June 9, 2022
When drug companies try to sell you a particular cure for what ails you, the television ads typically consist of 10 seconds of saying how good the drug is and 20 seconds of disclaimers and warnings about possible negative side effects. If only renewable energy companies were that honest!
To my great annoyance and disgust, a power company in Texas promises the state’s electricity users can choose a plan that delivers electricity 24 hours a day powered by the sun. Solar power.
As anyone exercisi...
August 23, 2018
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed rule to replace the Clean Power Plan developed by the agency under former President Barack Obama.
The proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule would require improvements in coal power plant efficiency and establish guidelines for states to address greenhouse gas emissions from coal power plants.
EPA had announced its intent to abandon the Clean Power Plan in October 2017, responding to lawsuits by mo...
February 16, 2022
Two big Bills designed to fix Virginia’s broken electric power system have cleared the first legislative hurdle, on the road to becoming law. Both of these Virginia House Bills were approved by the cognizant Subcommittee of the House Commerce and Energy Committee.
HB 118 fully repeals the damaging (and nutty named) Virginia Clean Economy Act. VCEA foolishly mandates the complete elimination of fossil fueled electric power by 2045, with forced plant retirements beginning in 2023. The full Bill i...
September 19, 2018
According to Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.), “Trump’s latest energy plan leaves American energy and innovation in the dark.” The baseless broadside against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule is, to borrow the words of William Shakespeare, “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
Arguably, McNerney’s views should come as no surprise, considering he worked as an engineer and as a consultant in the highly-subsidized wind industry before joining ...
June 30, 2022
...gulatory scheme. A decision of such magnitude and consequence rests with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body.”
Since 2015, the EPA has claimed the Clean Air Act and the Obama-era Clean Power Plan granted it the power to limit CO2 emissions from power plants, severely restricting the ability of coal and natural gas plants – which power most of the United States – to operate. West Virginia, two coal companies, and North Dakota sued EPA...
March 4, 2021
For more than two decades, renewable-power profiteers have colluded with climate alarmists and politicians who support big government energy and environment programs to push wind and solar power, supposedly to fight catastrophic climate change. Government has provided subsidies, tax breaks, tax credits, grants, and government-backed loans to get utilities to adopt wind and solar energy. In addition, 29 states and Washington, D.C. require utilities to use wind and solar power, through renewable e...
October 23, 2017
The Trump administration has followed through on a major campaign promise to cut red tape and repeal onerous regulations on the economy by repealing the Clean Power Plan.
The Clean Power Plan would have been enormously expensive and environmentally inconsequential. Estimates of the cost of compliance range from $8 billion to $39 billion per year. The regulations would have also increased electricity prices 11 to 14 percent every year. Despite the high cost, the climate models used by Obama's ...
January 2, 2018
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public hearing at the end of November in Charleston, West Virginia, the second-largest coal producing state in the country, on the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The location of the meetings sends the important message that the Trump administration is serious about removing the economically crippling and environmentally insignificant regulations imposed by the Obama administration.
The Clean Power Plan hasn’t done anything t...
October 13, 2017
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a notice in the Federal Register it is rescinding former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP)—providing more proof gridlock in the congressional swamp is not slowing President Donald Trump’s efforts to roll back ineffective and extremely costly climate programs.
EPA’s decision was not unexpected. Trump has repeatedly said the United States faces numerous problems more important than climate change, pledging to eliminate CPP as wel...
February 20, 2018
Even before the ink was dry on former President Barack Obama’s signature mandating the creation of Clean Power Plan (CPP) regulations, state governments and industry were rushing up the courthouse steps to challenge the plan and block its implementation.
Despite the fact CPP is just two years old, it has already traveled a long and winding road to its final oblivion (one hopes)!
CPP required states to reduce their electric power sector carbon-dioxide emissions by 32 percent below 2005 levels ...