Based on emails obtained by a free-market legal group, EPA officials appear to have been using “talking points given to them by a policy expert with the Center for American Progress (CAP) — a think tank founded by Clinton adviser John Podesta and backed by liberal billionaire George Soros.” The Daily Caller,
Then-CAP climate policy expert Daniel Weiss emailed EPA senior counsel Joseph Goffman in September 2013 with “a series of suggestions for convincing [New York Times reporter] Matt Wald of the commercial viability of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.
CCS technology is the centerpiece of the EPA’s carbon dioxide regulations for new power plants. It’s the only feasible way for coal-fired power plants to meet emissions limits set by the EPA’s proposed rule. There’s just one problem: the technology has been criticized for not being commercially viable.
The coal industry, Republicans and critics in general have pointed out that CCS has never been done on a commercial scale, and the only examples of CCS being used at a power plant the EPA can draw on are projects that were heavily subsidized by the government. Weiss was advising EPA employees of how to convince the Times reporter the technology was viable…
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