Saturday, November 20, 2010

E.P.A. - #2414 - EPA Overreach in the Age of Obama - Hot Air (2) Freezing Citizens to Death to Stop Global Warming in U.K. - American Thinker (3) Climate Change No Longer Scary in Europe - Townhall

EPA in the Age of Obama - Hot Air - My what a difference a new administration can make. The folks at Energy Tomorrow have compiled some revealing statistics indicating precisely how much the scope of the EPA’s mission has changed under the Obama administration, both in the volume of aggressive changes they seek to implement and the increasingly politicized nature of their proposals. And this is from one of the chief groups who complained about a disregard for “hard science” under previous White House occupants. First, take a look at this two minute video which details a few of the new regulations being proposed and the impact they will have on American businesses, jobs and the economy. How many new regulatory moves has the EPA been making? To put it in perspective, during the first 18 months of the second Bush administration, the EPA proposed 16 “significant regulations” which would have an economic impact of $100 million or more. During the first 18 months of the Obama administration, that number shot up to 42.  And who will be affected by all of these new regulations, if approved? In a paper published by Energy Tomorrow we find a fairly extensive list of the potential impact and questionable procedures under discussion.  Read more........  Even if the Senate does not pass Cap and Trade, the EPA can achieve much of what is in the bill, by excessive regulations.  See story below from the U.K., could this happen to us in the United States.

Freezing Citizens to Death to Stop Global Warming - American Thinker - A leading U.K. fuel poverty charity is predicting deaths to skyrocket this winter as over 5 million homes struggle to pay rising fuel bills.  The Express is reporting that energy prices “have soared more than 80 per cent in the last five years,” and singles out British Gas for announcing a seven per cent hike when “the number of families struggling to pay their heating bills reaches 5.5 million and excess winter deaths this year are expected to be higher than ever.”  What the article failed to explain, or even mention, is the primary reason energy costs have become so dangerously prohibitive in the U.K: Green energy policy.  According to British Gas managing director Phil Bentley, not only is the price of wholesale gas up since spring, but the company is also fighting the ever-increasing costs of meeting its “environmental obligations.”  E.U. targets require the U.K. to produce 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, a sevenfold jump from 2008 implementation. And Britain has set an even loftier goal for its electricity production, mandating 35 percent be derived from renewables by 2020.  Read more.........

Climate Change No Longer Scary in Europe - Townhall - Bjorn Lomborg’s ongoing publicity campaign for his new film makes it obvious that the fight against the delusion of dangerous man-made global warming remains an uphill struggle. For decades the climate debate has been obfuscated by cherry-picking, spin-doctoring and scare-mongering by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other climate alarmists, including the environmental movement and mainstream media. Their massive effort to overstate the threat of man-made warming has left its imprint on public opinion. But the tide seems to be turning. The Climate Conference fiasco in Copenhagen, Climategate scandal and stabilization of worldwide temperatures since 1995 have given rise to growing doubts about the putative threat of “dangerous global warming” or “global climate disruption.”  Read more..........

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