Obama’s “Signature” Climate Reg, Clean Power Plan, Finally Dead

We’ve written plenty about President Obama’s so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP), a plan to force electric generators to convert to using more “renewable” sources of energy and less fossil fuels (see Obama Stabs Natural Gas Electric Plants in Clean Power Plan). The Obama CPP would have outright assassinated coal powered generation, and wounded (but not quite killed) natural gas. It was Obama’s attempt at picking winners and losers in who and how we get our energy. Fortunately the Trump Administration neutered the CPP and Tuesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed Trump’s action and declared the CPP dead as a doornail.
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SWPA House Republican to Introduce PA ‘Clean Power Plan’

PA Rep. John Maher

That wily Pennsylvania House Rep. John Maher (Allegheny & Washington Counties) is doing it again. Maher, a Republican, is the guy who came up with the brilliant plan to rename PA’s impact fee to a “severance tax”–because the impact fee is the rough equivalent of a severance tax (see PA House Ctte Votes to Rename “Impact Fee” to “Severance Tax”). The measure, which did not make it to the House floor for a vote, was intended to point out that the Marcellus industry in PA is already taxed–just as much (or more) than if it were called a severance tax. Maher is doing it again. Jumping on the (very good) news that President Trump is dismantling Obama’s odious Clean Power Plan (CPP)–a plan that favors so-called renewables over coal and natural gas for power generation–Maher is proposing a Pennsylvania Clean Power Plan. There are no details as yet. Maher has sent out a memo (copy below) to his fellow lawmakers asking them to join him in sponsoring such a plan–details and a meeting to come later. At first blush you might think Maher has defected to the dark side, proposing that PA stick it’s collective finger in President Trump’s eye in an act of defiance by adopting its own mini-version of the Obama CPP. We don’t think that’s what is happening at all. We think Maher’s CPP will focus on letting the free market figure out how best to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. We have no doubt natural gas will play a starring role in Maher’s version of a CPP…
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Fed Court Strikes Major Blow to Obama Clean Power Plan

An important breakthrough in our long struggle to overthrow the odious and misnamed Obama Clean Power Plan–a plan that assassinates coal and mortally wounds natural gas (see Obama Stabs Natural Gas Electric Plants in Clean Power Plan). On Friday, a federal court granted the Trump administration’s request to suspend a myriad of lawsuits against the CPP. Essentially what the court has done is to push the pause button on the CPP for the next 60 days to allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the agency that perpetrated the CPP crime on the country, an opportunity to figure out how to repeal it and just be done with it. None other than the mouthpiece of the establishment–the Washington Post–says the court ruling signals “the likely end of President Barack Obama’s signature climate policy.” They’re in mourning over at the Post. Here’s the good news that the CPP is on life support, waiting for Scott Pruitt to pull the plug and finally kill it…
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The Many Flaws with President Obama’s Clean Power Plan

guest postStephen Heins, an energy and regulatory consultant for a Wall Street firm, and former vice president of communication for Orion Energy Systems, is an occasional guest blogger here on MDN. Steve calls himself a “luke warmer” when it comes to the fairy tale that mankind is causing Mom Earth to toast. That is, he’s not convinced that man-kind is causing a catastrophic warming up, but he’s also not ruling it out. That’s OK, we forgive him. A lot of intelligent people believe in such things. At least he’s a skeptic! Steve recently penned an article that finds “several flaws” with President Obama’s so-called Clean Power Plan (which has been challenged in court by 29 states). The CPP outright kills coal, and it mortally wounds natural gas, as we’ve previously written (see Obama’s CPP Targets Not Just Coal, but NatGas for Termination). Steve’s article does more than find flaws, it shreds the CPP into tiny atoms of carbon…
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Obama’s Disastrous Clean Power Plan Goes to Court Today

court-houseWe’ve written plenty about President Obama’s so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP), introduced last summer, a plan to force electric generators to convert to using more “renewable” sources of energy–and less fossil fuels (see Obama Stabs Natural Gas Electric Plants in Clean Power Plan). The CPP outright assassinates coal powered generation, and wounds (but doesn’t kill) natural gas. It is Obama’s attempt at picking winners and losers in who and how we get our energy. We all saw how that worked out with Solyndra. Earlier this year 29 states and state agencies, including Ohio and West Virgina, filed an application with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking an immediate stay of the CPP (see 29 States Ask Supreme Court to Stop Obama Clean Power Plan ASAP). In a shock decision, the Supreme Court did just that (see Supreme Court Shocker – Justices Halt Obama’s Clean Power Plan). Today the enormously complex CPP gets its day in court. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear arguments from 16 lawyers (egads!) in a marathon session that will run for nearly four hours. Here’s a bit more about what to expect today, and in the days ahead, for this disastrous regulation forced on the American population by a dictatorial El Presidente…
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Obama Clean Power Plan Tries to Pick Energy Winners & Losers

