The ‘Death Rattle’ of Carbon Policy

In both the EU and the US carbon policy correctness has run its course having been discredited by scandal, the persistence of scientific method, and public pressure to recognize market realities. The proponents of carbon policy changes are caught between panic and despair. They came so close to implementing their policy regimes, and cannot now accept that the world has said ‘No!’ The evidence of the death rattle of carbon policy has been presenting itself for a while but like a degenerative …Continue Reading »

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 of the proposed rules on carbon emissions would be to ban new coal plant construction unless the new plant reduces its emissions output to the level of a natural gas fired …Continue Reading »

Sackett’s Sack US EPA at Supreme Court 9-0

This was a victory worth savoring. The US Supreme Court in a 9-0 ruling overturned a lower court decision denying judicial review of an enforcement action decision by the US EPA  assertion that their property was a wetland. You may have seen this story on TV. It is a classic David and Goliath story of the government seeking to use its regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act to force these Idaho property owners to stop construction of a new home and restore the land to its original …Continue Reading »

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, as proposed in the Commission’s communication "A roadmap for moving to a competitive a low-carbon economy in 2050"(7505/12).  Although 26 member states could agree …Continue Reading »

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

Reprinted with permission from "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 information and answers. The IPCC, the onetime unquestioned champion of climate change, has had its credibility questioned over the years, firstly with …Continue Reading »

Is Bill Clinton in Hillary’s Doghouse over Keystone XL Pipeline?

Every husband has been there.  It is not a good place to be. But when you are the former President of the United States and your wife is the current Secretary of State charged with carrying water for her boss on the Keystone XL pipeline project, prudence suggests caution when exercising your First Amendment rights to ‘say whatever you please.’ As we all know, just because we have a right to our opinion does not mean we aren’t going to pay a price for privilege.  So why did Bill Clinton do …Continue Reading »

Proving Up Marcellus Shale is a Good News Story

While politicians debate North American energy policy the markets have chosen natural gas as the fuel of the future. The tremendous growth of unconventional shale gas is insuring that future will take place. This is not new news, the EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2011 estimated that the US has 2,543 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of potential natural gas resources.  That is about 100 years of gas supply at our average annual rate of consumption. As more drilling and unconventional natural gas E&P …Continue Reading »

How to Escape from our Regulatory Winter

We all want clean air and water. But we all live in a world requiring balancing of competing interests, of compromise, of trade-offs. And we are accountable for the choices we make.  Congress should be accountable for the laws it passes. We all want clean air and clean water---but we want the lights to stay on and a light bill we can afford to pay.  We want our business and industry to flourish and create jobs, act responsibly, be profitable and pay taxes. These things are not too much to ask …Continue Reading »

FERC MACT Strategy: A Roadmap for Reliability or Mayhem?

In March 2011, US EPA created a regulatory and political firestorm when it published Boiler MACT rule (requiring Maximum Available Control Technology be used in boilers, incinerators and power generation plants);the rules set emission limits to reduce the effects of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) generated by industry from boilers and process heaters located at universities, in small municipalities, food product processors, furniture makers, federal facilities, and many categories of …Continue Reading »

Memo to Al Gore Global Warming Ended—in 1997!

Memo to Al Gore: We now have incontrovertible evidence that global warming is over.  So says none other than the geniuses at the UK Meteorological Office (Met) and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit (these are the guys that cooked the books to show the hockey stick effect of global warming a few years back in order to boost their research grants.) But is gets worse, they say their latest research “confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997.” Now they …Continue Reading »