12 STATES SUE OBAMA OVER CARBON DIOXIDE REGULATIONS
The bipartisan coalition of states, led by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, is looking for a federal court to overturn a 2011 settlement by the EPA, states, cities and environmental groups, which gave the agency political cover to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
“Our system doesn’t allow federal agencies to ‘improve’ or ‘fix’ laws to advance an agenda,” Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who joined Morrisey in the lawsuit, said in a statement. “But that is what happened here: the EPA made a promise in 2011 to expand its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.”
“Fortunately, the law doesn’t allow the agency to do what it wants,” Pruitt added. “This lawsuit is about holding the EPA accountable to following the environmental statutes as passed by Congress. Oklahoma will continue to challenge the EPA – or any other federal agency – when it takes actions that undermine our system and the rule of law.”
In June, the EPA proposed rules that would force states to come up with plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants already in operation as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The EPA is looking to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 30 percent by 2030.
MIKE KELLY; PUSHING BACK AGAINST OBAMA'S WAR ON COAL
...I recently introduced the Coal Country Protection Act (H.R. 4808) in the House of Representatives, a companion to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's legislation in the Senate. This bipartisan bill—co-sponsored by West Virginia Democrat Nick Rahall, among others—would halt new EPA regulation on power plants until there is a guarantee that there will be no loss of American jobs, no drop in gross domestic product, no higher electricity rates and no interruption in energy delivery...
WH INDICATES ETHANOL MANDATE COULD GO UP
White House adviser John Podesta has indicated the administration plans to raise the amount of ethanol and other biofuels that must be blended into the nation's fuel supply, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said Thursday.
The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed draft on blending volumes, which was released late last year, cut the amount of biofuels that refiners would need to mix into their fuels. The plan represented the first time the agency had lowered the target from the previous year.
While the primary focus of Thursday's meeting between Podesta and Senate Democrats was on biodiesel volumes, Franken said the adviser mentioned that the final blending mandates would likely be higher than what the EPA had initially proposed.
"I believe the numbers will be bigger and that's based not only on conversations with [Podesta] but my conversations with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy," Franken said. "He certainly led us to believe there will be higher numbers in each piece of it than was in the preliminary [Renewable Fuel Standard]."
Franken said Podesta told the senators that the release of the final rule "will be imminent."
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ETHANOL IS PROOF OUR GOVERNMENT HATES US
OBAMA'S ETHANOL POLICY AT ODDS WITH REDUCING CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS