Debbie Stabenow amendment would block EPA climate regulations

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm | More from The Michigan Messenger

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has proposed an amendment to small business legislation that would suspend U.S. Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas regulations for two years.

The Senate is expected to vote today on S493, a bill to reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs of the Small Business Administration.

Republicans have offered numerous amendments aimed at forcing Democrats to vote on EPA powers.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered an amendment that would prohibit EPA from taking any action to address climate change.

Stabenow’s amendment would give coal-fired power plants, oil refineries and other industrial sources a two year exemption from new EPA rules that require them to report their greenhouse gas emissions.

Stabenow spokespeople were not available to speak about the amendment.

The Hill reports that a League of Conservation Voters poll of voters in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania this week shows most people support letting EPA regulate carbon pollution.

“Three in five (63%) voters in the three Midwestern states say they trust the EPA more than Congress to decide whether there should be new standards for carbon pollution,” states a summary of the poll, conducted by Hart Research Associates.



Comment posted March 31, 2011 @ 5:02 am

Washington D.C. shows utterly no change in trend in the modern era, going back two hundred years. Single site very long running thermometer records are not very popular in SKY IS FALLING alarmist circles. Why? Because they roundly refute their entire theory that greenhouse warming is HIGHLY AMPLIFIED by water vapor. What does water vapor actually do in the sky instead of trap heat? It forms CLOUDS which reflect sunlight into space! DUH.

In a single glance here Washington D.C. has good company, going back 350 years:

Even the global average refuses to show anything other than a linear trend with the same warming slope before as after the big postwar boost in CO2 output:

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Comment posted April 7, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

From Paul Krugman NYT 4/3/11:
“Prof. Richard Muller of Berkeley, a physicist who has gotten into the climate skeptic game, has been leading the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, an effort partially financed by none other than the Koch foundation. And climate deniers — who claim that researchers at NASA and other groups analyzing climate trends have massaged and distorted the data — had been hoping that the Berkeley project would conclude that global warming is a myth.

Instead, however, Professor Muller reported that his group’s preliminary results find a global warming trend “very similar to that reported by the prior groups.” ”

Even skeptics when they honestly look at climate change and CO2 levels see problems ahead.

Also read Benjamin K. Sovacool’s book ‘Energy and American Society – Thirteen Myths’ We are shipping billions of dollars to Wyoming for coal when we could make money and save the environment by ending the power company’s monopoly on electricity and shifting to a distributed power production system . Stop the madness.

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