WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced a new air pollution standard Friday that would bring about a 20% reduction in microscopic particles of soot emitted by coal-fired power plants and diesel vehicles that contribute to haze and respiratory ailments. The new limit, fought by industry and welcomed by environmentalists, marks the first time the Environmental Protection Agency tightened the soot standard since it was established 15 years ago. "These standards are fulfilling the promise of the Clean Air Act," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "We will save lives and reduce the
On one hand Obama says he wants tax increases on the wealthy which he claims will `help` the middle class, while at the same time he dismantles our energy delivery systems which will not only raise prices but create shortages. What he really wants is to change the US into a third world banana republic.
I hope the 50.9% of voters who returned this guy to the WH enjoy their lives of poverty and despair when Obama`s Utopia comes to pass.
If air pollution is so bad now and apparently worse in prior years, (think of the 1960s when you could smell the exhaust of the car in front of you at a stop light), then why am I and so many other people my age so healthy and living so long? I played with mercury, cleaned asbestos breaks, removed lead based paint, inhaled and got chlorinated solvents on my skin, etc.
As a former environmental manager I see no reason that EPA shouldn´t be reduced to 1/8 its present size. Heck, give the problem to the states and abolish EPA.
When I was growing up in Vermont, sometimes I couldn´t see Breadloaf Mountain because of the smog drifting up from Mass. and NY. Disgusting flatlander country. Now the air is crystalline, in Vermont and also here in Virginia. No doubt it could be even more crystalline. But who would notice, other than the EPA?
The only significant remaining air pollution source in this part of the country is forest fires. I expect to see those outlawed before we get to diesel vehicles. Sulfur emissions from diesel vehicles have been reduced to a small fraction and there is very very little soot emitted from a modern diesel engine.
Over 50% comes from car and truck engines. Amazingly, wood smoke represents 10% in states like WA and CT. Industrial was only 14%. Agricultural burning was 6%. CA and NY are regions with probable non-compliance issues. The life shortening that I saw on quick scan was on the order of 3 years. This is already a problem with ships sailing into non-compliant ports. They may even need to have separate natural gas driven engines when they near ports. This will ultimately be the test of the desire to regulate - when the EPA tells you that fireplaces and barbeque pits are prohibited and schools, hospitals, and Al Gore need to have an environmental plan and paperwork for their carbon emissions.
I was born in a coal mining village and my family moved to a 24/7 steel-producing city when I was five. For about 15 years I lived in a highly polluted, sooty atmosphere where a light-colored shirt could be worn only once before it needed serious laundering. It was in the industrial part of the UK, from whence the term "satanic mills" became famous.
My parents lived in that same atmosphere for around 45 years, grandparents even longer. Dad, who worked down in the coal mine with little or no pollution controls, lived to be nearly 85 and by then had emphysema--he also smoked unfiltered cigarettes for 70 years.
An uncle, who was born in the same village, and also worked in the mine, is still alive--and living in the house where he was born. Must be over 90. My friend´s mother from the same village lived there until her husband died about two years ago and moved to a smaller house a couple of miles away. She has to be in her 90s.
There are hundreds of "survivors" from and in the village. Although such an atmosphere probably irritates those with asthma, I suspect they simply didn´t stay for long and simply moved to cleaner air.
A lobbyist FTA said, "It makes no sense to risk economic harm when the public health necessity of these regulations is ambiguous at best." I agree.
After the gulf oil spill, Lisa jackson came to Clearwater to document how pristine the beach was. All they did was bulldose the oil over with new sand.... and pass a law that prevents any digging on the beach.
During her visit, a father with his family asked why his kids couldn´t build sand castles anymore. She laughed & walked away.
On Tuesday, The Boston Globe reported that Onyango “Omar” Obama, uncle to President Obama, says that his famous nephew stayed with him while a student at Harvard Law School in the 80s, in contradiction to The White House’s contention that the two had never met. At Thursday’s White House daily briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed that the President had, in fact, briefly stayed with “his father’s half-brother,” as Carney described Omar Obama, and that no one had actually asked the President about it when the White House initially commented. The 69 year-old Omar Obama has been facing deportation back
On Thursday, in the aftermath of South African iconic leader Nelson Mandela’s death at age 95, President Obama’s White House account tweeted a tribute to Mandela – a picture of Obama in Mandela’s Robben Island prison cell, along with a quote from Obama about Mandela: (Photo/Tweet) Even in paying tribute to a historic figure, President Obama couldn’t help but make it about him.
As President Obama wrapped up his conversation with Chris Matthews at American University, he took a swipe at the partisan media for dividing the country and making compromise more difficult. Obama said being the Commander-in-Chief for so long “makes you humbler, as opposed to cockier,” and compared himself to Sisyphus, rolling the boulder up the hill for eternity with little success. He spoke of how enthusiastic young people encourage him and give him confidence, only for the media to take that enthusiasm and use it to divide people. “The American people are good and they are decent, and yes, sometimes
Chris Matthews got his long-desired wish on Thursday, an exclusive interview with Barack Obama. The Hardball anchor didn´t exactly live up to the title of his show, wondering about Republican efforts to "make it difficult for minorities to vote" and questioning who was better, Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden? Talking to the President at American University, Matthews read a question from Twitter: "What can we do to stop the GOP, the Republicans, from rigging the states, rigging the votes, state by state, to disenfranchise voters and destroy our democracy?" The host added, "Thirty six states right now led by Republican
Wednesday night, MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews announced that his interview with the president, which is scheduled for today, gave him "the Christmas Eve excitement." Outside the left-wing fever swamp of MSNBC, Matthews is perhaps most famous to the American people for his 2008 comment about how an Obama speech put a "thrill up his leg." In his latest campaign effort to rehabilitate his sinking presidency and health care law, President Obama will sit down with Matthews this afternoon in front of a group of college students. The audience is no accident. Obama desperately needs healthy Millennials to be stupid
Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.) has proposed legislation that would require federal officials and others who use ObamaCare data to commit identify theft to serve a five-year prison term. His No Identify Theft in Health Care Act, H.R. 3652, is yet another response to the troubled ObamaCare rollout. Over the last week, reports have surfaced quoting computer security experts who said HealthCare.gov has virtually no data security measures in place. Under Holding´s bill, healthcare "navigators" or anyone else guilty of using ObamaCare data for an identify theft scheme would face prison time. Many bills amending criminal statutes set maximum prison sentences,
A new Gallup poll has President Obama’s job approval rating among Hispanics has declined 23 points since the end of last year. The drop is the largest of any subgroup surveyed and about double the decline for all respondents. Obama’s approval rating with Hispanics in November 2013 is 52 percent. In December 2012 it was 75 percent, down 23 points in 12 months. The president’s overall approval rating was 41 percent in November 2013, down from 53 percent in November of 2012.
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News´ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch. The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement. More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long
Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways. Here’s the statement from Martin Bashir, via email: After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon