Energy & Environment

Today’s EPA rule portends an ominous future for manufacturers

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its long-awaited rule for new coal-fired and gas-fired power plants. The New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) regulation, which would limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from these plants, would effectively ban the construction of any new power plants fueled by coal, foreclosing the use of an energy source that today provides nearly 40 percent of our electricity.


For the sake of America's families, pass the energy efficiency bill

The Christian Coalition believes that energy efficiency is a family value issue.  What could be more important for the family than helping families save money in these hard economic times?  That’s why we support Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and the bipartisan bill he has co-authored with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) – the bill will be good for America’s families.


Frustrations mount in RFS debate despite simple solutions

As the need to repeal the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has become overwhelmingly clear, it’s only natural that efforts would intensify to defend the status quo, offer cosmetic changes, or simply derail conversations around the policy’s shortcomings. One example is an article appearing on Congress Blog earlier this month. In a hard-to-follow chain of argument, the post explained how the RFS effectively established corn ethanol as the “practical” fuel of choice for RFS compliance, and then proceeded to slam those who coped with the policy as best they could by making that very choice. Whatever motives there might have been to encourage development of multiple alternative fuels, RFS’s untenable government-driven quotas essentially ensured that corn would be the near-term mainstay for implementing the scheme.


Climate costs rise like sea levels with delayed action on climate change

Many of the readers have visited Charleston’s Market, just a couple blocks from the harbor, where my business is located.  Tourism is our lifeblood as it is for our city.  So when our low-lying area of Charleston is flooded from heavy rain and tourists think twice before wading through more than a foot of water to shop, I’m concerned and very worried about even worse flooding problems in the future.


Bipartisan compromise will strengthen chemical safety laws

In a rare display of bipartisanship in Washington, more than two dozen Democrat and Republican Senators have come together to support new legislation, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), to update our nation¹s sorely outdated chemical safety law the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).


The strawless argument

Maybe you noticed the same thing I did a couple of years ago, when I was nine: I noticed that my drink usually came with a straw automatically in it. This seemed like a huge waste because I don't usually need a straw.

I learned that in the US alone, we use about 500 million straws every day –  that’s enough to fill more than 46,000 big yellow school buses per year!


Shining a light on the president’s climate plan

Six months after giving a nod to global warming in his second inaugural address, President Obama in late June took the short drive from the White House to Georgetown University to unveil his broad climate action plan. During the highly touted 40-minute speech, the president warned of severe weather and called for expanded action on climate change.  What he failed to do was articulate the exact details of his plan or describe fully the broad array of federal climate programs that already exist. In fact, nobody seems to be looking at exactly what the president and his administration are already doing, or the amount of money they are spending.


Race To The Top is a bottom-up approach to energy innovation

What happens when Washington steps aside and lets bright minds develop solutions in their own backyards?  According to U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, “virtually the entire country has voluntarily raised expectations for our children.”