Repeal and Not Replace the Clean Power Plan (CPP)
This press release (below) gives everyone access to the information needed to support or join the Concerned Household Electricity Consumers Council (CHECC) fight to repeal and not replace the Clean Power Plan and rescind and reconsider the fatally flawed CO2 Endangerment Finding that is the basis of the flood of onerous regulations proposed or adopted by the EPA under the Obama Administration. But with all the other fighting going on in America, why should one care about this issue. After all, Climate Science is settled science, right?
As wild winter weather rages across the hemisphere easily explainable by natural factors including the quietest sun in perhaps two centuries, politicians, alarmist scientists and the media are busy trying to convince you that every newsworthy extreme weather event is unprecedented and our fault.
They claim that we are destroying our planet’s climate and our children’s futures by selfishly driving SUVs and burning fossil fuels. That CO2 is somehow supercharging storms and making other extremes more likely. Policymakers are pushing us to replace fossil fuel now in abundance for costly, unreliable and not-ready-for-prime-time renewables. How did the developed world arrive at this point?
THE REAL MOTIVATION
The real driver for the radical environmental movement started half a century ago. The Club of Rome was an organization formed in 1968 consisting of heads of state, UN bureaucrats, high-level politicians and government officials, diplomats, scientists, economists and business leaders from around the globe. It raised considerable public attention in 1972 with its report The Limits to Growth. The club’s mission was “to act as a global catalyst for change through the identification and analysis of the crucial problems facing humanity”. Many were attracted to this movement by perceived concerns over population growth. These quotes, many from very familiar world leaders may shock you.
The Council of the Club of Rome in 1991 in the book The First Global Revolution laid out a blueprint for the 21st Century which focused on centralized one world government and a new world order with a redistribution of wealth. They thought creating a global threat was needed as motivation for nations to cede their sovereignty to a centralized global government. That is when global warming was invented.
“In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming…would fit the bill…It does not matter if this common enemy is “a real one or…one invented for the purpose.”
The UN took on the global warming cause in a series of carefully crafted and controlled reports. The UN has openly admitted their ultimate goals were not environmental. UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres stated bluntly, “Our aim is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to change the global economic system…” UN IPCC official Ottmar Edenhofer admitted, “One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy, it is not”. It is actually about how “we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth.”
In the Paris Accord in 2015, western taxpayers are targeted and our wealth would be redistributed internationally while our economies are being cut down to size.
Making people see the real threat is a challenge because the trillions of dollars selling the threat created so many believers in industry and our populace, especially in our younger generations. Quietly in recent decades, our schools have become indoctrination factories. Most colleges have abandoned teaching students how to think for teaching them what to think. The result is more snowflakes than the worst possible nor’easter. The scientific method is dead – morphing into “when data does not agree with your hypothesis, the data not your hypothesis or theory must be wrong and properly adjusted.”
As these students enter the government and industry they push unwise policies and those that become teachers and researchers further corrupt the education system in line with their beliefs. It is a cancer growing within. The professional societies have become unprofessional extensions of a corrupted academia.
People ask so-called Global Warming Deniers why do we care. We care because we can see the great harm inflicted in places where the globalization and radical green energy policies were first implemented as in the EU. It includes countries that were once under the thumb of communism and welcomed their freedom now being told to again bow down to centralized control. However, nations that have rushed to adopt the green agenda are paying energy prices up to 5 times higher than currently paid in the U.S.
This hurts the people who can least afford it. Worldwide, cold kills 20 times more than heat (Gasparrini, 2015). 38% of British households are cutting back essential purchases like food, to pay high and rising energy bills. Another 59% of homes are worried about how they will pay energy bills when the Paris accord is enforced. In the UK 12 million people are said to be in energy poverty. Many pensioners have to choose between heating and eating. 58% more people now die in the 4 winter months than the other 8 months in Britain. Brexit was in part a rebellion against the pains inflicted by the onerous green energy policies imposed by centralized bureaucrats who pay no attention to local needs or the consequences of their decision-making. They quote Consensus Science views and cite Climate Alarmist claims. But now, finally, the pushback is spreading, even in the U.S.
CHECC’s goals are to educate our government officials, industry management and the public on why they should not let radical environment policies prevail. To show them how the consensus science presented is wrong, even fraudulent. We hope to ensure that Americans recognize the huge benefits of low energy costs and reduced regulations and yes even increased CO2 emissions and open their eyes to the enormous further damage that would come from a return to Obama era policies.
The CHECC Press Release below provides access to the findings supporting these goals. These findings were developed over a ten year period by scientists and lawyers each working on a Pro bono basis.
