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Thursday, April 23, 2009

EPW POLICY BEAT: THE CARBON LOOPHOLE?
Associated issues: Commitment to Cost-Benefit Analysis
What’s a loophole? That’s more than an etymological question these days. EPW Policy Beat has encountered this oft-used noun in the context of climate change. Specifically, we’re hearing proponents of cap-and-trade call for “closing the carbon loophole.” Consider this recent ad from Al Gore’s Repower America: “What if we could make our planet cooler and our economy hotter? We can…by closing the carbon pollution loophole. The stuff from coal and oil…cap it and spur new investments and jobs in clean energy.”
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

VIDEO: The Democrat Energy Plan
The Perils of Cap-and-Trade
Associated issues: Commitment to Cost-Benefit Analysis
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

EPW FACT OF THE DAY: A NET LOSS ON EARTH DAY
To celebrate Earth Day, President Obama trekked to Iowa to stump for “green jobs” and the assortment of federal green mandates that will, truth be told, free us from dependence on foreign oil. The President said that protecting the nation's natural resources “not only fulfills a sacred obligation to our children and grandchildren, but also provides an opportunity to stimulate economic growth.” According to the Associated Press, Obama visited “financially struggling Newton, Iowa,” where he touted the Trinity Structural Towers wind energy plant “as a model for job creation and energy production in a town whose biggest employer was sold and then stopped operations.” “The administration contends,” the AP reported, “that the president's plan will create jobs and protect the environment.”
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Inhofe Earth Day Challenge: Focus Scarce Resources on Achievable Environmental Solutions ... In Case You Missed It
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

EPW FACT OF THE DAY: ‘SCARE TACTICS’
Associated issues: Commitment to Cost-Benefit Analysis
As EPA’s proposed endangerment finding filters through the blogosphere, EPW Policy Beat encountered a “live chat” on the issue with David Doniger, policy director of the Climate Center at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). As Doniger waxed eloquently about the dangers posed by global warming “pollution”—it “leads to killer heat waves, stronger hurricanes, higher smog levels, and many other direct and indirect threats to human health”—a participant queried him about the “absurd” statement from Sen. Inhofe that “EPA’s regulatory reach will find its way into schools, hospitals, and assisted living facilities, and just about any activity that meets certain minimum thresholds in the Clean Air Act.” After confidently dismissing this claim as nothing more than “scare tactics,” Mr. Doniger directed the questioner to his weblog from last year, where he said the following: “What about the president’s claim that he’d have to regulate everything ‘from schools and stores to hospitals and apartment buildings’? Would you be surprised to learn that no one is asking EPA to do this? In fact, EPA has already figured out ways it could avoid sweeping in small sources of CO2.”
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

EPA Endangerment Finding Will Destroy Jobs, Harm Consumers: Inhofe Op-Ed
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Thursday, April 16, 2009

EPW POLICY BEAT: REPOWERING THE RECESSION
Associated issues: Commitment to Cost-Benefit Analysis
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

EPW FACT OF THE DAY: INDIA SAYS, ‘HECK NO, WE WON’T GO’
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

EPW POLICY BEAT: THE ‘DE FACTO’ BAN ON NEW COAL PLANTS
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

EPW POLICY BEAT: THE HOBSON’S CHOICE
As EPW PolicyBeat continues its walk-through of the Waxman-Markey discussion draft, we found reason to applaud the authors for recognizing, and proposing to rectify, the glorious mess of regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Sections 831, 832, 833, and 834 of Waxman-Markey succinctly preempt regulation under Title I and Title V of the Act, meaning no new source review, no national ambient air quality standards, no MACT standards, and no costly permit requirements for greenhouse gases.

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