EIAWe’ve written plenty about President Obama’s so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP), introduced last summer, a plan to force electric generators to convert to using more “renewable” sources of energy–and less fossil fuels (see Obama Stabs Natural Gas Electric Plants in Clean Power Plan). The CPP outright assassinates coal powered generation, and wounds (but doesn’t kill) natural gas. It is Obama’s attempt at picking winners and losers in who and how we get our energy. We all saw how that worked out with Solyndra. Earlier this year 29 states and state agencies, including Ohio and West Virgina, filed an application with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking an immediate stay of the CPP (see 29 States Ask Supreme Court to Stop Obama Clean Power Plan ASAP). In a shock decision, the Supreme Court did just that (see Supreme Court Shocker – Justices Halt Obama’s Clean Power Plan). While we wait for the case to work its way through the Court of Appeals, and then (likely) on to the Supreme Court, states and companies are in limbo. Some are pushing forward with an attempt to comply with the onerous rules and regulations that are part of the CPP. Our favorite U.S. Senator, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, is telling states and companies they should NOT comply, according to the Supreme Court’s decision. The U.S. Energy Information Administration has played “what if?” with CPP compliance. How will the electric power generation mix look if the CPP is adopted as proposed, if it’s not adopted, or if it’s adopted in a revised form. Which sources of energy production win, and which ones lose, under such scenarios?…
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Unusual: Full Court to Hear Case Against Obama Clean Power Plan

court-gavel.jpgWe’ve written plenty about President Obama’s draconian, so-called “Clean Power Plan” (see our stories here). In a nutshell, Obama and his servile Environmental Protection Agency are attempting a massive federal takeover in how electricity gets generated–by requiring more electricity is produced by so-called renewable sources. They’re doing it through limiting carbon dioxide emissions from power generating plants. It puts coal out of business completely. But the dirty little secret is that Obama is also taking aim at natural gas too (see Obama Stabs Natural Gas Electric Plants in Clean Power Plan). More than half of the states have joined together to to stop the plan by filing a lawsuit. In a surprise move, the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the EPA from implementing the plan until the lawsuit brought by the states gets a full airing (see Supreme Court Shocker – Justices Halt Obama’s Clean Power Plan). The first step in the process of getting that airing happens at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In another move that surprised everyone, the DC District Court on Monday announced that the full court (9 of 11 justices) will hear the case and not the normal three-judge panel. Typically you start with three judges, and any decision can be appealed to the full court (which typically gets denied), and from there it goes to the U.S. Supreme Court. The DC court is removing a step so the process goes faster. Is that good (for those of us who believe this is unconstitutional), or bad? Depends on the news source you read…
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Wolf Vows to Push Forward with Clean Power Plan in PA

Are there any doubts remaining that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is anti-fossil fuel? He’s trying to tax the Marcellus gas industry out of existence (see Wolf’s Demented 2nd Budget: Tax PA Marcellus 6.5% Instead of 5%). He’s now trying to regulate the coal industry in PA out of existence. Yesterday we brought you the great news that the U.S. Supreme Court has stayed the execution of coal by stopping–for now–implementation of President Obama’s draconian and misnamed Clean Power Plan (see Supreme Court Shocker – Justices Halt Obama’s Clean Power Plan). That means a decision on whether or not the plan can proceed will come from the courts no earlier than 2017. So what does Tom Wolf say? PA is going to go ahead and put a bullet in the head of coal (and to some degree natural gas) by moving forward with its own implementation of the Clean Power Plan. Arrogance personified…
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Supreme Court Shocker – Justices Halt Obama’s Clean Power Plan

On January 26, 2016, 29 states and state agencies, including Ohio and West Virgina, filed an application with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking an immediate stay of President Obama’s EPA Clean Power Plan (see 29 States Ask Supreme Court to Stop Obama Clean Power Plan ASAP). A week before that a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied such a stay, so the states had no alternative but to take their case all the way to the top. Yesterday, in a surprise decision, the High Court granted their request! That is, the U.S. Supreme Court stopped Obama’s draconian EPA regulations dead in their tracks. Now an extended and protracted court case will ensue. What it means is that CPP is dead for this year, and likely dead altogether…
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29 States Ask Supreme Court to Stop Obama Clean Power Plan ASAP

On January 26, 2016, 29 states and state agencies, including Ohio and West Virgina, filed an application with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking an immediate stay of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). A week before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied such a stay, so the states are taking it to the final authority in such matters. The states are begging the court for a stay because the CPP will do “irreparable harm” if it is allowed to be implemented by the dictatorial Obama Administration. For background on how this horrible plan will damage natural gas and our economy in general, see 9 Fatal Flaws with Obama EPA Clean Power Plan. Energy law firm Baker Hostetler LLP is the law firm of record for the State of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality in this case. Below is an update from Baker Hostetler on the Supreme Court filing…
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How Environmentalist Radicals Ruined Obama’s Clean Power Plan

