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Saturday
Oct182014

Cooler Heads Digest 17 October 2014 

17 October 2014

In the News

Spanish Company under Federal Investigation Wins $230 Million in DOE Subsidies
Lachlan Markay, Washington Free Beacon, 17 October 2014

Love to Hate? Anti-Fracking Group Scrubs Website
Steve Everley, Master Resource, 16 October 2014

The Final Word on Yucca
Jack Spencer & Katie Tubb, The Daily Signal, 16 October 2014

GOP Congress Seen Pushing Back on EPA Rules
Adam O’Neal, Real Clear Politics, 16 October 2014

The Breathless Hypocrisy Driving Energy “Divestment”
Benjamin Zycher, Real Clear Markets, 15 October 2014

Increasing Efficiency of “Fracking” Has Made U.S. the World’s Largest Producer
Mark Perry, AEIdeas, 15 October 2014

Global Warming Hysteria Is Tearing Us Apart
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 11 October 2014

News You Can Use
Marlo Lewis

Report: EPA’s Clean Power Plan Will Make Electricity Rates Necessarily Skyrocket

According to a report released this week by NERA, EPA’s Clean Power Plan would:

  • Be the most expensive environmental regulation ever imposed on the electric power sector. The rule will cost state power sectors between $41 billion and $73 billion per year (EPA estimates “only” $8.8 billion annually), and $336 billion to $479 billion over 15 years.
  • Cause double digit electricity price rate hikes in 43 states. Electricity prices will increase by an average of 12% to 17%. Fourteen states will face price increases up to 20%.
  • Have no measurable effects on climate change. By 2050, the Plan would, in theory, reduce sea-level rise by 1/100th of an inch (the thickness of three sheets of paper), and reduce average global temperatures by less than 2/100ths of a degree.

Inside the Beltway
William Yeatman

EPA Administrator McCarthy Visits D.C. School to Peddle Nonsense about Asthma and Global Warming

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Thursday visited The Inspired Teaching School in Washington, D.C., in order to draw attention to Children’s Health Month. According to the EPA’s press release, McCarthy will discuss how “warmer temperatures from climate change, fueled by carbon pollution, are making allergy seasons longer and worsening smog, exacerbating asthma in our kids.”

The facts suggest otherwise. According to the EPA, total emissions of the six principal air pollutants decreased by 62 percent between 1980 and 2013, while the economy grew by 145 percent. And yet, from 2001 to 2011, the Center for Disease Control says the number of Americans with asthma grew by 28 percent. Therefore, real pollution is decreasing, while asthma has become more prevalent. It is also notable that 2001-2011, when asthma rates increased and pollution decreased, there was (and continues to be) a “pause” in global warming. In light of these inconvenient truths, Administrator McCarthy’s attempt to link climate change and asthma simply makes no sense.

Senator Vitter Releases Collusive Emails between NRDC and EPA on Clean Power Plan

On July 6, The New York Times reported that three lobbyists for the Natural Resources Defense Council wrote the “blueprint” for EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations for existing power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan. The report was disconcerting due to the fact that the NRDC had spent considerable resources getting President Obama elected, so it appeared that the green group was being rewarded with policymaking privileges.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy forcefully denied the New York Times report, but her protestations was belied this week when Senate Environment & Public Works Ranking Member David Vitter (R-La.) released a trove of email correspondence demonstrating “very close working relationship between the two organizations to develop the carbon rule—dating back to 2011—two years before EPA has said the public had an opportunity to provide input.”

For example, in a congratulatory email sent in the wake of a “sue and settle” agreement between NRDC and EPA that led to the Clean Power Plan, McCarthy wrote to one NRDC lobbyist that “This success is as much yours as it is mine.” For more on how green groups have “captured” Obama’s EPA, see here, here, and here.

Pentagon Declares War on Global Warming

The Pentagon on Monday released a Climate Change Adaption Roadmap whose preamble states that climate change “poses an immediate threat to national security” and whose purpose is to integrate global warming threats into all “plans, operations, and training” across the entire Defense Department.

In light of both the current state of global affairs (i.e., the Middle East is aflame with conflict, Russia is menacing eastern Ukraine, and Ebola is raging in western Africa) and the fact that global warming has “paused,” one might be excused for thinking the Pentagon’s priorities are dangerously out of whack.

