FrackNation, a feature documentary that debunks environmental alarmism about a natural gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” will make its nationwide premier on January 22, 2013 at 9 PM eastern time, on axs.tv. Click here to learn more about the film and also to check your local listings for the premier.
In the News
A Year Later, Keystone XL Is Still a Good Decision
Nicolas Loris, The Foundry, 18 January 2013
Dear Carl Pope: What about the “Cuisinarts of the Air”?
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 14 January 2013
News You Can Use
Heritage Study: Carbon Tax Would Cut Household Income $1,900 per Year
Heritage Foundation’s David Kreutzer and Nicolas Loris this week released a study analyzing the economic impact of a $25 per ton carbon tax, using data from the Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook for 2012. Their study demonstrates that a carbon tax would cut the income of a typical family of four by $1,900 per year in 2016 and lead to average losses of $1,400 per year through 2035.
Inside the Beltway
Richard Windsor Still in Hiding at EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday, 14th January, released approximately 2100 e-mails addressed to EPA Administrator Lisa M. Jackson in partial fulfillment of a federal court order to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Chris Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The e-mails consist almost entirely of Google news alerts, Washington Post news updates, EPA news clips, etc.
The FOIA requests were initially filed in April and May 2012. The requests related to the EPA’s war on coal and the use of alias e-mail accounts used by the Administrator to conduct official business. After EPA failed to comply, CEI sued EPA on 28th September 2012. On 12th November 2012, Chris Horner learned that Jackson was using an alias account in the name of Richard Windsor.
As a result of the lawsuit, EPA finally agreed to search for e-mails that were responsive to the request. In December, EPA agreed to turn over approximately 12,000 in four monthly installments of 3,000 beginning 14th January. Turning over 2,100 rather than 3,000 is apparently close enough for government work
All of the 2,100 e-mails released appear to be addressed to Jackson’s normal secondary EPA e-mail account and none to her Richard Windsor false identity account. In a cover letter addressed to Horner, EPA’s Eric E. Wachter states that, “As you are aware, the Administrator uses one secondary official government email account to conduct EPA business.” Yet Chris has considerable evidence that Jackson was using a normal secondary account and the Richard Windsor account. Thus it appears that the EPA has entered stonewall mode or, as Chris remarked to the media, “has gone bunker.” Here is a complete timeline of EPA’s Richard Windsor scandal—so far.
Representative Pompeo Introduces Bill To End All Energy Subsidies
Representative Mike Pompeo (R-Ks.) this week re-introduced his bill to end all federal energy tax subsidies. H. R. 259, the Energy Freedom and Economic Prosperity Act, has eleven original co-sponsors.
Pompeo first introduced his bill to run the energy sector’s crony capitalists out of Washington in 2011 during his first term in Congress. A companion bill was introduced in 2011 in the Senate by then-Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), who recently resigned to become president of the Heritage Foundation.
“Companies should have customers, not political patrons,” Pompeo commented upon introducing his bill. A number of non-profit free market and conservative groups support enactment, including the following Cooler Heads Coalition members: Americans for Tax Reform, 60 Plus Association, Americans for Prosperity, American Energy Alliance, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, and Freedom Action.
Salazar Resigns as Interior Secretary
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced this week that he will resign in March. A “massive coalition” of leftwing groups, led by the environmental pressure group, the Center for Biological Diversity, quickly sent a letter to the White House that urges President Barack Obama to nominate Representative Raul M. Grijalva (D-Az.) to replace Salazar.
Rep. Grijalva is the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, which has jurisdiction over National Parks, National Forests, and Bureau of Land Management lands. He has toed the radical environmental line on virtually every federal lands issue. He scored zero on Freedom Action’s 2011-12 Affordable Energy Congressional Vote Ratings
Grijalva is also something of a thug. Here is a blog post by my CEI colleague Marlo Lewis on how Grijalva misused his office to try to persecute Dr. Indur Goklany, a distinguished policy expert at the Department of the Interior. This alone should disqualify him from being Secretary of the Interior.
As Senator from Colorado and then Interior Secretary, Salazar was viewed as a moderate Democrat on energy and federal lands issues. That is because he claimed to support a balanced use of the federal lands that would allow oil and gas production where appropriate, while opposing nearly every specific oil and gas lease.
Across the States
EPA’s Regional Haze Rule Imposes Big Costs for Invisible Benefits
EPA today imposed a Regional Haze $700 million federal implementation plan on the Navajo Generating Station, a 1,800 megawatt coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation reservation. The purpose of the Regional Haze regulation is to improve the view at national parks, but air quality modeling demonstrates that this regulation would have an imperceptible impact on visibility. The Navajo Generating Station supplies electricity that powers the Central Arizona Project, a system of aqueducts that supplies water to much of southern Arizona. According to a federal study, EPA’s Regional Haze regulations will increase water bills in the Phoenix region by 15 percent.
Last week, Oklahoma utility AEP-PSO formally asked state regulators for an 11 percent rate increase—a record—in order to pay for compliance costs pursuant to a Regional Haze federal implementation plan imposed by EPA in 2012. That regulation cost almost $2.8 billion.
Click here to access a study that includes side-by-side images depicting the imperceptible visibility “benefits” of EPA’s Regional Haze regulations in Oklahoma and the Navajo Nation.
Around the World
Energy and Commerce Majority Staff Report: Green Stimulus Subsidies Went Abroad
This week the Energy and Commerce Committee majority staff published a report, titled American Taxpayer Investment, Foreign Corporation Benefit, showing that almost one-quarter of $16 billion in green energy Stimulus subsidies was given to companies overseas. Click here to read the report.
Review of Climate Change Impacts in the United States
CEI Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis has written a review of the Cato Institute’s Addendum: Climate Change Impacts in the United States, and presents several of its key findings. The report is described as “a sober antidote to the climate fear-mongering patronized by the Obama administration, mainstream media, the U.N., corporate rent seekers, and the green movement”
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