Department Of Energy Awarding $575 Mi...

Department Of Energy Awarding $575 Million In Carbon Capture Resear...

There are 2 comments on the The Huffington Post story from Sep 8, 2010, titled Department Of Energy Awarding $575 Million In Carbon Capture Resear.... In it, The Huffington Post reports that:

The Energy Department said Tuesday it was awarding $575 million for carbon capture research-and-development projects in 15 states.

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CONCERNED

Tularosa, NM

#1 Sep 10, 2010
CAP & TRADE TRYING TO BANKRUPT A STATE NEAR YOU!

LET’S STOP EIB 08-19R and EIB 10-04 R PROPOSED CAP & TRADE REGULATIONS IN NEW MEXICO!

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COMMENTS TAKEN THROUGH September 30, 2010-EVERYONE CAN SUBMIT A WRITTEN COMMENT.
EVEN IF THEY GAVE ORAL TESTIMONY AT ONE OF THE HEARINGS AROUND THE STATE.

THERE WILL BE NO QUANTIFIABLE REDUCTION IN GREENHOUSE GASES WITH NEW MEXICO-ONLY CAP AND TRADE. MOST EMISSIONS ORIGINATE FROM POWER PLANTS LOCATED ON TRIBAL LANDS AND THOSE LANDS ARE EXEMPT FROM THE STATE CAP AND TRADE RULES. ALBUQUERQUE AND BERNALILLO ARE ALSO EXEMPT. NEW MEXICO’S NEIGHBORS ARE NOT REGULATING OR REDUCING THEIR EMISSIONS.

SANDRA ELY, NEW MEXICO ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT’S ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY COORDINATOR, IN FILED WRITTEN TESTIMONY PROVIDES A CURSORY SCIENTIFIC REVIEW THAT IS VASTLY OVERSIMPLIFIED AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS ESTABLISHING A SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR PURSUING GHG REGULATION, YET THIS IS THE TYPE OF INFORMATION THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT BOARD WILL BE BASING THEIR DECISIONS ON.

UNDER NEW MEXICO-ONLY CAP AND TRADE, INDUSTRIES WILL BE FORCED TO RETROFIT THEIR OPERATIONS AND PLANTS TO REDUCE EMISSIONS. SEQUESTRATION IS UNPROVEN AS PERMANENT STORAGE AND CARRIES HUGE LIBILITY FOR NEW MEXICO. OTHER TECHNOLOGIES ARE UNDERDEVELOPED OR NON-EXISTENT, YET WE ARE REQUIRING ENERGY COMPANIES TO REDUCE EMISSIONS WITH LITTLE OR NO AVAILABLE OPTIONS.

TECHNOLOGIES AND ALTERNATIVE FUEL SOURCES TO REPLACE FOSSIL FUELS ARE UNDERDEVELOPED. THERE WILL BE ENERGY RATIONING BECAUSE SOLAR AND WIND ARE VARIABLE AND THEREFORE UNRELIABLE. ALSO, SOLAR AND WIND PROJECTS AND GREEN JOBS ARE HEAVILY SUBSIDIZED BY THE GOVERNMENT. NEW MEXICANS END UP PAYING FOR CAP AND TRADE TWICE!

THE EMISSION NUMBERS FOR ALL OF NEW MEXICO THAT THE CENTER FOR CLIMATE STRATEGIES CITED IN THEIR REPORTS WERE GROSS EMISSIONS, NOT NET OF OFFSETTING ACTIVITY FROM FORESTS, TREES, ETC. ARE THESE INFLATED NUMBERS STILL BEING USED?

MR. STEPHEN MICHEL’S TESTIMONY FOR THE PETITIONER, NEE, STATES THAT ELECTRICITY INCREASES WOULD ONLY BE .9% PER MWh, THE COST TO OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY “WILL BE A FRACTION OF A PERCENT FOR THOSE COMMODITIES.” MICHAEL SIMS OF FARMINGTON ELECTRIC ESTIMATES THAT NUMBER IS 2.6%, EVERYTHING CONSIDERED. THE ROOSEVELT COUNTY ELECTRIC MANAGER SAYS THE AVERAGE HOMEOWNER’S ELECTRIC BILL WILL INCREASE $30.00/MONTH. ANOTHER ELECTRIC PROVIDER SAYS THEIRS WILL BE HIGHER.

IF FEDERAL CAP AND TRADE IS PASSED IN THE U.S. SENATE, NEW MEXICO ENERGY PRODUCERS AND AFFECTED BUSINESSES WILL BEAR ADDITIONAL COSTS AND UPHEAVAL SWITCHING FROM THE STATE TO FEDERAL REGULATIONS.

THE USE OF OFFSETS WILL NOT WORK IN NEW MEXICO BECAUSE OF OUR ARID CLIMATE. WE DO NOT AND CANNOT GROW SUFFICIENT FEEDSTOCKS OR PLANT ENOUGH TREES TO PROVIDE ENOUGH OFFSETS. NOR CAN EASTERN NEW MEXICO RELY ON GROUND WATER TO IRRIGATE OFFSETTING CROPS.

THE NEW MEXICO ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT’S PROPOSED COMPANION REGULATION,“GHG EMISSIONS REPORTING AND VERIFICATION,” WHICH WILL BE HEARD BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT BOARD IN NOVEMBER, WILL REQUIRE ALL FACILITIES THAT EMIT A MINIMUM OF 10,000 METRIC TONS OF GHG, BUT LESS THAN 25,000 METRIC TONS TO REPORT THEIR EMISSIONS AND HAVE THEM VERIFIED BY A 3RD PARTY, WHICH ADDS ADDITIONAL COSTS TO DOING BUSINESS IN NEW MEXICO.(AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT WOULD EMIT 10,000 METRIC TONS IS AN AUTO BODY SHOP, A MINIMUM COST OF 3RD PARTY VERIFICATION IS AROUND $7500.)

JIM NORTON, NEW MEXICO ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT DIVISION DIRECTOR, STATES IN HIS FILED TESTIMONY,“THE DEPARTMENT’S CAP AND TRADE PROGRAM WILL NOT, ON ITS OWN, STOP GLOBAL WARMING OR EVEN RISING TEMPERATURES IN NEW MEXICO.” SO WHAT THEY ARE ASKING RURAL NEW MEXICO TO DO IS CARRY THE ECONOMIC BURDEN OF A POLITICALLY MOTIVATED POLICY DECISION.
Earthling

Valencia, Spain

#2 Sep 10, 2010
Follow the money, you know where the BIG money trail leads to and it certainly isn't the fosil fuel industry.

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