EPA Abuse http://epaabuse.com The Truth About the EPA Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:34:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.6 EPA Admin Claims Climate Change Could Destroy Winter Sports Right Before Snowstorm Hits New England http://epaabuse.com/17228/news/epa-admin-claims-climate-change-destroy-winter-sports-right-snowstorm-hits-new-england/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=epa-admin-claims-climate-change-destroy-winter-sports-right-snowstorm-hits-new-england http://epaabuse.com/17228/news/epa-admin-claims-climate-change-destroy-winter-sports-right-snowstorm-hits-new-england/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:34:55 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=17228
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Last week in Aspen, Colo., the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy, spoke about how climate change could permanently impact winter sports. Just days prior, the Senate almost unanimously acknowledged climate change was real.

McCarthy addressed a crowd of about two dozen people Friday at the base of Aspen Mountain during the Winter X-Games with SkiCo CEO Mike Kaplan. Olympic athletes Alex Deibold and Gretchen Bleiler were also present, the Aspen Daily News reported.

McCarthy lauded Kaplan’s company for their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint and tackle climate change. “It’s a big, base-bottom deal for our economy,” she said. “So let’s get off our butts, let’s work together, let’s start taking action. These guys are going to reach the young people. I’m going to keep yapping at the older ones, and someone’s going to get the middle, and we are going to make things happen.”

“We need to take action, not tomorrow, but today,” McCarthy continued. “Climate change does threaten skiing, it does threaten snowboarding, it does threaten winter recreation as we know it.”

McCarthy’s statements were sandwiched between two key events. Last Wednesday, the Senate voted 98-1 that “climate change is real and not a hoax” as part of an amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline bill. Only Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., voted no.

The other event was snowstorm Juno, which swept through the northeast Monday and Tuesday, particularly in Long Island, N.Y., and New England, with accumulations over two feet, according to The Weather Channel. Travel bans were lifted and public transit was restored in New Jersey and New York City Tuesday after forecasts were overstated in those areas, WABC-TV noted. 

Still, along with schools and stores shutting down, mail service in Connecticut, Rhode Island, parts of Massachusetts, and Long Island was cancelled Tuesday as a result, The Associated Press reported.

h/t: Hot Air

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Memo Shows That The EPA Wants To Tie Global Warming To Americans’ Personal Worries http://epaabuse.com/17222/news/memo-shows-epa-wants-tie-global-warming-americans-personal-worries/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=memo-shows-epa-wants-tie-global-warming-americans-personal-worries http://epaabuse.com/17222/news/memo-shows-epa-wants-tie-global-warming-americans-personal-worries/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:21:06 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=17222
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A recently uncovered memo shows that the Environmental Protection Agency wants to tie global warming to Americans’ “personal worries.”

The document says that the EPA should attempt to tie global warming to Americans’ health issues. It reads:

However, if we shift from making this about the polar caps and about our neighbor with respiratory illness we can potentially bring this issue home to many Americans. There will be many opportunities to discuss climate-related efforts this year. As we do so, we must allow the human health argument to take center stage.

The memo also states that the health of children should be tied to global warming by the agency. It states:

This justifies our work at the most base level. By revitalizing our own Children’s Health Office, leading the global charge on this issue, and highlighting the children’s health dimension to all of our major initiatives — we will also make this issue real for many Americans who otherwise would oppose many of our regulatory actions.

Chris Horner, an attorney and senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, obtained the document via a Freedom of Information Act request. He stated about the revealed memo:

In it, we see the birth of the breathtakingly disingenuous ‘shift from making this about the polar caps [to] about our neighbor with respiratory illness. It also shows the conviction that if they yell ‘clean air’ and ‘children’ enough, they, the media and the green groups will get their way.

The document was first circulated as lawmakers debated cap-and-trade legislation during President Obama’s first term. The House passed the legislation, but the Senate did not.

Is the EPA trying to sensationalize the effects of global warming to ensure that Americans support new regulations? Feel free to share your thoughts.



