It Begins… Obama EPA Starts Tracking “Greenhouse Gases” in Florida

Tampa Electric completed the installation of $330 million in Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) equipment at the company’s Big Bend Power Station in 2007. Now the company will have to pay for “greenhouse gas” emissions. (Terra Daily)

The Obama Environmental Protection Agency has spent the last year collecting emissions data from Tampa Bay’s largest polluters. Now they are telling companies in the region that they have until the end of the month to submit information on how many “tons” of “heat-trapping greenhouse gases” they produced in 2010. reported:

The Tampa Bay region’s largest polluters have until the end of the month to tell federal officials how many tons of heat-trapping greenhouse gases they produced in 2010.

The Environmental Protection Agency has spent the last year collecting emissions data from lots of polluters, ranging from power plants to pig farmers. The deadline is Sept. 30.

The registry echoes the agency’s long-established Toxic Release Inventory, which tracks industrial pollution such as lead and mercury.

Congress set up the greenhouse registry as a way to track emissions with an eye toward future limits on the heat-trapping chemicals that scientists say have warmed the planet for the last century or more. Reporting is mandatory for companies that produce more than 25,000 tons of greenhouse gases in a year.

Environmentalists say the registry is an important step toward getting a handle on future climate change.

“Regardless of how one feels about cap and trade, carbon management of any kind will require accurate emissions data, and companies that know how to estimate them,” said Evan Juska, U.S. policy chief for The Climate Group, in an email. “As the saying goes, ‘You can’t manage what you don’t measure.'”

This is just the next step by the left to force American families to pay for their junk science.

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  • Male Silverback

    The Obama Administration… Wrecking the economy one state at a time.

  • Patty

    I thought they had been doing this forever. Obama is not the first to do this. But Obama is the first who will them down. And loss of Jobs and closures. He did say he would fine the Coal Industry and their fines would be so high, they would have to shutdown.

    If the do the corrections on their violations it will be costly monetarily and Jobs.

    Regulations are important for a great government but too many is a death sentence.

    Obama is now implementing what he said he would do in Campaign. The Voters are the ones who voted for this. This is why he needs to be voted out of Office. We will see if their brains have soaked up what this mess of a man has dished out.

  • Patty

    Correction: Obama is the first who will take them down.

  • OMB

    Good to see the EPA focused on the big issues of the day … Seems to be a trend with Obama’s agencies. Housing crisis? No problem, we’ve got HUD focused on one thing …

  • Rusty_MonkeyBars

    Is it possible to believe “greenhouse registry” data that is generated by the very scientists who have invented data to promote the bankrupt concept of global warming? It’s like letting an alcoholic guard the liquor cabinet.

    If allowed to continue in its present capacity, the EPA will destroy this Country.

  • Militant Conservative

    SOcialist is as socialist does.

    Still doesn’t get all my combat Tupperware out

    Of my possession. You lose, America wins. POS

    Powder is dry

  • Patty
  • ruready?

    Time for the governor to step up and tell the EPA to take a hike.

  • Old Dude

    Barack Obama: “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” (January 2008)

    What did you expect after seeing this video?:

  • Patty

    You want to talk greenhouse gases. Japan, China and other nations who have no laws.

    We have enough laws and they must be enforced. Farmers take 10 hours a week filling out paperwork when they could be on their land farming.

    Obama has gone overboard and the environmentalist have and Gore are on his back.

    This is a promise he is keeping and he won’t be happy until American Industries are gone.

  • Patty

    Under Obama Watch you can kiss your business Goodbye! Drastic, I don’t think so. That is what he and Holder are doing.

  • Mikey

    If I received that order from the EPA, I would shut my plant down immediately. Go on strike.
    And I would encourage all others in the area to stop their economic activity as well.
    Fight fire with fire.
    If 1/2 the plants in the US shut down we would have a real energy crises on our hands, that could be laid squarely at 0bama;s doorstep.
    You want us to start back up?
    Then get rid of these crippling regulations.
    Cold winter is coming on.
    Ball is in 0bama’s court

  • Patty
    black face Obama causes outrage in Germany…off topic but this one is too unbelievable.

  • Patty
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  • Rock

    Wonder how doubling all those old retired New York Socialist energy bills will play at the voting booth?

  • Ipso Facto

    #12 – Great Idea! Just shut the plants down. If Obama is so fond of unions that go on strike to leverage their npositions in order to get concessions from management, how can he possibly have any objections to power plants going on strike to leverage their positions?

    Also, there is an article here about a Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist who Resigns Over Global Warming.

    In another recent article, it was exposed that the junk climate science is all based upon computer models and none of the models figure in the cosmic rays that emanate from the sun and affect cloud formation on earth. How convenient!

  • HarryO

    The company should ignore the EPA and Odumba…let the Feds shut them down, then let the people (in the dark) revolt…that is the way you solve tyrannical governments.

