Greenhouse Gases

Romney’s Meaningless Distinction

By on 7.19.11 | 11:48AM

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has asked Politico (which failed to "regret the error") to correct a quote cited in no less than six of its articles about his position on global warming. Here's how Politico has been relaying it:

"I think it's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants, of greenhouse gases..."

Romney's campaign said it should read:

"I think it's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases..."

The campaign contends there is an "important distinction" between pollutants and greenhouse gases, in the context of global warming and regulation of the invisible gases:

"Gov. Romney does not think greenhouse gases are pollutants within the meaning of the Clean Air Act, and he does not believe that the EPA should be regulating them," said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul. "CO2 is a naturally occurring gas. Humans emit it every time they exhale."

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What Does Pawlenty Believe Now?

By on 3.30.11 | 3:50PM

Politico reported yesterday that presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty is still on the cap-and-trade apology leg of his tour. This is admirable and necessary for "T-Paw" to be a viable candidate in 2012, but not an especially difficult decision considering that not even many Senate Democrats could bring themselves to support the policy last year. It's a no-brainer.

Pawlenty has actually been running away from cap-and-trade for a while now. From Politico:

"Everybody in the race, at least the big names in the race, embraced climate change or cap-and-trade at one point or another, every one of us, so there's no one who has been in executive position whose name is being bantered in a first or second-tier way who hasn't embraced it in some way," the former Minnesota governor said on the "Laura Ingraham Show."

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Enviro Poll: Global Warming Overblown

By on 2.24.11 | 1:56PM

In a survey conducted for Colorado College's State of the Rockies project -- one in which most questions were designed to produce environmentalism-friendly results (of the "Do you favor clean air?" "Do you favor clean water?" nature) -- most respondents in five Mountain states ranked global warming as a low priority and overblown as a problem. Asked to identify the top two or three most important environmental problems today, only 4 percent cited global warming and 1 percent mentioned climate change (7 percent said the federal government was one of the most important environmental problems!). Forty-three percent of respondents characterized climate change as "not a problem," while 27 percent believed it was an "extremely serious" or "very serious" problem.

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Rebuttal on Greenhouse Gas Regulations

By on 2.16.11 | 4:24PM

In testimony EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson tried to convince Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee why her agency needs to be funded to carry out its planned greenhouse gas regulations. Today my colleagues at the American Tradition Institute rebutted ten points that she cited to justify GHG regs -- every claim was either wrong, wrong-headed or simply silly.

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GHG Regulation: It’s Not About Climate Change

By on 2.11.11 | 8:49AM

All these years we've been told that pursuit of a cap-and-trade plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is necessary to address a global warming problem. But the climate part is often ignored in the regulation-loving Left's arguments, and it's seemed they want to reduce gases like carbon dioxide without an ultimate purpose (other than to kill the fossil fuel industries they hate).

Now the truth has been revealed, as state legislators debate a bill that would remove New Hampshire from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade agreement among the Northeastern states. According to an Associated Press report about a committee hearing over the bill:

State Rep. Andrew Manuse, a Derry Republican and bill co-sponsor, argued the law is hurting, not helping New Hampshire's economy....Any benefit from New Hampshire's emissions reductions is nullified by growing emissions in other countries, he said.

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AGs Band Together on Climate, Too

By on 2.9.11 | 3:33PM

Not only are there 20-something state attorneys general litigating against Obamacare, but now 22 of them have weighed in on a landmark lawsuit in which an electric utility has sought relief from the Supreme Court over eight Northeastern states' attempt to regulate greenhouse gases via a public nuisance lawsuit. And the AGs are backing the utility -- American Electric Power Company -- not their Northeastern colleagues:

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Missouri counterpart Chris Koster joined 20 other attorneys general in filing a "friend of the court" brief to the U.S. Supreme Court imploring it render greenhouse regulation a political question rather than one solved by litigation.

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The Senate Divisions on EPA Regs

By on 1.12.11 | 9:35AM

The new House is expected to pass a bill that prevents EPA from regulating greenhouse gases via the Clean Air Act. Today Politico examines the prospects for passage in the Senate. This may be a fruitless exercise considering the likelihood of a presidential veto, but no less important in symbolism than votes on Obamacare repeal.

Politico splits the Senators into four categories: those supportive of EPA regulations; those opposed; those on the fence; and those who lean in favor of a two-year delay that has been proposed by West Virginia Democrat Sen. Jay Rockefeller. From the report:

Any congressional attempt to limit regulatory authority is always difficult to achieve, an industry lobbyist told POLITICO. But given the sluggish economy and the long list of moderate Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2012, "the chances are better than ever" for a vote to limit EPA's authority....

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What Do Nike, Best Buy, Levi Strauss and Target Have in Common?

By on 12.31.10 | 4:03PM

They all support EPA efforts to regulate greenhouse gases, even though that circumvents the citizens' right to have their elected representatives make U.S. laws. More on the Obama Administration overreach and his crony corporatists support at the National Legal and Policy Center blog today.

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Offsetter: U.S. Ruins Carbon Party

By on 12.4.10 | 4:00PM

That's what Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund, said last week. I explain in a post for the National Legal and Policy Center how he not-so-politely asked the U.S. (an "800-pound gorilla") to leave the climate change negotiations in Cancun this week. From what I've read, there aren't a whole lot of Americans there anyway.

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