Big Climate News From the Supreme Court

So there was a pretty big story on climate change today, did anyone even see it? It got buried among the stories about someones booty and whether or not rich people are rich or some such thing.. but here it is-


 

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/23/justice/scotus-greenhouse-gases/index.html?iref=allsearch

from the article-“┬áThe Supreme Court on Monday took away some of the government’s power to tighten emission standards, but preserved the majority of its authority under federal law to regulate greenhouse gases.”


 

So there were some small wins here, but not all bad losses…

The Supreme Court has been hearing about green house gases and whether or not the EPA can regulate them as an air pollutant.

Obviously, one has to believe in climate change before one can agree to regulate that which causes it.. so many government officials are denying it exists. Of course, we know why- if we decide the carbon dioxide is an issue, we have to do something about it. A lot of something.. and a lot often has to do with curbing emissions from power plants and vehicles. Hmmm.

The fight has only begun on this topic though. Coal fired power plants are the target that the EPA is going to be working on next, and they will not go down easy.

What is the issue? The coal plants in this country are basically older plants, and need some upgrading in order to be more efficient and produce less emissions. Reducing emissions in a power plant costs money, and the energy producers are not excited to spend this money unless they have to. In other industries, where pollutants are emitted, there are rules that mandate that they are abated. This industry has not faced these stringent requirements and they are unhappy.

Anti-climate alarmists are telling the public that regulating industry will mean regulating them next… ohhh scary! Imagine- our electricity bills will be 10 million dollars a month, the world will collapse! We all know this is not true, but more fear mongering.

The fact is- a real commitment to energy efficiency would save us millions of dollars a year as consumers, and we wouldn’t have to give up a thing. Of course- the people selling us energy would be giving something up- profits. Thus they are very keen to fight this.

Here at Itzybellababy, we run our business on solar. ( ok, it is our house- but it doubles as the office where I work.)

The solar panels have been a great way for us to save money, emissions, and we have given up nothing in return (except maybe a very poorly performing retirement savings account.)

Solar panels

More to come on that.

But what do you do to save energy? Are you a climate change believer?