Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” is replaced by the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule

Confirmed – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Issues New Clean Air Rule

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Issues New Clean Air Rule

The July issue of Environment & Climate News reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it has formally replaced the prior administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) with the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which EPA proposed as a CPP replacement last August. 

“We are delivering on one of President Trump’s core priorities: ensuring the American’s public has access to affordable, reliable energy in a manner that continues our nation’s environmental progress,” said Andrew Wheeler, Administrator of the EPA.  

Also in this issue: In an effort to boost water development and the maintenance of water projects on federal lands, the U.S. Interior Department has taken steps to make it easier to transfer water projects on federal land to users of the water.

A new study of natural gas production near two schools in Washington County, Pennsylvania finds no evidence emissions pose a health risk to the kids attending the schools. In a move Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called “a futile gesture,” the House of Representatives passed a bill to block President Donald Trump’s decision to take the United States out of the Paris climate agreement.

Even the worst-case scenarios highlighted by the authors of the fourth National Climate Assessment would not justify outsized efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions, because the purported harms from climate change in 2090 from rising greenhouse gas emissions are trivial.   The full text of the issue is available online in PDF format: July 2019 Environment & Climate News.

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July 12, 2019 2:09 pm

Uh oh! Time to smear Andrew Wheeler with … choose one or more:
1. Expense account abuse
2. Sexual harassment
3. Subordinate abuse
4. Member of a denier Facebook Group
5. Exorbitant office furnishings
6. Member of a gun club
7. Doesn’t like Ansel Adams photographs
8. On Epstein’s … list of patrons
9. Litterbug
10. Never appreciated the Lion King film

joe- the non constitutionalist
July 12, 2019 2:17 pm

In a move Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called “a futile gesture,” the House of Representatives passed a bill to block President Donald Trump’s decision to take the United States out of the Paris climate agreement.

Ratification of Treaties are the exclusively reserved to the Senate –

Pelosi and OAC really are that dumb.

Reply to  joe- the non constitutionalist
July 12, 2019 3:43 pm

“Ratification of Treaties are the exclusively reserved to the Senate”


On the other hand, the Paris climate agreement was never ratified by the Senate as a treaty, so it is non-binding as a matter of international law.

This was exactly what Mr. Obama intended; that the Paris climate agreement would not be legally binding but instead he wanted it to be “politically” binding, i.e. he wanted to put political pressure on the US and other countries to abide by the agreement, not legal pressure on them.

Reply to  RicDre
July 13, 2019 1:06 am

Actually Obama did intend on it being binding on the US. He buried the mandatory enforcement mechanism in the TPP we was supposed to be ratified by the Senate but Trump scuttled that too.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  joe- the non constitutionalist
July 12, 2019 3:46 pm

It isn’t a treaty though. That was how Obama got around the fact that it would never have been ratified. This is the year Trump gets to officially remove us from the “agreement”, though it won’t go into effect until next year. They are getting desperate. They can’t “block” Trump from his decision. They surely are blockheads though.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
July 13, 2019 4:03 am

Understanding that the House has no say in treaties, since Obama had no House approval to enter into the “agreement” no House approval is needed to exit the “agreement”. Or is that too logical for Democrats?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
July 13, 2019 4:43 am

“They are getting desperate. They can’t “block” Trump from his decision. They surely are blockheads though.”

That sums it up nicely.

The House of Representatives cannot order the president to make international deals and they have no power themselves to make a treaty. As Senate Majority Leader McConnell said, “It’s a futile gesture”.

In case people haven’t noticed, the Democrats are real big on making futile gestures. They just get *so* emotional and this causes them to be unable to think straight.

old white guy
Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 13, 2019 6:52 am

It is for media consumption and anti Trump propaganda. It matters not, the ignorant public will lap it up. Truth never enters the equation.

Joel O'Bryan
July 12, 2019 3:09 pm

The first word “affordable” communicates the economic imperative of any US domestic energy policy.
By Obama’s own admissions, he was determined to see electricity prices “skyrocket” in the US. Liberal rich white Americans like Steyer are okay with that. Energy costs of their livin’ large lifestyles are a tiny fraction of their disposable income. Even the guy/gal who can afford a $100K tax subsidized Tesla likely isn’t worried about doubled-tripled monthly electricity bills.

Climate Change is no longer about science. That stupid pseudoscience train went off the rails long ago.
Today it is the economic argument that can (and must) derail the climate change gravy train for the GreenSlime and their schemes for a renewable energy fleecing of middle class wealth.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
July 12, 2019 4:51 pm

Great post, thank you Joel.

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/06/14/nasas-space-science-hide-the-decline-scandal/#comment-2378668” [excerpts]

Trudeau [like Obama and Hillary] is utterly wrong on energy and when you are wrong on energy, you are effectively wrong about everything – that is how important energy is, especially for Canada, a cold, vast, sparsely-populated country – the second-largest on Earth. Energy is a key component of every part of our lives – food, clothing, housing, transportation, …everything!

When climate fanatics like Trudeau drive up the cost of energy, they drive up the cost of everything, and we become poorer.

Cheap, abundant, reliable energy is the lifeblood of society – it IS that simple.

Trudeau is uneducated, he is ill-advised on climate and energy and he is causing enormous harm to our country. He is driving up the cost of energy with his imbecilic support of global warming alarmism, carbon taxes and green energy nonsense, and in so doing he is increasing Excess Winter Deaths, driving up food and all other costs, driving away investment, destroying our competitiveness and killing jobs.

You cannot get more stupid or destructive than that.

Sweet Old Bob
July 12, 2019 3:17 pm

THE HoR has turned into a crap house .

