Energy / Gov. Officials / Regulation

Rep. Susan Collins: The Great Compromiser

Senator Susan Collin’s Bill S.1392 essentially does a lot of things for the EPA. First, this bill does away with four distinct rulings: (1) the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters; (2) the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: … Continue reading

Economy / Energy / Regulation / U.S. Domestic Policy

EPA Budget Hearing: More Theatrics than the Academy Awards

The Oscars happened Sunday. I say the event “happened” as the actual event was quite underwhelming, with a group of artists patting each other on the back at artistically expressing the views they saw pertinent, while the true underlying issues of society were poked, joked, and unfocused. Very similarly, representative members of the Energy and … Continue reading

America / Economy / Regulation / U.S. Domestic Policy

State vs. Federal: the Fundamental Fight without the Facts

Judge Robert L. Hinkle on Saturday, February 18, 2012 upheld the 2009 determination that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had jurisdiction to mandate clean water regulations on the state of Florida’s major water bodies. In 1998, EPA mandated Florida to develop new rules to develop nutrient criteria on limiting phosphorus and nitrogen in waterways, which … Continue reading


EPA Hearing — The Industry Strikes Back

In the 8th Regulatory Reform Hearing, The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations discussed “Private-Sector Views of the Regulatory Climate One Year After Executive Order 13563.” Overseeing the committee, Mr. Stearns opened expressing concerns that over one half of private industry refuses to hire based on concerns due to healthcare costs and regulation overburden. The adjusted … Continue reading

America / Education / Energy / Gov. Officials / Politics / Regulation / U.S. Domestic Policy

The Scientists Strike Back

On Friday, the Energy and Environment Subcommittee held the second hearing “Fostering Quality Science at EPA: Perspectives on Common Sense Reform.” At this hearing, the overarching theme was attack and response of the EPA research and risk analysis process. Again, Representative Harris and Representative Miller acted in dichotomous, conflicting positions attacking and defending the EPA, … Continue reading

America / Economy / Education / Politics / Regulation / U.S. Domestic Policy / Uncategorized

The Lost Generation

On Wednesday, the Center for American Progress (CAP) hosted a seminar on Restoring the Middle Class. Senator Harkin, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, outlined his need plan to attempt to restore middle class section of America. He began with “Over the past year, Republicans have been pushing not … Continue reading

America / Education / Energy / Gov. Officials / Healthcare / Politics / Regulation / U.S. Domestic Policy

When Politicians Attack….

On Wednesday, the Energy and the Environmental Subcommittee convened to discuss issues related to Hydraulic Fracturing Research, and quality control of data related to the EPA analysis. EPA was initially tasked with review of the hydrofracking measure to inform both the public and private on the potential risk of these practices through a scientific, quantitative … Continue reading

Foreign Policy / Politics / Presidency

Obama’s Missing Ingredient in Foreign Policy

On January 30th, the Center for American Progress (CAP) hosted a meeting focused on the Obama Administration’s successes and future directions in national security for this nation. Ben Rhodes lead the discussion at CAP, and began by explaining three events aided in our creation of restoration of National Security specifically through International Action. These three … Continue reading

America / Economy / Energy / Regulation / Uncategorized

Climate Change and Public Heath: The Truth and the Myth

In the APHA Seminar #4: “Climate Change in Public Health”, real solutions were proposed by a panel of five environmental change experts for the impact of the changing environment.  Jonathon Patz, director of the School of Public Health at University of Wisconsin-Madison, started the discussion, dictating the known issues of climate changes. His outline consisted … Continue reading