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2 Jun 2014

Washington-2 Jun 2014 – While awaiting Pres. Obama Executive Order on new EPA Regulations later today, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) Gina McCarthy offered a blunt defense of the Obama administration’s new rule to cut carbon dioxide pollution, touting its benefits against mounting criticism from the coal industry and some members of Congress. Arguably the most important step any country has taken to combat climate change, the new rule focuses on fossil fuel-burning power plants. They account for 40% of U.S. emissions, making them the single biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions, the main driver of global warming. The proposed rule seeks to reduce power plant emissions by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030. Carbon dioxide emissions have already fallen more than 10% since 2005, which would make the effective reduction more like 15% to 17%, experts said.

On 2 Jun 2014 Speaking to a a room full of staff members, and environmental allies, at the EPA headquarters in Washington. Ms. McCarthy said: “Given the astronomical price we pay for climate inaction, the most costly thing we can do is to do nothing…There are still special interest skeptics who will cry the sky is falling. Who will deliberately ignore the risks, overestimate the costs, and undervalue the benefits. But the facts are clear. For over four decades, EPA has cut air pollution by 70% and the economy has more than tripled.”

MS McCARTHY STUCK TO THE SAME THEMES. She opened her speech with an anecdote about seeing Parker Frey, an active but severely asthmatic 10-year-old boy, on a recent trip she took to a Cleveland clinic. McCarthy said Parker’s mother lamented that on some days, the air quality is so poor that it was dangerous for the boy to play outdoors. “In the United States of America, no parent should ever have that worry,” she said. “That’s why EPA exists. Our job, directed by our laws, reaffirmed by our courts, is to protect public health and the environment. Climate change, fueled by carbon pollution, supercharges risks not just to our health, but to our communities, our economy and our way of life…Special Interests who warn of severe economic consequences of the rules have historically decried all environmental protections have cried wolf to protect their own agenda. And time after time, we followed the science, protected the American people, and the doomsday predictions never came true. Now, climate change is calling our number. And right on cue, those same critics once again will flaunt manufactured facts and scare tactics.”

The EPA has proposed individual state targets based on each state’s fuel mix, with coal states starting and ending at a higher emissions level than those that use more of cleaner-burning natural gas and renewable (green energy). The states can then pick from a menu of options in order to achieve the cuts. The Obama administration has long held that combating climate change is about protecting public health and economic growth, and to underscore that, the president will make his own comments later in the day in a press call with the American Lung Assn.

SENATE MINORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL, himself from the coal-heavy state of Kentucky, called the new regulations: “a dagger in the heart of the American middle class.” Before the rules came out, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said it would cost the economy $50 billion annually and hundreds of thousands of jobs. We suppose that is what Ms. Gina McCarthy was talking about when she said: “same critics once again flaunt manufactured facts and scare tactics”.

Thanks to the LA Times for their timeliness and excellent quotations.

OUR COMMENTS

We were happy to see the EPA administrator sound emboldened by Pres. Obama’s use of Executive Powers to bring Fossil-fuel fired power plants to the realization that their days of wantonly polluting our air/water always, placing profit above the health of our citizens, are at an end. BUT! this proposed plan is just hoopla, and EPA CYA propaganda. Ms. McCarthy talks the talk, but does not walk the walk!

After reading the new 2030 Plan Proposal > http://www.whitehouse.gov/climate-change  I’ve come to the conclusion that EPA has an excellent grasp of the primary polluters, where they live , and how bad they are (they have always known), Problem is: EPA IS NOT YET MANDATING ACTION ON A SPEEDY TIMELINE. Hence they are once again “Proposing” pollution abatement but based on a 16 year timeline, while soliciting voluntary action “By 2030”. Why? no boy! that is too little too late!

Letting each State seeking its own solutions is “pie in the sky”. Hell! here in Texas ( the country’s worst air polluter) not a darn thing will happen because the offenders own the State legislature, and our Governor proposed the law to make Texas independent from EPA, and to defer all such actions to the Texas Commission Environmental  Quality (TCEQ).  This proposal is ONE MORE “LOOK GOOD ACTION” by Ms. McCarthy et-al.  She promises a lot, but delivers little. Ms. McCarthy should be replaced ASAP. We have recommended that many times in the past.

We expected President Obama to provide serious and specific action concomitant with his Executive Powers, but he wasted a wonderful opportunity to bring about swift action. Pre. Obama had public opinion, the supreme court, and Executive Powers under the Clean Air Act (a trifecta); hence the obligation to take meaningful action, and he squandered the opportunity; Further, by even failing to make the announcement himself, after promising to do so, he opened himself to Republican critics in the House, and the Senate. It is an understatement to say we are greatly disappointed. In the meantime, the Fossil-fuel industry has revved-up it propaganda machine into survival mode.  It angers us to see how gullible they think we are.

Respectfully,

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

e-mail >gonzedo@yahoo.com

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June 2, 2014 at 2:50 PM
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