Friday, August 19, 2011

Environmental Protection Agency - #3177 - EPA Misleads Public on Impact of New Regulations on Electricity Reliability - National Center for Public Policy Research (2) The Obama EPA's Brave New Future - Heritage Foundation

Today policy experts from the National Center for Public Policy Research are calling attention to documents recently released by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) revealing that the Environmental Protection Agency misled the public about the agency's work with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to determine the impact of its new regulations on the reliability of the nation's electricity capacity. New EPA regulations are estimated to significantly reduce the amount of electricity generated from coal-fired energy from our power grid. The EPA had assured the public that the agency was working with FERC to determine the impact of its regulations on the reliability of the nation's electricity capacity including a joint modeling effort. However, responses from FERC Commissioners to an inquiry from Murkowski regarding the degree of agency coordination on the impact of the agency's new rules clearly shows the EPA statements were not truthful. Correspondence from the FERC chairman and commissioners revealed the commission is not working on a formal assessment of the impact of the EPA regulations on the ability of our power grid to reliably deliver electricity to the nation's homes and businesses. Read more.......

The Obama EPA's Brave New Future - Heritage Foundation - Say goodbye to cars and trucks as you know them. Say hello to a brave new future ushered in by the Environmental Protection Agency. It’s one where the federal government reshapes a major U.S. industry by administrative fiat, all in pursuit of a policy goal that will cost money, jobs, and lives—all to satisfy the left’s environmentalist factions while dishing out taxpayer dollars to an Obama-favored unionized industry.  That industry is the auto industry, and the Obama Administration is yet again using the mighty fist of the federal government to recast it in its own image. The Washington Post reports that the Obama Administration and the auto industry have reached agreement on new federal regulations that would raise fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks, hitting an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025—a 40 percent reduction in fuel consumption compared to today.  Those new standards, though designed to reduce greenhouse gases, bring with them significant costs. Fourteen of Michigan’s 15 representatives in Congress—including Democrat Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin—wrote a letter to the President warning him of the consequences that draconian fuel efficiency standards could have for their state, the home of General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler, citing a report by The Center for Automotive Research which warned that overly stringent standards could add $10,000 to the cost of a new car. Heritage’s Nicolas Loris explains how those higher costs can lead to job loss:......In addition to lost jobs and costlier cars, forcing automakers to achieve those standards could result in a loss of life. In order to make cars more fuel-efficient, automakers reduce the weight of vehicles. As Reason reports, “a 2002 National Academy of Sciences study concluded that CAFE’s downsizing effect contributed to between 1,300 and 2,600 deaths in a single representative year, and to 10 times that many serious injuries.”
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