Friday, July 13, 2007

INHOFE WELCOMES BARRASSO TO EPW COMMITTEE

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

This week, Senator Inhofe welcomed Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) to the EPW Committee. Senator Barrasso was recently appointed by to the United States Senate following the passing of Senator Craig Thomas. In joining the EPW Committee, Senator Barrasso fills Senator Thomas’s position on the EPW Committee where he had served since January 2007.

“I am pleased to welcome Sen. Barrasso to the EPW Committee,” Senator Inhofe said. “Wyoming was blessed to have a true champion on energy and environmental issues in Senator Craig Thomas.  I look forward to working closely with Senator Barrasso on the EPW Committee to build upon Senator Thomas’s accomplishments and to continue to make progress on issues such as increasing domestic energy production and reforming the Endangered Species Act. Furthermore, Senator Barrasso has a distinguished record back in Wyoming working on the state’s transportation infrastructure needs as the Chairman of the Transportation, Highways, and Military Affairs Committee in the State Senate. His experience will prove invaluable on the EPW Committee and will help improve Wyoming’s and our nation’s infrastructure.”

INHOFE COMMENTS ON BINGAMAN CAP-AND-TRADE PROPOSAL

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

On Wednesday, Senator Inhofe commented on Senator Jeff Bingaman’s (D-NM) cap-and-trade proposal to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

“Kyoto’s spectacular global failure should give any advocates of mandatory CO2 cap-and-trade schemes serious reasons to reconsider their support,” Senator Inhofe said.

“Some have suggested that carbon cap-and-trade scheme’s demonstrated failures should be overlooked because Senator Bingaman’s bill includes a safety valve tax off-ramp. But everybody knows there will be attempts to increase this tax off-ramp on the Senate floor, in conference and in subsequent legislation.

“Senator Bingaman’s bill would needlessly increase energy costs to already overburdened Americans without any measurable climate benefits. CO2 cap-and-trade schemes were exposed by a recent CBO study as creating massive wealth redistribution from the poor and working class to wealthier Americans.

“This year, China became the world’s largest emitter.  Current cap-and-trade proposals in Congress would do nothing to address developing nations CO2 emissions. I have long supported efforts that build off of the Asia-Pacific Partnership which includes developing nations.

“A more honest approach is the carbon tax proposed by Congressman John Dingell (D-MI) chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. While I do not support a mandatory energy diet for the American economy, I do strongly believe that we should be having an honest debate.”

INHOFE RE-INTRODUCES CLEAN AIR LEGISLATION

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

During Wednesday's EPW Subcommittee hearing, "Review of EPA’s Proposed Revision to the Ozone NAAQS," Senator Inhofe announced that he was re-introducting the Clean Air Attainment Enforcement bill. The Subcommittee hearing focused on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new proposed rule to tighten the ozone standard. Senator Inhofe stated at the hearing today that he believes that “the EPA’s proposed ozone standard is flawed and that if enacted, would have enormous consequences for our nation, with the disadvantaged among the hardest hit.” Senator Inhofe believes the EPA should instead focus its attention on getting areas with truly dirty air into compliance with existing law. Previously introduced last year, Senator Inhofe’s bill amends the Clean Air Act to strengthen penalties on major emission sources in the most polluted areas of the country that fail to meet clean air standards by the attainment deadlines under the current Clean Air Act. The bill is a narrow amendment that targets only those areas of the country that are out of compliance with multiple pollutants and will not come into compliance by their attainment deadlines. By specifically targeting the dirtiest areas, Senator Inhofe’s legislation ensures that the costs are reasonable in relation to the enormous health benefits.

“My bill will clean up the most polluted areas of the country, saving thousands of lives and bringing tens of billions of dollars in public health benefits,” Senator Inhofe said. “Before we begin imposing more stringent new regulations, as currently is being discussed in Washington DC, the federal government should start enforcing existing air quality standards. It is unconscionable to allow the dirtiest areas of the country to escape the requirement to comply with the nation’s clean air health standards and sacrifice the lives of their citizens. Simply enforcing existing law will produce a host of environmental benefits, including improved air quality for the dirtiest areas of the country.

