CEI - Major Obama energy agenda items this week

This is a big week for the Obama administration's energy agenda, and CEI analysts are weighing in on all these issues.

  • Obama FERC nominee - Ron Binz was questioned by the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. CEI is opposing his nomination due to his record as Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) from 2007-2011. Specifically his  willingness to push the boundaries of regulatory authority to remake the utility industry so that it comported with his environmentalist viewpoint.  See: FERC Nominee Ron Binz's Colorado Record Should Serve as Warning. 
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  • Dept of Energy on the "social cost of carbon" - CEI's Marlo Lewis yesterday submitted public comments in support of the Landmark Legal Foundation’s petition for reconsideration of the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) final rule on microwave ovens. As Lewis explains, inserting the administration’s revised social cost of carbon (SCC) estimates into the final microwave rule without subjecting them to public notice and comment was improper. Moreover, the concept of carbon’s social cost is highly subjective and controversial. See: Marlo Lewis's comments to DOE.
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  • EPA's rule regulating power plant emissions - The EPA this week is scheduled to release new regulations restricting greenhouse gas emissions by power plants. It amounts to a war on affordable energy, as Marlo Lewis has explained - a de-facto mandate to fuel-switch from coal to gas, regulatory warfare on coal electric generation. See: DOE’s Social Cost of Carbon Mischief (My Comment Letter in Support of Landmark Legal Foundation’s Petition) and  EPA Carbon ‘Pollution’ Rule to Require Carbon Capture and Storage for New Coal Power Plants.
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  • On Wednesday, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will testify before a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel concerning the adminsitration's climate change plan. You may recall that McCarthy has been embroiled in "Windsorgate" - ongoing efforts by the Obama EPA to seemingly evade public scrutiny in email and text correspondence. See: McCarthy "Wholly Unqualified" To Serve As EPA Administrator, CEI Says.