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Will EPA’s Carbon Plan Swing a Senate State or Two?

Environmentalists gang up on GOP candidate in Michigan while Dems in coal states challenge new rules.

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Rod Kackley

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June 13, 2014 - 12:07 am
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Environmentalists have labeled Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land as a “climate change denier.” They believe the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan proposal that was released June 2 will give them new torque to tighten their green vise on the Republican running to replace Carl Levin (D-Mich.) in the Senate.

The NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) Action Fund and the Sierra Club have endorsed Land’s opponent, Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.). The NRDC Action Fund is raising money for the Democrat.

Mike Berkowitz, the legislation and political director for the Sierra Club-Michigan, called Peters a “climate champion who has already been attacked by Americans for Prosperity.”

Scott Hagerstrom, the executive director of Americans for Prosperity-Michigan, said Berkowitz is right.

“We have thousands of volunteers making phone calls and doing the doors, and the president’s climate change tax that he is implanting through the EPA is definitely an issue we are integrating into the messaging.”

That is one reason Berkowitz believes Michigan will be a key state for the Obama administration if it is to win support for the EPA carbon plan.

“The other is we have some of the nation’s dirtiest, oldest power plants in the nation,” he said.

Michigan is not the only state where climate change has become a leading campaign issue. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan has pushed it to the forefront in states like West Virginia and Kentucky, where coal is king.

Still in Michigan, the rhetoric has become red hot.

“She (Terri Lynn Land) has a lot to answer for in the context of her denialism. On This Week last weekend, even the National Mining Association would not cop to being a (climate change) denier,” said Heather Taylor-Miesle, the director of the NRDC Action Fund.

“Terri Lynn Land is such a radical she is out of step even farther than the National Mining Association.”

Land’s Senate campaign spokeswoman, Heather Swift, said nothing could be further from the truth. Swift said Land does believe climate change is real.

“Does she believe it could be the fault of humans? It could be,” Swift told The Detroit News in May. “But every time Congressman Peters votes to kill one more source of affordable and available energy, he is telling a struggling Michigan family to go without a good-paying job.”

Land continued that theme June 2 as she issued a statement promising to fight the EPA Clean Power Plan.

“My top priority is Michigan jobs,” Land said. “Today, President Obama released an enormous regulatory attack on coal, which produces 54 percent of Michigan’s electricity.”

Land cited a Republican National Committee (RNC) study that showed the new EPA rule could cost 224,000 American jobs, shrink the U.S. economy by $50 billion a year, and increase monthly electric bills for families and manufacturers for the next 15 years.

Michigan environmentalists, however, spent the day of the EPA plan’s announcement voicing their support for it, for Peters and their disgust with Terri Lynn Land.

Because of his support for Pres. Obama’s environmental program, the NRDC Action Fund has been raising money for Peters.

They won’t be campaigning or doing any issue-oriented campaigning for him, but Taylor-Miesle said the issue of climate change is “a great opportunity” for the Democrat from metro Detroit.

In a race as tight as the contest between Land and Peters — latest polling shows Peters in the lead by a little over the 4 point margin of error — an emotional issue like climate change could make just enough of a difference to mean victory for Peters and defeat for Land.

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Not "if", but "when".
6 weeks ago
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Gee, these pro coal Democrats think Obamacare was a drag too or did they vote for it. I would not trust them they are bending to the wind there is not conviction here.
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I think exposing the global warming hoax is a winner for Land. It will win more votes than it loses. The majority of the people can see through the trumped up global warming hysteria. Real science doesn't require that we don blinders and quietly accept the "settled science." Consensus isn't science and global warming is evident nowhere. Michigan is coming off a brutal winter, and the answer is to restrict coal energy generation and drive up energy prices? What genius came up with that plan? Answering the global warming hype can only help Land. Stress jobs lost and energy costs for combating a non-issue and she can parlay that message into a winning strategy.
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"95% of all climate scientists believe in global warming" means that when they looked at a lot of papers they found that 35% of them mentioned global warming and 95% of those believe in global warming. So 95% of 35% of climate scientists are believers or under 35%.

Anyway science doesn't measure truth by popularity and creating models that prove what you want to believe isn't science. To prove their theories they need to run their programs for a significant time, say a 1000 years and have their programs match the climate. They have failed to match the climate for the last 15 or so years and they claim it's proven science!
6 weeks ago
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wonder where those greens are going to get their electricity to power their electric cars.
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so in this state which has a city in ruin, they want more taxes and to tax others to the level of failure that they are showing.
6 weeks ago
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Let the green freaks yap all they want. You still have your own vote.
6 weeks ago
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Global warming excites a few activists but not the voters.
6 weeks ago
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I also think Michiganders are well aware of these headlines from earlier this week.

It Took Until June, But The Great Lakes Are Finally Ice Free,

After brutal Michigan winter, Great Lakes are finally ice free

Great Lakes free of ice, but chill will linger through summer

They could have used some global warming last winter
6 weeks ago
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Oh, but Hobbie, haven't you heard? According to the "scientists", this unseasonable cold is caused by... wait for it... global warming. That's right. It's cold because it's hot. If it wasn't for the man-made heat, it would be this cold. Got it?

Now don't sit there and think about it. Just accept it as fact, and move on. 'cause the "scientists" said so. Case closed!
6 weeks ago
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But a woman HAS to be an environmentalist. Accusing her of being a denier is #waronwomen. Ask HR Clinton.
Tangentially related: the crisis in Iraq is pushing up petroleum prices, harmful to America's middle class and poor but dangerous for the world's seriously poor. The Keystone XL pipeline could have been built, along with development in ANWR, to reduce the effect of a supply shock like this. (Railroads can't ramp up to move petroleum as readily as pipelines can.)
Could have been, if not for "progressive" opposition.
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Meh - virtually every poll ever done in the last 10 years on global waming (never accede to using the warmist's favored, and completely meaningless "climate change" terminology) shows the issue ranking anywhere from 10th to 20th most important issue to voters.

In Michigan, the issues in rank order are Jobs, Jobs, and Jobs.
6 weeks ago
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Perhaps, but if the new EPA regs push up energy bills the voters may sit up and take notice.
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