Newsbytes: Obama/EPA put CO2 regulation on hold

While the Goreacle was bloviating about “24 hours of climate reality“, Obama quietly slipped in the real reality – CO2 regulation is put on hold and Gore’s quest to regain his climate mojo has been made even more irrelevant.

Obama Delays CO2 Regulations Indefinitely

The Environmental Protection Agency is again delaying a plan to curb greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants, saying it needs more time to propose the rule. The move comes amid intense pushback from business groups and Republican lawmakers who complain a recent slate of EPA proposals are chilling business investment and hindering the economic recovery. “I am very pleased by today’s announcement that one of EPA’s most economically damaging rules will be delayed,” Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe said in a statement, adding that Republicans would work to block other EPA rules from coming into effect. —The Wall Street Journal, 15 September 2011

A $38.6 billion loan guarantee program that the Obama administration promised would create or save 65,000 jobs has created just a few thousand jobs two years after it began. The program has directly created 3,545 new, permanent jobs after giving out almost half the allocated amount, according to Energy Department  tallies. —Carol Leonnig and Steven Mufson, The Washington Post, 15 September 2011

The feds’ probe into the collapse of a green-tech firm favored by the White House could spell trouble for Team Obama in 2012. –Edward Morrisey, The Week, 13 September 2011

Last winter over three quarters of people rationed their energy use because of cost, while over 14 million households went without heating at some point to keep their energy costs down. The total amount of people pushed into fuel poverty now stands at an estimated 6.87 million.My Finances News, 15 September 2011

Government climate change targets will put £500 on the average family’s fuel bill within four years, a study warns today. The report warns that the political elite’s obsession with renewable energy will damage Britain’s competitiveness without necessarily doing anything to tackle climate change. –Jason Groves, Daily Mail, 15 September 2011

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Thanks to Dr. Benny Peiser at The Global Warming Policy Foundation

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Scott Covert
September 16, 2011 10:50 am

Awesome.

September 16, 2011 10:51 am

The poor Goracle! How do you manage to have a 24-hour Faith-a-Thon and then have your key, main, major talking point totally dys’d by those with more power than you.
It must be the next phase of the Gore Effect. Not only does cold weather follow him around, but now, so does bad news, for him.

Bennett
September 16, 2011 10:55 am

Well, it’s a start. I needed a bit of good news today, and this seems to fit the bill just fine.

September 16, 2011 10:57 am

Let’s hope this delay is temporary in the same manner that the pyramids in Egypt are only temporary. . .

Nuke Nemesis
September 16, 2011 11:08 am

Big deal. If Obama wins reelection, this will all be back with a vengeance.
If he doesn’t win, Obama can go on the lecture circuit with Gore.

Mike McMillan
September 16, 2011 11:19 am

hooray.

Olen
September 16, 2011 11:20 am

It cannot be much of a stretch to believe that the elites obsession with renewable energy has roots in the elites investment in renewable energy, otherwise known as conflict of interest.

Curiousgeorge
September 16, 2011 11:23 am

Sounds to me like Obama is worried about his campaign for 2102, and this is nothing more than a feeble attempt to garner some votes. Does anyone believe the EPA statement that this was not a political decision? If so, I’ve got a truckload of Nigerian carbon credits I’ll sell you cheap.

richard verney
September 16, 2011 11:24 am

Sounds like good news.
Now if only there could be some commonsense shown by the UK and European political leadership. If only they would put on hold the rush for renewables, at least whilst they sort out the current financial crisis. By the time that that problem is sorted out (which is a serious problem and not some imaginary threat existing in cyberspace/in the modeler’s minds), it may become clearer that we are in for a sustained period of cooling giving us even more time to understand the workings of the atmosphere, the issues truly arising and to consider a more sensible course for future energy production.

John from CA
September 16, 2011 11:24 am

Good to see Washington pushing back against the foolish regulations. Maybe they’ll kill the Farm Dust nonsense next.
Off topic: I wonder if Josh can make an Al Gore Red Herring — Charlie the Tuna comes to mind as the concept although, looking at the photo, maybe a Bull Frog makes more sense.

richard verney
September 16, 2011 11:26 am

Another timely example of the Gore affect at work. this is uncanny. Can it only be coincidence.

Sam Hall
September 16, 2011 11:29 am

Obama Delays CO2 Regulations Indefinitely

Now we know for sure that he is worried about reelection.

