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INHOFE: EPA 'PUNTING' REGS UNTIL AFTER ELECTION THAT 'SPELL DOOM' FOR JOBS, ECONOMY

Fox News
October 21, 2012

Republican Sen. James Inhofe says the Environmental Protection Agency has delayed action or “punted” on numerous regulations while President Obama tries to “earn votes” for a second term.

The Oklahoma senator and ranking Republican on the chamber’s Committee on Environment and Public Works has released a report stating that when the agency approves the roughly one dozen regulations next year in 2013, they will “spell doom” for jobs and economic growth.

“The Obama-EPA plans to move full speed ahead to implement this agenda if President Obama wins a second term,” Inhofe writes. “These rules taken together will inevitably result in the elimination of millions of American jobs, drive up the price of gas at the pump even more, impose construction bans on local communities and essentially shut down American oil, natural gas and coal production.”

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EPA-FUNDED GROUP MISLEADS PUBLIC, GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

The Daily Caller
October 22, 2012

An EPA-funded environmental group has been disseminating misleading data about refineries to make them appear to be more dangerous than they actually are in order to invite federal intervention, according to a report to be released early this week.

The Environmental Protection Agency has been bankrolling a project by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, a state-based environmental group, called the Refinery Efficiency Initiative which has been presenting misleading information to the media and to regulators, according to a report by the Pelican Institute, a Louisiana-based think tank.


“[The Louisiana Bucket Brigade] refinery transparency initiative bankrolled with taxpayer money has flooded the public with murky, inaccurate data, thereby defeating the original goal,” according to the report.

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LET THE WIND PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT EXPIRE

NetRight Daily
September 6, 2012

64 organizations and the millions of people that they represent are calling on members of Congress to allow the Wind Production Tax Credit to expire. The tax credit, implemented in 1992 to spur development of wind energy, has failed to yield the desired result of the politicians who tried to distort the market. Consumers didn’t fall for the trick.

The tax credit is valued around $5 billion annually for an industry that supplies roughly 2% of our energy.

Click here to contact your member of Congress and tell them to allow the wind energy tax credit to expire!

Click here to read a copy of the letter that was sent to members of the Senate and House.

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COURT STRIKES DOWN MAJOR POLLUTION RULE

The Hill
Ben Geman
August 21, 2012

A federal court has struck down an Environmental Protection Agency rule that forces cuts in soot- and smog-forming power plant emissions that cross state lines, dealing a major blow to the White House's air quality agenda.
 
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule that forces cuts from plants in 28 states in the eastern half of the country, finding that it exceeds EPA’s powers under the Clean Air Act.
 
The 2-1 court decision Tuesday is a victory for industry groups, some states and GOP lawmakers, who alleged the rule would create economic burdens and force the closure of substantial numbers of coal-fired power plants.
 
The court decision instructs EPA to continue administering a less aggressive, George W. Bush-era rule called the Clean Air Interstate Rule.
 
The judges said the Obama administration rule allows EPA to “impose massive emissions reduction requirements on upwind states without regard to the limits imposed by the statutory text.”
 
Several states, including Texas, Alabama and Georgia, challenged the rule alongside the National Mining Association, power companies and other parties. But other states such as New York and Delaware, as well as environmental groups, joined the case in defense of EPA.

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EPA'S ATTACK ON COAL CREATES PROBLEMS, NOT SOLUTIONS

Lexington Herald-Leader
Lawrence Pigman
August 13, 2012

As a native of Eastern Kentucky and a third-generation coal miner, I read with interest Justin Maxson's comments on the area being the master of its fate.

Maxson, of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, cites that paragon of hard work, U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, saying the coal industry was fighting the Environmental Protection Agency instead of looking for ways to move forward.

The same thing can be said about government agencies. They are focused on a scorched-earth policy in their quest to eradicate coal, rather than being part of the solution of what comes next.

