Energy & Environment

Energy & Environment

Keeping cooperation in cooperative federalism

In a little-noticed part of the opinion, the Supreme Court's decision in EPA v. EME Homer City Generation sheds light on a design flaw in the statute that most prominently features cooperative federalism — the Clean Air Act. The Clean Air Act may be structured, counterintuitively and unhelpfully, to discourage state participation.

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The EPA market manipulation switcheroo

There is a long history of using EPA rules as a catch-all conduit of culpability, a slight-of-hand smokescreen useful for setting up the agency as the dupe to mask the real reasons behind power plant shutdowns.

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Podesta's challenge puts EPA funding on hot seat

White House senior adviser John Podesta threw down the gauntlet to congressional Republicans on attempts to minimize damage being done to the economy by President Obama's environmental regulations. "All I would say is that those have zero percent...

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Oil addiction

This country has an addiction problem. We've spent $20 billion since 2010 trying to kick the habit. But it lingers. It is becoming a threat to our safety. I'm talking about our addiction to oil. It's gotten so bad that we are now paying our enemies' bills.

Each dollar we put into the tank goes to finance religious fanatics in Iran and Syria. And we're putting a lot of money in the tank. Last year, 66 percent of the nation's oil came from abroad. A big chunk of that comes from the Middle East. So each time we pay at the pump, we funnel money into the coffers of the people who have resolved to destroy our way of life.

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Obama’s unreal world

Chairman Doc Hastings’s House Resources Committee released secret audio in which an Obama administration Interior Department official stunningly states, in connection to their rewrite of the 2008 Stream Buffer Rule, “this is not the real world, this is rulemaking” as a justification for not considering actual “conditions on the ground.”
 
“This is not the real world, this is rulemaking” should be the new slogan of Obama’s Committee to Reelect the President.

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Al Gore and Jimmy Carter were (and are) right

First things first. In a column I wrote a few months ago I advocated that the United States and others initiate a joint action to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, among other things. Since then I have advocated this behind the scenes, advocate this again today, and believe there is a fair chance it happens. This would support a lower price for oil, help stimulate the American economy, help stimulate the European economy and increase the prospects for a diplomatic solution with Iran.

Beyond this, I believe events have proven both Al Gore and Jimmy Carter correct. Gore is right that we need new sources of energy and an all-out campaign to reduce the dangers of climate change. Carter is right that we must reduce our dependence on oil with the passion, focus and commitment of what Carter called the moral equivalent of war, which also lessens the danger of real wars.

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Democracies take the lead in partnering on energy innovation

Last week, I attended a high-level CEO dialogue at the U.S.-India Energy Partnership Summit, organized by Yale and the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)-North America. The dialogue, held in Washington, explored how businesses can accelerate the development and adoption of green technology and how U.S-India collaboration is at the forefront of efforts to promote clean energy.
 
U.S. leaders present included Yale’s president, Dr. Richard C. Levin, Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan B. Poneman, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology Dr. John P. Holden, and Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.). Leaders from India included the president of TERI-North America, Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri; the Indian Ambassador to the U.S., Her Excellency Ms. Nirupama Rao; the Indian government’s principal scientific adviser, Dr. Rajagopala Chidambaram; and the chairman and director of PTC India Ltd., Tantra Narayan Thakur.

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