Across the States
Marlo Lewis

“Topsy-Turvy” Clean Power Plan Could “Substantially” Raise Electric Bills — Virginia State Corporate Commission

In a regulatory comment letter filed this week, Virginia’s State Corporation Commission cautions that EPA’s Clean Power Plan “would substantially increase” consumer electric bills, “raises alarming regional reliability concerns,” and is likely unlawful. 

Established in 1903, the Commission regulates many businesses and economic activities in Virginia, sets rates charged by large investor-owned utilities, and serves as the central filing agency for corporations in the state.

“Complying with the EPA’s proposed carbon emission rules would likely cost Dominion Virginia Power customers alone an extra $5.5 billion to $6 billion, the State Corporation Commission’s staff said in an unusually bluntly worded statement,” the Richmond-Times Dispatch reported yesterday.

EPA’s own model assumes Virginia will have to shut down reliable coal and gas power plants producing 2,851 megawatts of electricity, and replace that with 351 megawatts of unreliable wind and solar power, with the gap supposedly filled by increased efficiency and reduced demand. Even if the intermittency of renewable power were not an issue, there is “zero probability that wind and solar resources can be developed in the time and on the scale necessary” to meet the state’s 2020 carbon dioxide reduction target, Commission staff argued.

Legally, the Clean Power Plan is “topsy-turvy,” Commission staff said, because it imposes much more stringent emission standards on existing Virginia power plants than EPA proposes to require for new units. Clarifying the point with an analogy, staff asked: “Would it be rational to require the current owners of automobiles or lawnmowers throughout Virginia, for example, to meet an emission standard that is 26 percent more stringent than required for the production of new cars or lawnmowers that must use the best available technology?”

Around the World
William Yeatman

Ex-U.K. Environment Secretary Owen Patterson Throws Down Gauntlet on Energy Policy

In a brilliant speech before the Global Warming Policy Foundation, former U.K. Environment Secretary Owen Patterson challenged Tories to suspend the 2008 Climate Change Act, or else struggle “to keep the lights on.” Since the speech was delivered, the Cooler Heads Digest has learned from many British friends that it has ignited much debate among conservatives. We hope they heed Patterson’s prescient advice. Read James Delingpole’s take here.

The Cooler Heads Digest is the weekly e-mail publication of the Cooler Heads Coalition. For the latest news and commentary, check out the Coalition’s website, www.GlobalWarming.org.

Friday
Oct172014

CEI Today: EPA's clean power plan, Tesla's dilemma, Real Clear Radio Hour, and more 

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
In the News Today

 

NEWS ON EPA'S CLEAN POWER PLAN - MARLO LEWIS

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Huge Electric Sector Impacts, Undetectably Small Climate Benefits — Study


Hot off the presses! A new report by NERA Economic Consulting finds that EPA’s Clean Power Plan will:

  • Be the most expensive environmental regulation ever imposed on the electric power sector.
  • Cause double digit electricity price rate hikes in 43 states.
  • Have disproportionate impacts on low- and middle-income households and seniors on fixed incomes, who already struggle with high energy costs.
  • Have no measurable effects on climate change.

> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

 

TESLA - RICHARD MORRISON
 
The Tesla File: Government Favors Cut Both Ways
 
The most recent development for Tesla has come out of Michigan, where the state legislature has banned car manufacturers from selling vehicles directly to the public or from owning dealerships themselves, new restrictions that effectively outlaw Tesla’s entire sales strategy, at least in the Great Lakes State. Michigan is not alone, however, in erecting restrictions on marketing and sales of cars that seem to target or effect only Tesla. > Read more
 

REGULATION VS. VEHICLE INNOVATION - MARC SCRIBNER


Misguided Regulations Threaten Automated Vehicle Innovation
To date, four states and the District of Columbia have enacted statutes that explicitly recognize the legality of automated vehicles. 

California’s manufacturer testing regulations came into force in September. While not entirely problematic, California’s rules mandate that a licensed driver be in the driver seat at all times during autonomous operation. In effect, this outlaws testing of more advanced fully automated vehicles. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

 

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 

Tune in Saturday, October 18th to RealClear Radio Hour with Bill Frezza and guests Michael Miller & Magatte Wade.

You can listen live Saturdays at 10a or 6p ET on Bloomberg’s iHeartRadio or Mondays at 8p ET on WROM Radio Detroit.