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Video: Bill Nye Hits ‘Unglued’ Viewers Who Object To Blaming Blizzard On Climate Change http://epaabuse.com/17224/videos/bill-nye-hits-unglued-viewers-object-blaming-blizzard-climate-change/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bill-nye-hits-unglued-viewers-object-blaming-blizzard-climate-change http://epaabuse.com/17224/videos/bill-nye-hits-unglued-viewers-object-blaming-blizzard-climate-change/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:18:49 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=17224 “I just want to introduce the idea that this storm is connected to climate change. I want to introduce that idea. I know there will be certain viewers who will become unglued.”
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“I just want to introduce the idea that this storm is connected to climate change. I want to introduce that idea. I know there will be certain viewers who will become unglued.”


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Climate Change Moves “Doomsday Clock” Close To Midnight http://epaabuse.com/17219/news/climate-change-moves-doomsday-clock-close-midnight/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=climate-change-moves-doomsday-clock-close-midnight http://epaabuse.com/17219/news/climate-change-moves-doomsday-clock-close-midnight/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:06:13 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=17219
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Climate change and the threat of nuclear war are accelerating the world on a path to doomsday, according to a group of scientists and Nobel laureates.

Kennette Benedict, executive director of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, said that “it is now three minutes to midnight.”

The group has a symbolic doomsday clock that has existed since 1947. According to the group, the civilized world is now the closest to destruction that it has been since 1983, amidst tensions between the Soviet Union and the US.

Benedict commented: “Today, unchecked climate change and a nuclear arms race resulting from modernization of huge arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity. And world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe.”

The issue of climate change is still being fiercely disputed.

Richard Sommerville, a Scripps University professor and member of the Science and Security board at the Bullettin of the Atomic Scientists, declared that “unless much greater emissions reductions occur very soon, the countries of the world will have emitted enough carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by the end of this century to profoundly transform the Earth’s climate.”

Physicist Freeman Dyson, a noted climate change heretic,  thinks that the current carbon dioxide models are too simplistic. He does concede the posssiblity of climate change, but thinks that it could possibly be a good thing because of the beneficial effects of carbon dioxide on plants. Ironically, according to the New York Times, he is an “Obama-loving, Bush-loathing liberal.”

The threat of nuclear war is another reason the doomsday clock is being moved forward.

Sharon Squassoni, another member of the Science and Security board at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, says that the disarmament process has “ground to a halt” and that countries including the US, Russia, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea are all modernizing or expanding their nuclear weapons programs. Post-nuclear optimism seen after the Cold War ended has “essentially evaporated,” she says.

Is the threat of climate change a serious one or not? Has the spread of nuclear weapons gotten worse? Feel free to share your thoughts.

h/t: Yahoo! News

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Al Gore, Mexican President Calderon Want To Spend $90 Trillion To Get Rid Of Cars In Cities http://epaabuse.com/17215/news/al-gore-mexican-president-calderon-want-spend-90-billion-get-rid-cars-cities/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=al-gore-mexican-president-calderon-want-spend-90-billion-get-rid-cars-cities http://epaabuse.com/17215/news/al-gore-mexican-president-calderon-want-spend-90-billion-get-rid-cars-cities/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:16:43 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=17215
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Former Vice President Al Gore and Mexican President Felipe Calderon proposed a $90 trillion plan to redesign every city on earth so that motor vehicles would become obsolete due to more dense populations.

Gore and Calderon announced the proposal with colleagues from The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate at the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland Wednesday, Business Insider reported. The conference - attended by some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the world - runs from Wednesday through Saturday.

Entitled Better Growth Better Climate, the report’s objective is to combat climate change. “The world is now experiencing a new, different type of urbanization,” according to the introduction.

By 2030, around 60 percent of the global population will live in urban areas. Cities and urban areas will house nearly all of the world’s net population growth over the next two decades. 1.4 million people are being added to urban areas each week, roughly the population of Stockholm [Sweden].

 Calderon said these new, redesigned cities would not include the integration of automobiles, but rather more mass transit.

“We cannot have these cities with low density, designed for the use of cars,” he said. “We recommend those cities should have more density and more mass transportation.”

Business Insider points out that one challenge to the achievement of this goal is that every single mayor in the world would have to be on board. “The mistake we made in Mexico was to let cities develop however they want, and it’s a mess,” the Mexican president explained to the publication. “It’s in [the mayors’] best interest not to” not to make that “mistake” again, he added.

