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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

In Case You Missed It… The Oklahoman Editorial: Climate change legislation carries a hefty price tag
Associated issues: Commitment to Cost-Benefit Analysis
CONGRESSIONAL Democrats rolled out climate change legislation last week. The rumble that followed was the sound of party moderates and conservatives heading for the hills. That’s what you get when your proposal to limit carbon output, a so-called "cap-and-trade” plan, comes with a $1.9 trillion tax increase over eight years, raising regular Americans’ tax bills by $2,000 a year. Not even the presence of former Vice President Al Gore at the roll-out hearing slowed the stampede. That’s because the carbon-limiting proposal will hit every American’s wallet or pocketbook — notwithstanding President Barack Obama’s promise not to raise taxes on people earning less than $250,000 a year. The conservative Heritage Foundation says the cap-and-trade plan will be no respecter of income.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

EPW POLICY BEAT: IT’S BTU ALL OVER AGAIN
Associated issues: Commitment to Cost-Benefit Analysis
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Friday, April 24, 2009

EPW POLICY BEAT: OBAMA’S ENERGY POLICY CONUNDRUM
Associated issues: Commitment to Cost-Benefit Analysis
For those of you who have a hard time sorting out the President’s energy policy, you’re not alone. Administration officials reached a new height of confusion this week. Do we need coal and nuclear? Or don’t we?




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Friday, April 24, 2009

Reckless "Endangerment": The Obama EPA plays "Dirty Harry" on cap and trade ... In Case You Missed It
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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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