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ALG's Daily Grind: Landowner engages in clean water act; receives EPA fine

July 31, 2012

Landowner engages in clean water act; receives EPA fine

Dexter Lutter made environmental improvements on his farm, taking steps to clean up the water supply and better preserve the soil, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fined him $20,000 for his efforts.

Cartoon: Plan is Working

Is Obama's "stimulus" working?

Will a black September lead to QE3?
If the already-easy monetary policies of the Fed, Bank of Japan, Bank of England, and others cannot revive this economy — in short if credit is still not expanding after more than tripling the monetary base after four years — there is little reason to believe that further easing ala QE3 will do anything to help.

Fund: Britain's NHS—No Fun and Games

"Most Brits who can afford private health insurance buy that instead."


Cooler Heads Digest 27 July 2012 

27 July 2012

In the News

Stay Tuned: Major Announcement Coming This Sunday
Anthony Watts, WUWT, 27 July 2012

Video: Congressman Receives Standing Ovation for Anti-Regulatory Speech
Breitbart, 27 July 2012

Green Energy Boss: “I’m a political beast”
Tim Carney, Washington Examiner, 27 July 2012

Greenland Ice Melt: Cause for Alarm?
Marlo Lewis,, 26 July 2012

Dear League of Conservation Voters: Even Joe Romm Thinks “Denier” Is Inappropriate
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 26 July 2012

Consumers Complain That Nissan Leafs Lose Their Power in Hot Weather
Paul Chesser, National Legal and Policy Center, 15 July 2012

EPA Exonerates Fracking in Pennsylvania
Kenneth Green, AEIdeas, 25 July 2012

Will Extremists Stop America’s Energy Future?
Thomas Pyle, National Journal, 24 July 2012

Solyndra, Cronyism, and Double-Dipping on the Taxpayer’s Dime
Nancy Pfotenhauer, U.S. News and World Report, 23 July 2012

Biofuel Mandate Worsens Drought’s Effect
Washington Times editorial, 23 July 2012

When Drought Strikes, Should U.S. Policy Endanger Poor People?
Marlo Lewis,, 20 July 2012

News You Can Use
Record Few Tornadoes in July

According to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, July “is on track to produce fewer tornadoes than any July on record, and by a long shot.” Must be global warming.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

House Passes Bill to Increase Offshore Oil

The House of Representatives voted this week to overturn the Obama Administration’s five-year offshore oil leasing plan and replace it with a plan that would require much more leasing and for the first time open federal offshore areas to oil production off the Atlantic and California coasts.  The vote was 253-170, with 25 Democrats voting with the Republican majority.  Nine Republicans voted no. 

In the Senate, Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) and 29 Republican co-sponsors introduced their version of the House-passed Domestic Energy and Jobs Act (H. R. 4480).  It contains a number of bills to expand domestic oil and gas production and delay several new EPA rules.

EIA: 8.5% of Coal Capacity To Retire within 5 Years

The Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration on July 27 released a report that predicts that electric utilities will retire 27 gigawatts of capacity from coal-fired power plants in the next five years. This constitutes 8.5% of current coal capacity.

The EIA report is based on the results of an annual survey of electric utility companies.  EIA notes that after several years of closing smaller, older coal-fired plants, utilities are now planning to close some newer, larger plants.  The report lists several factors contributing to decisions to retire coal plants long before they become obsolete.  One factor identified by EIA is, unsurprisingly, the anticipated costs of colossally expensive new EPA rules, such as the Utility MACT Rule.

EPA Delays Cooling Water Intake Rule

 The Environmental Protection Agency announced on July 24 that it will delay issuing the final rule on cooling water intake towers until June 27, 2013.  The EPA had been under a court order to release the final rule this month, but the plaintiffs—Riverkeeper and several other environmental pressure groups—agreed to the extension.   

The proposed rule was issued in March 2011.  EPA estimates that it would apply to 670 existing power plants and 590 existing industrial factories that withdraw at least two million gallons per day to cool their facilities.  The proposed rule would require companies to obtain permits that require the best available control technology in cooling water intake towers for minimizing fish kill.   

Representative Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Representative Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), Chairman of the committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power, have led the effort to convince EPA to withdraw the proposed rule on the grounds that compliance costs will be enormous, thereby leading to significant job losses.  They welcomed the delay, but were quoted in a BNA story that “this fight is only delayed a year, it is not over.” 

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,


ALG - EPA should scrap unworkable coal regulations 

EPA's top brass admits regulations now under review will cause "pain every step of the way."

July 23, 2012, Fairfax, VA—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Friday that it will "review" crushing new regulations on coal-fired power plants, which were originally set to be completed this year.  Under mounting pressure from communities that depend on coal production for good-paying jobs, the agency postponed completion of the new regulations until March 2013—after Election Day. 

