Trump administration to terminate Obama’s climate plan 

Posted: October 9, 2017 by oldbrew in Emissions, Energy, government, News, Politics
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US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt

It’s hard to miss an undercurrent of dislike for this new but expected US policy in the report, which will no doubt be amplified in the usual quarters.

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that he will sign a new rule overriding the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, the Associated Press reports.

“The war on coal is over,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt declared in the coal mining state of Kentucky. For Pruitt, getting rid of the Clean Power Plan will mark the culmination of a long fight he began as the elected attorney general of Oklahoma.

Pruitt was among about two-dozen attorney generals who sued to stop President Barack Obama’s push to limit carbon emissions.

Closely tied to the oil and gas industry in his home state, Pruitt rejects the consensus of scientists that man-man emissions from burning fossil fuels are the primary driver of global climate change. President Donald Trump, who appointed Pruitt and shares his skepticism of established climate science, promised to kill the Clean Power Plan during the 2016 campaign as part of his broader pledge to revive the nation’s struggling coal mines.

In his order Tuesday, Pruitt is expected to declare that the Obama-era rule exceeded federal law by setting emissions standards that power plants could not reasonably meet.

Appearing at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Pruitt said, “The EPA and no federal agency should ever use its authority to say to you we are going to declare war on any sector of our economy.”

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  1. Paul Vaughan says:

    There’s only 1 way to revive serious interest in climate exploration:
    Reinstate ERRSTv3b2.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Date: 09/10/17 The Courier & Mail

    The Turnbull Government has prevented a backbench revolt by moving to ditch the Clean Energy Target proposed by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel.
    – – –
    EPA Threatened With Lawsuits Over Repealing Obama’s Global Warming Rule

  3. oldbrew says:

    Scientists say cost of capturing CO2 declining
    October 9, 2017

    Technology now in limited use removes about 90 percent of carbon dioxide from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants, but energy experts say cost remains the chief obstacle to bringing the “clean coal” touted by President Donald Trump into the mainstream.

    Read more at:

  4. Paul Vaughan says:

    OB’s comment on topology:

    Look back at the ridiculous number of years we waited for this acknowledgement.

    Now looking forward:
    A measure of credibility of climate exploration is sound geometric instinct …including sound instinct about aggregation criteria.

    The uniformity assumption is strictly corrupt.

    It has been the basis of absolutely devilish ignorance and deception that endured with offensively intolerable duration.

    The boundaries have a shape and the intolerably rude people screaming “physics” this, “physics” that (and campaigning “scientific method” this, “scientific method” that) are the ones due for trial for trying so hard to hide boundary conditions under a rug.

    The common person understands that shape matters. Things with different shapes have different names and uses even if they’re made of the same thing. Function’s not free of form.

    Everyone should have understood that instantly from Bill Illis’ classic graph.

    The strategy response was delectably informative: They were adamant and with fire in their eyes they rallied with clubs around their sacred uniformity assumption, underscoring that in their primitive political culture, “physics” and “science” were absolutely free of the burden of realistically connecting function with form.

  5. Ron Clutz says:

    I am working my way through the legal documentation, but at this point it is interesting to see how the CPP was a stealth version of the same predicament legislated by the EU, Australia and others.

    That is, the EPA, in the absence of any legislative authority went ahead and used regulations to force power companies to switch away from coal-fired plants, and even from gas-fired to renewables. Now under Pruitt the EPA is asserting that regulating energy mix within states is beyond their jurisdiction and belongs to another agency (FERC).

    They have thrown a spanner into Obama’s machinery.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Making coal and gas generation (no subsidies) uneconomic is a natural result of giving grid priority to unreliable wind and solar power (huge subsidies).

  7. Poly says:

    Interesting comment above as usual.
    Please can you repost the Bill Illis graph as described;
    “Everyone should have understood that instantly from Bill Illis’ classic graph”.
    Many thanks in advance.

  8. Paul Vaughan says:

  9. Ron Clutz says:

    Here is a summary of why the CPP is going down:

    1. No federal law governs CO2 emissions.
    2. EPA regulates sites, not the energy sector.
    3. CPP costs are huge, while benefits are miniscule.

  10. oldbrew says:

    New research shows that equatorial waves — pulses of warm ocean water that play a role in regulating Earth’s climate — are driven by the same dynamics as the exotic materials known as topological insulators. Equatorial Kelvin waves, which are responsible for the El Nino-Southern Oscillation, travel from West to East. Another type of equatorial wave–Rossby waves–move in the opposite direction.

    Read more at:

    Credit: Deplace/Marston/Venaille

  11. Paul Vaughan says:

    The article claims the role of topology in climate was “unrecognized” and “unexpected”.

    Certainly there’s a large pool of climate scientists mysteriously failing to appreciate or even think about geometry and topology, but there are plenty of brighter (or perhaps just less mysterious) people who never had to speculate about expectations because topological structure was simply observed.

    The authors also attract suspicion by suggesting geometry and topology are branches of physics. The devil’s finger on the switchboard of human learning finds ways to abuse formal process as a brake, exponentially compounding delays. Firing the operator will burn off red tape.