Poverty, Inc.

Michael Miller, director of Poverty, Inc., PovertyCure, and Acton Media at the Acton Institute, recounts his inspiration for his soon to be released film. In Poverty, Inc.,he makes the case for rethinking long-held foreign aid models, and to consider instead policies that cultivate entrepreneurship and institutions that enable those in need to create their own prosperity.

Entrepreneurship as Aid

Magatte Wade, Senegalese entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Tiossan, discusses her background and her entrepreneur-driven vision for Africa’s future.

In addition to WXKS 1200AM & WJMN 94.5FM-HD2 Boston, RealClear Radio Hour is broadcast Saturdays on 1030 KVOI Tucson, Sundays on The Patriot KRMR 105.7FM & KNNS 1510AM Kansas, and Mondays on WROM Detroit.


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Tuesday
Oct142014

CEI Today: Self-driving cars, EPA's clean power plan, Gruber MIA, and more

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
In the News Today

 

TODAY! 12:00PM


The End of Transit and the Beginning of the New Mobility: Policy Implications of Self-Driving Cars

 

Featuring Marc Scribner, Research Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Watch live online:
www.cato.org/live


 


EPA'S CLEAN POWER PLAN - MARLO LEWIS

Strategy for One-Party Rule?


EPA’s Clean Power Plan would compel each state to reduce its power-sector carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by a specified percentage by 2030. As discussed previously on this blog, the Plan is climatologically irrelevant. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis


OBAMACARE ARCHITECT JONATHAN GRUBER - SAM KAZMAN

Breitbart: Government Omits Any Mention of Jonathan Gruber in Most Recent Court Filing

 

Professor Jonathan Gruber has been a continual presence in government court filings related to Obamacare. That changed last Friday when the federal government filed its opposition to a Supreme Court review of the King v. Burwell case without mentioning Gruber at all. > Read more


> Interview Sam Kazman
 

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation
 

Even with a mid-term election coming up next month, agencies are cranking out a dozen or so new regulations every workday. The federal government also announced that, having solved all other problems, it will be holding a Tall Wood Building Prize Competition.
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FRIDAY, OCT. 17

CEI's John Berlau to Speak on Crowdfunding's Dynamic Potential in Banking & Lending

 

CEI financial policy expert John Berlau will discuss how crowdfunding is a new frontier that could open up further opportunities in investing and lending  if antiquated securities regulations are eliminated. > See  FULL AGENDA & REGISTRATION 

 

 

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Unions’ Extensive Influence over Politics Highlights Need for Reform

 

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Tuesday
Oct142014

Daily Signal - Senator: Emails Reveal EPA, Green Group in 'Beyond Cozy' Relationship 

The Daily Signal

 

October 14, 2014

Morning Bell

Senator: Emails Reveal EPA, Green Group in 'Beyond Cozy' Relationship

The top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee told The Daily Signal that the Natural Resources Defense Council played an "absolutely inappropriate" role in drafting EPA's new carbon emissions plan.

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Here Are 5 Ways to Get the Deficit Under Control

Daily Policy Focus: The United States is not necessarily doomed to a fate of chronic and growing deficits.

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Obama Administration Plan to Cut Trees in Alaska Halted By Environmentalists

A family-owned timber firm that operates the last significant sawmill in Alaska's Tongass National Forest has won a momentous U.S. Forest Service contract. There's just one problem.

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Saturday
Oct112014

Cooler Heads Digest 10 October 2014 

10 October 2014

Announcements

On Wednesday, October 15, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM at 2325 Rayburn House Office Building, George C. Marshall Institute Chairman Dr. Will Happer will discuss “The Myth of Carbon Pollution.” To learn more and RSVP, email info@marshall.org.

The 60 Plus Association this week released a report, Energy Bills Challenge Fixed-Income Seniors, which demonstrates how EPA policies, and in particular the agency’s “Clean Power Plan,” are driving up the cost of living for seniors. Click here to read the report.

