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Two Key Climate Decisions Facing President Obama: Keystone XL & power plant greenhouse gas pollution standards

Jake Schmidt’s Blog, Natural Resources Defense Council -- November 4, 2011

Decision Two:


The decision on carbon pollution from power plants is long overdue and  the Supreme Court has twice confirmed EPA’s authority to issue such rules. It is essential that President Obama complete these standards as soon as possible in 2012.  Power plants are the nation’s largest source of dangerous carbon pollution.  Today, 40 years after passage of the Clean Air Act, they are still free to dump unlimited amounts of that pollution into the air.  In settlement of litigation and in representations to the Supreme Court, the Obama Administration has committed to address power plants’ enormous contribution to the air pollution that drives climate change.  The Clean Air Act requires that President Obama establish legally enforceable standards that significantly reduce carbon emissions from both new and existing power plants.  

Each year power plants in the US pump more than two billion tons of carbon dioxide into the air -- equivalent to one-third of all U.S. global warming pollution.  President Obama has proposed to Congress a Clean Energy Standard that would cut power plant carbon pollution substantially but Congress has not acted.  But President Obama has the power to clean up and modernize the power sector under the Clean Air Act even if Congress refuses to do what needs to be done to bring this industry into the 21st Century.   [...]

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What is stopping such Executive action, except the Executive ...

Environmentalist icon to play hardball with Obama
by Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY  Nov 05, 2011

Decision One:

On Sunday, John Adams [who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom], the founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, will be playing hardball with Obama. [He ...] will lead a protest outside the White House that is expected to draw thousands of activists opposed to a plan to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline across the heart of America.

Environmentalists -- who were inspired by Obama's calls in 2008 to reduce oil dependence and increase green energy investment -- are disappointed that the State Department ruled in August that a plan to build the pipeline would not cause significant environmental damage. And activists have also expressed frustration that the White House has blocked or delayed several clean air and water regulations in recent weeks.

Earlier this week, Obama said in an interview with an Omaha television station that he would make the final decision on whether to grant a permit for the Keystone project. Obama's statement has given Adams and other environmentalists a bolt of hope that Obama will ultimately side with them and scrap the project, or at least call for additional study.

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There is a LOT at stake, as President Obama well knows:

Scholastic News Kid Reporters Interview the President (3/7):
Challenges Facing America's Youth

The thing he gets wrong there, in that little pep talk, is that the Environment is NOT only a problem a Challenge for the Next Generation.

It is a very serious problem NOW!   It is a Challenge for This Generation.

Unprecedented Rise in CO2 in 2010, Beyond IPCC's Worst Case
by FishOutofWater for Climate Hawks, DailyKos -- Nov 04, 2011

CO2 emissions increased a staggering 6% in 2010, a record rate of increase far beyond the IPCC's worst case scenarios, the U.S. Department of Energy reported yesterday. Rapid economic growth fueled by coal in China and India and economic recovery in the U.S. spurred the unprecedented amount of increase in greenhouse gas emissions.  [...]

That CO2 Level is NOT getting any closer to 350, the survivable level -- especially if we stay on the "drill-baby-drill" carbon course were on.  (What is the definition of Insanity again?)

388.92 ppm --  Atmospheric CO2 for October 2011

Preliminary data released November 4, 2011
(Mauna Loa Observatory: Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

The concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere are increasing at an accelerating rate from decade to decade. The latest atmospheric CO2 data is consistent with a continuation of this long-standing trend.

Status Quo Big Oil solutions ... are really NO Solutions at at all.

We need real action, and a real change of course now.

The Next Generation is depending on it.  So are current Generations.

Real Leaders ... Lead.

Postponing critical decisions is not Leadership.  It is instead simply letting everyone down.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
    -- Maslow ...... my list.

    by jamess on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 10:10:04 AM PST

  •  How many Jobs will the Pipeline bring? (6+ / 0-)

    Tar Sands Action Surrounds the White House

    BREAKING: In Washington Post, Admits Keystone XL Jobs are a Pipe Dream
    Jamie November 5, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

    We’re putting this press release out right now about an explosive story just published in the Washington Post. WASHINGTON — In an explosive story posted online in the Washington Post this afternoon, pipeline company TransCanada admitted that it has grossly misrepresented the number of jobs the controversial Keystone XL project would create.

    The 20,000 jobs involved in pipeline construction? A fabrication supported by misleading mathematics. The 250,000 indirect jobs? A number based on one oil-industry funded study that counted jobs for “dancers, choreographers and speech therapists,” according to the Post

    Keystone Pipeline debate heats up
    by Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson, washingtonpos -- Nov 5, 2011

    A key question for the administration is how many jobs the Keystone XL project would create. TransCanada’s initial estimate of 20,000 — which it said includes 13,000 direct construction jobs and 7,000 jobs among supply manufacturers — has been widely quoted by lawmakers and presidential candidates.

    Girling said Friday that the 13,000 figure was “one person, one year,” meaning that if the construction jobs lasted two years, the number of people employed in each of the two years would be 6,500. That brings the company’s number closer to the State Department’s; State says the project would create 5,000 to 6,000 construction jobs, a figure that was calculated by its contractor Cardno Entrix.

    As for the 7,000 indirect supply chain jobs, the $1.9 billion already spent by TransCanada would reduce the number of jobs that would be created in the future. The Brixton Group, a firm working with opponents of the project, has argued that many of the indirect supply jobs would be outside the United States because about $1.7 billion worth of steel will be purchased from a Russian-owned mill in Canada.

    What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
    -- Maslow ...... my list.

    by jamess on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 10:30:11 AM PST

  •  Do we really need (5+ / 0-)

    another Saudi Arabia sized Oil Field,

    dumped into the Atmosphere?

    James Hansen: It is essentially 'Game Over' -- if the Tar Sands are Tapped
    by jamess -- Sep 03, 2011

    What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
    -- Maslow ...... my list.

    by jamess on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 10:38:41 AM PST

  •   I wonder if this former climate change.. (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, dewley notid

    ..denier/(sceptic of previous scientific methods) Richard Muller will have an inpact on the final decision.

    In 2010 he [Richard Muller] started up the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project (BEST) to show the world how to do climate analysis right. Who better, after all? "Muller's views on climate have made him a darling of skeptics," saidScientific American, "and newly elected Republicans in the House of Representatives, who invited him to testify to the Committee on Science, Space and Technology about his preliminary results." The Koch Foundation, founded by the billionaire oil brothers who have been major funders of the climate-denial machine, gave BEST a $150,000 grant.
    The results were not what the Koch bros, wanted to hear: This is a blow to Science Deniers: Koch Funded Researchers Confirm Global Warming
    In the press release announcing the results, Muller said, "Our biggest surprise was that the new results agreed so closely with the warming values published previously by other teams in the US and the UK." In other words, climate scientists know what they're doing after all.

    I hope the President can convince the nation that the pipeline is not the "jobs" creator that so many are touting - and that the environmental costs are just too great
    Infrastructure investment as a the catalyst for job growth would be by far the better goal imo.

    Thx  jamess.

  •  when the day is long ... (0+ / 0-)

    and you think you've had to much ...

    sometimes everything is wrong ...

    Well, hold on.

    What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
    -- Maslow ...... my list.

    by jamess on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 02:45:13 PM PST

  •  Tired of term 'Protecting' & 'Preserving'. Too de- (1+ / 0-)
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    fensive for me.  They assume no net gain for the environment.

    "Restoring" and "Reclaiming"  are more proactive, and suggest an expansion of protection.

    Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. -Frank Zappa

    by TheGrandWazoo on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 09:55:50 PM PST

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