In an excellent commentary article posted by the Cato Institute, a public policy research organization and “think tank,” the authors explain how President Obama’s so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP) was co-opted by radical environmentalists. Obama’s original CPP had a starring role for natural gas–the single biggest reason why the U.S. has reduced its carbon emissions over the past decade. But then the crazies got involved and Obama, bowing to pressure from the far left, threw natural gas under the bus in the final CPP. Here’s how the Cato experts explain it…
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9 Fatal Flaws with Obama EPA Clean Power Plan

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article addressing the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s lawless tendencies, including what is perhaps the Agency’s “crowning” achievement under the oversight of Barack Hussein Obama: the so-called Clean Power Plan (see WSJ: Brushing Back a Lawless EPA). We’ve written a number of stories about the CPP–primarily that it not only outright assassinates the coal industry, it mortally wounds (with intent to kill) all fossil fuels, including natural gas. MDN guest blogger Stephen Heins saw the WSJ article and created a succinct list of nine flaws with the Obama EPA CPP. Steve’s arguments are rock-solid and unmask the CPP for what it really is: fatally flawed…
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WVU Professor “All In” on Obama’s Coal-Killing Clean Power Plan

James Van Nostrand
James Van Nostrand

When liberal Democrat James Van Nostrand, director for West Virginia University’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development, associate professor of law at West Virginia University, and a man-made global warming Kool Aid drinker addressed a recent forum at Wheeling Jesuit University, he told the audience they should just accept President Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) and its death sentence for the coal industry. He essentially said “just get over it and move on. Lie down and admit defeat.” It put a smile on Van Nostrand’s face that WV Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appeared to cave and will pursue a plan to comply with our Dear Leader’s CPP directive, even though 26 states have sued to stop the plan, including WV (see 26 States Ask Federal Court to Shut Down Clean Power Plan Now). Here’s an overview of Van Nostrand’s “just admit you’ve been beaten” speech…
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26 States Ask Federal Court to Shut Down Clean Power Plan Now

shut it downMDN has highlighted in several posts the draconian and dictatorial Clean Power Plan (CPP) issued by B.H. Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Not only will Obama’s CPP outright assassinate the coal industry in this country, it will deliver a mortal wound to the natural gas industry, a wound it may not survive (see Obama Stabs Natural Gas Electric Plants in Clean Power Plan). The EPA intentionally delayed publishing a final copy of the plan (by 87 days) in order to run out the clock. They knew the sooner they published, the quicker lawsuits would be filed that may defeat the plan. By delaying, they force states to begin implementing the plan because they dare not be caught in violation in case they lose the court battle. Sleazy in the extreme. Once the plan was published in final form, states immediately filed a lawsuit against it (see States Gear Up to Fight Obama’s Illegal Clean Power Plan in Court). The number of states suing the EPA to stop the CPP now numbers 26–over half of these United States of America. The lawsuit also includes dozens of business groups. They are all asking the federal courts to immediately stop any implementation of the CPP while the lawsuit has a chance to work its way through the court system–which will likely take years. This time, as a Wall Street Journal editorial points out, the courts may just grant the stay and shut down the CPP…
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States Gear Up to Fight Obama’s Illegal Clean Power Plan in Court

see you in courtIn August our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, introduced his latest edict called the Clean Power Plan. The plan uses the federal Environmental Protection Agency to completely eliminate coal-fired electric plants, and greatly diminish natural gas-fired electric plants (see Obama Stabs Natural Gas Electric Plants in Clean Power Plan). It is the latest in a long line of illegal presidential edicts coming from the Obamadroids. In short order 15 states sued the federal government to stop this madness (see Ohio and 15 Other States Ask EPA to Delay Clean Power Plan). But a federal court refused to allow the implementation to happen while the lawsuit grinds through its process (see Minor Setback: Fed Court Tells States “No Delay, Yet” re Obama CPP). Planning for implementation is now underway and an EPA flack spoke to the press to share how pleasantly surprised she is that most states are completely docile and willing to be screwed this way. With the final printing of the rule in the Federal Register today, states will now have up to 60 days to file new lawsuits to stop it. You can bet your bottom dollar they will…
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Sen. Inhofe Exposes Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” as a Fraud

climate fraudMDN’s favorite U.S. Senator, bar none, is Jim Inhofe from Oklahoma. Sen. Inhofe is Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works–a very powerful voice in Washington, D.C. when it comes to the environment. We spotted a column written by Sen. Inhofe that rips apart President Obama’s so-called Clean Power Plan. In no uncertain words, Inhofe explains why the CPP–which is fully supported by America’s most liberal governor, PA Gov. Tom Wolf, and his lieutenant DEP Sec. John Quigley–is bad for the oil and gas industry, bad for the electric generating industry, and bad for all Americans. It is, in fact, a fraud being perpetrated on the American public to disguise Obama’s war on fossil fuels…
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