MJ
September 16, 2011 11:35 am

Miss Rhode Island is going to be mad…

Douglas DC
September 16, 2011 11:40 am

Love the smell of Shaudenfraude in the morning..

eyesonu
September 16, 2011 11:40 am

Many thanks to Dr. Benny Peiser. I should quit tooting Anthony’s horn but he brings it to us. Regardless, here goes, “Toot, Toot”. 🙂
The truth is gaining ground. There is a reality!

john
September 16, 2011 11:44 am

Flashback (during the banking crisis):
Gore-Backed Car Firm Gets Large U.S. Loan .
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125383160812639013.html
[snip]
A tiny car company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has just gotten a $529 million U.S. government loan to help build a hybrid sports car in Finland that will sell for about $89,000.

eyesonu
September 16, 2011 11:45 am

By the way, the picture looks like Al’s head is about to explode!

Bob Diaz
September 16, 2011 12:02 pm

With the 2012 election next year, Obama is behind the 8 Ball and has enough problems to deal with. The mess with Solyndra is a good example. If he pushed job killing CO2 regulations, his goose would be cooked for sure.

Gary Hladik
September 16, 2011 12:03 pm

Nuke Nemesis says (September 16, 2011 at 11:08 am): “Big deal. If Obama wins reelection, this will all be back with a vengeance.”
Exactly. Zero and his minions are counting on fooling the electorate long enough to be re-elected. Unfortunately, history is on their side.

Mac the Knife
September 16, 2011 12:04 pm

Sooooooo….. the EPA is reduced to being a show poodle, that ‘heels’ when the Obama administration jerks their leash?? This is the same way Hugo Chavez operates in Venezuela…..

DirkH
September 16, 2011 12:15 pm

john says:
September 16, 2011 at 11:44 am
“A tiny car company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has just gotten a $529 million U.S. government loan to help build a hybrid sports car in Finland that will sell for about $89,000.”
Leo DiCaprio says Thanks! to the American taxpayer for his brandnew Fisker.
http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/blogs/europe-once-the-land-of-the-diesel-is-now-plugging-in-with-a-vengean
(BTW, don’t believe all that E Car hype in that article. Those cars shown at Frankfurt IAA at the moment, no matter how tiny, will be unaffordable and recharging will take too long, and of course the range too small)

Ray
September 16, 2011 12:15 pm

You did not need to add the word “FAIL” to describe the picture. Without the word would have suffice. It’ is redundant.

Editor
September 16, 2011 12:18 pm

Dang, clearly the Gore-a-thon wasn’t effective enough. Perhaps they should have scheduled it for 48 hours.

Tim Fitzgerald
September 16, 2011 12:20 pm

Mr. Gore looks like he needs to add some fiber to his diet.
Tim

Mark
September 16, 2011 12:24 pm

Last I checked the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is moving forward with it’s Cap and Trade plan for CO2 reduction out here in CA (as per AB 32).

Madman2001
September 16, 2011 12:32 pm

Yes, along with the delay of the EPA’s rules for ozone, this is good news for the US economy and for those of us already struggling with energy bills (and that will be me, if this winter’s anything like last winter).

September 16, 2011 12:34 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency is again delaying a plan to curb greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants, saying it needs more time to propose the rule.
No doubt this is a re-election move.
Even so, one can only hope the next election will move us toward removing CO2 from the pollution list.

John from CA
September 16, 2011 12:37 pm

Mark says:
September 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm
Last I checked the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is moving forward with it’s Cap and Trade plan for CO2 reduction out here in CA (as per AB 32).
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We reside in looney land, it doesn’t count in the real world and is doomed to fail.

Donny Cook
September 16, 2011 12:39 pm

Is it just more or does gore look constipated?

Andrew Harding
Editor
September 16, 2011 12:47 pm

Richard Verney says.
“Now if only there could be some commonsense shown by the UK and European political leadership. If only they would put on hold the rush for renewables, at least whilst they sort out the current financial crisis. By the time that that problem is sorted out (which is a serious problem and not some imaginary threat existing in cyberspace/in the modeler’s minds), it may become clearer that we are in for a sustained period of cooling giving us even more time to understand the workings of the atmosphere, the issues truly arising and to consider a more sensible course for future energy production”.
Europe cannot solve anything, they are too collectively stupid to realise the euro is doomed, that Greece, Portugal, Sapin and Italy need to devalue and can’t. When it finally goes tits up, it will bring UK and USA economies down with it. As for AGW, they want to increase energy prices, transportation costs, fuel prices to stop this mythical effect and wreck whatever is left of EU countries economies.
The expression “A camel is a horse designed by a committee” was never more true.
Hats off to Obama though for realising the futility of “green” energy policies.

