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  • In Debate, Biden Confirms That He Is for and Against the Green New Deal

    October 2, 2020
    Climate science made a surprise appearance during the first presidential debate. Moderator Chris Wallace had not included climate and energy when he announced his list of topics several days before the debate. The responses from President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden gave little indication that they were prepared to talk coherently about climate change or energy policies.
  • EPA Chooses Scientific Approach on Chlorpyrifos: Supports Transparency, Rejects Junk Science

    October 2, 2020
    Green groups are upset because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided to rely on science, rather than environmentalist hype, in its draft risk assessment for the pesticide chlorpyrifos. The assessment is part of a legal mandate that requires the EPA to reevaluate the safety profiles of all registered pesticides every 15 years.
  • Fuel Economy: DOJ's Defense of the One National Program Rule, Part 2

    September 25, 2020
    California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on September 23 directing the California Air Resources Board to draft rules that will ban the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles in the state by 2035. Whether California has the legal authority to restrict consumer choice and economic liberty on so massive a scale may be decided next year in litigation now before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • House Oversight Subcommittee Holds Climate Policy Hearing

    September 25, 2020
    On September 24, 2020, the House Oversight Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing titled “Climate Change Part IV: Moving Towards a Sustainable Future.” The written statements of the four majority witnesses are posted on the Subcommittee’s website but not the written statement of Heritage Foundation statistician and data scientist Dr. Kevin Dayaratna. It is available here.
  • Federally Commissioned Climate Report Defies Reality

    September 24, 2020
    Earlier this month, The New York Times reported at length about a report commissioned by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, titled “Managing Climate Risks in the Financial System.” While it has not been endorsed by the full Commission, it is remarkable in its scope and detail, and any innocent reader would conclude that climate change is horrible and already wreaking havoc.
  • Government Is Asking if We Want Faster and More Effective Appliances. Say Yes!

    September 18, 2020
    For more than 50 years, Americans have used washing machines to clean their clothes and dryers to dry them. Manufacturers built highly effective products that did the job quickly so people had the time to do other things they valued more. Sadly, in the last few decades, the government has been slowly decreasing the energy such machines could use, causing them to take longer and clean less effectively. But the Department of Energy is proposing to solve this problem by once again allow manufacturers to produce machines that can clean clothes quickly and thoroughly and get them dried must faster.
  • Appointment of Climate Realist David Legates at NOAA Sparks Protest by Representatives Grijalva and Huffman

    September 18, 2020
    Two Democratic leaders of the House Natural Resources Committee are demanding that the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration explain why it hired a “climate denier” to be the new Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction. The alleged “denier” is David R. Legates, a climatologist and professor at the University of Delaware. According to Google Scholar, Legates has authored or co-authored 146 papers, which have been cited 12,755 times in the scientific literature. A question for the Reps. Grijalva and Huffman: How can one "deny" science, yet contribute so much to it? ​
  • Senate Reaches Bipartisan Deal to Raise Air Conditioner Costs

    September 11, 2020
    Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee just agreed to a measure that would raise the cost of air conditioning. It is being done in the name of fighting climate change. To be specific, hydrofluorocarbons, a class of compounds used as refrigerants in most air conditioners as well as refrigerators, are being targeted as greenhouse gases.
  • Thirteen Years and Counting: Idaho Case Illustrates How Regulatory Enforcement Can Go Awry

    September 8, 2020
    In 2007, Mike and Chantell Sackett broke ground on a lot near scenic Priest Lake, Idaho, where they planned to build their dream home. Thirteen years later, they’re still waiting on their dream home. Because, since 2007, the Sacketts have been the targets of arbitrary and abusive prosecution by the EPA, and their project remains in limbo.
  • Conservative Carbon Tax: Bad Politics, Bad Policy

    August 21, 2020
    A recent article in National Review suggests conservative politicians would be smart to advocate a carbon tax, enabling them to show they care about the planet while offering an alternative to the growth-chilling mandates beloved of the climate left. That is naive. A carbon tax is bad conservative politics and bad public policy.

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