Friday, December 14, 2012

The American Spectator : It Isn't Easy Being Green
Did you know you can no longer buy a traditional 100 watt light bulb? Did you know you can’t buy gasoline for your car without ethanol?

These are just two of the ways in which environmental laws and regulations are changing your life. Add to them the myriad regulations that will make it more expensive to heat your home this winter or cool it next summer. To hear the environmentalists tell it, these changes are creating jobs — green jobs. But all the evidence suggests that more jobs are being destroyed than created — all the while making the economy less productive and pushing up the prices of almost everything we buy.
Solar firms probed for ‘misrepresentations’ in getting public money - The Washington Post
Three of the country’s most prolific installers of residential solar panels are under federal investigation to determine if they inflated the cost of their work to increase the payments they would receive from the government, according to government and industry officials familiar with the probe.

SolarCity, SunRun and Sungevity have received subpoenas from the Treasury Department’s office of inspector general for financial records to justify more than $500 million in federal grants and tax credits the firms tapped for performing work.
House GOP seeks info on alleged EPA internal email accounts |
The Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Jackson demanding information on an alleged secret “internal” email system the agency it uses in addition to the normal public one. The system is an alleged bid to escape federal transparency rules, including the Freedom of Information Act, regarding official communications.
Romm Polemics vs. Drought Science — MasterResource
Romm has a long track record of this type of behavior. And perhaps the most recent case involves Romm’s unwavering dedication to NASA’s James Hansen (outlier) view of the coming climate and human’s influence on it. Hansen has a lot of bad stuff to say, which is good for Joe Romm. But the problem is that Hansen is not usually right.

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