Looking from a narrow perspective, all sides of the political spectrum are competing for high stakes in the presidential campaign.
For liberals, a defeat in the November election portends dark times for the American welfare state, as top marginal tax rates are slashed, while our nations' unemployed schoolteachers turn to a life of meth production and psychopathy. For conservatives, an Obama re-election means a future in which illegal aliens will have union jobs installing solar panels on the backs of small business owners.
But both sides should take a deep breath because according to yet another study, none of this matters, as we are doomed to massive droughts, freak weather events, crop failures and climate-caused social instability regardless of who wins the next election.
Tags: Charles Koch, Climate Change, Environment, Science & Technology
During the Bush Administration, Congress created a new mandate under which oil companies were required to use a minimum amount of cellulosic ethanol, a scientific term for "payoff to Iowa Caucus-goers," in their annual fuel production.
Refiners had to blend 6.6 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol in 2011. Although precisely zero gallons of cellulosic ethanol were produced, the Environmental Protection Agency increased the quota to 8.65 million gallons. The idea was to create a domestic cellulosic ethanol industry, yet according to EPA data, no such fuel has been produced last year or this year.
Will this sad new get the oil companies off the hook?
The Environmental Protection Agency has slapped a $6.8 million penalty on oil refiners for not blending cellulosic ethanol into gasoline, jet fuel and other products…
"EPA's decision is arbitrary and capricious. We fail to understand how EPA can maintain a requirement to purchase a type of fuel that simply doesn't exist," said Charles Drevna, president of American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, the Washington-based association representing the oil-refining industry.
Good job, Congress and EPA. One way to promote environmental sustainability is to tax carbon — or put a cap on carbon emissions — and allow all clean fuel companies and technologies to compete on a more even playing field.
Option B, you could have the government chose politically-connected industries (ethanol!) and companies (Solyndra!), to be subsided at taxpayer expense, have them fail to develop a usable product and then fine manufacturers for failing to blend their fuel with the aforementioned rainbows and unicorn sweat. Glad we made the right choice!
Tags: Energy & Oil, Environment, EPA, Science & Technology, Solyndra
* Sarah Silverman's NSFW indecent proposal.
* What is this "Afghanistan" you speak of, from The Onion.
* The New Yorker political cartoon of the day for all you thinkers out there.
* Sean Lennon asks you not to frack his mother on Jimmy Fallon.
* Watch Romney get pulled over during the Seamus incident, from Funny or Die.
Tags: Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Daily Links, Environment, Funny or Die, Jimmy Fallon, Mitt Romney, Sarah Silverman, Seamus Romney, Sheldon Adelson, The New Yorker, The Onion, Theodore Roosevelt, Yoko Ono
Don't you hate it when you accidentally push the wrong button and wide up sending out a half-written, incomprehensible tweet? Or making everybody on your elevator wait while you all stop at an unnecessary floor? Or open up your state to a potentially dangerous and environmentally harmful method of obtaining natural gas? So embarrassing! Amirite?! LOL!
A veteran lawmaker in North Carolina says she pushed the wrong button late Monday night in a marathon legislative session and accidentally opened up the state to fracking.
Rep. Becky Carney, a five-term Democrat from Charlotte, burst into tears after mistakenly voting with Republicans to override Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of the contentious legislation. The measure lifts the ban on hydraulic fracturing as a means for mining for natural gas.
Ms. Carney and other Democrats asked for a do-over, as is common when a member pushes the wrong button. But in this instance, Republicans said no. A change in Carney’s vote would have changed the outcome, which is against the House rules. But Ms. Carney asked for the rules to be suspended so she could change her vote, but got nowhere.
Hey, Republicans, we know that you guys just got the results that you've been angling toward for the past several months and that you've made tons and tons of promises to lobbyist groups about, but… Well, would you mind if we tried that vote again, so that you can lose this time? We'd be soooo appreciative! We'd totally owe you one.
What? No, you won't?! Ugh! What jerks!
Tags: Environment, North Carolina, State Legislature