Paddy
September 16, 2011 12:59 pm

There are a plethora of parties challenging the rule and the manner in which it was promulgated. I suspect that both EPA staff attorneys and DOJ counterparts defending the rule have concluded that it is indefensible. As time passes, new research and data will make enactment more difficult. I doubt that a new of revised rule will be promulgated before the 2012 elections.

Kai B
September 16, 2011 1:05 pm

Gobama! never thought I’d say that!!

Latitude
September 16, 2011 1:20 pm

Obama quietly………..
…..as his numbers continue to free fall……….quietly

BravoZulu
September 16, 2011 1:23 pm

It is just a political move until after the election.

RockyRoad
September 16, 2011 1:32 pm

Ric Werme says:
September 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Dang, clearly the Gore-a-thon wasn’t effective enough. Perhaps they should have scheduled it for 48 hours.

Or more; Gore should do it full time, 24/7. Such a charade will have the same impact as when Obama takes the stage–every policy he pushes from the pulpit suddenly becomes less popular.
So go, Gore, go! Take your dog and pony show on the road; make it a bus tour with a big placard on both sides that announce your intentions–Climate Reality a la mode. In another decade or two you’ll have everybody convinced there’s nothing wrong with the climate (but watch out for those cross winds and occasional tornadoes as you travel the heartland–they can ruin a perfectly good bus).

Gary Pearse
September 16, 2011 1:40 pm

“The report warns that the political elite’s obsession with renewable energy will damage Britain’s competitiveness without necessarily doing anything to tackle climate change. –Jason Groves, Daily Mail, 15 September 2011”
Why this is in the future tense is beyond me. I see Europeans running around trying to save their Mediterranean EU members and everyone discussing the problem with the economy and why the stock markets have swooned. In Europe, there can be little question that the hundreds of billions put into renewable energy, the scuttling of cheap energy plants has decimated the economy – both manufacturing and at home. And look at Denmark – they’ve kicked out a centrist government in favor of Social(ist) Democrats and if the head of the World Bank hadn’t diddled a chambermaid, the socialists were a shoe-in to oust Sarkozy. These people want to flagelate themselves to death with a irretrievable failed system that is anti capital, anti business and their platform is to redistribute wealth that they have had a hand in destroying. I have appealed to Brits anytime I can to get away from that continental contagion and go with the English-Speaking world if they are looking for an economic block to do business in and with. I tell them that is why they haven’t given up the British pound yet and thrown there lot in with the birthplace of socialism. We should be innoculating ourselves against this plague, too, as it has corroded more than the edges of the only economic system that can deliver.

Warrick
September 16, 2011 1:43 pm

Further roll out of the ETA in New Zealand delayed was announced yesterday – concern over financial turmoil or perhaps a softening of the stance in preparation for removal? Unfortunately, I don’t think the latter, although waiting to announce it while media attention is on the Rugby World Cup could be significant.

Dan in California
September 16, 2011 1:55 pm

Let’s not forget 2008 presidential candidate Obama saying that higher energy prices are required for his new hope and change direction. The link is to his statement to the San Francisco Chronicle.
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kerry-picket/2008/11/02/obama-energy-prices-will-skyrocket
I expect him to return to this after reelection.

George E. Smith
September 16, 2011 2:08 pm

How can he do that when no less august scientific body, as the US Supreme Court has ruled that carbon is poisonous to humans and the EPA must regulate it.
Well I guess the Emperor is a god, and can over rule the Supremes.

Jim Barker
September 16, 2011 3:00 pm

Well, we can breath again freely, for a little while.

Breckite
September 16, 2011 3:07 pm

Gore does not look healthy. All the lying and deception must be having adverse effects on his health.

John Whitman
September 16, 2011 3:12 pm

Obama is toast. He will not be the Democratic candidate for 2012, unless the Democratic Party has suicidal tendences.
It won’t matter anyway with non-Democratic majority in th house and senate.
John

u.k.(us)
September 16, 2011 3:22 pm

The environmentalists loosened the leash on the economy.
Watch out China, here we come.

LazyTeenager
September 16, 2011 4:19 pm

business groups and Republican lawmakers who complain a recent slate of EPA proposals are chilling business investment and hindering the economic recovery. “
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Not to mention the uncertainty that causes people not to spend and businesses not to invest while the republicans are screwing around.

