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Saturday
Jun272015

Cooler Heads Digest 26 June 2015 

26 June 2015

Announcements

  • The Cooler Heads Digest will not be published next week. Happy Independence Day.
  • On Tuesday, 30th June, Noon to 1:30 PM, the Cato Institute will host a talk by Robert Bradley, Jr., editor of Master Resource, on “A History of Free Market Energy Thought.” Cato’s Patrick Michaels will moderate. RSVP or watch online here.

In the News

Apple’s New Top Lobbyist Has Bizarre History of Sock Puppeting
Ken Kurson, New York Observer, 26 June 2015

EPA Chief: Climate Skeptics Are Not “Normal People”
Tom Blumer, News Busters, 25 June 2015

Ozone Triggers Lying, Not Asthma
Steve Milloy, Breitbart, 24 June 2015

In a Shift, Fracking’s Foes Face a Losing Streak
Valerie Richardson, Washington Times, 24 June 2015

Keeping Energy Affordable
Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), The Hill, 24 June 2015

How the Supreme Court’s Impending Ruling on Utility MACT Might Effect the Clean Power Plan
Mark Drajem, Bloomberg, 24 June 2015

Computer-Aided Sophistry: My Power Point on the Social Cost of Carbon
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 23 June 2015

Study: A Mini Ice Age Heading Our Way
Colin Fernandez, Daily Mail, 23 June 2015

Pope Francis on Climate Change: An Encyclical Failure
James Rust, Master Resource, 23 June 2015

New EPA Truck Regulations Won’t Help the Environment
Nicolas Loris, Daily Signal, 23 June 2015

Top 10 Things I Learned on a Trip to the Bakken Oil Fields
Mark Perry, AEIdeas, 22 June 2015

Auto Industry Over-Regulation Is Setting Us Back
Myron Ebell, Janesville Gazette, 21 June 2015

News You Can Use
Marlo Lewis

Study: Upfront Costs of Energy Efficiency about Twice Actual Savings

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy claims energy-efficiency programs provide States an easy, affordable way to comply with the Clean Power Plan and reduce consumer electric bills at the same time. A new study by UC Berkeley and University of Chicago researchers challenges EPA’s rosy assessment. In a survey of 30,000 households, the authors found –to their surprise – that the upfront costs of home weatherization exceed savings by about two to one. In their words: “The findings suggest that the upfront investment costs are about twice the actual energy savings. Further, the model-projected savings are roughly 2.5 times the actual savings. . . .Even when accounting for the broader societal benefits of energy efficiency investments, the costs still substantially outweigh the benefits; the average rate of return is approximately minus 9.5% annually.”

Inside the Beltway

House Passes Bill To Block EPA Greenhouse Gas Regs, 247-180
Myron Ebell

The House of Representatives on 24th June passed H. R. 2042, the Ratepayer Protection Act, by a vote of 247 to 180.  The bill would block implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants until all judicial review is completed and would also allow state governors to opt out if they determine that the rule would raise electric rates or threaten electric reliability.

Eight Democrats joined 239 Republicans in voting for H. R. 2042, sponsored by Representative Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s energy subcommittee.  Democrats voting Yes were Representatives Brad Ashford (Neb.), Sanford Bishop (Ga.), Andre Carson (Ind.), Henry Cuellar (Tex.), Ann Kirkpatrick (Az.), Collin Peterson (Minn.), Terri Sewell (Ala.), and Kyrsten Sinema (Az.).

Four Republicans and 176 Democrats voted No: Republicans opposed were Representatives Carlos Curbelo (Fla.), Robert Dold (Ill.), Chris Gibson (NY), and Frank LoBiondo (NJ).  Four Democrats and two Republicans did not vote.