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Even though gas prices and methane emissions from fracking have significantly decreased recently – according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – the White House has proposed regulations that would cut emissions even further, raising prices once again.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported Thursday that gas prices have dropped 66 cents over the past month, the largest decrease in over six years, according to The Associated Press. In spite of the progress, Investors Business Daily points out the EPA announced a new plan Wednesday that would cut oil emissions of methane by 45 percent below 2012 levels, a move the publication called “draconian.” The publication continued:

It is an alleged threat of methane to the Earth’s climate that has green groups pushing the EPA to limit hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a technology that has spawned a job-creating oil and natural-gas boom. It has also been used as a weapon against the Keystone XL pipeline, which would ship oil from Canada’s oil sands and North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation to our Gulf Coast refineries.

But the EPA’s own data shows that emissions from hydraulic fracturing have actually decreased, Natural Gas Intel noted in September:

Reported methane emissions from petroleum and natural gas systems have decreased by 12 percent since 2011, with the largest reductions coming from hydraulically fractured natural gas wells, which have decreased by 73 percent during that period. EPA expects to see further emission reductions as the agency’s 2012 standards for the oil and gas industry become fully implemented.

 This is how a few people reacted to the announced regulations:  

Even ahead of the announcement, some state legislators in Indiana proposed a bill that would cease recognition of all EPA regulations, placing all environmental authority under Hoosier State control, The Tenth Amendment Center reported.

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For Obama And His Keystone Cops, This New Pipeline Poll Could Be A Game Changer http://epaabuse.com/17207/news/obama-keystone-cops-new-pipeline-poll-game-changer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=obama-keystone-cops-new-pipeline-poll-game-changer http://epaabuse.com/17207/news/obama-keystone-cops-new-pipeline-poll-game-changer/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:13:54 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=17207
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Buoyed by outspoken environmentalists, climate change doomsayers, and liberal lawmakers, President Obama has repeatedly threatened to veto any bill that Congress might send him to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a measure to move forward with the controversial pipeline project. That legislation is now in the Senate, where its fate could be an early test of GOP leader Mitch McConnell’s ability to assemble a bipartisan coalition big enough to override a presidential veto.

Thehill.com reports that contentious debate over the measure could begin on the Senate floor as early as next week.

Democrats are aiming to use the amendment process to force Republicans into a number of tough votes, including on whether to back an amendment that states man-made climate change is happening.

Asked if the Republican caucus was ready to take that vote, McConnell said, “Yeah!”

It will be interesting to see if the results of a brand new poll on the pipeline have any influence in that Senate debate, possibly giving pro-pipeline Republicans a boost in their head-to-head with Obama.

The CNN/ORC poll whose findings were released today shows that the percentage of Americans who support the Keystone project is double the percentage who oppose the construction of the long-delayed oil pipeline.

“The 1,179-mile Canada-to-Texas pipeline is backed by 57% of the 1,011 Americans surveyed on Dec. 18-21. Just 28% oppose it, while 15% say they are unsure.”

As CNN notes, the measure up for debate in the Senate would end the State Department’s six-year review of the project and give the green light to its immediate construction.

As Western Journalism has reported, proponents of the international oil pipeline cite its potential for extensive job creation and increased energy independence for Americans.

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Video: Are You A Hunter? Don’t Fall For These ‘Big Green’ Decoys! http://epaabuse.com/17210/videos/hunter-dont-fall-big-green-decoys/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hunter-dont-fall-big-green-decoys http://epaabuse.com/17210/videos/hunter-dont-fall-big-green-decoys/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:12:50 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=17210 Some groups claiming to represent sportsmen have surprising ties to radical, left-wing environmentalists. As you probably know, Sportsman tend to vote Republican (around 80%); but these so-called sportsman groups are getting all sorts of money from liberal foundations–and sometimes using that money to defeat republicans. It’s interesting (and shady!) Learn more at http://www.greendecoys.com/
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Some groups claiming to represent sportsmen have surprising ties to radical, left-wing environmentalists.

As you probably know, Sportsman tend to vote Republican (around 80%); but these so-called sportsman groups are getting all sorts of money from liberal foundations–and sometimes using that money to defeat republicans.

It’s interesting (and shady!)

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