Reply to  Sweet Old Bob
July 12, 2019 7:58 pm


Richard from Brooklyn (south)
July 12, 2019 9:48 pm

House of Representatives. The lower (sometimes only) body for elected persons who pass laws for a country that follows the Westminster system of government.

Reply to  Richard from Brooklyn (south)
July 13, 2019 12:29 am

We knew that, thank you Richard from Brooklyn. I have lived in New York and Houston.

But don’t you think HoRhouse is rather amusing? And appropriate?

In the British system, the lower chamber is called the House of Commons, or HOC, which is the sound you make before you spit a giant loogie. Also kind of amusing… and appropriate.

J Mac
July 12, 2019 3:18 pm

Is there any news on limiting or revoking the EPA’s Endangerment Finding?

Curious George
Reply to  J Mac
July 12, 2019 5:19 pm

Trump should ditch that, or possibly lose 2020 elections.

July 12, 2019 3:43 pm

President Trump has a solution to this whole Paris Climate Accord CO2 thing. Turn the CO2 into good paying full time jobs and money. He can also increase America’s GDP by selling this technology to those other countries that are having a hard time bringing down their CO2 emissions.

Reply to  Sid Abma
July 12, 2019 4:19 pm

Sid’s trolling for investors again.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  MarkW
July 12, 2019 9:32 pm

Online rule #1: Don’t feed the Troll.

July 12, 2019 3:46 pm

A bit of great news for this Friday! TGIF, everybody!

July 12, 2019 7:22 pm

As we all know affordable is an economic concept and depends on your income and preferences and the various tradeoffs involved. Lefties can’t even pronounce tradeoff let alone spell it and income comes from Gummint but there is a tradeoff conundrum for them to grapple with in the form of their beloved EVs and here it is-

At present we know a BMW exec has let out that they can build an ICE car for the price of a reasonable sized lithium battery pack complete with its monitoring and charging requirements for serviceability and longevity. So what happens is EV carmakers for Western markets knowing they’re already expensive put all the luxury fruit on them they know upmarket buyers will demand further placing them out of reach of the budget car buyer. Tesla are the obvious example but you can see it too with the more budget conscious Korean offerings coming onto the market.

So where are these cheap planet saving EVs for the masses at present? Well they’re all in China but without all the bells and whistles particularly Western safety accoutrements that have blossomed and become mandatory in the last decade or so and therein lies a delicious tradeoff for the climate changers. Back to the future by dropping all our mandated snowflake safety standards for EVs in order to increase EV penetration to save the planet. That means accepting the inevitable quantum rise in the road toll for the few but if we don’t we’re all doomed with the climate crisis/emergency anyway. What say you to the obvious tradeoff imperative now watermelons?

Crispin in Waterloo but really in Shenyang
Reply to  observa
July 13, 2019 6:57 am

I visited a factory in Feng County (Jiangsu province) a couple of days ago. The manager has his own sweet setup. He has 3 MW of solar panels on the roof and drives an electric car.

He makes pine flooring and mills the wood waste. That is dried and made into pellets which he uses to heat the factory and offices. He also builds his own pellet stoves and sells tens of thousands of tons of wood pellets per year.

Sometimes the renewable energy and fuel plans are decently executed and create positive impacts on many levels. The electric train to get there runs at 350 kph (probably from coal) making an interesting mix from the point of energy and “all methods”.

The ACE plan seems reasonable. When something better comes along we will use what we have now.

July 13, 2019 2:58 am

Was happy to read that the DOE has awarded Moltex Energy with $2.5 million for their development of their molten salt small modular nuclear reactors. Moltex has, in my opinion, the smartest design for a molten salt reactor – it utilizes existing fuel rod assemblies to hold the molten salt/uranium fuel mixture, which simplifies production, lowers costs and allows for simple replacement and storage of spent rods. There is no need for exotic metal alloys capable of enduring the caustic effects of liquified molten salt – the stainless steel fuel rod containers will be replaced every five years, well before the caustic contents can cause a metal failure. The fuel rod containers thus function as sacrificial containment shells. The reactor does not need to be shut down for refueling, which is accomplished continuously. The levelized cost estimates, which were NOT produced by the company but by a firm that specializes in cost estimates, indicates that cost will be 4 cents per kWhr, which includes ALL costs – including decommissioning and spent fuel storage. THIS is the future of power generation, irregardless of what the U.S. public or govt thinks or believes. The sheer economics and safety and convenience of the technology will force its adoption.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  ColMosby
July 13, 2019 4:53 am

That sounds pretty good.

The whole picture will change with a development like this. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. 🙂

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  ColMosby
July 13, 2019 9:46 am

How much real estate (acres) is required for the ….. “molten salt small modular nuclear reactors”?

If one’s electricity is produced locally then the construction and maintenance cost for high voltage transmission lines is considerably cheaper.

Reply to  ColMosby
July 13, 2019 10:46 am

2.5 million is a very small amount in this context. How does it compare with other DOE expenditures?

Dennis Gerald Sandberg
Reply to  ColMosby
July 14, 2019 5:35 pm

Excellent, contain the caustic molten salt plus modular. In the meantime we need to shut down all wind and solar;
especially lithium storage of this junk intermittent expensive “power”.

July 13, 2019 3:07 pm

Go through it thoroughly, insure none of the Mentally Retarded Democrat Party members put any poison pills into it. Yes, they are Mentally Retarded Democrat Party members. Hiding that fact DOES NOT help the Human Race. And no, I will not apologize to a bunch of Mentally Retarded Democrat Party members. Or anyone else. Facts are facts, mental retardation is the basis of the Political Left, and it always has been.

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