The Concerned Household Electricity Consumers Council in its Comment Calls on President Trump and EPA to Repeal and Not Replace the Clean Power Plan(CPP). CHECC CPP ANPRM Replacement Comment Overview FINAL 022718 PDF
Key Comment Conclusions*:
* CO2 is a Beneficial Gas, not a Pollutant. As a result, the Social Cost of Carbon is Negative since CO2 is so very critical to plant growth and therefore human life.
* The 2009 Endangerment Finding must be reconsidered and rescinded/vacated. Thus, the CPP would not be replaced.
* All future Federal, State and private sector decisions regarding the Nation’s electric power grid must focus solely on minimizing consumer electricity prices as well as maximizing Grid Reliability and Resilience. No consumer electricity price increases should be permitted by regulators that result from increased Renewables/Energy Storage Grid penetration.
* The Current Reconsideration of future vehicle MPG Standards must treat CO2 reduction as a cost, not a benefit, so that only consumer preferences matter, not climate change issues. Currently, with low gasoline price expectations, most consumers prefer trucks & SUVs.
*Based on the Concerned Household Electricity Consumers Council (CHECC) Comment in response to EPA’s ANPRM CPP Replacement
CHECC CPP ANPRM Replacement Comment FINAL to EPA 022618 (1) Filed February 26, 2018
March 24, 2018
The Concerned Household Electricity Consumers Council (CHECC) announces that on February 26, 2018 it filed a Comment in response to EPA’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM) Clean Power Plan (CPP) Replacement. (see CHECC CPP ANPRM Replacement Comment FINAL to EPA 022618 (1) )
This Comment provided EPA and the Trump Administration with Legal, Climate Science and Energy Economic analysis findings, each robustly supporting the conclusion that EPA should Repeal and Not Replace the Clean Power Plan.
SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS
Based on the Legal Analysis: The CPP should not be replaced with anything at all until a lawful, scientifically robust, highly influential scientific assessment (HISA)-compliant positive endangerment finding has been made. The 2009 EF analysis process was fundamentally flawed requiring that it must be rescinded and reconsidered.
Based on the Climate Science Analysis: The scientific basis for the 2009 Endangerment Analysis has been invalidated – in fact, by two separate and distinct analyses. Hence, a GHG endangerment reconsideration is highly unlikely to yield a new endangerment finding. And, thus CPP replacement would have no legal basis and then should not be replaced.
Based on the Energy Economic Analysis: The current Federal, State and private sector policies that are now increasing the fraction of electricity generation from Intermittent Renewables must be stopped/reversed in order to avoid/mitigate very severe micro and macroeconomic impacts and National Security ramifications involving skyrocketing electricity prices as well as dramatically reduced power grid reliability and resilience. The climate science findings suggest that taking such action will have no impact on the climate.
The legal analysis contained in the Comment is written to satisfy lawyers conversant in “Administrative Law,” but the bottom line is that the 2009 Endangerment Finding, upon which all current CO2 regulation is predicated, was rammed through EPA and the courts and shown in the Comment to have not been carried out consistent with statute law.
The 2009 Endangerment Finding did not comply with the requirements for highly influential scientific assessments (HISA), and Obama’s endangerment finding supporting the CPP is demonstrated to be grossly deficient. In short, the CO2 Endangerment Finding must be reconsidered because the 2009 finding was not made consistent with easy to understand statute law – a point made to EPA by its Inspector General but ignored by EPA and both the D.C. and Supreme Courts.
The only lawful way to regulate GHG emissions is to prepare a proper, HISA-compliant positive endangerment finding. Until that has been completed, and a lawfully conducted and scientifically robust positive finding returned, the CPP should not be replaced with any regulation at all.
Climate Science Findings
New research findings now make it all but certain that CO2 is not a pollutant but rather a beneficial gas that should not be regulated. This is because, at this point, there is no statistically valid proof that past increases in atmospheric CO2 concentrations have caused what has been officially reported as rising, or even record-setting, temperatures.
Moreover, new research findings demonstrate that adjustments by government agencies to the Global Average Surface Temperature (GAST) data render that data totally inconsistent with many other published and credible temperature data sets and therefore totally useless for any policy analysis purpose.
Adjustments over time to previously reported official data that imparted an ever-steeper upward trend in the data by removing the natural cyclical temperature patterns previously present in the data. These adjustments have deprived the GAST data from NOAA, NASA and Hadley CRU of the credibility required for policymaking or climate modeling. This is particularly true when such data are relied on to drive trillions of dollars in expenditures.