Some commentators have said that the vote is meaningless because the Senate is unlikely to muster the sixty votes necessary to pass the bill or something similar and even if it did, President Obama would veto it.  I disagree.  The vote is a strong rebuke to the Obama EPA’s power grab.  It shows that a large majority supports the rider in the House’s Interior-EPA Appropriations bill that would also block the EPA’s power plant regulations.  The Interior-EPA bill reached the House floor this week and will be voted on during the week of 5th July after Congress returns from its Independence Day recess. 

The House vote also provides clear evidence to the international community that the Obama Administration’s commitment made under the forthcoming Paris Accord to reduce emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025 has little political support and is therefore unlikely to be achieved.   

RFS Repeal Bill Is Introduced
Marlo Lewis

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) has introduced S. 1584, a bill to repeal EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) program. A throwback to Soviet-era central planning, the RFS requires refiners, blenders, and fuel importers to sell annually-increasing volumes of biofuels. Sen. Cassidy’s one-page bill would repeal EPA’s statutory authority for the RFS program -- §211(o) of the Clean Air Act -- other related statutory references and authorities, and all associated EPA regulations.

Sen. Cassidy’s web site indicates that a major motivation for the bill is the costly environmental damage inflicted by the RFS on Louisiana tourism, recreation, and fisheries. Most U.S. biofuel is ethanol made from corn starch. Agricultural runoff from RFS-induced corn production expands the Gulf Coast dead zone – an oxygen-depleted area ranging from 5,000 to 6,000 square miles where aquatic life cannot survive.    

Across the States
Myron Ebell

Federal Judge Temporarily Delays BLM’s New Fracking Rule

Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on 23rd June issued a stay that temporarily halts the Bureau of Land Management from implementing a new rule regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. The rule was scheduled to go into effect the next day.

Judge Skavdahl’s reason for the stay was that the BLM had not yet published the official administrative record that includes its responses to public comments and details of how the rule was written.  The judge said that once the administrative record was filed, he would give both sides seven days to respond and then would rule within two weeks on whether to issue an injunction to suspend the rule until litigation is completed.

The judge agreed with the Western Energy Alliance and other plaintiffs that there is credible evidence that the rule could do serious financial harm to oil and gas producers on federal lands.  According to the Casper Star Tribune, “North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said about 99% of all the wells that would be covered by the federal rule are already regulated by the states.”

Indiana Rejects “Clean Power” Plan

Indiana Governor Mike Pence this week sent an open letter to President Obama informing him that Indiana would not comply with EPA’s “Clean Power” Plan as proposed. In the letter, Pence correctly noted that the “ill-conceived and poorly constructed” regulation exceeds EPA’s authority. Indiana becomes the second State, after Oklahoma, to pre-emptively refuse compliance with the “Clean Power” Plan as proposed.

Science Update
Marlo Lewis

EPA’s Bogus Climate Policy Health Report

EPA this week released Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action. As summarized by the agency’s press release, the 96-page report “compares two future scenarios: a future with significant global action on climate change, where global warming has been limited to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), and a future with no action on climate change (where global temperatures rise 9 degrees Fahrenheit). The report then quantifies the differences in health, infrastructure and ecosystem impacts under the two scenarios, producing estimates of the costs of inaction and the benefits of reducing global GHG emissions.”

Predictably, EPA concludes the costs of “inaction” dramatically outweigh those of “action.” I have not worked through the report in detail, but the key selling points strain credulity.

To begin with, there is no good reason to suppose that, absent “global action,” global temperatures will increase by 9°F (5°C). Over the past 36 years, the lower troposphere (roughly 0-25,000 feet) has warmed at a rate of 0.114°C/decade, according to the latest University of Alabama in Huntsville satellite temperature record (UAH6.0). The 36-year rate is at or below the low end of three of the IPCC’s four global warming projections for the 21st Century, known as representative concentration pathways (RCPs). It’s also right smack dab in the middle of the IPCC’s lowest projection (RCP2.6), which assumes a 70% reduction in cumulative global GHG emissions between 2010 and 2100. The warming rate in recent decades is already as low as EPA assumes is possible only through “global action.”