    Otherwise the article supports the principled division of unity needed to correct the major western fault internally (to avoid outsourcing through neglect to external agents).

    The symbolism of reinstating ERSSTv3b2 would send a simple, clear message.

  12. ren says:

    Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean.

  13. oldbrew says:

    It was always a political trick to call essential CO2 a pollutant…

    Date: 09/10/17 Editorial, The Wall Street Journal

    The Trump Administration is giving the economy a boost with its deregulatory agenda, and the latest example comes Tuesday when Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt will propose to repeal the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan. Ending this power grab will uphold the letter of the law and restore cooperative federalism with the states.

    The Obama EPA imposed the rule in 2015 to regulate carbon emissions nationwide and force the retirement of coal-fired electric power plants. Former EPA chief Gina McCarthy took creative license by reinterpreting Section 111 of the Clean Air Act, which directs the agency to implement the “best system of emission reduction” for pollutants.

  14. Paul Vaughan says:

    Imagining Irrational Negotiation

    “Can the secretary state if a pink slip’s needed for Paris?”

    √(Φ-φ) = √(-φΦ) = i
    √(φ-Φ) = √(φΦ) = 1

    Everyone and anyon (and maybe a “moron” (what the secretary stated)) knows there’s only one stable solution.

    Pink’s the enlightened shade of red, correcting the major western fault’s devilish uniformity assumption.

    “I’ve got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined…” — Taylor Swift

  15. oldbrew says:

    New NOAA boss…

    Trump nominates AccuWeather CEO to lead key climate agency
    By HENRY C. JACKSON 10/11/2017 10:42 PM EDT

    President Donald Trump has nominated the CEO of AccuWeather to run the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a key agency in conducting climate research and assessing climate change.

    Barry Myers has served since 2007 as CEO of AccuWeather, a media company in State College, Pennsylvania, that provides worldwide weather predictions.

  16. oldbrew says:

    Date: 12/10/17 Francis Menton, Manhattan Contrarian

    1=EPA and 2=Australia.

  17. Paul Vaughan says:

    dear mr. freewheeling talkshop editor: mr. tillerson isn’t just anyon

  18. Paul Vaughan says:

    The vanishing comment is left to the imagination.

  19. Paul Vaughan says:

    Imagine stability irrationally trumping unity.

    ΦΦ-1 = -Φ = (Φ-1)(Φ+1)
    ΦΦ+1 = Φ√5 = (Φ-i)(Φ+i)
    φφ+1 = φ√5 = (φ-i)(φ+i)

    φφ-1 = φ = (φ-1)(φ+1)

  20. Paul Vaughan says:

    WordPress is blocking comments with:
    • square root of five
    • lower case phi
    • upper case phi

    [mod] 1 comment approved

  21. Paul Vaughan says:

    Excessive unity undermines stability.
    Everything in moderation…

    • degree of unity not in most naturally stabilizing proportion
    too much of a good thing = cure worse than disease = destabilizing imbalance from excess unity
    • irrational failure to imagine excess unity as naturally destabilizing

    • Pareto Principled Division of Unity

    Irrational and imaginary together make a positively stable difference.

    Devilish leaders oversold ideological blinders (strictly false uniformity assumptions) that make natural balance look theoretically paradoxical to naive followers.

    We can’t count on devilish leaders to set an example for their followers by showing respect for nature. However, we can show respect for nature.

    The solution isn’t reckless fracture of oldschool institutions, but rather a principled division of unity to responsibly ensure maintenance of stability.

    A handful of enlightened leaders working together will be enough because of natural leverage.

  22. Paul Vaughan says:

    1 drop at a time God’s brilliant geometric legacy leaks from the chosen 1 of 5 corners:

    Next we measure the truth of the claim:
    “In God we trust.”

  23. Paul Vaughan says:

    We’re not left with no other option.
    Rather we’re right to imagine alternatives.

    Imagine the president was challenging the secretary’s irrationality quotient with the possibility of an enlightening pink slip for the western fault of drawing red lines under devilish uniformity assumptions.

  24. nickreality65 says:

    USCRN SUR_TEMP and SURFRAD uw_ir are surface upwelling infrared measurements from instruments that appear configured to apply ideal S-B BB equations, emissivity of about 1.0.

    Consequently, in some cases the upwelling power flux readings produced from these instruments can be as much as twice the amount of the measured downwelling solar irradiation power flux delivered to the surface. Energy from thin air by a misapplied equation is a rather clear violation of thermodynamic conservation of energy.

    An ideal S-B BB configuration works fine at the surface of the sun or earth’s ToA radiating out into the non-participating vacuum of space.

    But at the surface of the earth, submerged under 32 km of molecules participating through the thermal processes of conduction, convection, advection and latent, is an entirely different scenario.

    Applying an emissivity correction of 0.16 appears to bring these surface upwelling measurements into reasonable balance with the solar, convective and latent surface down and up welling power fluxes.

    ‘twould be more than a little bit disconcerting to discover that RGHE/GHG loop/CAGW are all based on a handful of improperly configured IR instruments.

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