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EPA Head Lisa Jackson: “EPA Has Never Been Blamed For Loss Of Jobs”

EPA Head Lisa Jackson: “EPA Has Never Been Blamed For Loss Of Jobs” | Fueling Liberty | Scoop.it
From EPA Abuse: "In an interview with Roland Martin, Lisa Jackson denies that the EPA is a job-killing organization. It is scary how composed she is, as it she truly believes what she is saying."
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Energy subsidies total $24 billion, most to renewables

Energy subsidies total $24 billion, most to renewables | Fueling Liberty | Scoop.it
From CNN: "The federal government spent $24 billion on energy subsidies in 2011, with the vast majority going to renewable energy sources, according to a government report.

Renewable energy and energy efficiency accounted for $16 billion of the federal support, according to the Congressional Budget Office, while the fossil-fuel industry received $2.5 billion in tax breaks."
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What price clean air?

George Will writes: "The federal government is a bull that has found yet another china shop, this time in Arizona. It seems determined to inflict, for angelic motives and progressive goals, economic damage on this state. And economic and social damage on American Indians, who over the years have experienced quite enough of that at Washington's hands.

The gain from this pain? The most frequently cited study says "research to date ... is inconclusive as to whether" there would be "any perceptible improvement in visibility at the Grand Canyon and other areas of concern." The Environmental Protection Agency says the Navajo Generating Station is "near" 11 national parks, several of which are 175 miles distant.

The NGS on Navajo land in Northern Arizona burns coal from the Kayenta Mine, which is co-owned by the Navajo and Hopi nations. The EPA is pondering whether all three units of the NGS should be required to install the "best available" emission control technologies, perhaps costing more than $1.1 billion."
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Bid to kill EPA coal plant regulations thwarted in Senate

"Senate lawmakers on Wednesday blocked a GOP-led effort to scuttle Environmental Protection Agency regulations that mandate cuts in mercury pollution and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants.

The 46-53 vote against Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) resolution staves off what would have been a stinging election-year rebuke of the White House green agenda."
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Electricity from Coal and Natural Gas Equal for the First Time

Electricity from Coal and Natural Gas Equal for the First Time | Fueling Liberty | Scoop.it
"Recently published electric power data show that, for the first time since EIA began collecting the data, generation from natural gas-fired plants is virtually equal to generation from coal-fired plants, with each fuel providing 32% of total generation. In April 2012, preliminary data show net electric generation from natural gas was 95.9 million megawatthours, only slightly below generation from coal, at 96.0 million megawatthours."
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EPA Maintains GHG Thresholds on Largest Emitters

"The EPA will maintain greenhouse gas thresholds that target the nation’s largest emitters, which account for nearly 70 percent of pollution from stationary sources.

 

The final rule will shield smaller emitters from permitting requirements, and establishes a provision that allows companies to set plant-wide emissions limits, known as Plantwide Applicability Limitations, in an effort to reduce permitting burdens on state and local authorities and large industrial emitters, the EPA said."

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Europe Burns Coal Fastest Since 2006 in Boost for U.S.

Europe Burns Coal Fastest Since 2006 in Boost for U.S. | Fueling Liberty | Scoop.it

As the EPA and the Obama Administration try to kill coal power in the U.S., it appears Europe might be picking up the slack.

 

"Europe is burning coal at the fastest pace since 2006, as surging imports from U.S. producers such as Arch Coal Inc. helped cut prices 26 percent in a year and benefited European power companies including EON AG."

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Iran losing billions as oil exports extend slump

Iran will see its July oil exports more than halved from regular levels seen last year because tough new Western sanctions are stifling flows.
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Summer Is 'What Global Warming Looks Like'

From Time: "If you want a glimpse of some of the worst of global warming, scientists suggest taking a look at U.S. weather in recent weeks."

 

This amazing Time article seems to link recent U.S. weather events to global warming while admitting that you can't link specific weather events to global warming.

 

"Scientifically linking individual weather events to climate change takes intensive study, complicated mathematics, computer models and lots of time. Sometimes it isn't caused by global warming. Weather is always variable; freak things happen."

 

Rather than being a result of global warming, this summer supposedly is just a preview of what climate change will bring. Question: Haven't we heard similar claims year in, year out regardless of weather trends?

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Americans Gaining Energy Independence With U.S. as Top Producer

Americans Gaining Energy Independence With U.S. as Top Producer | Fueling Liberty | Scoop.it
From Bloomberg: "The U.S. is the closest it has been in almost 20 years to achieving energy self-sufficiency, a goal the nation has been pursuing since the 1973 Arab oil embargo triggered a recession and led to lines at gasoline stations.

