Proposals that seek to restrict the Environmental Protection Agency on making new regulations have raised concerns from the Obama administration. The Energy Consumers Relief Act from Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., would require the agency to submit cost-benefit reports on rules expected to cost at least $1 billion, duplicating a similar law already in place, the White House said. The administration threatened to veto the measure and raised additional concerns with another bill that would cut back EPA authority for regulating coal ash.
The demand for outdoor power tools has been robust due to the long season for lawn care, coupled with rough weather in some areas of the country, according to this article. "Weather trumps the economy for our sales," said Stephen Meriam, director of sales at Stihl. In this article, the company discussed the outdoor power tools that are in demand in five cities across the country, including the factors that bolstered their sales in those areas.
A two-day hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard at the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Power has included representatives from various industries to assess the impact of the mandate. Briggs & Stratton has been included in the second panel, along with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and others. "Many businesses and many jobs are at stake -- from corn farmer to refinery worker to gas station employee to lawn mower maker to ethanol plant worker," Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., said in an opening statement.
A carbon tax applied equally to all sources of emission is the most efficient and inexpensive way for the U.S. to deal with climate change, according to The Economist. "But all such proposals have run aground in Congress; the last big push, in 2009, cost many Democrats their seats in the next year's mid-term elections," the magazine says.
Wet lawns can take a toll on lawn mowers, writes Roy Berendsohn. To protect them, clean the underside of grass clippings and use the side-discharge feature when the terrain looks bad. In this article, Berendsohn lists six steps to protect mowers from damage caused by soggy yards.