Finally, it is therefore inescapable that: if the official GAST data from NOAA, NASA and Hadley CRU are invalid, then both the ‘basic physical understanding’ of climate and the associated climate models will also be invalid – resulting in tens of billions in wasted climate research funding.
The CHECC Comment also referenced two recent letters to the EPA Administrator from over 85 highly credentialed scientists. They stated as follows: “We the undersigned are individuals who have technical skills and knowledge relevant to climate science and the GHG Endangerment Finding. We each are convinced that the 2009 GHG Endangerment Finding is fundamentally flawed and that an honest, unbiased reconsideration is in order.”
The Comment’s science findings section also presents rebuttals of ten typical climate change alarmists’ claims. The authors of these rebuttals are all recognized experts in the relevant scientific fields. The rebuttals demonstrate the falsity of all ten of the claims merely by citing the most credible empirical data on the topic. The ten now rebutted alarmist claims are as follows:
* Heat Waves are increasing at an alarming rate and heat kills.
* Global warming is causing more hurricanes and stronger hurricanes.
* Global warming is causing more and stronger tornadoes.
* Global warming is increasing the magnitude and frequency of droughts and floods.
* Global Warming has increased U.S. Wildfires.
* Global warming is causing snow to disappear.
* Global warming is resulting in rising sea levels as seen in both tide gauge and satellite technology.
* Arctic, Antarctic and Greenland ice loss is accelerating due to global warming.
* Rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations are causing ocean acidification, which is catastrophically harming marine life.
* Carbon pollution is a health hazard.
This parade of horrible calamities that the 2009 Endangerment Finding predicts and that a vast program of regulation seeks to prevent have been comprehensively and conclusively refuted by empirical data. The 2009 Endangerment Finding should be rescinded and the Clean Power Plan replaced with nothing at all.
Energy Economic Findings
The Energy Economic Argument for rescinding the 2009 Endangerment Finding is that the CPP should not be replaced with anything because increasing the Fraction of Electricity Generation from Intermittent Renewables causes Enormous Consumer Electricity Price Increases and Serious Negative Macroeconomic Impacts. Real world examples in the Comment demonstrate that jurisdictions that have succeeded in increasing the percent of electricity from renewables validate the proposition that the more their power grid relied on renewables, the higher the electricity price – with price increases accelerating as the percent of electricity from renewables gets higher than 20% or so.
These real-world case studies are corroborated by a September 2017 study by IHS Markit, titled Ensuring Resilient and Efficient Electricity Generation: The Value of the Current Diverse U.S. Power Supply Portfolio which analyzed the economic effects of state and federal energy policies that are driving electric utilities away from coal, nuclear and hydroelectric and towards renewables and natural gas. Such policies are forecast by IHS Markit to lead to a tripling of the current roughly 7% reliance on wind, solar and other intermittent resources, with natural gas-fired resources supplying the majority of generation. (This assumption now appears optimistic for NG penetration; that is, current trends would favor higher renewable penetration.)
The Study’s Findings are that current policy-driven market distortions will lead to the: U.S. power grid becoming less cost-effective, less reliable and less resilient, … Id. at p. 4 (Emphasis added). The study forecasts that these policies will cause a 27% increase in the retail price of electricity.
The following economic impacts of these policies were forecast:
– The 27% retail power price increase associated with the less efficient diversity case causes a decline of real US GDP of 0.8%, equal to $158 billion (2016 chain-weighted dollars).
– Labor market impacts of the less efficient diversity case involve a reduction of 1 million jobs.
– A less efficient diversity case reduces real disposable income per household by about $845 (2016 dollars) annually, equal to 0.76% of the 2016 average household disposable income.” Id. at p. 5. (Emphasis added).
It should be noted that the Study’s projected 27% increase in average retail power prices is predicated on the wind and solar renewables share rising by three-fold from 7% to “only” about 21%. The case studies discussed in the Comment make very clear the enormous increases in power prices that would result as policymakers attempt to move the renewables grid penetration higher than that. Moreover, the study found that policies that promote increased use of wind and solar would likely result in little to no reduction in the level of electric sector CO2 emissions.
Based on these Energy Economic findings, the CPP should not be replaced with anything because increasing the fraction of electricity generation from Intermittent Renewables will cause (1) enormous consumer electricity price increases, (2) the Grid to become even less reliable and less resilient, and (3) even more serious negative micro and macroeconomic impacts – but would have zero impact on the climate. Based on the Comment’s reported science findings, this would be true whether or not the CPP Replacement managed to significantly reduce U.S. CO2 emissions from any and all sources.