EPA claims that limiting global warming to 2°C would “avoid an estimated 12,000 deaths annually associated with extreme temperatures in 49 U.S. cities, compared to a future with no reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.” But only about 2,000 U.S. residents die each year from all forms of extreme weather, with about 31% attributed to exposure to extreme heat and 63% attributed to exposure to extreme cold, according to the Centers for Disease Control. So currently about 620 annual U.S. deaths are heat-related, and U.S. heat-related mortality has been declining, decade-by-decade, since the 1960s, despite rising urban summer air temperatures. The reason is people aren’t dumb. When hot weather becomes more frequent they adapt, reducing their vulnerability to hot weather. There is no reason to believe such progress will not continue.

EPA claims global action would “avoid approximately 13,000 deaths in 2050 and 57,000 deaths annually in 2100 from poor air quality.” That is sheer conjecture and unverifiable due to the huge noise-to-signal ratio. The 13,000 deaths EPA claims could be avoided in 2050 is less than one-thousandth of the 56 million deaths worldwide in 2012. Moreover, as EPA surely knows, U.S. air pollution emissions and concentrations keep declining despite global warming. Long before 2100, most of the world’s air pollution problems will likely have been solved absent “global action” on climate change.

Sadly, carbon reduction policies could hold back progress in combating the world’s deadliest air pollution – indoor smoke inhalation in countries that lack access to reliable, affordable, fossil energy.

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
Jun262015

CEI Today: TSCA 'reform', Ratepayer Protection Act, Senate highway bill, and more 

Thursday, June 25, 2015
In the News Today

 

TSCA 'REFORM' - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

 

Kudos to Rep. Tom McClintock for His Principled Stand

This week, House passed its version of TSCA reform (H.R. 2576) by a roll call vote of 398 in favor, one opposed, and 34 members not voting. One principled member who dared to vote against this legislation deserves some praise. Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) apparently did his homework and had very good reasons for voting no. > Read more


> Interview Angela Logomasini
 

RATEPAYER PROTECTION ACT - WILLIAM YEATMAN


Why the Ratepayer Protection Act Is Worthy

The House on Wednesday passed the Ratepayer Protection Act. Now headed to the Senate, the bill would allow Governors to opt out of EPA's controversial Clean Power Plan if he/she determines it would have an unacceptable impact on energy prices or electric reliability. > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman

 

SENATE HIGHWAY BILL - MARC SCRIBNER

DRIVE Act: Wasteful spending and another government bailout


House and Senate leadership, along with the White House, would be wise to reject any iteration of this irresponsible piece of legislation, and work to develop a long-term reauthorization that restores the users-pay/users-benefit principle, harnesses new innovative technologies and practices, and empowers states to make better transportation infrastructure investment decisions. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

 

UNION SLUSH FUND - TREY KOVACS

California Department of Water and Power Trusts Used as Union Slush Fund​​

Over in California, a scheme has been set up that basically created a multi-million dollar slush fund with ratepayer money for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18. > Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs

 

EX-IM BANK - RYAN YOUNG

Reasons to Oppose the Ex-Im Bank, Part 8: Back Door Bank Subsidies

If a bank makes a loan to a foreign firm to buy U.S. products, Ex-Im can step in and guarantee that debt. The full faith and credit of the U.S. government attaches to Ex-Im guarantees, eliminating any commercial or other risk the bank has taken on.  
> Read more 

> Interview Ryan Young
 

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Friday
Jun262015

Watchdog.org - Will SolarCity survive without taxpayer money?  

 

Sunset of solar subsidies shadows SolarCity

The federal grants that SolarCity relied on to maintain viability as a company are drying up, and the company sunk into the red last year. Critics say this highlights the danger of a business model built on taxpayer money.
 
Read more
 
 

 

The cost of responsibility-free government

 
A recent study of Michigan homes found it cost twice as much to make houses energy-efficient as the actual dollar value of the energy savings. But is anyone in the media paying attention?
 
