“Made in the Shade” Bringing Light to EPA Rulemaking
Energy / Regulation

“Made in the Shade” Bringing Light to EPA Rulemaking

“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.  We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.” This statement forms the opening paragraph of a pointed memo released … Continue reading

Does New EPA Rule Mean More Pain at the Gas Pump or Cleaner Air?
America / Economy / Energy / Regulation

Does New EPA Rule Mean More Pain at the Gas Pump or Cleaner Air?

Obsessive behavior surrounding climate change continues as the EPA releases their new Tier 3 program for sulfur regulation in gasoline. The program sets new vehicles emissions standards and lower sulfur content in gasoline beginning in 2017. The policy is projected to be more effective than past emissions policy, because it controls vehicle emissions as well … Continue reading

Hats Off to the EPA: The Important Success of ‘Cap-and-Trade’
Energy / Regulation / U.S. Domestic Policy

Hats Off to the EPA: The Important Success of ‘Cap-and-Trade’

President Obama has made clear that in his second term he will make a concerted effort to raise national awareness of the problem of pollution and begin to structure federal activity to respond to the growing danger of climate change. Striking a defiant pose, the President used his State of the Union speech to make … Continue reading

Hidden Costs: Regulatory Impacts on Small Businesses
Economy / Energy / House Committee on the Judiciary / Regulation

Hidden Costs: Regulatory Impacts on Small Businesses

When pitchers and catchers report to spring training sights in Florida and the southwest, it is easy to feel like the sun is just a bit warmer and spring is right around the corner. For millions of small business owners across the United States however, the early months of 2013 have already felt like the … Continue reading

The State of the Agencies: The Environmental Protection Agency and the Need for Reform
Energy / Regulation

The State of the Agencies: The Environmental Protection Agency and the Need for Reform

Tuesday night, with Speaker Boehner having seemingly mastered the art of the stoic expression, President Barack Obama delivered his first State of the Union address since winning reelection. This performance had been touted by the administration as the capstone, complimentary finish to a two-part series begun with the President’s Inaugural address. These speeches have draped … Continue reading

What Would a Second Obama Term Look Like?
Economy / Politics / Presidential Race 2012

What Would a Second Obama Term Look Like?

As the 2012 election draws to a close, the painfully inevitable process of media endorsements has brought the Romney and Obamaphiles out of the woodwork, like Kurt Gibson, hobbling to the plate in hopes that one lucky swing can sway some votes.  Generally conservative endorsements of Mitt Romney incorporate criticism of President Obama for being … Continue reading

Economy / Energy / Events

“Clean air is not a partisan issue, it is a public health issue,” Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)

Based on the World Resources Institute roundtable discussion (Monday, January 23, 2012) Before being signed into a federal law in 1970 by President Nixon, the Clean Air Act was an urgent issue neither in  his campaign campaign, nor on his agenda in the beginning of his presidential term. However, it quickly became a priority and was passed … Continue reading

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

What IS economic justification? A government divided is a government failing.

Earlier on January 17, 2012, The Department of Energy (specifically the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) published the “Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment: Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Commercial Heating, Air- Conditioning, and Water-Heating Equipment”. This regulation mandates new industry standards for certain types of listed commercial and industrial … Continue reading

Energy / Regulation

EPA’s Climate Change System — Pointing the Finger Without All the Data?

At noon today, the EPA unveiled major greenhouse gas data in the “Release and Demonstration of the U.S. EPA Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program’s Data Publication Tool” Webinar. The webinar lasted for just about 30 minutes, and illustrated the comprehensive new system the EPA is utilizing to illustrate greenhouse gas emission sites to the general public. … Continue reading