"These regulations should be revoked not reviewed," said Ryan Houck, executive director of Free Market America.  "This rule will cost billions each year, drive away good-paying jobs and empty the pockets of consumers who will be stuck higher electric bills.  EPA's top brass has even admitted on camera that these regulations would be 'painful every step of the way'.  That's true for the communities that count on coal production for jobs and for the consumers who count on coal to provide more than 40 percent of our nation's electricity."

Even EPA's estimates indicate its rule will cost nearly $10 billion annually.  If the regulations take effect, new coal-fired plants will be required to deploy so-called carbon capture technology, which is not yet developed and has not been proven financially feasible.  Moreover, the standards set by EPA are impossible to achieve with existing technology.

Americans for Limited Government president Bill Wilson questioned the timing of the review, "Everyone knows that these regulations will bring about an economic disaster while yielding little environmental benefit.  With coal-producing states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia likely to decide the presidential election, this delay smells like an attempt by the president to defer an economic and political disaster until after Election Day.

"While the agency's decision to review these catastrophic regulations is a step in the right direction, simply delaying the economic execution of an essential industry until after the election is not enough—these regulations should be rolled back in their entirety."  

Free Market America is a free market watchdog group that focuses on environmental issues.  In partnership with Americans for Limited Government, the group was launched earlier this year and is responsible for the viral video "If I wanted America to fail" a runaway hit that scored more than 2.4 million views on YouTube.

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please call us at 703-383-0880 or visit our website at


Cooler Heads Digest 20 July 2012 

20 July 2012

In the News

Green Jobs Gone Bust
Deroy Murdock, NRO, 20 July 2012

Kenneth Green (AEI) on Carbon Tax: From “For” to “Against”
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 19 July 2012

Energy Company Can’t Locate $500,000 in Stimulus Money
Melanie Wilcox, The Foundry, 19 July 2012

CO2 Reductions Are Good for Nothing
Henry Payne, The Michigan View, 18 July 2012

Green Cronyism
Andrew Stiles, Washington Free Beacon, 18 July 2012

Ethanol Lobby’s Gas Claims Debunked by MIT Study
Marlo Lewis,, 17 July 2012

The Paradox of Energy Efficiency
Ronald Bailey, Reason, 17 July 2012

GenXers Don’t Care about Climate Change
James West, The Atlantic, 17 July 2012

EPA’s Regional Haze Rule Threatens Oklahoma Ratepayers
Jay Marks, Oklahoman, 14 July 2012

News You Can Use
Energy Efficient Lights Threaten Your Health

Research published this week by scientists from SUNY-Stony Brook demonstrates that compact fluorescent light bulbs emit dangerous levels of ultra-violet radiation. Dr. Miriam Rafailovich, the lead researcher, recommended that consumers place CFLs behind “an additional glass cover” for safety. This is the second significant health threat posed by CFLs: It has long been known that mercury dust within CFLs can be a minor health hazard when they break.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

Fracking Film Festival Great, Except for One Anti-Energy Film

The American Petroleum Institute hosted a “Fracking Film Festival” at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC, on 19th July.  Trailers from five new documentary films on the use of hydraulic fracturing to produce natural gas were shown: FrackNation, Empire State Divide, the Grand Energy Transition: Natural Gas—the Bridge Fuel to Our Sustainable Energy Future, and Switch—a Smarter Energy Future

The trailers were followed by an interesting and lively panel discussion with Phelim McAleer, the co-producer of FrackNation, Karen Moreau, producer of the Empire State Divide (which was directed by my former CEI colleague, Drew Tidwell), and a representative of the makers of Truthland from Energy in Depth.

API President Jack Gerard gave a short introductory talk that emphasized the contribution increased natural gas and oil production using hydraulic fracturing was making and could make to American economic growth and job creation.  Unfortunately, that message was undercut by the trailer for the Grand Energy Transition, which revealed a darker side of the natural gas industry.  

The trailer focused on the replacement of so-called dirty coal by clean natural gas and had clips of T. Boone Pickens, promoter of the notorious Pickens Payoff Plan (also known as the NATGAS Act), and Ted Turner.  The documentary also features Aubrey McClendon, Chairman Chesapeake Energy, who gave $26 million to the Sierra Club for its Beyond Coal campaign and reportedly $100 million to the American Lung Association for their despicable anti-coal campaign.  For McClendon and a few others in the natural gas industry, the way to create wealth and jobs in the gas industry is to destroy the coal industry.  It is unlikely that this will provide the boost to the American economy that API admirably promotes.

House Republicans Need To Get Serious about Crony Capitalism

Another instance of House Republicans letting parochial special interests get in the way of their larger policy goals was provided this week in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) had to postpone mark-up in the energy subcommittee that he chairs of the No More Solyndras Act.

