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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jun 27, 2013 2:46 PM Flag

    Obama Climate Change Proposals Won't Be Job-Killers, Experts Say

    Obama Climate Change Proposals Won't Be Job-Killers, Experts Say

    Posted: 06/26/2013 6:27 pm EDT | Updated: 06/27/2013 12:16 pm EDT

    Even before President Barack Obama unveiled his sweeping climate change plan on Tuesday, Republican leaders were denouncing the effort as a job-killer. Any move to restrict polluting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, they maintained, would send energy costs up and lead to mass layoffs in a vital job sector.

    At a press conference last Thursday, House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) blasted the expected proposal as “absolutely crazy.”

    “Why would you want to increase the cost of energy and kill more American jobs at a time when the American people are still asking where are the jobs?” he asked.

    But experts who have studied the intersection of environmental policy and the job market say there's little truth to this claim, if any.

    Such assertions are "wildly overstated," said Richard Revesz, the director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University. He framed Boehner's remark as the latest iteration of a “job-killer meme” that has surfaced frequently in recent years as Republicans have sought to drum up fears about Obama’s environmental efforts.

    “We hear often that large swaths of the economy will be wiped out due to one regulation or another,” Revesz said. “Fortunately, and not surprisingly, we don't see those predictions coming true.”

    In a comprehensive 2012 review of more than 25 studies that attempted to gauge the effect of environmental regulations on jobs, a team of researchers led by Revesz found that many claims about such regulations were unreliable.

    While studies commissioned by the coal industry warned that millions of jobs could be lost, others conducted by left-leaning think tanks and environmental groups predicted that millions of jobs would be gained, their survey found.

    By contrast, the most detailed studies concluded that job losses and gains from environmental regulations e

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    • Sorta like the initial CBO estimates about the cost of Obummercare. Since then, the cost has at least doubled. The actuaries at the CBO must have been trained by wacko Paul Krugman.

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      • US Interior Department Approves 500 MW Arizona Wind Farm

        July 8, 2013 Joshua S Hill

        The US Department of the Interior announced on Wednesday that they had approved a plan to build a 500 MW wind project in Arizona. Upon completion, the wind farm will provide enough electricity to the grid to power up to 175,000 houses.

        The announcement comes in the wake of President Obama’s climate action plan, a comprehensive set of plans and actions to reduce US and global carbon pollution and energy inefficiency.

        The Arizonan wind project, known as the Mohave County Wind Farm, was proposed by BP Wind Energy North America, and will see 243 wind turbines erected on Federal lands approximately 40 miles northwest of Kingman. The decision paves the way for the provision of right-of-way grants for the use of approximately 35,000 acres of BLM (Bureau of Land Management) managed land as well as another 2,800 of Bureau of Reclamation land. The development includes a 1.2 mile buffer zone to protect nearby nesting locations for golden eagles and an assurance that no turbine will be erected within a quarter-mile of private property.

        “These are exactly the kind of responsible steps that we need to take to expand homegrown, clean energy on our public lands and cut carbon pollution that affects public health,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. “This wind energy project shows that reducing our carbon pollution can also generate jobs and cut our reliance on foreign oil.”

        “The project reflects exemplary cooperation between our BLM and Bureau of Reclamation and other Federal, state and local agencies, enabling a thorough environmental review and robust mitigation provisions,” said BLM Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze. “This decision represents a responsible balance between the need for renewable energy and our mandate to protect the public’s natural resources.”

        “I added my signature of approval for this vital project on the same week that President Obama challenge

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