by Sam Hieb
As you can probably imagine, National Review has plenty:
Unfortunately, the Clean Power Plan packs neither the environmental nor diplomatic punch the Obama administration has claimed. Moreover, contrary to the White House’s assertion, it offers states little flexibility and comes at enormous economic expense.
…The Clean Power Plan exemplifies bad policy, deeply harming the economy without meaningful environmental or diplomatic achievements. States and the other two branches of federal government should act fast to halt this wrongheaded executive action.
As you could also probably imagine, Gov. Pat McCrory says North Carolina file a legal challenge. Here’s what jumped out at me when reading the N&O write-up:
Fossil-fueled power plants release about one-third of the nation’s greenhouse gases, which are linked to climate change. Last year was the warmest on record, EPA says, and 14 of the warmest 15 years came this century.
Utility emissions of carbon dioxide have already dropped 15 percent between 2005 and 2013 as the recession stalled electricity demand and utilities moved to cleaner-burning natural gas fuel.
I assume by “this century” the N&O means the 21st century, and during that time carbon emissions dropped in eight of those 15 years, yet 14 of the 15 warmest years came this century.
Also note the sidebar:
Average annual temperature in the Southeast over the past century included warm conditions during the 1930s and 1940s followed by a cool period in the 1960s and 1970s, says the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
Cool period in the ’60s, before the EPA—-or the major federal expansion of the Clean Air Act– existed?