, they have averaged about 1 mm/year as measured by tide gauges and 2-3 mm/year as inferred from “adjusted” satellite data. That works out to a mere 4 to 12 inches per century, which is hardly a cause for alarm.

* Satellites also show a greater expanse of Antarctic sea ice now than at any time since space-based measurements began in 1979. During this period, Arctic sea ice has remained well within historic bounds and fluctuations, dating back centuries.

* The NIPCC’s March 2014 Biological Impacts report explains that the minute decline in alkalinity of the oceans projected by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s speculative computer models is small compared with the daily and seasonal changes that marine organisms already experience. Neither the IPCC nor the NIPCC forecast that human CO2 emissions will cause oceans to become acidic in the coming centuries. They have become ever so slightly less alkaline over recent decades, but they are still very far from becoming acidic.

* A 2012 IPCC report concluded that there has been no significant increase in either the frequency or the intensity of extreme weather events in the modern era. The NIPCC 2013 report concluded the same. For the United States, the eight and one-half years since a category 3-5 hurricane made landfall is the longest such period since at least 1900.

The costs of feeding the climate change monster are staggering. According to the Congressional Research Service, between 2001 and 2014, the US Government spent $131 billion on human-caused climate change projects. They also allowed tax breaks for anti-CO2 energy initiatives totaling $176 billion.

Federal government spending on climate change and renewable energy is now running at $11 billion a year, and tax breaks at about $20 billion a year – for a total of more than double the total value of all wheat produced in the United States in 2013 ($14.4 billion).

Dr. Bjørn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, calculates that the European Union’s goal of a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions below 1990 levels by 2020 will cost almost $100 billion annually by 2020 – or more than $7 trillion over the course of this century.

That is currently the most severe target in the world. It has caused EU energy prices to rise ominously, costing numerous jobs, sending millions of families into “fuel poverty,” and resulting in thousands of mostly elderly people dying from hypothermia because they could not afford to heat their homes properly during cold winter months.

Lomborg, a supporter of the UN’s climate science, asserts, “After spending all that money, we would not even be able to tell the difference” between global temperatures a century from now with a 20% reduction in EU carbon dioxide emissions by 2020, or without it.

So, Al Gore was right in one respect. Climate change is indeed a moral issue.

There is nothing quite so immoral as wealthy, well-fed, well-housed Westerners like Messrs. Gore and DiCaprio promoting the waste of huge amounts of money on futile anti-global warming policies – money that could instead be spent improving living standards and saving lives in developing countries.

Billions of people in those poor nations lack adequate lights, refrigeration, sanitation, schooling, clean water, and proper health services. Tens of millions of them suffer needlessly from malnutrition and horrible diseases of poverty, and millions of them die prematurely every year.

Denying them the finances to build inexpensive hydrocarbon-fired power stations has been aptly described as technological genocide. That is where the moral outrage should lie.

Perhaps Mr DiCaprio would like to make a film about this – the real climate monster.

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Tom Harris is Executive Director of the Ottawa-based International Climate Science Coalition. Dr Bob Carter is former professor and head of the School of Earth Sciences at James Cook University in Australia.

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This Democratic Senator Wants To Shut Me Up http://epaabuse.com/16855/editorials/democratic-senator-wants-shut/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=democratic-senator-wants-shut http://epaabuse.com/16855/editorials/democratic-senator-wants-shut/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:15:49 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=16855
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Each week, I write an energy-themed commentary. The topic on which I write is generally something that my readers—even those in the energy industry—don’t know about. I frequently get grateful responses for the information, education, and deadlines addressed.

One reader reported that when my column comes out each week in his local paper, he takes it into the shop and passes it around for all the guys to read: “I’ve been in this industry all my life, and I know we’ve done a poor job explaining what we do and educating people. That’s what you do. It is good for my guys to know that there is someone out there who is looking out for them and their jobs. Plus, reading your column gives them a perspective on the industry that is bigger than their individual job roles. Thanks for what you do!”