“EPA’s new proposal to tighten the ozone standard, if implemented, will impose significant costs on counties and states across the country for too little environmental benefit. Air pollution levels in the United States are at an all-time low, but this proposal would artificially increase the number of counties in nonattainment from 104 counties to 533 counties. In fact, more than 80 percent of monitored areas would be in violation. For example, in my home state of Oklahoma, there is not a single county in non-attainment for ozone today. But under EPA’s proposal, if set at .070 parts per million, a dozen Oklahoma counties will have monitors in non-attainment and many more surrounding counties will be designated as non-designated as well.  In short, most of my state would be forced to comply with this new standard. These counties, like every county in America that would now be in non-attainment, could face stiff federal penalties, lose highway dollars, and become unattractive places to locate new businesses.

“As the Ranking Member and former Chairman of the EPW Committee, I have spent the last four years committed to working to improve our nation’s air quality. The committee has held numerous clean air hearings and it is my hope that this common-sense legislation will provide yet another victory for our nation’s environment. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to pass my bill this year.”

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OPENING STATEMENT: REVIEW OF EPA'S PROPOSED REVISION TO THE OZONE NAAQS

Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety hearing

Mr. Chairman, this is a timely oversight hearing. EPA’s proposed ozone standard is flawed. If enacted, it would have enormous consequences for our nation, with the disadvantaged among the hardest hit. Defenders of tightening the ozone standard will say that the law does not take into account the economic devastation, the loss of jobs, and ruined lives that will be left in its wake. But it should. And more to the point, we should.

Defenders of tightening the standard will say that it is not necessary that EPA rely on peer-reviewed studies or that those that are peer-reviewed are directly applicable to setting an 8-hour ozone standard. But it should. And we should demand that they do so.

The fact is this proposal is ripe with political considerations, with little thought given to the people who will be forced to endure its consequences. We have here today Dr. McClellan, a past Chair of the Clean Air Science Advisory Committee who has detailed the many flaws and questionable approaches taken in justification of this proposal. The science panel no longer offers its judgment of the scientific integrity of the process, but its policy opinions. There are large scientific uncertainties regarding confounding, attribution, and risk.

Mr. Administrator, I find it odd that our government would force cities to comply with standards over which they have no control. As we regulate almost every city in America under this standard, even collectively they cannot control the outcome because you have included emissions from Mexico and Canada . What is truly perverse is that as you send jobs over the border, these in turn become emissions we cannot control within our borders. But cities will be penalized nevertheless.

I want to turn your attention to this EPA map. Oklahoma , like many States, has made tremendous progress in cleaning up its air. Not a single county in Oklahoma is in violation of the ozone standards. Not a single one, Mr. Administrator. Yet your proposal will put virtually the entire State into non-attainment. How is it that EPA last year considered States like Oklahoma to have clean air that was healthy to breathe, yet next year it will consider the air unhealthy – even as their pollution levels continue to plummet?

We are hearing testimony today that it will be burdensome on communities if you finalize your proposal, Mr. Administrator. Let me be clear: lost jobs and closing factories are a health risk. As others have said, access to medical care is a health risk in disadvantaged communities. How many people will lose health coverage as a result of this rule, Mr. Administrator?

If the rebuilding of communities ravaged by Katrina is slowed or stalled, tell me how this rule will enhance the quality of life of the people trying to return their lives to normalcy.

I am not asking you to take concerns into account that you are not allowed by law. Instead, I am asking you to see the enormous importance of this decision and to ensure that your decision does not go beyond what you are required to do – that is, set the standard a level requisite to protect the public health.

I also encourage you to focus more of your attention to where it should be – getting areas with truly dirty air into compliance with the existing law. It is why today I am reintroducing the Clean Air Attainment Enforcement Act to provide you the tools necessary to force areas that have ignored existing clean air laws and are in serious nonattainment with ozone standards as well as nonattainment with particulate matter standards. It is time the free ride ends. We can no longer trust these areas will step up to the plate voluntarily – it is time EPA had the tools to ensure these dirty air areas cleaned up their act.

Thank you.

 

Related Links: 

INHOFE STATEMENT ON EPA PROPOSAL FOR NEW OZONE STANDARD

 

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VIDEO CLIP: SENATOR INHOFE RESPONDS TO RFK JR'S "TRAITOR" COMMENTS ON FOX NEWS

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Senator Inhofe responded today to comments made by Robert Kennedy Jr. calling global warming skeptics “traitors.” Kennedy’s comments were made during last weekends Live Earth Concert in New Jersey.

