Economics & EnergyObama Fuel Economy Standards Could Price Almost 7 Million Drivers out of New Car Market—NADA
(Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org
“In a report
released [April 12], the National Auto Dealers Association (NADA) estimates that the Obama administration’s model year (MY) 2011-2025 fuel economy standards could price nearly 7 million consumers out of the market for new motor vehicles.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates the new fuel economy standards will raise vehicle price by nearly $3,000, but the NADA suspects it will be closer to $5,000. The increase in price will cause even economy-sized cars to be unaffordable to many.
Oil Boom Could Fuel Economy, If We Let It.
(Marita Noon, Townhall.com
Left-wing politicians have introduced legislation to keep domestically produced petroleum in America so that prices stay low at the pump. This protectionism
is economically unsound, since free trade lowers prices, and probably violates international treaties; the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the North American Free Trade Agreement. More here
Religion & EthicsTerrence Corcoran: Get Ready For the Rio Happiness Summit
(Terrence Corcoran, Financial Post
“At the United Nations on [April 2], they took a major step toward a global strategy to enhance your happiness status, and the happiness of everybody else in the world. It’s the new role for governments across the planet. If the UN has its way, the state’s major objective will be to boost your sense of well-being and improve how you feel about your life.”
How EPA Uses “Sue and Settle” Agreements to Steal Power from the States (and what the Congress is doing to stop it)
(William Yeatman, GlobalWarming.org
“In late March, the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 3862, the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2012, by a 20-10 vote. If enacted, the bill would make it more difficult for the Environmental Protection Agency to negotiate ‘sue and settle’ agreements that effectively exclude States from environmental policymaking, in seeming contravention of the Clean Air Act.” The so-called “sue and settle” litigation is where the EPA, or some other defendant, will set up a lawsuit having made a deal with the plaintiff not to put up a strong fight.
Law, Regulation, & LitigationStudy: Feds Approving Fewer Oil and Gas Leases
(Brian Fojtik, Heartland.org, 3/14/12)
“The number of oil and gas leases granted by the federal government in the western United States declined by 44 percent during the first two years of the Obama administration versus the last two years of the Bush presidency, according to a new study prepared for the American Petroleum Institute (API) by EIS Solutions.” Even more boldly, the EPA has attempted to retroactively deny permits
that have already been granted.
EPA’s Math: Coal Regs = Coal Jobs
(David Bier, GlobalWarming.org
The EPA argues that its regulations will create jobs, not destroy them by increasing industry expenses. How? Temporary compliance contractors fulfill the “jobs.” Will the ghost of Henry Hazlitt please explain the broken window fallacy
to the EPA?
Politics & DebateObama's Favored Policy Would Boost Gasoline's Prices
(Paul Driessen, Investor’s Business Daily
“President Obama wants us to think he can compel oil companies to lower the pump price of gasoline, by eliminating business tax deductions for certain major companies, and raising their cost of doing business by what he admits would be $4 billion a year. In reality, the companies will have to pass the tax hikes on to their customers—further increasing pump prices.” More here
The Dinosaur Media Prematurely Bury Climate Warming Skeptics—Again
(Patrick Michaels, Forbes
“The dinosaur media are—yet again—reporting the death of climate skeptics because of the latest, greatest paper published by Nature magazine. Increases of dreaded carbon dioxide appear to have preceded the warming that initiated human civilization.” Okay, maybe, but as Mark Twain might have put it, the report of the skeptics’ demise is exaggerated.
Food & AgricultureInteractive Effects of CO2 and Phosphorous On Plant Growth
(Science and Public Policy Institute, 4/11/12)
A new paper
recently released by the Science and Public Policy Institute explores the connection between CO2 and plant growth. Many plants are “carbon limited,” meaning there is insufficient CO2 to allow maximal metabolic growth. Phosphorus acquisition in plants as a function of carbon acquisition is important to growth, and enhanced CO2 increases it. More here
Evolutionary Response to Environmental Change in Sockeye Salmon
(Crozier, L.G. et al., Non-governmental International Panel on Climate Change, 4/10/12)
“According to Crozier et al. (2011), ‘environmental change can shift the phenotype of an organism.’” The researchers observed Sockeye Salmon migrating up the Columbia River and found the phenotypes of fish that survived the journey, compared to past specimens, were different. They determined that adaptive response to heat trends explained a majority of the phenotypic changes. A similar effect is found in plants
as well. Other species, too, may be more adaptable to warming climates than projections of mass extinctions from global warming assume.
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