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  • White House Releases Revised Guidance for Climate Policy

    June 25, 2019
    The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) recently released the pre-publication draft of their proposed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Guidance on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions. If finalized, this guidance will replace the Obama administration’s August 1, 2016 final guidance, which was withdrawn on April 5, 2017, pursuant to President Trump’s Executive Order 13783.
  • Federal Grants to 'Children's Health Centers' Fund Junk Science

    June 24, 2019
    Environmental activists threw an ever-predictable tantrum after Environmental Protection Agency officials indicated last month that they may eliminate EPA grants to a number of university-based children’s environmental health centers. Headlining their rhetoric were assertions that defunding these centers represents a heartless attempt to undermine children’s health. Lost in this melee is the fact that these centers don’t have any measurable impact on children’s health, nor do they add much to the body of research on that topic.
  • EPA Releases Final Rule to Replace 'Clean Power' Plan

    June 24, 2019
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler on June 19th signed the final rule to replace the so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP). The new rule to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal and natural gas power plants is called the Affordable Clean Energy (or ACE) rule. Notably, it eliminates the CPP’s novel “outside the fence” regulation of each state’s entire electric grid and returns to regulating each power plant’s emissions. 
  • ACE Rule Massive Improvement over 'Clean Power' Plan

    June 20, 2019
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday finalized its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. ACE simultaneously repeals the Obama administration’s so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP).
  • Electric Vehicle Tax Credits Not Popular with Americans: Poll

    June 14, 2019
    A recent survey conducted for the American Energy Alliance clearly shows that the public does not support congressional efforts to extend or expand federal tax credits for purchasers of electric vehicles. Current subsidies of up to $7500 are available only for the first 200,000 EVs sold by each automaker. 
  • 'Citizen's Guide to Climate Change' Exposes Activist Falsehoods

    June 11, 2019
    Climate change is not a hoax, but as a political matter, it is a perpetual pretext for expanding government control over the economy, redistributing wealth, and empowering unaccountable elites at the expense of voters and their elected representatives.
  • Automakers to Trump: Keep Us Captive to California Bureaucrats

    June 7, 2019
    Seventeen automakers, including Ford, General Motors, and Toyota Motor North America sent a letter on 6th June to President Donald J. Trump urging him not to challenge California’s authority to regulate fuel economy. Instead, the companies want Mr. Trump to negotiate a compromise with California over model year (MY) 2021-2026 fuel economy standards. 
  • Union Gets Nasty over Natural Gas Pipeline Rejection

    June 7, 2019
    Friction between the trade unions that build energy infrastructure and the politicians who routinely block these projects has been growing for the last decade—especially as President Obama spent the majority of his administration delaying and eventually rejecting the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Trump administration has adopted a far more supportive approach to energy infrastructure, but still faces resistance from some state governments. 
  • EPA Streamlines Infrastructure Approval Process under Clean Water Act

    June 7, 2019
    Making good on its promise in Executive Order 13868  to combat the abuse of section 401 of the Clean Water Act by states seeking to block fossil energy infrastructure projects, the Environmental Protection Agency today issued updated guidance for states on implementing this provision. 
  • Bjorn Lomborg and John Christy Shred Climate Alarmism

    June 6, 2019
    The latest talking point of progressive politicians, pundits, and activists is that America cannot afford not to spend trillions of dollars to “solve the climate crisis” because global warming is an existential threat. As Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) put it, “You cannot go too far on the issue of climate change. The future of the planet is at stake, OK?”

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