The Environmental Protection Agency announced this morning that it would slap coal-fired power plants with first-of-its kind restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced new pollution rules Monday that will force states to reduce air pollution by relying less on coal-fired power plants and more on “green” energy sources.
This morning, the Obama administration will announce new EPA rules that will keep the president’s infamous promise that “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” The promise was so clear, so brazen, that it’s worth taking another look.
They try to make the case that these reductions will reduce diseases like asthma and heart attacks. The article bases its assumptions on health benefits on EPA assumptions of decreases in emergency room visits, premature deaths from sources such as the Mercury Air Toxics rule. The real data for asthma show that asthma rates have increased while air pollution has decreased. We seem to have recurring new theories on childhood asthma, but the cause seems to remain elusive. Heart attacks as a percent of deaths (age adjusted) appear to have decreased. I’ve yet to come across definitive links between methylmercury from air pollution and physical effects. I’m well aware of the toxicity of organomecurials, but the supposed damage from mercury air pollution still seems to be couched in “could.”
Allergy and asthma control begins at home. Many people with allergies stay indoors when outdoor air is full of pollen and spores. But dust mites, animal dander and even cockroaches can cause problems indoors. Eight out of 10 people in the United States are exposed to house dust mites, and six out of 10 are exposed to cat or dog dander. Cockroaches cause allergic reactions among people who live in the inner cities or southern parts of the United States. Controlling the air quality in your home, office and car can reduce allergy and asthma symptoms.
Two other intriguing theories, both having to do with early childhood, are worth considering. According to one theory, modern urban life is exposing us at an early age to more common household allergens and making us more susceptible to allergy-related asthma. As a rule, we’re much more likely than our ancestors to live in the city, which means we’re indoors more of the time, in close quarters with dust mites, cockroaches, and animal hair (both pet’s and pest’s). Add to this the fact that in recent decades, television, computers, and video games have seduced us and our children into staying inside even more, and you can see that we spend a lot more of our time in the company of indoor allergens than our grandparents did. Also, in response to the energy crisis of the 1970s, home insulation was upgraded and our houses and apartments tended to be more tightly sealed. The result was far less circulation of fresh air, and consequently, exposure to higher concentrations of allergens.
Coal-dependent Indiana will have to cut its carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2030 under new requirements outlined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Obama’s War on Coal has already taken a remarkable toll on coal-fired power plants in America.
Indiana’s energy profile on a federal website explains why state political and business leaders would resist a regulation to cut carbon emissions from power plants that burn fossil fuels.
Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl may have not only been a deserter, but an active collaborator with the enemy, a senior Defense Department official told Fox News.
The father of released Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl appeared to send out a tweet Sunday afternoon suggesting support for the release of several Guantanamo Bay prisoners.
A captured American soldier is training Taliban fighters bomb-making and ambush skills, according to one of his captors and Afghan intelligence officials.
Sometime after midnight on June 30, 2009, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl left behind a note in his tent saying he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the American mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life. He slipped off the remote military outpost in Paktika Province on the border with Pakistan and took with him a soft backpack, water, knives, a notebook and writing materials, but left behind his body armor and weapons — startling, given the hostile environment around his outpost.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl wrote a note expressing a desire to renounce his American citizenship, according to Fox News.
“Bowe Bergdahl was a deserter. Bergdahl on June 20, 2009 crawled underneath a wire at his fire base with water, food, a change of clothes, a knife and a cell phone. He called his unit the day after he deserted to tell his unit he deserted… Bill, we lost 14 soldiers, killed, searching for a deserter. He left his unit in combat. It’s non-arguable… We don’t know yet if he joined the Taliban or not. But, there’s no question he deserted.
In his five years of captivity, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was never listed by the Pentagon as a prisoner of war.
The Pentagon on several occasions had ground-level intelligence on where ArmySgt. Bowe Bergdahl was being held captive at various times — down to how many gunmen were guarding him — but special operations commanders repeatedly shelved rescue missions because they didn’t want to risk casualties for a man they believed to be a “deserter,” sources familiar with the mission plans said.
Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant released from Taliban custody Saturday in exchange for five of the fanatical Islamist group’s leaders held at Guantánamo Bay, may find himself in captivity again – this time in an American military prison.
It’s hard to believe that recycled paper could ever be transformed into a material stronger than steel, but scientists think they devised a method that might allow just that.
The White House said “response times vary” when asked about the petition with more than 120,000 signatures calling for the Obama administration to demand the release of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who’s been sitting in a Mexican jail for the last two months on gun charges.
The Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that gradually increases the minimum wage in the city to $15, which would make it the highest in the nation.
The cause? Sexism.