Another offered this complement: “You have carved a really nice little niche out for yourself. Each week when I read your column, I think ‘I should know this stuff’—but I don’t. I appreciate the effort you put into keeping us informed about what is going on in the energy world. There is no one else doing what you do and you do it really well.”

In the eight years that I have been preaching my unique brand of energy evangelism, I’ve slammed agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; laws, such as the Endangered Species Act; and lawmakers for the energy-killing policies in which they engage.

My ultimate goal is to ensure that Americans have access to energy that is efficient, effective, and, most importantly, economical. I hope to provide a counterbalance to the plethora of propaganda promoted by the White House and green movement that propagates the fairytale that we can power America on butterflies, rainbows, and pixie dust.

I believe my work—along with a growing chorus of others—is making an impact.

Recently, the Wall Street Journal featured an article, in a small business supplement, titled “Small Firms Are Downplaying Their Green Side.” It pointed out that using “green” in marketing was no longer effective; and, in fact, “the eco-friendly tag can stir up negative feelings for many.”

Polls repeatedly place global warming—or, climate change as policy proponents now like to call it—at the bottom of the list of issues on which the government should be focused. One particularly interesting poll done by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette concluded: “environmental activists still face a significant challenge in recruiting deep public support for government actions such as the greenhouse gas regulations recently promulgated by the Obama administration.”

I can do what I do because this is America; and in America, we have free speech.

In Colorado, an organization called Coloradoans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED) launched an aggressive campaign to educate the state about the role of the energy industry on jobs, economic development, and the safety of hydraulic fracturing. Its effort changed public opinion in the state to the point that candidates, such as Governor Hickenlooper and Senator Mark Udall, were so afraid of the Democrat-sponsored anti-energy initiatives that they made a backroom deal to have them removed from the ballot. Polls now show that only 34 percent of Coloradans oppose hydraulic fracturing. But the partisan divide on the issue indicated that having the anti-energy initiatives on the ballot would drive Republicans to vote in November. The Democrat candidates feared losing their re-election bids. I wrote about it last month.

The Colorado public education campaign could be waged because this is America; and in America, we have free speech.

Given the collapse of public popularity for issues Democrats like the Senators Udall favor, it is no surprise that while “Rome is burning,” they have been in Washington, DC, spending a week of debate fiddling around with the First Amendment—the one that allows free speech. Both Cousins, Senator Mark Udall, and my Senator, Tom Udall, voted to shut-up their constituents.

As with most of my columns, where I aim to draw attention to under-reported issues that impact access to energy, you likely didn’t even know the vote took place last week. Sadly, with everything going on the world, the national media didn’t report that your first amendment rights—and their rights—were being threatened.

With important issues pressing in on America such as border security, terrorism, and energy access like approving the Keystone pipeline, why would my Senator, Tom Udall, spend so much time on something that has no chance of passing in the Senate, let alone the House?  If you take a closer look, Udall’s proposed amendment would significantly impact the energy industry’s ability to communicate with voters about issues like hydraulic fracturing, public lands exploration, water use, and environmental protection. It would limit the voices of royalty owners, industry employees, and everyday citizens who value energy development.

Obviously, it’s about getting re-elected—rather than working on issues that matter to his constituents. Somehow, he thinks being able to say that he cast a “yes” vote on his doomed, proposed Constitutional Amendment (Senate Joint Resolution 19)—which would be the 28th  and could limit my free speech, and that of groups like CRED—will drive his base to the polls. (Fortunately, it failed to pass—for the third time—even in the Democrat-controlled Senate.) Instead, his attempt to limit free speech should motivate his opposition. Don’t let Tom Udall muzzle me—or others like me.

This is still America; and in America, as the Supreme Court affirmed, we have free speech.

 

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.

