Tuesday, June 3, 2014

EPA Head Assails "Climate Inaction"

We have gone from Global Warming to Anthropogenic Climate Change to Climate Inaction.

No matter the label, Westerners will foot the bill for the reduced ability to produce domestic energy and their domestic-made durable goods will become ever-less competitive if we stand by and allow ourselves to be enslaved with carbon credits and direct carbon taxes.

Carbon Dioxide is not a pollutant, and nature periodically blows off tons of it from forest fire and other natural phenomena. It's also good for plants that need it for respiration.


"The chief of the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday justified the EPA’s sweeping new regulation on power plant emissions as a necessary step to prevent catastrophic increases in both the Earth’s temperature and sea levels.

“If we do nothing, in our grandkids’ lifetimes, temperatures could rise 10 degrees and seas could rise by 4 feet,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a Washington press conference announcing the new rule.

McCarthy also blamed climate change on rising medical bills, higher insurance costs, and an increased frequency in devastating storms.

Climate inaction is costing us more money, in more places, more often,” she said. “2012 was the second most expensive year in U.S. history for natural disasters.”

Skeptics of the theory of man-made global warming have argued that individual storms can’t be seen as evidence that the theory is correct. Some have also pointed to the very cold winter as an indication that warming may not be as bad as some believe. But McCarthy dismissed those skeptics, and said climate change is the cause of extreme weather that can lead to unreliable power supplies.

“I’m tired of people pointing to the polar vortex as a reason not to act on climate,” she said. “It’s exactly the opposite. Climate change heightens risks from extreme cold that freezes power grids, superstorms that drown power plants, and heat waves that stress power supplies.”

On Monday morning, the EPA released its regulatory plan, which seeks to cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent in 2030, compared to 2005 levels. Early assessments of that plan indicate that many power plants are nearly halfway to that mark, since the baseline of 2005 was before the recession hit.........

“Today’s announcement is a dagger in the heart of the American middle class, and to representative democracy itself,” he said. “Already reeling from the painful effects of Obamacare, the American people are now being told they have to shoulder the burdens of the president’s latest ‘solution’ in the form of higher costs, fewer jobs, and a less reliable energy grid.

“The fact that the president plans to do all this through an end-run around Congress only highlights his contempt for the wishes of the public and a system of government that was devised precisely to restrain an action like today’s.”

McCarthy blasted critics who are claiming “the sky is falling,” and who she said will “deliberately ignore the risks, overestimate the costs, and undervalue the benefits.”

But while she initially rejected McConnell’s claim that energy prices would rise under the regulation, she then acknowledged that prices could rise somewhat.

“Critics claim your energy bills will skyrocket.
[Well Obama said the very word "skyrocket"* himself and he is not a critic) They’re wrong,”[So the EPA chief says that Obama is wrong]  she said. “Any small, short-term change in electricity prices would be within normal fluctuations the power sector already deals with. And any small price increase — think about the price of a gallon of milk a month— is dwarfed by huge benefits.”


"Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket," Obama told the Chronicle . "Coal-powered plants, you know, natural gas, you name it, whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers."

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