Cooler Heads Digest 8 July 2011


Freedom Action will hold a demonstration in front of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Monday, July 11, from 12:30 to 1:15 PM to protest Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric, as the keynote speaker at the Campaign for Free Enterprise's Jobs for America Summit.  The theme of the protest is: "Jeff Immelt: Job Killer." Immelt was a key proponent of cap-and-trade energy-rationing legislation in the 111th Congress.

In the News

Global Warming Tales and Tails
Ross Kaminsky, American Spectator, 8 July 2011

The Obama Car
Eric Peters, American Spectator, 7 July 2011

Snoopy and the Green Baron
Peter Foster, Financial Post, 6 July 2011

Washington Post: \221Misinformation and Outright Lies about Climate Change'
Chris Horner, Big Government, 6 July 11

Science by Artillery Shell? Or Science by Cooperation?
James Taylor, Forbes, 6 July 2011

Michael Mann and the Climategate Whitewash, Part 2
Larry Bell, Forbes, 5 July 2011

There Has Been No Global Warming Since 1998
James Delingpole, Telegraph, 6 July 2011

Global Warming? New Ice Age? The Only Certainty Is That YOU'RE Paying for Hysteria
Christopher Booker, Daily Mail, 6 July 2011

Wind Energy: A Review of Health and Safety Concerns
John Droz, Jr., Master Resource, 6 July 2011

UN Climate Initiative Is a Nightmare
Caroline May, Daily Caller, 6 July 2011

No Need for \221Compromise' in Trimming Ethanol Subsidies
Washington Post editorial, 5 July 2011

Chinese Coal Blamed for Global Cooling
Andrew Orlowski, The Register, 5 July 2011

Nic Lewis on IPCC Sensitivity
Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, 5 July 2011

Obama Mandates a Market for His Own Market \223Investments\224
Henry Payne, The Michigan View, 27 June 2011

New You Can Use
CFLs Are a Hazard to Your Health

According to a new study in Environmental Engineering Science, broken Compact Florescent Lightbulbs can release toxic mercury emissions for up to 10 weeks. The total amount of Hg vapor released from a broken CFL can exceeds 1.0 mg, which can cause Hg level in a regular room to exceed the safe human exposure limit under poor ventilation conditions.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

EPA Issues Another Big Anti-Energy Regulation

Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, on Thursday released the final version of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (formerly known as the Interstate Transport Rule), which will require at least eastern 27 States to reduce air pollutants from coal-fired power plants that lower air quality in downwind States.  Texas was added to the list at the last minute (as reported in last week's Digest), and the drastic reductions required in Texas look like payback by the EPA for Texas's resistance to EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.

The most astonishing thing about the new rule is the speed with which it must be implemented.  EPA estimates that sulfur dioxide emissions will be cut by 73 percent by 2014 (with 2005 levels as the baseline), while nitrogen oxide emissions will go down by 54 percent.  The only way to make such large reductions so quickly will be to close down a lot of coal-fired power plants. 

EPA is confident that the lights will not go out as a result.  My guess is that they are counting on our accelerating economic downturn to reduce output and consumption so much that demand for electricity will go way down.

House Moves To Block EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulations

The House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its funding bill for Fiscal Year 2012 on Thursday.  Under Chairman Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), the subcommittee voted to cut the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by 18 percent. 

The bill also includes a number of riders that prohibit EPA from implementing various regulations.  Most notably, the bill would prohibit EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources (such as power plants) during the next fiscal year.  A number of other amendments to limit EPA's regulatory over-reach may be offered at full committee mark-up or when the bill is debated on the House floor.    

Across the States
Dave Bier

New Hampshire

On Wednesday, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch (D) vetoed a bill that would have withdrawn the State from a regional cap-and-trade energy-rationing scheme known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  Republicans hold a veto-proof majority in both chambers of the legislature, but the environmentalist lobby mobilized and frightened enough members of the Senate to ensure that Governor Lynch's veto will not be overturned.

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