In the News

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Strategy for One-Party Rule?
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 10 October 2014

Policy Implications of the Global Warming Pause
Ross McKitrick, Master Resource, 10 October 2014

Global Warming’s Statistical Meltdown
Judith Curry, Wall Street Journal, 10 October 2014

Shell Oil, Lego, and the Environmental Movement’s War on Capitalism
James Delingpole, Breitbart, 10 October 2014

Energy Imports Drop to 29 Year Low
Timothy Cama, The Hill, 10 October 2014

Hagan Passed North Carolina Law That Aided Family’s Solar Company
Brent Scher, Washington Free Beacon, 10 October 2014

Wind Energy Admits It Needs a Handout To Compete
Nicolas Loris, Daily Signal, 8 October 2014

A Carbon Tax Cannot Create Jobs
James Taylor, Forbes, 8 October 2014

You Didn’t Build That, Mr. President
Mark Green, Energy Tomorrow, 3 October 2014

News You Can Use
EPA’s War on Coal by the Numbers

More than 72 gigawatts (GW) of electrical generating capacity have already or are now set to retire because of EPA regulations, according to a new analysis by the Institute for Energy Research. EPA had predicted its regulations would shutter 9 GW of coal-fired generating capacity.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

EPA Sends Smog Rule to OMB for Review, But Won’t Publish Until After the Election

The Environmental Protection Agency this week sent their draft ozone rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget for interagency review. Like many other controversial proposed rules, this one will not be released to the public for comment until after the 4th November congressional elections.

The EPA is under court order to finalize the rule by October 2015.  The White House delayed issuing the new National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone (or smog) in the summer of 2011 when they realized that the rule is potentially so colossally expensive that it could threaten President Obama’s re-election prospects. 

The Bush Administration in 2008 set the standard at 75 parts per billion.  The exact figure that the EPA is now proposing is not known, but is expected to range from 70 down to 60 ppb.  A study by the highly-respected NERA Economic Consulting for the National Association of Manufacturers concluded that the total cost of lowering the level to 60 ppb could cost $3.4 trillion from 2017 to 2040 or $270 billion per year.

The Clean Air Act Advisory Board in June notified the EPA that, “Although a level of 70 ppb is more protective of public health than the current standard, it may not meet the statutory requirement to protect public health with an adequate margin of safety.”  That judgment call by the board may be binding on the EPA. 

In the ongoing litigation over the refusal by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to turn over text messages requested under the Freedom of Information Act, the Justice Department told a federal court this week that it is preparing to notify the National Archives that the EPA has destroyed the official records.  This appears to be a violation of the Federal Records Act, but the Obama Administration denies it.  When he was running for president in 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama promised that his administration would be the most open and transparent in history.     

EPA Pulls an IRS

As Chris Horner, my CEI colleague, told the Washington Times, “Here we see EPA agreeing to the court to do an IRS.” Horner filed the FOIA request when it became apparent from e-mails obtained under FOIA that McCarthy had switched from e-mails to text messages to colleagues and allies in environmental pressure groups in order to avoid public disclosure through FOIA of the Obama EPA’s war on coal.

McCarthy has claimed that destroying the many thousands of text messages is legal because they were all of a personal nature and therefore not official government records.  However, they were sent and received using a cell phone supplied by the federal government.  Metadata has also revealed that many were sent to other top EPA officials. 

Meet the Latest Climate Profiteers

The Obama administration is pushing hard to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a widely-used class of refrigerants that EPA blames for contributing to global warming.  Strongly supporting the administration in this effort are America’s two largest refrigerant producers, DuPont and Honeywell.

These two companies have developed and patented substitutes which sell for considerably more than the HFCs they would replace.  This includes a joint venture to produce HFO-1234yf, a proprietary replacement for the HFCs used in automotive air-conditioners. 

HFO-1234yf has several drawbacks, including in flammability. But with so few viable options left – many other refrigerants were outlawed in the 1990s on the grounds that they deplete the Earth’s ozone layer – automakers may be forced to use the DuPont/Honeywell product if a ban on HFCs goes into effect.

HFO-1234yf costs about $120 per pound compared to $6-$7 per pound for the type of HFC currently used in motor vehicles.  Most new car and light-duty truck models require 1 to 3 pounds of refrigerant, and they may need additional refrigerant to replenish any leaks that occur over the life of the vehicle.   DuPont and Honeywell expect sales of their new refrigerant to reach into the billions of dollars.

The Cooler Heads Digest is the weekly e-mail publication of the Cooler Heads Coalition. For the latest news and commentary, check out the Coalition’s website, www.GlobalWarming.org.