Revoking the Clean Power Plan will save jobs and let natural gas prevail on its own, by avoiding governmental economic interference that distorts markets.
The Clean Power Plan (CPP), finalized in 2015, aimed to slash emissions from the power sector 32% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. Power plants emit nearly one-third of greenhouse gases in the U.S.
Under the plan, states were to develop implementation plans for existing power plants to meet emissions standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If they did not, EPA would develop a plan for them. EPA chief Scott Pruitt on October 10, 2017 signed a proposed rule to repeal the CPP. This revocation does not alter the favorable economics for natural gas based-loaded power plants.
The Clean Power Plan doesn’t accomplish much of anything for climate and emissions, but it does expose environmentalist groups’ very foolish utopian mindset.
There is an old adage that says “keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” It’s sound advice in many ways. You need to know what your competition is doing and understand their mindset to appreciate how they come to choose certain actions and what they’re likely to do next.
Northeast air quality has dramatically improved at the same time as natural gas consumption has similarly risen and it’s no coincidence, of course.
A few days ago the EPA came out with a celebratory website of sorts marking the great improvements in the nation’s air quality since the Clean Air Act was enacted. It’s not your typical government report and is well worth perusing. The facts about how much cleaner our nation’s air is today are nothing less than startling; in a good way. Energy In Depth took notice of the report and posted a very nice piece noting the gains made while natural gas use was rising, a fact not much mentioned in the report because, no doubt, the EPA wants the credit—all of it. The EID analysis is also worth your time. But, there’s more.
It’s back! There is another Dimock ATSDR study underway, proving how easy it is for fractivists to manipulate government into the ridiculous and the corrupt.
How many times will they get away with it? There’s now yet another Dimock ATSDR study of water wells taking place at the request of fractivists. Readers of this blog will recall this follows another Dimock ATSDR study conducted in 2012, when the EPA came to town to test wells and had the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) analyze the results.
That study was instigated by Josh Fox and now forgotten people such as Craig Sautner who bombarded the EPA with complaints until they relented and did a study proving just how ridiculous the fractivist claims really were, at which point Sautner went apoplectic, turned on the agency and self-destructed in an epic blazing flameout. (Must watch video here.)
A recent report from Pennsylvania DEP to the EPA creates a great mystery; where is the fracking pollution and where are the dead fish, ruined streams, etc.
A couple of days ago, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released a report it regularly makes to the EPA. It has the boring title of “2016 Final Pennsylvania Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report” and provides a nice summary of water quality in the Commonwealth. It is a government report and a little hard to wade through, but I did so and discovered it could really be thought of as a great mystery novel, although the ending is thoroughly anti-climatic. The mystery is this; where is the fracking pollution?
Decarbonization has no place in America’s energy plan. It relies on technology not developed yet, to reduce carbon dioxide, which natural gas is already doing at record rates.
“With a clean electricity system comes opportunities to reduce fossil fuel usage in these sectors: for example, electric vehicles displace petroleum use and electric heat pumps avoid the use of natural gas and oil for space and water heating in buildings.”
The Obama Administration opened many fronts in its war against fossil fuels. The best known was the Clean Power Plan, stayed by the US Supreme Court and now being dismantled by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Fracking is not contaminating groundwater according to the USGS; a fact that has been proven enough to sound like a broken record.
What does it take to change someone’s opinion on a subject? Many people believe the moon landing was fake and not even Buzz Aldrin could convince them otherwise. Some people still hold on to the misconception that vaccines cause autism based on one completely discredited study. Today’s climate is so torn, we spent weeks last year debating if a dress was blue or white and even after the designer showed the dress in better light, people still argued about it.
Pennsylvania DEP is engaged in something inexplicably dangerous; effectively shooting at gas pipes with targeted attacks on the gas industry over methane.
There is something very wrong going on at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The agency is, rhetorically speaking, shooting at gas pipes, threatening to explode an industry that saved the Pennsylvania economy during the last recession.
The issue is methane regulation, a solution looking for a problem, as the Marcellus Shale Coalition properly puts it. Never has government put so much effort into punishing one industry that’s done more than any other to solve a problem. It’s as if the District Attorney has decided to prosecute the Chief of Police for reducing crime and making their jobs less important. Such has always been the nature of Pennsylvania DEP where real problems are ignored in favor of harassing the innocent.
Recent actions by the Ohio EPA to both upgrade and streamline its natural gas regulations while Pennsylvania complicates them raises the specter of New York.
New York has always been difficult. I well recall many years working on some branch line railroad issues in the Empire State and confronting a whole floor of regulators in their Department of Transportation. I was used to dealing in Pennsylvania where three people did the work of 30+ New Yorkers. But, times have changed. Pennsylvania, under Tom Wolf, now seeks to emulate New York’s self-defeating style, especially when it comes to natural gas regulation. The Ohio EPA is putting our DEP to shame, managing to get plaudits from both environmentalists and natural gas company while we attempt to drown our biggest economic drivers in a sea of regulations. The Ohio EPA is making us, God forbid, look more like New York every day.