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And they shall admit the truth

 

Wisconsin's vote to become the nation’s twenty-fifth Right To Work state sent a clear message to unions across the country: the right to work movement is gaining ground.

 

 

Watchdog Arena
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How will trucking industry ‘keep rolling’ under new EPA rules?

 
New EPA fuel-efficiency standards will drive up costs for trucking companies, which could put many owner-operators out of business.
 
Trending Articles
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Bad teachers: New bill puts poor performers in the crosshairs
 
Pennsylvania is one of a few states in which teacher performance does not factor into layoff decisions. But a new bill would eliminate these “last-in-first-out” policies.
 
 

 

Technology
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FCC seeking public input to subsidize broadband
 
The FCC wants your input: should we subsidize high-speed Internet access through the "Obamaphone" program?
 
 

 

Energy
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Ruffled feathers: Larger wind turbines bad news for birds, groups say
 
The U.S. Department of Energy wants to see bigger wind turbines built across the country, but the American Bird Conservancy says that would make them even more deadly for birds.
Tuesday
Jun232015

CEI Today: Trade vote, Supreme Court & raisins, social cost of carbon, and more 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
In the News Today

 

TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY - FRANCES B. SMITH

4 KEY POINTS ON TPA
 

The Senate is set to consider Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) this week. CEI trade policy expert Frances B. Smith gives four key points to consider about TPA:
  1. TPA puts Congress in charge.
  2. TPA is not a new concept. Congress has granted the President trade negotiating authority since the time of FDR.
  3. TPA provides ample time for Congressional and public review of the texts of trade agreement.
  4. TPA provides trading partners with assurance that negotiations they undertook and completed in good faith will be acted upon. > Read more 

> Interview Frances B. Smith
 

SUPREME COURT ON RAISINS - IAIN MURRAY

 

Raisins Takings Case Goes Back to Magna Carta

One of the oddest cases the Supreme Court decided Monday also should have been one of the simplest. As the Chief Justice noted, the principle that property seizure should not happen without just compensation goes back to Magna Carta, which as we’ve noted, celebrated its 800th Anniversary last week.
 > Read more


> Interview Iain Murray
 

EX-IM BANK - RYAN YOUNG

Reasons to Oppose the Ex-Im Bank, Part 6: Ex-Im's Strange Dual Mandate

One plank of the Export-Import Bank’s mission is to give financing to companies that might not be able to get it from the private sector. But another plank requires Ex-Im to keep its risk in check by only making or backing loans it is confident will be paid back. Both planks sound reasonable on their own, but in practice they contradict each other. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, for Ex-Im to be an effective contributor to the financial system. 
> Read more 

> Interview Ryan Young
 

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Monday
Jun222015

CEI Today: Ex-Im Bank, the Pope & global warming, chemical regulation, and more 

Monday, June 22, 2015
In the News Today

 

EX-IM BANK - RYAN YOUNG

Reasons to Oppose the Ex-Im Bank, Part 5: Corruption

When government has a lot of money and power, it is natural for people to curry its favor. It is just as natural for those wielding money and power to use it for personal gain. The Export-Import Bank provides numerous real-world examples of this human frailty.  
> Read more 

> Interview Ryan Young
 

THE POPE & GLOBAL WARMING - MYRON EBELL

 

Pope Francis’s Climate Encyclical: Help Poor People by Dismantling Industrial Civilization

The Vatican released Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change, Laudato Si’, on 18th June.  It is, in general, scientifically ill-informed, economically illiterate, intellectually incoherent, and morally obtuse.
 > Read more


> Interview Myron Ebell
 

CHEMICAL REGULATION - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

TSCA Reform Debate Is Not about Public Safety

Some lawmakers, environmental activists, and local government officials claim that the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) law is not sufficient protect public health. There may be an economic reason to reform this law—to preempt a growing patchwork of nonsensical state-level consumer product regulations—but there’s no legitimate “safety” reason for reform. > Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini

 

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