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  • Attacks on Trump Administration Environmental Federalism Fall Short

    December 13, 2018
    Today’s Energy & Environment News (subscription required) has an article titled “Wheeler preaches federalism on water, not cars.” The gist is that various critics claim the Trump-era Environmental Protection Agency, under Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, is an “inconsistent” and “hypocritical” advocate of federalism in environmental policy.
  • Infrastructure Bill Should Attack Climate Red Tape, Not Increase It

    December 13, 2018
    Enacting legislation will be more difficult in next year’s divided Congress, but an infrastructure bill is something that could get done. Democrats and Republicans may be able to agree on a list of popular projects to fund, and President Trump has signaled his willingness to address perceived infrastructure shortcomings. 
  • Report from United Nations Climate Conference: Heckling the Hecklers

    December 11, 2018
    Katowice, Poland—“Le temps est mauvais,” an African delegate told a colleague as they wrapped themselves up against the early evening chill. The weather wasn’t as leaden and directionless as inside the twenty-fourth Conference of the Parties (COP-24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
  • How Realistic Is National Climate Assessment's Worst Case Scenario?

    December 6, 2018
    How realistic is the National Climate Assessment’s worst-case emissions scenario? A report released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Tuesday sheds some interesting if inadvertent light on that question.
  • Latest Bipartisan Carbon Tax Folly

    November 30, 2018
    On Tuesday, November 27th, Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL), Francis Rooney (R-FL), John K. Delaney (D-MD), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Charlie Crist (D-FL) introduced H.R. 7173, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA). The bill would tax greenhouse gas emissions and return the net revenue in rebates to U.S. households.
  • National Climate Assessment Still Needs a Reset

    November 30, 2018
    The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) released Volume II of its Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) report last week on November 23rd. Volume I, published in 2017, claims to present the “foundational science” of climate change. Volume II claims to present “the human welfare, societal, and environmental elements of climate change and variability for 10 regions and 18 national topics.” The big takeaways are the same as in previous iterations of the NCA.
  • Draft Legislation Proposes Transition from Renewable Fuel Standard to High-Octane Fuel

    November 30, 2018
    In a sweeping effort to change the way Washington regulates both fuels and vehicles, Reps. John Shimkus (R-IL) and Bill Flores (R-TX) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment have released a discussion draft of new legislation entitled the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act.
  • Air Conditioning—Treating a Public Health Benefit As a Threat

    November 29, 2018
    A study by the International Energy Agency predicts that billions more people around the world will own an air conditioner by 2050. This is great news, but the study cast this trend in negative terms because it will lead to greater electricity use and thus increased greenhouse gas emissions. Some climate activists have even proposed policies that may keep air conditioning out of reach for many of the world’s poor. Yet, the benefits of air conditioning are hard to overstate.
  • Supreme Court Ruling Puts Important Limits on Federal Authority under Endangered Species Act

    November 28, 2018
    On November 27, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously, in Weyerhaeuser v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that there are limits to how far the federal government can go in using the Endangered Species Act to take people’s private property. The Court appears to have grasped the fact that the ESA is increasingly being used not to protect endangered species and their habitat, but as a cost-free form of federal land-use control and federal zoning.
  • CEI Challenges Federal Rejection of Alaska's Pebble Mine

    November 15, 2018
    Most job-creating projects don’t require government subsidies―the only thing private sector builders need is less federal red tape getting in their way.   A good case in point is the Pebble Mine in Alaska, currently being held up by the Environmental Protection Agency. That is why the Competitive Enterprise Institute is filing a Petition for Correction under the Information Quality Act to help clear away EPA’s unjustified rejection of this project.

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