One of the reasons for postponing the mark-up was that fifteen amendments were filed to the bill that would end the Department of Energy’s $34 billion loan guarantee program to renewable energy companies.  Another reason was that three Republican Members of the committee—Representatives Joe Barton (R-Tex.), Michael Burgess (R-Tex.), and Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.)—expressed opposition to ending the program entirely, perhaps because they seek exemptions for loans to companies in their own districts. 

A Wall Street Journal editorial sharply criticizing the three Republicans by name caused Reps. Burgess and Gingrey to announce that they will vote for the No More Solyndras Act, but Rep. Barton is reportedly still holding out.  As Veronique de Rugy notes in a Washington Examiner op-ed, the DOE loan program “is what crony capitalism looks like.” 

Across the States
William Yeatman

California Full Speed Ahead with Ridiculous High-Speed Rail Project

California Governor Jerry Brown this week signed into law almost $8 billion in funding for a high-speed rail project. This spending is ridiculous for two reasons. First, California doesn’t have the money: the Golden State faces a $16 billion budget deficit. Second, there’s no demand. The line would connect Bakersfield and Fresno in the Central Valley, but few Californians commute between these two small cities.

Around the World
Brian McGraw

Authorities End Climategate Investigation

A three year—presumably part time—investigation into the unauthorized release of e-mails from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in November 2009 has come up empty, according to the Norfolk Constabulary. The investigators have ruled out the possibility that the e-mails were leaked from anyone affiliated with the UEA, and concluded that the e-mails were attained through a ‘sophisticated and carefully orchestrated attack on the CRU’s data files, carried out remotely via the internet’.

Many skeptics at the time suggested that the e-mails may have been leaked by a sympathetic whistleblower. While the Norfolk Constabulary have definitively determined that the e-mails were attained through a remote hack, it seems slightly premature to state with certainty that no one affiliated with the UEA could have been involved, if they truly have no idea who the perpetrators are. You can read the official press release here, which links to a Q&A with investigators.

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,


CEI Today: Obama's business comments, China & capitalism, and EPA's state take-over

OBAMA "YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT" BUSINESS COMMENTS - JOHN BERLAU  Yes, President Obama, Howard Johnson “Built” Your Favorite Motels, And Private Equity Saved Them

Over the weekend, President Obama sent a message to all American entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs. The message was, “Nothing special about you!”

Both Obama’s and [Elizabeth]Warren’s attacks on entrepreneurs suffer from the same basic flaws. First, the existence of general government programs that future entrepreneurs may benefit from, such as roads and schools (as opposed to specific aid to entrepreneurs selected by the government, i.e. Solyndra), does not take away from entrepreneurs’ achievements or create any kind of individual debt. This is because –putting aside the question of whether these programs are wise — entrepreneurs already paid for them as taxpaying citizens before their success, and will pay even more afterwords, even without the tax hikes Obama is advocating. 
> Read the full commentary on




CCTV-America: Is China doing capitalism better than the United States?


From 'The Heat' July 14, 2012 - CCTV America anchor Mike Walter interviews Peter Schiff, the CEO of Euro Pacific Capital Inc., and Fred L. Smith, Jr., the President of Comparative Enterprise Institute.

QUESTION: Is China doing capitalism better than the United States?

> View the video


US Chamber of Commerce: EPA's New Regulatory Front: Regional Haze and the Takeover of State Programs


EPA’s Regional Haze program, established decades ago by the Clean Air Act, seeks to remedy visibility impairment at federal National Parks and Wilderness Areas. Because Regional Haze is an aesthetic regulation, and not a public health standard, Congress emphasized that states, and not EPA, should be the lead decision makers. However, EPA—with some help from its friends at special interest groups and the controversial “Sue and Settle” Rulemaking process— has devised a loophole to usurp state authority and federally impose a strict new set of emissions controls that cost 10 to 20 times more than the technology the states would otherwise have used. > Read the full report on

> Interview study author William Yeatman



You're invited! JULY 19 EVENT


Risky Science at the EPA:

Exploring Alternatives for EPA Risk Assessment

A Roundtable Discussion Sponsored by

The Competitive Enterprise Institute

Featured Speaker: Nandan Kenkeremath, former Senior Counsel, House Energy and Commerce Committee

Kenkeremath will launch the discussion with a presentation on how EPA can improve the scientific basis of its risk assessment process by incorporating a wider range of probabilities, weigh-of-evidence measures, and best available science. 

July 19, 2012

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM


The Competitive Enterprise Institute

1899 L Street, N.W., 12th Floor

Washington, D.C. 20036

Lunch provided

Please RSVP to Angela at

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