The Too powerful E.P.A. Announces New Greenhouse Gas Emission Rule – NYTimes.com
Posted May 15, 2010on:
UPDATE: My first post and article from the NYTimes was pretty good considering the source but this one better hits the mark:
May 14, 2010 3:30 P.M.
Good Cop, Bad Cop by Stephen Spruiell
If Congress can’t pass climate-change legislation, the EPA will force it on the country anyway.
The President and Congress have given the environmentalists and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) entirely too much power and over the years they have used this power to do a great deal of damage to our economy. I am not against the EPA because they are needed to keep industry and commerce from making bad mistakes. The EPA stopped the coal industry from strip mining and then walking away leaving destruction that would take a century or more to overcome. (They have been lax however in stopping the coal industry from stripping the tops off mountains in West Virginia then dumping the earth over the side of the mountain polluting streams that then flow into rivers etc. BB) They have been very active in cleaning up our waterways and stopping chemical companies from dumping their wastes. But they have also stopped a vital logging industry for the Spotted Owl. We have learned that if logging does not occur the forest is vulnerable to fires. Whereas with judicious rather than “clear cutting” forests and replanting programs the under-bush is cut out and this is the tinder for out of control forest fires. The EPA literally destroyed the agricultural business in south western California which supplies a large portion of the country’s vegetable and fruits but turning off the water supply to save a minnow. A minnow that has no real value that anyone can verify.
Now the EPA has gone after our energy companies. Congress didn’t pass Cap & Trade so the EPA will do the job. This is a good article on just what is happening.
(For those of you who have been watching Glenn Beck this past two weeks I think this article is of special concern. Is Crime Inc. using the EPA to achieve its ends? Beck said it was going to happen soon. BB)
Starting in July 2011, new sources of at least 100,000 tons of greenhouse gases a year and any existing plants that increase emissions by 75,000 tons will have to seek permits, the agency said.
In the first two years, the E.P.A. expects the rule to affect about 15,550 sources, including coal-fired plants, refineries, cement manufacturers, solid waste landfills and other large polluters, said Gina
Last year the agency issued a finding that carbon dioxide and other climate-altering gases posed a threat to human health and welfare. Under the Clean Air Act, that gave it the authority to issue regulatory measures like the one announced Thursday.
The announcement came a day after a climate and energy bill was introduced in the Senate, one that would effectively shift regulatory power over greenhouse gases to Congress from the E.P.A.
(Okay, now you have heard from the EPA and what they are planning on doing and have the power to do. Now read the Kerry- Liebermann Bill Insiders Cash In, Consumers Pay Under New Energy Bill . BB))
Insiders Cash In, Consumers Pay Under New Energy Bill
Major players in Washington cheered the latest version of an energy bill, which tries to buy votes with “something for almost everyone.” But beleaguered consumers will get stuck with skyrocketing bills after others feast on new government benefits.
We can expect any new “green jobs” to be offset by a larger loss of existing jobs, possibly up to 3-million, depending on details of how the bill’s cap-and-trade system is implemented to tax carbon dioxide emissions.
“Climate Plan Aims to Provide Something for Everyone,” headlined Congress Daily about the re-worked legislation from Senators John Kerry (D, MA) and Joe Lieberman (D, CT). That same phrase was echoed by a multitude of media.
But the “something” for everyday Americans is higher utility bills—another hit for struggling families in a sour economy.
If the massive new bill stalls from its own complexity, Sen. Harry Reid says he’ll pursue a simpler-but-still-costly backup plan: Dictating that an ever-increasing portion of electric power must be generated from sources other than fossil fuels—a so-called RES “renewable energy standard” which by itself could cost a million jobs as well as higher electric bills averaging $2,400 a year for a typical family.
Just like the Kerry-Lieberman bill, the RES would force higher bills on unwilling and skeptical Americans.
According to Rasmussen Reports, only 18% of voters are willing to pay even $300 a year for cleaner energy or to fight global warming. And 56% of all voters say they aren’t willing to pay anything more at all in taxes and utility costs. (19% said they’d pay only $100 more a year.)
Consumers would pay as businesses passed along the new costs created by the bill. Many benefited groups gathered to attend and support the Kerry-Lieberman announcement, thanks to the potpourri of billions in federal subsidies, incentives and programs. The New York Times wrote, “The Kerry-Lieberman proposal . . . provid[es] something for every major energy interest — loan guarantees for nuclear plant operators, incentives for use of natural gas in transportation, exemptions from emissions caps for heavy industry, free pollution permits for utilities and modest carbon dioxide limits for oil refiners.” The Times identified the Edison Electric Institute, Nuclear Energy Institute, Duke Energy, and FPL Group as being there; stated that written statements of support were expected from oil giants British Petroleum, ConocoPhillips and Royal Dutch Shell; and reported that the bill had bought silence from the American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber’s public response was timid: “We thank Senators Kerry and Lieberman, as well as Senator Graham, for their work to constructively engage the business community on these issues. The Kerry-Lieberman bill is a work in progress. Few in Congress or the business community have had a chance to review the entire bill.”
For everyday Americans, the bill is nothing to cheer. Ben Lieberman, senior energy and environment policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation, told Talk Radio News Service that the APA amounts to nothing more than a giant energy tax. “The only way to reduce these greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels is to raise the cost of energy,” he said. “They have to raise costs high enough so that people are forced to use less, that’s how this works.”
But according to handouts from Kerry and Lieberman, “roughly two-thirds of the revenues generated by the new law would be passed back to consumers through energy bill discounts or direct rebates”. That sounds like a store that jacks up prices then offers a “discount” that still leaves a 33% price hike.
A major backer of the Tea Party movement, FreedomWorks, quickly condemned the measure as “the largest tax hike in history, and would hit the poor and middleclass, who spend a higher proportion of their income on essentials like electricity and fuel, the hardest.”
They added, “Cap and trade will bring sky high energy prices for consumers and a new government slush fund for Washington. A twenty-seven cent “Fuels’ Fee” on every gallon of gasoline included in the bill means not just higher prices at the pump, but higher prices on shipping and food production. Higher energy costs will put the cost of doing business through the roof and send American jobs overseas at a time of record unemployment.”
As President Obama personally predicted, his own plan will make our electricity rates “skyrocket” as higher costs are passed on to consumers.
(I am still thinking of what Glenn Beck has been telling us about Crime, Inc this past two weeks and that all this group needed was the bill passed by Congress. the EPA might have been used as the spur with congress and industries thinking they would take the lesser of the two evils. Either way the “group” get what they have been working towards all along: the destruction of all the capitalistic and productive countries and taking the world back centuries. And of course they rule the Earth. BB)