They ignore the talents and infrastructure that have been developed over generations to safely and competitively mine coal in Appalachia. If wind power is part of the future, a large support capability would be needed. A few years ago, we could not get bearings for 200-ton haul trucks because they were being used to assemble the gear cases for large windmills. These components, along with the electrical units, have a finite life and will need repair.

I would not hesitate to say that per capita we have as many experienced mechanics and electricians as any geographic area in the United States, along with machine shops and support in the field. For a windmill to be effective, it needs an unrestricted flow of air, which is hard to find in this area.

Mountaintop-removal mining has been demonized to the point it is almost a swear word to some. But to others, it is a mature mining process that can correct some past errors. I am sure that a mine site could be designed so that hollow fills and cuts could be made to maximize and channel the air flow to desired spots. Perhaps a large water impoundment at the foot could provide a heat sink to increase the air flow.

 

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MAN SENTENCED TO 30 DAYS FOR CATCHING RAIN WATER ON OWN PROPERTY ENTERS JAIL

CNSNews.com
August 8, 2012
 

Gary Harrington, the Oregon man convicted of collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his rural property surrendered Wednesday morning to begin serving his 30-day, jail sentence in Medford, Ore.

“I’m sacrificing my liberty so we can stand up as a country and stand for our liberty,” Harrington told a small crowd of people gathered outside of the Jackson County (Ore.) Jail.

Several people held signs that showed support for Harrington as he was taken inside the jail.

Harrington was found guilty two weeks ago of breaking a 1925 law for having, what state water managers called “three illegal reservoirs” on his property. He was convicted of nine misdemeanors, sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined over $1500 for collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his property.

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JUSTICE HITS GIBSON GUITARS WITH $300G FINE OVER FINGERBOARDS

Fox News
August 6, 2012
 

The Justice Department announced Monday that it has resolved a long-running dispute with Gibson Guitar over questionable fingerboard shipments -- in a case that became a political flashpoint last year as defenders of the storied guitar-maker claimed the government crackdown went too far.

According to the department, Gibson entered a "criminal enforcement agreement" resolving the investigation. The federal government will not charge Gibson, but the company has apparently agreed to pay a $300,000 penalty, pay $50,000 to a federal conservation fund and withdraw claims to the valuable fingerboards that were seized in a series of federal raids.

"This criminal enforcement agreement goes a long way in demonstrating the government's commitment to protecting the world's natural resources," U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin said in a statement.

Gibson has not yet issued a statement on the agreement.

The company last year, though, was unrelenting in its criticism of the Obama administration.

The dispute centered on a law known as the Lacey Act, which since 2008 has made it illegal to import plant products, including wood, exported in violation of another country's laws. The law was updated in an effort to target illegal logging.

 
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SOLAR PANELS INSTALLED TO GO GREEN, 100-120 TREES REMOVED TO INSTALL SOLAR PANELS

Digest Featured News
Eric Odom
August 6, 2012

The irony here is too good to ignore. The Denver Housing Authority is working towards going green by installing solar panels in housing projects. In order to install the solar panels, they need to cut down between 100-120 trees.


"For optimal solar power production, it was determined that between 100-120 trees may be trimmed or removed for the total DHA solar project, which includes 668 solar electric systems on 387 DHA resident buildings,” DHA Community Affairs Officer Stella Madridwrote in an email. “As DHA continues to assess the need for trimming and removal of trees at each of the solar installation, we will utilize the ‘Right Tree, Right Place, Right Way’ approach to minimize the removal of trees and maximize the solar panels.”


But wait, there’s more. As it turns out, cutting down the trees may actually increase energy use by 30%

"But this 1997 scientific study from the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory found that trees providing direct shade to a home can save 30 percent seasonally on energy costs related to heating and cooling. A morerecent study, as pointed out by a commenter on this story, estimates the summertime energy savings at about 5 percent. Either way, it seems safe to conclude that removal of trees and tree limbs at the sites of the solar panel installations may actually increase overall energy consumption."

Sound logic… government style.

 

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