EPA Plays ‘The Hunger Games’ with Coal

The US EPA proposed new rules March 27, 2012 that limit the amount of carbon dioxide that may be emitted at new US power plants.  The notice of proposed rulemaking was careful to point out that the proposed rules would not apply to existing power plants, modified plants or those under construction. The practical effect Read more about EPA Plays ‘The Hunger Games’ with Coal[…]

Poland Vetoes EU Low Carbon Policy

“The Council examined draft conclusions (6837/12) on a roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050, which aimed to establish a sustainable and cost-effective trajectory to 2050, on the basis of milestones for domestic greenhouse gas emissions reductions of 40% by 2030, 60% by 2040 and 80% by 2050 compared to 1990, Read more about Poland Vetoes EU Low Carbon Policy[…]

The IPCC May Have Outlived its Usefulness – An Interview with Judith Curry

Reprinted with permission from Oilprice.com “As the global warming debate increases in its intensity we find both sides deeply entrenched, hurling accusations and lies at one another in an attempt to gain the upper hand. This divide within the scientific community has left the public wondering who can be trusted to provide them with accurate Read more about The IPCC May Have Outlived its Usefulness – An Interview with Judith Curry[…]

Federal Judge Blocks California AB 32 Low Carbon Fuel Standard

California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 or AB32 as it is often called was designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For a while it was thought this law would be made obsolete by the passage of Federal Cap and Trade legislation.  But after cap and trade failed to in support in Congress and the Read more about Federal Judge Blocks California AB 32 Low Carbon Fuel Standard[…]

Occupy Green Energy

Several things caught my eye over the weekend as I sipped my coffee and read the papers on a sunny Sunday here in the San Francisco Bay Area—and they all seemed to revolve around the strange but galvanizing influence of the occupy movement. Close to home, Occupy Oakland rebuilt in Oakland City Hall Plaza after Read more about Occupy Green Energy[…]

Inspector General says EPA Bungled Endangement Rule Process

The EPA Inspector General issued a report on September 26, 2011 prepared at the request of Senator James Inhofe about the integrity and veracity of the endangerment finding on greenhouse gas emissions issued by the agency in 2009.  The Endangerment Finding is a trigger and precedent for other rules, but is not itself a specific Read more about Inspector General says EPA Bungled Endangement Rule Process[…]

US Supreme Court overturns States GHG Lawsuit

The US Supreme Court decision June 20th in American Electric Power versus Connecticut (No. 10-174) rejecting a lawsuit by seven states which sought to draw the courts into setting greenhouse gas emissions targets was an exercise in both common sense and self-defense. Here is my take on the implications of the decision for the energy Read more about US Supreme Court overturns States GHG Lawsuit[…]

America's Energy Policy Reality # 1: Natural Gas is Our Fuel of Choice

The race is on to build market share for wind and solar energy with the states demanding it in renewable portfolio standards and the Federal Government encouraging it with subsidies and treasury tax grants.  This is not a bad goal for our clean energy future, but the battle has already been won and the winner Read more about America's Energy Policy Reality # 1: Natural Gas is Our Fuel of Choice[…]

Is Global Warming Ardor Cooling?

The Gallup Organization surveyed 1,000 adults across 111 countries in a recent round of its surveys.  Gallup repeats questions periodically to see the trends in changing opinion. “How serious a threat is global warming to you and your family?” The result of this latest round of surveys does little to settle the debate over global Read more about Is Global Warming Ardor Cooling?[…]

30 Days to Rant About GHG Emissions

On February 17, 2011, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its latest report on greenhouse gas emissions. The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2009 says emissions were down 6 percent in 2009 compared to 2008 but only because the US economy was down and low natural gas prices caused fuel switching from Read more about 30 Days to Rant About GHG Emissions[…]