'The Obama administration is working on new efficiency standards for seemingly every appliance but the kitchen sink. Spurred by President Obama’s climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, lamps and many more appliances.'
'The goal of Obama’s climate plan is to reduce carbon pollution so much by 2030 that it would be equivalent to taking 44 million cars off the road, according to the Energy Department. The push for tougher efficiency standards was initially ushered in with the 2009 stimulus bill, which included $16.8 billion for the Energy Department to promote efficiency. '
'EU has now decided that only vacuum cleaners on 1600W or below are allowed -- allegedly to help deal with global warming. Yet, it will not reduce *one* single ton of CO₂ -- because the EU already has a CO₂ cap.'
Protesters 'blocked the delivery of 40,000 tons of Appalachian mountaintop coal to New England. They’ll argue that it’s really climate change and the government’s ineffective policies that should be on trial.'
'Then they’ll ask the jury to find them not guilty by reason of “necessity.” - 'their illegal interference with a coal delivery was justified in light of the greater danger of catastrophic climate change.'
'This trial will mark a pioneering invocation of the necessity defense, the longstanding legal doctrine that it is acceptable to commit a crime if you are preventing a greater harm.'
'Today, most scientists have concluded that the effects of acid rain were overstated to begin with—fewer lakes were hurt than had been thought, and acid rain was not the only cause.'
'Environmental issues became ways for politicians to signal their clan identity to supporters. As symbols, the issues couldn’t be compromised. Standing up for your side telegraphed your commitment to take back America—either from tyrannical liberal elitism or right-wing greed and fecklessness. Nothing got done.'