Obama exempts GE from Global Warming rules

Special favors from Obama to the favored ones?

Last month, the Obama EPA began enforcing new rules regulating the greenhouse gas emissions from any new or expanded power plants.

This week, the EPA issued its first exemption, Environment & Energy News reports:

The Obama administration will spare a stalled power plant project in California from the newest federal limits on greenhouse gases and conventional air pollution, U.S. EPA says in a new court filing that marks a policy shift in the face of industry groups and Republicans accusing the agency of holding up construction of large industrial facilities.

According to a declaration by air chief Gina McCarthy, officials reviewed EPA policies and decided it was appropriate to "grandfather" projects such as the Avenal Power Center, a proposed 600-megawatt power plant in the San Joaquin Valley, so they are exempted from rules such as new air quality standards for smog-forming nitrogen dioxide (NO2). . . .

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Blogger Chas said...

The rules are the rules, except when they're not.
Global warming is a political farce, but the cost of the restrictions that are imposed is not, neither is the value of the exemptions. The potential for corruption is huge, and we're seeing it happen.

2/03/2011 3:39 PM  

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