Latitude
September 16, 2011 4:47 pm

First out president says – we have to do this or basically we’re all going to die
Now he says we’re obviously not…….
…that bozo doesn’t believe it either

KevinK
September 16, 2011 5:20 pm

In additional GOOD news the Power Authority of New York State has put off plans for wind turbines in Lakes Erie and/or Ontario !!!!!!
IMHO The tide is definitely turning.
Just some background the New York Power Authority is an independent Authority that does not answer easily to the voters of New York. They went ahead and got quotes from vendors with NO input from the public. Once the “secret” got out there was quite a bit of backlash.
The lakes are like most “windpower” sites, quite a blow one day, and so calm the water looks like glass the next day.
Cheers, Kevin

KevinK
September 16, 2011 5:26 pm

George E. Smith wrote;
“How can he do that when no less august scientific body, as the US Supreme Court has ruled that carbon is poisonous to humans and the EPA must regulate it.”
My understanding of the SCOTUS ruling was that according to the Clean Air Act the EPA must regulate “greenhouse gases” if the EPA determines they are a pollutant. SCOTUS did not rule that GHG’s are a pollutant, only that if EPA determines they are a pollutant EPA must regulate them.
Deciding they are a pollutant was totally the choice of the EPA, and they heavily quoted the IPCC when making the determination.
That’s my understanding, I could be incorrect.
Cheers, Kevin

September 16, 2011 5:29 pm

@Mac the Knife:
“Sooooooo….. the EPA is reduced to being a show poodle, that ‘heels’ when the Obama administration jerks their leash?? This is the same way Hugo Chavez operates in Venezuela…..”
NO. EXACTLY WRONG.
This is the same way the American system is SUPPOSED to operate. EPA is an agency of the Executive branch, and it is SUPPOSED to heel when the President jerks its leash. That’s the whole point of having a President.
Trouble is, until now no President has decided to jerk its leash. Both Bushes fed EPA raw meat and let it go feral, tearing up the landscape and killing everything in sight.
Until now, Obama was feeding it even more raw meat than the Bushes did.
Now he’s finally doing what a President is SUPPOSED to do. Whether he can keep it up, time will tell. He’s not very strong.

Curiousgeorge
September 16, 2011 5:55 pm

@polistra says:
September 16, 2011 at 5:29 pm
……………….. He’s not very strong.
Actually, he’s very strong. We can smell him clear down here in Dixie.

SSam
September 16, 2011 6:08 pm

Nice Gorey Pic on the post. It appears as if he is trying to personally hold in CO2 in order to save the planet
… or he has gas.

Bruce Cobb
September 16, 2011 6:18 pm

The Greenie Libtards are hating on Obama now. How does the saying go, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”? The more they hate him, the better he looks. Plus, the Republican candidates aren’t exactly appealing. Perry is the only “skeptic” among the bunch, and well, there just isn’t anything good about him that I’ve seen.

SteveSadlov
September 16, 2011 6:41 pm

The local green radicals are in a fury about this. Pelosi even got in the act, suggesting a law suit. In SF SUVs have been getting vandalized quite a bit more since the change in policy.

Jesse
September 16, 2011 8:52 pm
Girma
September 16, 2011 9:03 pm

Congratulation skeptics!
http://bit.ly/qAXJ60
A signature of persistent natural thermohaline circulation cycles in observed climate
Knight et al, 2005
http://bit.ly/nfQr92

…associated “Atlantic Multidecadal Ocillation” (AMO) change would partially offset expected Northern Hemisphere warming. This effect needs to be taken into account in producing more realistic predictions of future climate change.

This means that the IPCC’s projection of 0.2 deg C per decade warming is wrong.
http://bit.ly/b9eKXz
And the oscillating pattern in the global mean temperature shown in the graph below is due to oceanic thermohaline circulation (THC).
http://bit.ly/ePQnJj
As a result, based on the data so far, the global warming rate is only 0.06 deg C per decade (not 0.2 deg C per decade of the IPCC)!
http://bit.ly/oI8dws

RayG
September 16, 2011 10:09 pm

The current statutes that enable the EPA specifically bar the EPA from considering the economic impact of their actions. (Talk about dumb ideas!) What is needed is legislation specifically requiring that the EPA prepare an Economic Impact Report and make it available for public review and comment (minimum of 90 days but preferable 120-180 days). All data, codes, models, etc. required to be archived and copntemporaneously made available to the public. Also include language allowing interested parties the right to litigate.

Gary Pate
September 16, 2011 10:16 pm

Half of $38.6 Billion is $19.3 Billion, divide in the 3545 jobs created & that is approximately $5.4 MILLION per job….
When will this insanity stop?