Domestic oil output is the highest in eight years. The U.S. is producing so much natural gas that, where the government warned four years ago of a critical need to boost imports, it now may approve an export terminal. Methanex Corp. (MX), the world’s biggest methanol maker, said it will dismantle a factory in Chile and reassemble it in Louisiana to take advantage of low natural gas prices. And higher mileage standards and federally mandated ethanol use, along with slow economic growth, have curbed demand."
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Campaign aims to counter oil sands criticism

"Manufacturers, refiners, energy companies and pipeline operators that think the promise of Canadian crude is getting lost in the criticism of it have formed an initiative to promote the fossil fuel."
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How Free Markets Will Beat Climate Change: Q&A with UCLA's Matthew Kahn

From Reason: "'My unsexy bumper sticker for adapting to climate change,' says UCLA Professor of Economics, the Environment, and Public Affairs Matthew Kahn, 'is 'Give free markets a chance!''

Kahn, the author of Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter Future , argues that "well-meaning government actions" designed to combat the effects of global warming need to be scrutinized more than they have been. Despite the hostility to markets and economic development shared by many green activists, Kahn says that "free-market capitalism" provides the most flexible - and most progressive - solution to environmental issues."
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New Natural Gas Wealth Means Historic Change for Israel

New Natural Gas Wealth Means Historic Change for Israel | Fueling Liberty | Scoop.it

"Historically lacking in fossil-fuel resources, Israel now faces the challenge of managing its new huge natural gas discoveries in the Mediterranean Sea."

 

"The newfound offshore gas fields of Tamar, Leviathan, and Tanin give Israel a historic chance at energy independence and could transform the region's geopolitics."

 

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Only You Can Exploit Forest Fires

Only You Can Exploit Forest Fires | Fueling Liberty | Scoop.it

Michelle Malkin writes on NRO: "Good news: The Waldo Canyon fire, which claimed two lives, forced 32,000 residents (including our family) to flee, and destroyed 347 homes, is now 100 percent contained. Bad news: Radical environmentalists won’t stop blowing hot air about this year’s infernal season across the West."

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Will Congress Continue to Push Inefficient and Uneconomic Biofuels?

Will Congress Continue to Push Inefficient and Uneconomic Biofuels? | Fueling Liberty | Scoop.it

From IER: "With expiration of the current Farm Bill looming at the end of this year, Congress is working on a new version that will lay the groundwork for the next five years of U.S. agricultural policy. However, those hopeful that the new measure will reflect Congress’ newfound interest in fiscal restraint will be disappointed. Just like previous Farm Bills, the Senate version of the bill contains plenty of handouts for the ultimate agricultural special interest group: biofuel producers." 

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Blog: Biofuel's Cost Torpedoes Navy Budget

Blog: Biofuel's Cost Torpedoes Navy Budget | Fueling Liberty | Scoop.it

From American Thinker Blog: "Facing massive cuts to the defense budget, the U.S. Navy is being used to prop up the failing biofuel industry by converting the fleet to run on the so-called "green fuel" at $26 a gallon."

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U.N. Report from Rio on Environment a 'Suicide Note'

Environmental groups and climate change alarmists are up in arms after yet another fruitless U.N. summit on environment and sustainability issues.

 

"The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development has wrapped up in Rio de Janeiro — contentiously so — marking two decades since the first Earth Summit was held, also in Rio, in 1992.

 

The recent three-day meeting was more easily known as Rio+20, but so few specifics, so few targets, so few tangible decisions came out of the gathering that some participants were derisively calling it “Rio Minus 20,” or “Rio Plus 20 Minus 40.”

 

At least it wasn't a total loss:

 

"One of the few things the summit meeting did actually decide: the establishment of “a universal intergovernmental high level political forum” to replace another U.N. commission."

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Group moves ahead with renewable energy measure - CBS News

"Supporters of a Michigan ballot measure that would require utilities to get more of their electricity from renewable sources submitted more than a half-million petition signatures to the secretary of state's office, they announced Friday...

 

The proposal would require more than 80 electricity suppliers statewide to obtain 25 percent of their power from wind, solar, biomass or hydropower by 2025."

 

Under the guise of job creation in a state with 8.5% unemployment, this group is proposing  a costly mandate that will only hurt jobs in industries that create products people actually want.  Now is not the time for government mandates that would cause energy prices to skyrocket, negatively impacting every industry in the state.

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