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  • EPA Mercury Rule an Inappropriate Exercise of Regulatory Power

    April 19, 2019
    On Wednesday, I submitted comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to rescind its justification for the 2012 Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule. MATS established first-ever maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions from coal- and oil-fueled power plants.
  • Carbon Tax Not a Conservative Policy

    April 16, 2019
    Yesterday’s E&E News ran an article titled “Inside conservatives’ disarray on climate.” E&E reporter Mark Matthews was inspired to write the piece by an email from Alliance for Market Solutions executive director Alex Flint. Flint’s thesis: “Anyone who denies the risk of climate change is irresponsible. And being irresponsible disqualifies anyone from being a true conservative.”
  • Administration Takes on Anti-Infrastructure Misuse of Clean Water Act

    April 12, 2019
    President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order on April 10th that is intended to limit the misuse of the Clean Water Act of 1972 (CWA) by governors in several states to stop fossil fuel infrastructure projects, particularly pipelines.
  • Proposed Climate Science Review Continues to Attract Support and Opposition

    April 12, 2019
    The proposal by Dr. William Happer of the White House’s National Security Council staff to create an independent panel of experts to do a critical review of official climate science reports continues to attract supporters and opponents.  The CO2 Coalition on April 8th sent a letter to President Trump supporting the independent review.
  • Support Builds for EPA to Reconsider Endangerment Finding

    April 12, 2019
    In the 2007 case Massachusetts v. EPA, the Supreme Court held that Environmental Protection Agency had the power to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act, which requires the agency to regulate pollutants from new vehicles when they “cause, or contribute to, air pollution which may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare.” The court went on to rule that the EPA had failed to adequately explain its decision not to regulate carbon dioxide in this manner.
  • On Climate Policy, 'Low-Hanging Fruit' May Not Be So Tasty

    April 9, 2019
    On Wednesday, April 10, the House Energy Subcommittee will hold a hearing called Investing in America's Energy Infrastructure: Improving Energy Efficiency and Creating a Diverse Workforce. The hearing will cover a number of bills, several of which provide federal funding and/or tax breaks for residential energy saving measures.
  • House Has No Jurisdiction over Paris Agreement

    April 5, 2019
    If you have ever wondered whether Democratic leaders understand the U.S. Constitution when they bash President Trump for allegedly violating it, or just use “unconstitutional” as a mantra for opposing policies (or 2016 election winners) they don’t like, ponder no further. H.R. 9, the “Climate Action Now Act,” exposes House leaders as faux guardians of America’s basic charter of government.
  • Despite Green New Deal Complaints, House Democrats Rush Vote on New Climate Bill

    April 4, 2019
    On Thursday April 4th, the House Energy and Commerce Committee marked up H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, which was introduced only the week before. In so doing, it skipped several steps normally taken before such a markup, including holding a substantive hearing on the bill.
  • World Not on Cusp of Energy Revolution: Study

    April 2, 2019
    In “The ‘New Energy Economy’: An Exercise in Magical Thinking,” Manhattan Institute scholar Mark P. Mills explains, in layman-friendly physics and economics, why mandates and subsidies cannot jumpstart an energy revolution that rapidly replaces fossil fuels with wind turbines, solar panels, and batteries.
  • Senate Votes Down Green New Deal, Alternatives Proliferate 

    March 29, 2019
    The Senate voted on March 26th on a variant of the Green New Deal resolution. No Senators voted yes, 57 voted no, and 43 voted present.  The sponsor of the Green New Deal, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) as well as all eleven co-sponsors voted present.   

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