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  • California's Gov. Newsom Slams Brakes on California Bullet Train

    February 17, 2019
    California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) on February 12th unexpectedly slammed the brakes on the state’s high-speed rail project. The project “as currently planned, would cost too much and take too long” to build, Newsom explained during his first State of the State address.
  • Sen. McConnell Calls for Senate Vote on Green New Deal, Markey Calls 'Sabotage'

    February 16, 2019
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on February 12th that he planned to schedule a vote on the Green New Deal Resolution in the near future using Rule 14 to bring it to the floor under expedited procedures. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), the chief sponsor of Senate Resolution 59, quickly whined on Twitter: “Don’t let Mitch McConnell fool you: this is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building."
  • House Republican Committee Leaders Begin Caving on Climate Science and Policies

    February 15, 2019
    Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Frank Lucas (R-OK), the ranking Republican members of the two committees with the most jurisdiction over climate science and energy-rationing policies, both sent strong signals this week that they will concede the scientific case for global warming alarmism and want to support “reasonable” measures to deal with it.  
  • Appalachian Trail Should Not Block New Energy Development

    February 15, 2019
    The Department of Justice is pushing back against a federal court decision that could jeopardize the future availability and affordability of natural gas across America’s east coast.
  • Carbon Capture and Storage Not 'Best System' to Reduce Emissions

    February 15, 2019
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency yesterday held an all-day “listening session” at its Washington, D.C. headquarters on its proposal to revise the Obama administration’s new source performance standards (NSPS) for carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.
  • Setting the Record Straight on IRIS Reform Progress

    February 13, 2019
    The Competitive Enterprise Institute published my paper this week on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). This is a research program that assesses chemical toxicity, generating assessments that EPA program offices use to develop regulations under federal laws. As I point out in the paper, IRIS has a long history of sloppy research and lack of transparency, which the National Academies of Sciences pointed out back in 2011, along with recommended reforms.
  • Green New Deal Launched with Support from Democratic Presidential Candidates

    February 11, 2019
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) held a press conference outside the Capitol building on February 7th to introduce their House and Senate resolutions for a Green New Deal. Original co-sponsors include 64 House Democrats and 9 Senate Democrats.
  • Kids Climate Litigants Petition Court to Stop Fossil Fuel Development

    February 11, 2019
    Kelsey Juliana and her fellow litigants are the youngsters who, since 2015, have been suing the federal government to “prepare and implement an enforceable national remedial plan to phase out fossil fuel emissions and draw down excess atmospheric [carbon dioxide] so as to stabilize the climate system.” On February 7th, they petitioned the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals  to halt fossil fuel development on U.S. soil and territorial waters.
  • House Climate Hearing off to Bad Start

    February 6, 2019
    The newly-minted environment and climate change subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing today titled “Time for Action: Addressing the Environmental & Economic Effects of Climate Change.” If the majority staff’s briefing memo is any indication, the hearing will be a platform for alarmism, groupthink, and virtue signaling.
  • EPA's Andrew Wheeler Appoints John Christy to Science Advisory Board

    February 1, 2019
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler on January 31st announced the appointment of some 29 experts to serve on the agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) and its four standing committees on agricultural science, chemical risk, drinking water, and radiation.

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