Posted by msrb on August 8, 2008
EPA management under Stephen Johnson: An organized crime operation!
As ethanol production drove up the price of corn this year, Texas Governor Rick Perry asked the Environmental Protection Agency in April to cut the ethanol mandate by 50 percent because the price rises were making it too expensive for farmers to feed livestock.
EPA ruled on Thursday that there was no evidence that the ethanol mandate would “severely harm” the U.S. economy by driving up food prices, thus rejecting the claim by Texas.
“This research found that the RFS mandate is not causing severe economic harm,” EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson said and that the mandate was “strengthening our nation’s energy security and supporting Americas’ farming communities.”
The Renewable Fuel Standard, RFS, requires 9 billion gallons (~34.1 billion liters) in renewable fuels to be blended into the US gasoline supply in 2008, and 11.1 billion gallons (~42 billion liters) in 2009.
It is believed that about 34% of U.S. corn crop in 2008 would be used to produce ethanol.
Parry called EPA’s decision “a mistake that will only increase the already-heavy financial burden on families while doing even more harm to the livestock industry.”
In July 2008, Johnson said the EPA would not regulate greenhouse gas emissions. He said: “If the nation is serious about regulating greenhouse gases the Clean Air Act is the wrong tool for the job and it’s really at the feet of Congress to come up with good legislation that cuts through what will likely be decades of regulation and litigation.”
The states of Massachusetts, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in April for failing to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new cars and trucks. The lawsuit came one year after the Supreme Court ruled that the agency had the power to do so.
After calls by Sen. Barbara Boxer and three other senators for him to step down, Stephen Johnson said he wouldn’t resign.
They 4 senators have also asked the U.S. attorney general to investigate whether Johnson had made false or misleading statements in sworn testimony before Boxer’s environment committee. Reuters reported.
Boxer said Johnson’s decisions on global warming lead, mercury and drinking water standards, were “harmful to the American people.”
What’s the point of spending billions of taxpayer money on science, education, NASA, NOAA, NCAOR … ocean and atmospheric research, when all it takes is a one person veto by the EPA capo [or indeed capo dei capi himself] to nix everything?
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Posted by msrb on July 31, 2008
California state Attorney General Jerry Brown is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for “wantonly” ignoring its duty to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
“Ships, aircraft and industrial equipment burn huge quantities of fossil fuel, causing greenhouse gas pollution, yet President Bush stalls with one bureaucratic dodge after another,” said Brown a two-term California governor in the 1970s and 1980s.
Official portrait of Jerry Brown as Governor of California, from the California State Capitol Museum.
Image credit: Governors of California Portrait Gallery, California State Capitol Museum; via Wikipedia
“Because Bush’s Environmental Protection Agency continues to wantonly ignore its duty to regulate pollution, California is forced to seek judicial action,” he said.
“[The lawsuit] is certainly typical of the attorney general of California,” an EPA spokesman said.
“If they don’t like how we make a decision on something, they sue and hope the courts will mandate toward their position. It works sometimes and sometimes it doesn’t work,” he said.
California and 17 other states sued the EPA in April for failing to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new cars and trucks despite a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2007 that the agency had the power to take action.
California and 12 other states again sued the EPA in May, claiming it violated the Clean Air Act because its ozone pollution standards were ineffective.
“Brown said California would likely be joined in the latest lawsuit against the EPA by Connecticut, Oregon, New York City, the California Air Resources Board, the South Coast Air Quality Management District and a coalition of environmental groups.” Reuters reported.
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Posted by msrb on July 1, 2008
The Exponential Growth Economy’s White Elephant!
“Blind monks examining an elephant” by Itcho Hanabusa (1652–1724). Each blind monk can only “see” the part of the elephant he has examined.
Blind Expert #1. It’s the oil addiction!
Blind Expert #2. Nay, nay; it’s the coal-fired power plants.
Blind Expert #3. Nay, nay; the SUVs.
Blind Expert #4. Nay, nay! It must be the sprawling suburbia.
Blind Expert #5. Nay, nay! It’s …
Blind Expert #6. We NEED more trees to protect the economy.
Blind experts Nos. 1 – 8 urged the next U.S. president to “protect the country” not by way of changing the predatory exponential growth economy, but instead by means of “funding for research and forecasting” to dodge the climate change.
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