Friday, September 23, 2011

Global Warming and Energy Policies - #3270 - CBS News - N.Y. Times Poll Shows the Public Has Mostly Given Up On Global Warming and the Environment - Watts Up With That (2) Texas Attorney General Sues to Stop New EPA Rules - Hot Air (3) Good News: Oil Drilling Off Florida Begins Nov. 1st - Bad News: It's in Cuba (4) Despite Obama's Decision to Spike Ozone Restrictions, Dominion Still Plans to Close York, Chesapeake Power Plant - Daily Press

CBS News - NY Times Poll - Here’s question 88: Which statement comes closest to your view about global warming? 1. Global warming is caused mostly by human activity such as burning fossil fuels or 2. Global warming is caused mostly by natural patterns in the earth’s environment. or 3. Global warming does not exist. And here’s the results:
12 percent don’t think global warming exists. 42 percent say it’s man-made and 33 percent say it’s natural. 7 percent say it is a mixture of both, and 6 percent are in the “I dunno” or didn’t answer category. With only 42 percent saying it is human caused, that puts it in the minority view. But what I think is even more telling is the fact that it didn’t even show up on the radar in question 3, which asks: What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today? Read more.......

Texas Attorney General Sues to Stop New EPA Rules - Hot Air - Earlier this week we saw a sneak preview in Kentucky and Indianapolis of how new EPA emissions regulations will be affecting power generation, jobs and the economy. This came with a warning about the even larger impact which will be felt in Texas next year if all of the proposed rules take effect and are enforced. Seeking to cut off this impending disaster at the pass, the Texas Attorney General filed suit yesterday to put the brakes on enforcement until cooler heads can prevail.  Texas, the second-most populous U.S. state, sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeking to block rules aimed at curbing air pollution.  State Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office today filed a petition for review of the regulation at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington. A request to bar its enforcement will be filed later today, a spokeswoman for the attorney general, Lauren Bean, said today in a telephone interview. Abbott “is deeply concerned about these new federal regulations’ impact on the State of Texas, its electric grid and the Texans whose access to something as basic as electricity is threatened,” the attorney general said in an e-mailed statement.  Read more.......

Good News: Oil Drilling Off Florida Begins Nov. 1 - Bad News: It's In Cuba - Redstate - While it’s been the subject of rumor, gossip and misinformation for the last several years, this time it’s real: drilling off the north shore of Cuba is scheduled to begin November 1. Six wells are planned to be drilled with this rig by the various international companies who own exploration rights off the north shore of the island. …Spanish energy company Repsol and its partners are now bringing the Chinese-built [drilling rig] Scarabeo 9 to a site off Cuba’s northwest coast, where it aims to drill as soon as November at a depth of more than 5,500 feet, deeper than the blown-out well that spewed 5 million barrels of crude into the Gulf last summer.  Read more........

Despite Obama's Decision to Spike Ozone Restrictions, Dominion Still Plans to Close York, Chesapeake Power Plant - Daily Press - Despite President Barack Obama's decision Friday to reject a proposed tightening of air quality standards, Dominion Virginia Power said Tuesday it still plans to shutter two coal-fired power plants in York County and Chesapeake in coming years.  The president on Friday said his administration would delay a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency that would have placed tighter restrictions on ozone, a key component of smog, until at least 2013. He said the proposed rule would impose too harsh a burden on industry at a time of economic uncertainty.  The announcement came one day after Dominion said it would close its coal-fired power plant in Chesapeake by 2016 and shutter one of two coal-fired units at its Yorktown Power Station by 2015 in response to an expected tightening of three major federal environmental regulations. The utility also said it plans to convert a second coal-fired unit in York to natural gas before eventually closing the entire plant by about 2022.  Read more........

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