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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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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

EPW POLICY BEAT: SUING CITIZENS
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Thursday, April 2, 2009

VIDEO: EPA Nominee Regina McCarthy Before EPW Committee
Associated issues: Commitment to Cost-Benefit Analysis, National Security and Energy Independence
Senator Inhofe today welcomed Regina McCarthy, nominee for the position of Assistant Adminstrator, Office of Air and Radiation. In his opening statement, Senator Inhofe stressed the importance of the EPA position, saying,

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Hearing Sends Clear Message to EPA: Don’t Short-Circuit Process on Ethanol Blend Wall
Diverse Groups Urge Caution on Mid-level Ethanol Blends
Associated issues: Providing Responsible Oversight of Federal Ethanol Policy , National Security and Energy Independence
With the passage of the 2007 energy bill, Congress doubled the corn-based ethanol mandate despite mounting questions surrounding ethanol’s compatibility with existing engines, its transportation and infrastructure needs, its economic sustainability, and numerous other issues. A year and a half later few dispute that Congress erred in pushing too much ethanol too fast.

The Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety conducted an oversight hearing today where witnesses ranging from the American Lung Association to the National Resources Defense Council and the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association weighed-in with a similar theme: EPA should be cautious in implementing regulations.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

EPW Policy Beat: Rebate Response
From the Inhofe-EPW Press Office
Associated issues: Commitment to Cost-Benefit Analysis
One convenient way some supporters of cap-and-trade dismiss the huge cost on families imposed by cap-and-trade is with the “rebate response.” The rebate response goes something like this: 1) We know cap-and-trade will raise energy prices—after all, that’s the whole point of cap-and-trade; 2) We’re not going to say for certain how much it will cost a family of four (though CBO’s estimate—undisputed thus far—is about $3,000 per year per family); 3) We are confident we can keep consumers whole by doling out carbon rebates; and 4) We are confident of this because a study by MIT says cap-and-trade will raise hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue, enabling the government to cut an approximately $4,500 rebate check to a generic family of four.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Inhofe: Obama's policies detrimental to country (Inhofe Op-ed, Oklahoman, 04/01/09)
Associated issues: Commitment to Cost-Benefit Analysis, National Security and Energy Independence
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Congress Must Reject Energy Tax Increases (Inhofe Op-Ed/ Oklahoman)
Obama's Policies Detrimental to Country
Associated issues: National Security and Energy Independence
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

EPW Policy Beat: THE ACID RAIN MYTH
Associated issues: Commitment to Cost-Benefit Analysis
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Monday, March 30, 2009

Roundtable: Understanding the Cost and Benefits of Auctioning Carbon Emission Rights
Associated issues: Commitment to Cost-Benefit Analysis
The United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works minority staff hosted their first roundtable briefing on March 30, 2009 titled, "Understanding the Cost and Benefits of Auctioning Carbon Emission Rights." The roundtable, which was open to all Senate staff, featured three non-partisan panelists that are some of the nation's foremost experts on climate change policy.

Panelist Terry Dinan is Senior Analyst for Environmental Issues at the Congressional Budget. She testified March 12, 2009 before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support on "The Distributional Consequences of a Cap-and-Trade Program for Co2 Emissions."

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Friday, March 27, 2009

EPW Policy Beat: Risky Legal Schemes
Associated issues: Commitment to Cost-Benefit Analysis
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