Ron Arnold details the story of how industry, environmentalists, and regulators are working together to overcome a paradoxical EPA rule that allows PCBs in products but bans the disposal of wastewater containing PCB residues. This story, sadly, is atypical of today's EPA, especially as it applies to energy and water issues.
Seven score and nine years ago, President Lincoln resolved to take increased devotion to ensuring that government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the Earth. Yet, today, our lives are determined not so much by We the People, as by a distant central government, particularly increasingly powerful, unelected and unaccountable Executive Branch agencies. Foremost among them, by almost any standard, is the Environmental Protection Agency. Under Administrator Lisa Jackson, the Gettysburg vision has mutated into government of, by and for the EPA. Indeed, Ms. Jackson seeks not merely to regulate, but to legislate; [...]
Many Americans can remember episodes like Times Beach and Love Canal where toxic chemicals were improperly disposed of. And while those instances involved private companies, little scrutiny has been focused on the federal government’s own cleanup record.
The National Toxicology Program recently revised its process for listing carcinogens in our air and water. But does it go too far? Angela Logomasini of the Competitive Enterprise Institute offers this analysis: “Unfortunately, the federal National Toxicology Program’s carcinogen listing process has little connection to science. A CEI study shows that the criteria the agency uses are subjective rather than scientific. As a result, the agency often labels many perfectly safe and valuable products as dangerous, inviting unnecessary regulations that undermining consumer freedom and innovation. To ensure bad NTP decisions don’t adversely impact consumers, Congress needs to seriously reform [...]
By Paul Driessen and Willie Soon This article was originally published in the Washington Times on February 3, 2012. In December 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency released new Clean Air Act “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.” Once again, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson touted the supposedly huge benefits of controlling emissions of mercury (Hg) and other air toxics from U.S. coal- and oil-fired power plants (or electric generating units, EGUs). The people of Idaho may welcome this new rule, since EPA’s miraculous modeling machine has promised to prevent “six premature deaths” and create “up to $54 million” in health benefits [...]
By Duggan Flanakin (reviewer)The central theme of Deep Green Resistance, written by Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen (author of Endgame), is simple. To save the planet, its wildlife and some of its people, the enlightened few must rise up in resistance – not to reform, but rather to totally tear down the corporate capitalist economic system, and even civilization itself as we know it. Jensen presents his thesis in the book's preface. "The dominant culture – civilization – is killing the planet, and it is long past time for those of us who care about life on earth to [...]
Every person in America liked electricity a lot,But the Grinch at the EPA - did not.The Grinch hated electricity, all the prosperity it brought.Now, please do ask why, we quite know the reason!EPA subscribes to a Green worldview,One that puts nature above me and you!This afternoon EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson released a barrage of new rules called "Mercury and Air Toxics Standards" that will do nothing to protect human health while raising electricity prices and costing the economy billions of dollars. She pulled out all the propaganda stops, holding the press conference at a children's hospital and inviting a pastor from [...]
Hydraulic fracturing sends “huge volumes of toxic fluids” deep underground at high pressure, to fracture shale rock and release natural gas, Food & Water Watch claims. “Billions of gallons of toxic fluids” will “contaminate” groundwater and drinking water “for generations.” We need to “Ban Fracking Now.”Environmentalists used to support “clean natural gas.” Whence the intolerant new attitude? Oil companies have been using hydraulic fracturing for 60 years to get the most petroleum possible from grudging rock formations deep beneath the Earth. A few years ago, Mitchell Energy and others combined HF with horizontal drilling to tap into hydrocarbon-rich shale deposits that [...]
By Willie Soon & Paul Driessen This article was originally published in the Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2011. -------------------------------------------------- The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued 946 pages of new rules, requiring that U.S. power plants sharply reduce (already low) emissions of mercury and 83 other air pollutants. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson claims that, while the regulations will cost electricity producers $10.9 billion annually, they will save 17,000 lives and generate up to $140 billion in health benefits. There is no factual basis for these assertions. To build its case, EPA systematically ignored evidence and ignored clinical studies that contradict [...]
C F A C TCommittee For A Constructive Tomorrow FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT:March 26, 2011 Craig Rucker, 202-429-2737 EPA Wrong on Mercury (Washington, D.C.) On May 3rd the Environmental Protection Agency proposed unaffordable and burdensome restrictions on electricity generation that will pick the pockets of ratepayers, yet provide no meaningful benefit to our environment. The EPA claims its rules seeking to regulate mercury emissions pursuant to the Clean Air Act will provide “tremendous benefits for [...]
In another example of junk science run amok, environmental alarmists are demanding that New York City speed up its plan to remove light fixtures and electrical equipment from schools due to possible exposure to PCB chemicals.
In light of the nuclear crisis in Japan, should the world abandon nuclear power for safety reasons? Dr. Kelvin Kemm, a nuclear physicist, says no, and here explains why: “The Fukushima nuclear plants are forty years old and use an outdated boiling water reactor design. . ."
The ground hadn’t stopped shaking. Tsunami waters had not receded. And yet coverage of this awful natural disaster – a scene of almost unfathomable devastation and death – was already giving way to single-minded focus on radiation exposure and meltdowns.
The earthquake and tsunami in Japan delivered a devastating one-two punch to that island nation and to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. So what does much of the world do? You guessed it. They blamed the designers, builders and operators of the nuclear plant for not doing a good enough job.
By Evelyn MervineThis Q&A briefing provides a concise overview of much of what you need to know on the nuclear emergency in Japan. Nuclear engineer Mark Mervine gave this interview to his daughter Evelyn Mervine. It was originally posted on her blog, Skepchick. Mark and Evelyn Mervine are not associated with CFACT. My name is Mark Mervine. I graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1981, and went into the Navy nuclear power program. I was in submarines, and while I was in the Navy I qualified on two different types of Navy nuclear power plants and served as an [...]