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Video: Reality Proves Al Gore’s Climate Change Claims A Facade http://epaabuse.com/16850/videos/reality-proves-al-gores-climate-change-claims-facade/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=reality-proves-al-gores-climate-change-claims-facade http://epaabuse.com/16850/videos/reality-proves-al-gores-climate-change-claims-facade/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:50:49 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=16850 The statistical peak of the Atlantic hurricane season has arrived; and for the first time since 2000, there isn’t a named storm in the basin.
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EPA’s Clean Power Plan: All Pain – No Gain For American Jobs And Energy http://epaabuse.com/16853/editorials/epas-clean-power-plan-pain-gain-american-jobs-energy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=epas-clean-power-plan-pain-gain-american-jobs-energy http://epaabuse.com/16853/editorials/epas-clean-power-plan-pain-gain-american-jobs-energy/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:00:56 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=16853
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A diverse coalition has sprung up in opposition to the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Yet most people are unaware of the potential impacts or of the deadline for public comment. This week’s column was written to make it easy to add your voice.

The CPP will radically alter the way electricity is generated in America. It is based on the discredited theory that climate change is a crisis caused by the use of fossil fuels emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It aims to reduce overall carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The combination of the CPP and previous regulation will shut down more than 40 percent of coal-fueled generation—representing 10 percent of all electricity-generation capacity.

What will this forced, premature elimination of America’s electric capacity do?

The proposed EPA plan will seriously threaten America’s electric reliability

Unless the EPA backs down on its harsh regulations, and coal-fueled power plants get a reprieve, blackouts are almost guaranteed. During the 2014 “polar vortex” that crippled the U.S., the Northeast narrowly dodged severe blackouts that could have resulted in freezing deaths. Many power plants that produced that power are scheduled to be shuttered. This is before the projected closure of an additional 75 megawatts of coal-fueled electricity generation due to the new regulations. If EPA czar Gina McCarthy was serious when, prior to the release of the proposed regulations, she stated that “Nothing we do can threaten reliability,” she’d withdraw this plan–as it will do just that.

The proposed EPA plan will chase away more American industry

While the CPP appears to be about forcing the power sector into reducing carbon-dioxide emissions, there are spillover impacts of higher electricity rates on overall economic activity—especially energy-intensive industries such as steel, manufacturing, and chemicals. America’s abundance of affordable, reliable energy provides businesses with a critical operating advantage in today’s intensely competitive global economy. If industry continues to leave the U.S., emissions will increase as companies move to countries with cheaper energy due to lax environmental regulations.

The proposed EPA plan will kill hundreds of thousands of jobs

In late July, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) International President Edwin D. Hill said: “If these rules are implemented as written, dozens of coal plants will shut down and with no plans to replace them, tens of thousands of jobs will be lost and global carbon emissions will rise anyway.” Investor’s Business Daily reports: “The IBEW has now joined the United Mine Workers of America [UMWA], the Boilermakers and several other unions opposed to the new anti-carbon rules.” The UMWA has estimated that the rule will result in 187,000 direct and indirect job losses. No wonder the economy is sluggish, and the jobs picture continues to be bleak.

The proposed EPA plan will cause harsh economic consequences while having virtually no impact on the reported goal of stopping global climate change

From increased energy costs to job losses, the CPP will further damage the economy. Carbon dioxide emissions from countries—such as China and India—are projected to grow by nine billion tons per year. Our reductions in 2030 would offset the equivalent of just 13.5 days of carbon-dioxide emissions from China alone. The CPP will become the definition of “all pain and no gain.”

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Take a few minutes now to add your commentshttp://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/how-comment-clean-power-plan-proposed-rule. Use the above suggestions, customize them as you please, and send them on to the EPA. For America to grow, we need energy that is effective, efficient, and economical, rather than that which is threatened by the EPA’s flood of excessive and burdensome regulations.

 

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.



