GHG, Energy Efficiency, Energy Independence? The Silly Season

11 Mar 2011

Public Enemy Number One?

With all the national attention focused on Wisconsin and now Japan, a Congressional Subcommitee has approved a bill, HR 910, that would prevent the EPA from implementing its planned regulations of big carbon dioxide polluters such as oil refineries and power plants. The measure will next be sent to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee.

If passed by the House and the Senate, the Bill faces an uphill battle as the Obama administration has said the president would veto it.  This is something that Kevin predicted would be a fight.  So, why waste the time?  A recent article speculates that this is all about political posturing for 2012, as the GOP tries to paint the President into a corner as driving up the cost of gas and fuel. 

Now, things appear to have gotten a little wilder with a Wyoming Senator and 26 others demanding that Congress repeal a 2007 piece of legislation that requires incandescent light bulbs become far more efficient by 2012.  When someone in national government argues that we should have “choice about the best lightbulb” that seems pretty silly to me. First of all, President Bush signed this bill. Second, doesn’t Congress have more important things to do? Third, while the CFL bulbs have their drawbacks (primarily mercury), in light of unrest in the Middle East, isn’t promoting efficiency and helping with energy independence more important than ensuring that customers can buy cheap but wasteful lightbulbs?

It appears to be that “silly season” when it’s time for serious efforts. Shame.

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  1. Mary 11. Mar, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    Don’t forget these are the people who stopped using biodegradable dishes and utensils in the House Dining Room because they didn’t like them as much as styrofoam.
    Double shame.

  2. Renewable 23. Jul, 2011 at 2:12 am #

    Wind and solar energy are two the most talked about alternative energy sources though they are still far away from being able to compete with fossil fuels on global level. At this moment wind and solar energy are not even two most important alternative energy sources because nuclear power and hydropower are currently leading the alternative energy sources pack.

  3. Arthur Siegal 25. Jul, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    True although many would challenge nuclear as an “alternative energy” source. As to hydro – you are absolutely right – although hydro power has been around for a long time and likely doesn’t have as many new opportunities as do solar and wind. Everything has a “price” – hydro often interferes with natural processes – look at the damming of the Colorado River and the effects that has had on natural processes of erosion and accretion along the river – the placement of sediments at the end of the River as well as the lack of water reaching the end of the River are prices for the hydro-electric dams along the once untamed river.

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