Elizabeth (not the Queen)
September 16, 2011 10:40 pm

How is increasing numbers of people suffering under fuel poverty good news? This has been my concern all along. Why should a handful of rich elitists have the priviledge of heating their homes all winter on a whim, while the rest of us freeze in the dark?

Mkelley
September 16, 2011 11:20 pm

Obama might have backed off on this, but his minions are still doing their best to wipe out small businesses. My sister has a nice little deal going with a company that sells herbal products. This move by the FDA would wipe that out: http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/health/new-law-could-empty-vitamins-aisle-2554533/

John Marshall
September 17, 2011 2:08 am

Common sense raising its ugly head?

Peter Miller
September 17, 2011 2:20 am

In Europe and North America, there are tens of thousands of expensive bureaucrats who spend their lives dreaming up new pointless rules and regulations designed to help cripple western world economies. These rules and regulations are then rubber stamped by green-obsessed politicians with no thought for the consequences of their actions.
Extracting ourselves from the present global economic and financial mess is just being made that much more difficult and expensive by the EPA, Gore, Cameron and their ilk – all safely insulated from the realities of having to live in the real world.

September 17, 2011 4:32 am

” My sister has a nice little deal going with a company that sells herbal products. This move by the FDA would wipe that out: http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/health/new-law-could-empty-vitamins-aisle-2554533/
If this article is true why is there nothing about this on General Nutrition or Spring Valley vitamins sites? They would be the first let everyone know about such legislation. When this was tried before there was such an outcry the FDA backed off. The FDA wanted to make vitamins available from doctors by prescription only,

FredericM
September 17, 2011 4:39 am

Just guess’in, but his daddy did not spank him when the boy lied. His daddy did give the boy a $1000 -‘here, you and Timmy go have a hamburger’.
Scientific community has out in the pasture, waiting to be herded to the milk bar, two-too many generations. Sole rulers. Often, these men are political aristocrats who want extra powers, sometimes relying on a group of wealthy nouveaux riches.
As long as a politician and a scientist collaborate for personal gain, there will be no objective science.

September 17, 2011 4:54 am

Can anyone verify this….is it true? EPA declares hay a pollutant…..
http://www.naturalnews.com/033537_hay_pollutant.html

bruce
September 17, 2011 5:23 am

Not good enough. These regs. need to be put to sleep with finality and clarity so that cheap energy can be made available to poorer Americans chosing between food and heating/cooling. New coal plants will continue to be delayed until a new adminsitration augers a return to sanity. natural gas industries are also impacted by other regulations whose prudent execution will also require an EPA under different leadership.

Editor
September 17, 2011 5:26 am

How come is this in the “Al Gore is an idiot” category? It’s an EPA story! I was showing someone WUWT last week and went to show her how all the Al Gore posts were categorized thusly and was surprised to see several recent posts weren’t? Were you going soft, or just busy with the Goreathon?

Doug in Seattle
September 17, 2011 10:41 am

While I feel it appropriate to breathe a sigh of relief, I do not for one minute believe this is over.
The EPA has simply decided to leave us on the brink of the carbon regulation precipice until after the next election. The green carpetbaggers will be silent for a while, but will pump their money into Obama’s re-election campaign knowing that their investment depends on four more years of Obama.
I know what I will do come November 2012, but what will you do? I expect a really nasty ride.

Mac the Knife
September 17, 2011 11:11 am

polistra says:
September 16, 2011 at 5:29 pm
@Mac the Knife:
““Sooooooo….. the EPA is reduced to being a show poodle, that ‘heels’ when the Obama administration jerks their leash?? This is the same way Hugo Chavez operates in Venezuela…..”
NO. EXACTLY WRONG. ”
HEY THERE POLISTRA!
I’m enjoying seeing the EPA being jerked around like a show poodle! Obama has used EPA as a political attack dog in his 1st 3 years in office, to implement his socialist agenda through ‘green’ environmental regulations. Now, he publicly yanks their leash and makes them ‘heel’ on this issue, to again serve his political agenda. In a transparent and lame attempt to look like a moderate, he’s desperate to find anything that will stimulate the economy and prevent his pending landslide failure in the upcoming 2012 election. This IS the same way Hugo Chavez operates in Venezuela…..
Failing to stimulate the economy in any meaningful fashion, beware the Obama administration repeated and continuing attempts to ‘wag the dog’. They are getting desperate…..

Martin_Lack
September 18, 2011 9:40 am

Another victory for the enemies of reason. Enjoy your fun while it lasts. Your days are numbered.

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