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Video: PGA And 35 Other Groups Tee Off On EPA Over Newly Proposed “Green” Regulation http://epaabuse.com/16847/videos/pga-35-groups-tee-epa-newly-proposed-green-regulation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pga-35-groups-tee-epa-newly-proposed-green-regulation http://epaabuse.com/16847/videos/pga-35-groups-tee-epa-newly-proposed-green-regulation/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:02:44 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=16847 Forbes on Fox discusses…
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Video: Greg Gutfeld: Obama’s Right About Global Warming – It’s Gotten Hotter In Libya, Ukraine, Iraq, Syria http://epaabuse.com/16840/videos/greg-gutfeld-obamas-right-global-warming-gotten-hotter-libya-ukraine-iraq-syria/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=greg-gutfeld-obamas-right-global-warming-gotten-hotter-libya-ukraine-iraq-syria http://epaabuse.com/16840/videos/greg-gutfeld-obamas-right-global-warming-gotten-hotter-libya-ukraine-iraq-syria/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:56:09 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=16840 On “The Five” on Thursday, Greg Gutfeld ripped into Obama with his usual humor, saying that Obama was right global warming. Since Obama has been in charge, it’s gotten hotter in Libya, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, and Detroit.
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What Would Hillary Clinton’s Energy Policy Look Like? http://epaabuse.com/16843/editorials/hillary-clintons-energy-policy-look-like/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hillary-clintons-energy-policy-look-like http://epaabuse.com/16843/editorials/hillary-clintons-energy-policy-look-like/#respond Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:56:27 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=16843
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At Senator Harry Reid’s National Clean Energy Summit on Thursday, September 4, Hillary Clinton said: “This is the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and a world.” She wasn’t talking about ISIS or the growing terrorist threat, but about climate change.

In addition to the obvious misperception about “the challenges we face as a nation and a world,” her speech had several subtle, but instructive, misperceptions to explore.

When addressing “unpredictable” subsidies for green energy projects, she claimed that $500 billion is spent every year subsidizing fossil fuels. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) in 2012, global fossil fuel subsidies did, in fact, total $544 billion. However, citing that figure in the same breath as U.S. tax incentives and subsidies for renewable energy is deceptive.

Most global subsidies for fossil fuels are from oil rich countries that use low cost to keep the kingdom happy. A study from The Institute for Energy Research on global energy subsidies concludes: “Many Americans are confused by the large amount of global fossil fuel consumption subsidies that the IEA calculates, not realizing that these subsidies have nothing to do with tax policy, research and development or loan guarantees, where most U.S. programs are directed.”

Let’s look at those “incentives” for renewables and why they are “unpredictable.”

In Germany—which led the world in green-energy—after more than a decade of green-energy subsidies, its electricity rates and carbon-dioxide emissions have gone up. According to a September 4 Reuter’s report, Germany’s reliance on coal has gone up each of the past four years.

After nearly 100 billion U.S. taxpayer dollars have gone to green-energy projects, the stimulus-funded program has been plagued with failure, corruption, and illegal activity. As utility bills have gone up, public support for subsidies has declined. After more than twenty years of taxpayer funding, the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy finally expired on December 31, 2013—though forces that benefit from it are still hoping to extend it retroactively. The PTC is “unpredictable” at best.

Clinton clearly collaborates with her former boss on his Clean Power Plan—which is about reducing carbon-dioxide emissions from existing power plants. In her speech, Clinton repeated a falsehood Obama likes to reference: reducing CO2 emissions will improve children’s’ respiratory health.

“Hillary apparently doesn’t know the difference between soot and CO2,” quipped Jane Orient, MD and president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. She continued: “No one can claim that the tiny increase in CO2 from coal-fueled generating stations increases asthma—just being indoors with other breathing humans increases CO2 much more and doesn’t cause asthma.”

Clinton did acknowledge that “Energy is a major part of our foreign policy.” As such, she supports development of American natural gas and oil, calling it an example “of American innovation changing the game.”

Addressing the benefits of producing and exporting natural gas and oil, she said: “Assuming that our production stays at the levels, or even as some predict, goes higher, I do think there’s a play there.” Noting it could help Europe and Asia, she added: “This is a great economic advantage, a competitive advantage, for us. …We don’t want to give that up.”

America does have an energy advantage—and Clinton is correct: “We don’t want to give that up.” Why then does she (and President Obama) support policies that would take that away—or, at the very least, not encourage our energy growth?

That fact that Clinton chose to start her publicity tour with a speech on energy should signal to all of America the importance of the topic. Energy makes America great!

 

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.

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