Newsday reports on Kennedy’s comments:

"Get rid of all these rotten politicians that we have in Washington, who are nothing more than corporate toadies," said Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the environmentalist author, president of Waterkeeper Alliance and Robert F. Kennedy's son, who grew hoarse from shouting. "This is treason. And we need to start treating them as traitors."

Watch Senator Inhofe’s Fox News Interview with Neil Cavuto now on Youtube [ http://www.youtube.com/InhofeEPWPress. ] 

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VIDEO CLIP: FOX NEWS INTERVIEW -WAS AL GORE'S LIVE EARTH CONCERT A SUCCESS OR FAILURE?

Monday, July 9, 2007

Watch Video Clip
On Monday, July 9, 2007, Fox News’s Bill Hemmer interviewed Marc Morano, Senator Inhofe’s EPW Committee Communications Director, about the impact of Al Gore’s Live Earth concerts. Hemmer began the interview by asking Morano:

“Was live earth a global failure? They had big names on the stage performing. All around the globe for that matter. Did the concert, a massive effort to raise awareness on the threat of global warming, did it succeed? Was it a global failure?”

Watch the interview now by clicking here (Youtube) (Full Transcript Will Be Posted on the Inhofe EPW Press Blog ASAP).

 

RELATED WEB LINKS:
 
UPDATE ON GORE'S REFUSAL TO TAKE THE PLEDGE
DAY 110 OF FORMER VICE-PRESIDENT AL GORE'S REFUSAL TO TAKE THE "PERSONAL ENERGY ETHICS PLEDGE" UPDATE: Hollywood Celebrities Challenged To Take The "Gore Pledge" - In the spirit of Earth Day, Senator Inhofe issued a challenge to all Hollywood global warming activists...To read more, click here. 

RFK JR. LASHES OUT AT POLITICIANS SKEPTICAL OF GLOBAL WARMING: 'THIS IS TREASON. AND WE NEED TO START TREATING THEM AS TRAITORS'
Excerpt: "Get rid of all these rotten politicians that we have in Washington, who are nothing more than corporate toadies," said Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the environmentalist author, president of Waterkeeper Alliance and Robert F. Kennedy's son, who grew hoarse from shouting. "This is treason. And we need to start treating them as traitors."
http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/music/ny-etliveus085286071jul08,0,3908150.story?coll=ny-music-print

SKEPTICAL OF PERFORMERS’ MOTIVES, PUBLIC TUNES OUT LIVE EARTH EVENT
Excerpt: The Live Earth concert promoted by former Vice President Al Gore received plenty of media coverage and hype, but most Americans tuned out. Just 22% said they followed news stories about the concert Somewhat or Very Closely. Seventy-five percent (75%) did not follow coverage of the event….Adding to the skepticism, an earlier survey found that just 24% of Americans consider Al Gore an expert on Global Warming…Earlier surveys show the public is divided as to the cause of Global Warming.  Slightly under half (46%) believe that Global Warming is caused primarily by human activities. A roughly equal number believe warming is either the result of long-term planetary trends (35%) of some other cause (8%). Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.

 

NY TIMES: CAMERON DIAZ TELLS CONCERTGOERS TO TURN OFF SHOWER WHILE SHAVING LEGS
 
LIVE EARTH'S DC CONCERT CALLED 'PR SLEIGHT OF HAND'
Excerpt: The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian had already scheduled a day of events -- including the Indian Summer Showcase 2007, which appeared to be absorbed into "Mother Earth -- In the Spirit of the Live Earth Concerts." There was already going to be performances, drum circles and spiritual/environmental speeches by tribal leaders. Al Gore and the Smithsonian's organizers just figured a way to add Gore's overtly political address and the Garth Brooks/Trisha Yearwood performance to an existing event.

 

SOUNDING THE GLOBAL-WARMING ALARM WITHOUT UPSETTING THE FANS
Excerpt: So much star power assembled in so many places to assure fans that all they need do to save the planet is change a light bulb, choose paper over plastic or, as Cameron Diaz recommended, turn off the shower while shaving their legs.
GEOLOGIST SAYS 'IT'S GOOD SENSE TO AVOID CONSENSUS ON GLOBAL WARMING’
POOR JOHANNESBURG LIVE EARTH TURNOUT BLAMED ON COLD AND SNOW
Excerpt: "We're expecting 10,000 here tonight. It's a bit chilly, and we've had a strange winter... is it climate change? We had snow in Jo'burg last week for the first time in 25 years."

