Friday, July 15, 2011

EPA and Clean Air Transit Rule - #3079 - The EPA Must Be Stopped, and I'm Not Talking About Light Bulbs - Redstate (2) House Votes to Block EPA on Water Pollution - Politico (3) Germany's Giant Green Reversal - American Thinker (4) Real Costs of Solar Energy - American Thinker


Clean Air Transit Rule - The EPA Must Be Stopped and I'm Not Talking About Light Bulbs - Redstate - There’s been a lot of talk these days about light bulbs. The Hill is reporting on how it’s shedding light on the “new Republican party,” one that is so “out of touch with the mainstream” because it only listens to it’s “extremist elements.” The New York Times has declared victory for the green movement, while some in the blogosphere have taken to referring to the bulb issue as a “fatal conceit,” referring to the White House’s fulfillment of Hayek’s description.  The issue has taken hold in the press as to be about light bulbs, which of course reasonable people know is an unfair characterization of a complicated issue. The real issue is obviously freedom. Freedom to make choices, no matter how insignificant they may seem. The light bulb situation is an example of that debate, but I’m starting to believe it is becoming a distraction. You don’t even have to travel far from the realm of light bulbs to see that our overly regulated lives are about to be far more restricted and the impact will be devastating.  Recently, the EPA released it’s Clean Air Transit Rule (CATR) under the name “The Cross Air Pollution Rule.” This essentially requires states that have power plants to redue emissions they produce which are carried downwind to neighboring states. CATR is widely expected to result in massive closures or temporary shutdowns of electric plants.  The House is working on a stop to this with an appropriations bill that would cut EPA funding and delay the implementation of these rules, but of course there is an effort by the Congressional Democrats to dismantle the bill citing “environmental concerns.”Read more......

House Votes to Block EPA on Water Pollution - Politico - The House on Wednesday approved legislation to smack down the Obama administration’s water pollution policies, despite a looming veto threat from the White House. The chamber voted 239-184 to adopt a bipartisan bill that seeks to limit EPA’s authority over state water quality decisions after recent agency actions have irked lawmakers, particularly in coal states and in Florida. Backers of the bill sent a loud message that they’re not pleased with recent EPA water policies, including a January veto of a West Virginia mining permit and new nutrient pollution standards in Florida. “The action that we’ve seen from EPA has unleashed an unprecedented backlash,” said House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) “Everyone has called this a huge power grab by EPA and EPA has indeed created a regulatory nightmare that affects almost every state in the union.” Read more.......

Germany Giant Green Reversal - Last spring the German Government made a monumental declaration with all the pomp and circumstance included: the country would phase out all its nuclear plants by 2022, shuttering 7 immediately in the wake of the Fukushima disaster and phasing out the rest of their 10 remaining plants as quickly as possible over the next ten years. It took only 3 months for reality to rear its ugly head. Per Der Spiegel:  Germany's energy agency is warning that one of the German reactors mothballed in the wake of Fukushima may have to be restarted to make up for possible power shortages this winter and next. Berlin is also using money earmarked for future energy efficiency to subsidize coal-fired plants.  With concern rising that solar and wind power might not be sufficient on cold winter days, one of the older reactors will likely have to be switched back on.  Read more.......

Real Costs of Solar Energy - American Thinker - From the study commissioned by the University of Juan Carlos and the Juan de Mariana Institute, since 2000 Spain spent €571,138 to create each "green job", including subsidies of more than €1 million per wind industry job. Two thirds of jobs were in construction, fabrication and installation, one quarter in administrative positions, marketing and projects engineering, and just one out of ten jobs has been created at the more permanent level of actual operation and maintenance of the renewable sources of electricity. The programs creating each green job also resulted in the destruction of 2.2 jobs elsewhere in the country for every "green job" created. In the end the price of electricity paid by the consumer in Spain will have to be increased 31% to be able to repay the historic debt generated by the deficit produced by the subsidies to renewable.  Solar projects include a natural gas generation system to supplement the grid when the sun doesn't shine.........Solar turbines require the same amount of water as a thousand households to run.  Solar arrays have a huge footprint -- over five square miles of habitat to power 140,000 homes.  Read more.......  AW: Amazing article, breaks down the cost for the average homeowner who attempts to install solar panels.  On an average ranch-style home there is not enough square footage of roof space to operate just a well pump,  we tried.

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