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Author Archives: Michael Bastasch

Obama EPA Regulations Blamed For Closure Of 100-Year-Old Coal Plant

A coal-fired power plan that’s operated for more than 100 years is shutting down, and it’s owners say Obama-era regulations are to blame. Alabama Power’s Plant Gorgas will officially close in April. It’s only the latest coal industry casualty, driven by Environmental Protection agency (EPA) regulations and market forces. “We recognize that Plant Gorgas and the men and women who ...

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Trump Will Officially End Negotiations With California On Fuel Economy Rollbacks

The Trump administration will announce it’s ending fuel economy negotiations with California. EPA and DOT officials tried to hash out a compromise with California, but talks broke down. Federal officials will move ahead with plans to roll back Obama-era climate regulations on cars. The Trump administration will soon announce the end of negotiations with California regarding a proposed rollback of ...

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Ocasio-Cortez’s Dream Of ‘Greening’ Every American Home Has A Massive Price Tag

The Green New Deal could cost American families $244 billion just to replace four appliances. Roughly half of U.S. homes rely on natural gas for heating. Replacing all that could cost $155.5 billion. “The Green New Deal is not a practical solution for American consumers,” said a ratepayer advocate. The Green New Deal calls for upgrading every existing building in ...

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Trump Thumps High-Speed Rail: ‘Hundreds Of Times More Expensive’ Than A Wall

President Donald Trump went after California’s troubled high-speed rail project, claiming its “hundreds of times more expensive” than a U.S.-Mexico border wall. “The failed Fast Train project in California, where the cost overruns are becoming world record setting, is hundreds of times more expensive than the desperately needed Wall!” Trump tweeted Tuesday. The failed Fast Train project in California, where ...

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US Supreme Court Takes Up Clean Water Act Dispute

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The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether or not the Ninth Circuit appeals court erred in a Clean Water Act (CWA) case that petitioners say would dramatically expand the law’s reach. The case, County of Maui, Hawaii, v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, centers around whether or not the CWA requires permits for “nonpoint” sources of pollution that travel through regulated waterways. ...

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Green Raw Deal? Cities And States Scale Back ‘Green’ Ambitions As Costs To Taxpayers Rise

Cities and states are having a hard time trying to implement climate policies laid out in the Green New Deal. Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced the Green New Deal to transform the U.S. economy. One Texas city’s switch to solar and wind has cost millions and added to residents’ electric bills. Democrats’ Green New Deal legislation envisions a ...

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US Forests Are Burning Up Amid An ‘Epidemic’ Of Dead Trees. Experts Say We Need To Cut More Down

Forestry experts say a major reason for massive wildfires is there are too many trees in U.S. forests. The answer to this problem, somewhat paradoxically, is more logging, experts say. “It’s a bit counter-intuitive, but we cut more trees,” one forestry expert said. Forests are an iconic feature of the western U.S.’s dry, rugged landscape, but the risk of massive ...

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The Green New Deal Isn’t Just About Energy, It’s Also About Controlling What You Eat

The Green New Deal seems to embrace the anti-beef and dairy industry sentiment of the environmental left. Green New Dealers want to remake American society, including how produce and eat food.  “I think it’s pretty clear they want to change people’s consumption habits,” said one economist. The Green New Deal isn’t just a climate change manifesto targeting U.S. energy, it ...

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GOP Pushes Innovation, Natural Gas As Counter-Offers To The Green New Deal

Some GOP lawmakers are putting forward their own innovation-fostered proposals to tackle global warming. “This is a pro-jobs approach to lowering greenhouse gas emissions,” Sen. Bill Cassidy said. Lisa Murkowski said she’s “bullish” on nuclear power as a way to cut CO2 emissions. Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy says he has an answer to Democrats’ Green New Deal resolution that ...

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DC District Court Hands Trump’s EPA Major Victory Over Environmentalists

The D.C. District Court granted the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) petition to dismiss legal action against a policy to prohibit scientists from receiving agency funding while sitting on advisory boards. EPA issued the policy directive in 2017, under former Administrator Scott Pruitt. A coalition of environmental groups promptly filed suit, alleging the agency lacked the authority to make changes to ...

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Ocasio-Cortez’s Chief Of Staff Says The Green New Deal Is Really About ‘Redistributing Power To Workers’

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff said the recent “Green New Deal” resolution isn’t about giving more power to government, it’s about “redistributing power to workers.” “Wrong take,” Saikat Chakrabarti tweeted in response to a column on the Green New Deal by the New York Times’ David Brooks. “It’s about redistributing power to workers and frontline/marginalized communities,” Chakrabarti ...

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WaPo Fact-Checker Gives Ocasio-Cortez Zero ‘Pinnochios’ For An Obviously False Statement

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Washington Post fact-checkers ruled New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s claim of “doctored” Green New Deal FAQ documents floating around as “misleading,” but the outlet curiously did not give her any “Pinocchios.” “No one created ‘doctored’ versions of the Green New Deal that included these outlandish proposals,” Post fact-checker Salvador Rizzo wrote in an article published Monday. Rizzo’s article analyzed President ...

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Ocasio-Cortez Bungled Green New Deal’s Release. Her Staff Took Its Webpage Offline

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bungled the release of the “Green New Deal.” Her office was forced to take down a summary of the bill because contained a series of gaffes. Those included anti-nuclear power language, a reference to “farting cows” and welfare for “unwilling” workers. New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez kicked off Thursday by unveiling her highly-anticipated “Green New Deal” resolution ...

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‘Green New Deal’ Seeks Welfare For Those ‘Unwilling To Work’

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” resolution calls on the federal government to provide economic security for those “unwilling to work.” A “Green New Deal” FAQ posted on Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional website says a “Green New Deal” Would guarantee “[e]conomic security to all who are unable or unwilling to work.” In other words, people who may not want to ...

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: ‘Green New Deal Is About Social Justice’

The “Green New Deal” isn’t so much about fighting global warming as it is about “social justice,” according to the plan’s main champion New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “This is really about providing justice for communities and just transitions for communities,” Ocasio-Cortez told NPR in an interview Thursday. “So really the heart of the Green New Deal is about social ...

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