 

FIFTY BUCKS FOR A BEER? IT WAS LIVID EARTH IN SYDNEY
 
Former UN scientist now calls climate fears 'implausible if not impossible' 
Tom V. Segalstad, head of the Geological Museum at the University of Oslo and formerly an expert reviewer with the same IPCC:
Excerpt: In the real world, as measurable by science, CO2 in the atmosphere and in the ocean reach a stable balance when the oceans contain 50 times as much CO2 as the atmosphere. "The IPCC postulates an atmospheric doubling of CO2, meaning that the oceans would need to receive 50 times more CO2 to obtain chemical equilibrium," explains Prof. Segalstad. "This total of 51 times the present amount of carbon in atmospheric CO2 exceeds the known reserves of fossil carbon-- it represents more carbon than exists in all the coal, gas, and oil that we can exploit anywhere in the world."
IVY LEAGUE PROFESSOR DEBUNKS UN CLIMATE FORCASTS
In 2007, a panel of experts established by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme issued its updated, Fourth Assessment Report, forecasts. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group One Report predicts dramatic and harmful increases in average world temperatures over the next 92 years. We asked, are these forecasts a good basis for developing public policy? Our answer is “no”.
 
SHANGHAI HOSTS LOW-KEY LIVE EARTH CONCERT
 
80,000 SCOTTISH CHOOSE LIVE PERTH OVER LIVE EARTH
 
PROMINENT JOURNAL CONCEDES GLOBAL WARMING SCIENCE IS NOT SETTLED
Excerpt: "Robert Charlson of the University of Washington, Seattle, (is) one of three authors of a commentary published online last week in Nature Reports: Climate Change. ... he and his co-authors argue that the simulation by 14 different climate models of the warming in the 20th century is not the reassuring success IPCC claims it to be." "... In the run-up to the IPCC climate science report released last February ... 14 groups ran their models under 20th-century conditions of rising greenhouse gases. ... But the group of three atmospheric scientists ... says the close match between models and the actual warming is deceptive. The match "conveys a lot more confidence [in the models] than can be supported in actuality," says Schwartz. [....]
http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/07/science_magazine_waffles_on_wa.html
 
REUTERS: EARTH UNDERWHELMED BY ENVIRONMENT POP EXTRAVAGANZA
Excerpt: They rocked the world, but as the clean-up at nine climate change gigs around the globe begins, many wonder if the galaxy of pop stars did much to change it.
 
MTV: REACTION TO LIVE EARTH IS DECIDEDLY MIXED
 
SKEPTICAL OF PERFORMERS’ MOTIVES, PUBLIC TUNES OUT LIVE EARTH EVENT
Excerpt: The Live Earth concert promoted by former Vice President Al Gore received plenty of media coverage and hype, but most Americans tuned out. Just 22% said they followed news stories about the concert Somewhat or Very Closely. Seventy-five percent (75%) did not follow coverage of the event.
 
'GREAT GLOBAL WARMING SWINDLE' PRODUCER SAYS CITIZENS ARE 'HOSTAGES TO A HOAX'
Excerpt: If greenhouse gases were causing the temperature to rise, according to classic greenhouse theory, the rate of warming should be higher in the Earth's troposphere (at least 10km up) than at the surface. But the opposite is true. All our satellite and balloon data tells us that the rate of warming was higher at the surface. In other words, observational data tells us, beyond any reasonable doubt, that greenhouse gas did not cause the recent warming.
 
AUSTRALIAN SCIENTIST DECLARES GLOBAL WARMING NOT CAUSED BY GREENHOUSE GASES
Excerpt: "Scholarship is being driven by media and media attention and this is a terrifying state of affairs." All the research is determined by government, he said. "You can get all the money in the world if the research you're doing is related to climate change... if you say climate change isn't caused by man it's caused by the sun, it doesn't get any money at all."
 
DEMOCRAT ENERGY CHAIRMAN DINGELL FLOATS SURE TO FAIL CARBON TAX TO SHAKE UP THE POLITICAL DEBATE ON GLOBAL WARMING
Excerpt: Mr. Dingell, in an interview to be broadcast Sunday on C-Span, suggested that his goal was to show that Americans are not willing to face the real cost of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. His message appeared to be that Democratic leaders were setting unrealistic legislative goals. “I sincerely doubt that the American people will be willing to pay what this is really going to cost them,” said Mr. Dingell.
 
EMISSION-LOWERING SCHEMES COULD BE BAD FOR THE PLANET

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