  • Bob

    This is written as though it was something new and special for Tampa. The greenhouse gas reporting rule went into effect for everyone in 2010. The permitting rule (tailoring rule) went into effect in 2011. The second one is the bad one. The reporting rule is simply more unnecessary record keeping for industry. The permitting rule is the one that limits production and energy use. I manage 17 renewable energy plants in 5 states. The rules are driving me nuts.

    Tampa electric’s SCR is something that actually reduces smog-creating pollution. Whether it is needed is moot.

    I just spent 2.5 years getting a permit for a landfill-gas-to-electricity plant in Florida. Spent $170k in modeling because of the new 1-hour NO2 standard. Will have to do it for two new plants. I just went through permitting for engines under the Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engine NESHAP (RICE MACT). We will be putting catalytic converters on engines that run 400 hours/year at $3000/engine. Not bad until you consider it is about 100 engines. Also, am covered under the so-called Boiler MACT because I have glorified water heaters to prevent engines from freezing in winter. It just keeps on coming.

  • Bob

    PS. This “registry” is the so-called free market cap and trade. I thought the Chicago greenhouse gas exchange had gone under.

    Just another day in environmental compliance. I’ve been doing this for 30 years. You guys are Jonny-come-latelies to this idiocy.

  • Tjexcite

    The answer should be something like….24,685 tons and 1 million jobs thanks to the power.

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  • Susan

    It’s all done in the name of keeping us safe from dying from cancer.

    And helping the polar bears.

    And creating a utopian environment of purity and perfection.


  • gus

    How many of you are AWARE that LISA (yes, she’s black and LIBTARD) Jackson, went to college on a scholarship paid for by SHELL OIL????

  • Nelle

    They can all say they produced 0 tons of “heat trapping greenhouse gasses”, because:

  • gus

    Global Warming was predicated on US NOT FIGHTING BACK.
    LIBTARDS who were PAID by LIBTARDS, came to the CONCLUSIONS that the LIBTARDS wanted.

  • Andreas K.

    Still waiting for the proof that the amount of CO2 we have does what it is claimed to do. Also still waiting for the proof that our roughly 4% of all CO2 is responsible for it.

    But it will be like with the doubled CO2. Which never happened as every single bit of data from the CO2 monitors proves.

  • Craig

    The plan is to make it so hard for companies, that they will eventually shut down. So no point in going on strike. They want to destroy US economy. Than, they will buy everything for pennies on the dollar. They have to bankrupt the US before they can install their NWO. The plan has long been written. A bit of researches will lead you to all the documents proving it. Do the effort, it’s worth it , if you want America back.

  • StrangernFiction

    Even if man IS responsible for global war….err climate change, the Chinese and others don’t give a f_ck.

  • Craig

    @ (29)

    Man is not responsible for global warming. When the temperature rises due to the Sun, the Co2 level rises accordingly… not the other way around.

    Besides, the earth is cooling right now and CO2 levet is at it’s lowest.

  • Hopeful

    #7 Patty. Thanks for the link to the FoxNews story about AttackWatch. I had several good laughs there.

  • ocrick

    Wouldn’t SOLAR work better in Florida? I used to live there and the sun shines well.

    Perhaps you could call it the Sunshine state… just sayin..

  • Hopeful

    Well, I think it’s Obama, his czars and other minions, Hoffa, Trumka, Henry Waxman and the Reid-Pelosi axis that are spewing all the heat-trapping greenhouse gas. I hope the EPA is measuring the gas emitted in Washngton DC and the gas at the Big O’s campaign stops.

  • Michael in PA

    I like the idea of Organized Business, similar to Organized Labor. Strike against the government regulation and see how well that goes over. It would draw a lot more attention to lawmakers and provide media exposure to how each incremental statist regulation will end up sucking money from the middle class in this country.

  • Finncrisp

    #32 – solar is over 10 times more expensive than fossil fuel, takes up an enourmous amount of space, the panels must be cleaned, and their useful life is only 20 years. For ~$1000, you can buy a panel that will run your 1200 watt microwave at low power settings; battery storage for nighttime operation extra.

    If wind is your gig, then be prepared to pay 7 times the rate for fossil fuel. You can only put 7% or so of this power on the grid because of the uncertainty of wind. So you need something else to make up the difference. Wind farms also take up a lot of space, and slaughter large birds of prey like condors and eagles. ECO commies tell us this is the price of progress. I would call it something else.

    This technology is in it’s infancy and is not a commercial alternative. It may never be…

  • greg

    The EPA from 1970 until 2000 did some pretty good things with soil water and air clean-up and folks could see the difference in the environmental quality. Since then they have been applying increasing resources to smaller to non existent problems. The law of diminishing returns applies well to the EPA who has to change their business model or risk loosing all relevancy. The post office has the same need to change there business model do to electronic media.
    In both cases the change mandate must come externally as the incumbents are too invested in their own personal welfare

  • Kissmygrits

    No wonder electric bills are skyrocketing since TECO has to pay for all that epa mandated green house gas eliminating equipment somehow. They could scrub the atmosphere as clean as a baby’s butt and still have to measure some pollutant and pay the govt a penalty. It never ends.

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