EPA emissions rules igniting protests about grid reliability from guess who: coal-fired utilities

Once again the BENEFITS of cleaner power generation in the U.S. are absent from an escalating debate over court-ordered clean air rules by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set to be finalized by December 16, 2011. This time it’s about reliability. For the most part, it’s a smog screen designed to distract from the far […]

As fingerpointing over Solyndra rages, ‘green’ jobs push has run out of ‘gas’

With Solyndra executives take the Fifth Amendment to escape scrutiny form Congressional investigators, the ‘open’ season on Federal loan guarantees means any credible push for green jobs has run its course. That said, any continued finger-pointing holds opportunities and risks for both Democrats and the GOP. If the GOP pushes too hard to make an […]

Upton vs. Wall Street and EPA’s greenhouse gas emissions standards plan

Fred Upton, the incoming Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, essentially declared war on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s just-announced plan for setting limits on harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from power plants and oil refiners. “We will not allow the administration to regulate what they have been […]

What do COP16, Al Gore & Grist have in common?

Answer: each is falling short of and/or pulling back in its bid to combat the harmful effects of climate change. COP16 (the 16th meeting of the U.N. Conference of the Parties) is concluding its work in Cancun without accomplishing anything of significance to get the world’s major nation’s to agree on how to reduce greenhouse […]