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  • Energy Special Interests Demand Handouts in Massive Coronavirus Stimulus Bill

    March 20, 2020
    Energy special interests began swarming the Capitol, as Congress passed a second emergency spending bill addressing the coronavirus pandemic and began to put together a $1 trillion or larger stimulus bill to try to counteract the resulting economic downturn. They all want the same thing—handouts for their particular industry.
  • Federal District Court Upholds Constitutionality of California-Quebec Climate Pact

    March 13, 2020
    On February 12, Federal District Judge William B. Shubb rejected the Trump administration’s constitutional challenge to California’s greenhouse gas emission trading pact with Québec. Judge Shubb’s reasoning evokes the Obama administration’s argument that the Paris Agreement is not a treaty requiring the Senate’s advice and consent because it is “non-binding” and “unenforceable” under international law.
  • Refrigerants Debate Moves to House

    March 13, 2020
    American consumers dodged a bullet when the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act failed to become part of the larger Senate energy package, which has stalled on the Senate floor. Now the House has begun marking up its own version. Both bills would restrict future production of hydrofluorocarbons on the grounds that they contribute to climate change.
  • Eleven Free Market Groups Submit Joint Comments on Proposed Updated NEPA Regulations

    March 11, 2020
    CEI and 10 other free market organizations submitted comments supporting the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) Proposed Updated regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). CEQ’s proposed regulations aim to reduce the delays, costs, and litigation risks that routinely beset NEPA reviews and often thwart worthwhile projects.
  • New York Times' Shoddy Reporting on Agency Skeptic

    March 6, 2020
    The New York Times recently ran an article titled “A Trump Insider Embeds Climate Denial in Scientific Research.” The fact-checkers and editors dropped the ball on this one, beginning with the title.
  • Locusts Threatening African Food Supply; Greens Oppose Only Solution

    March 5, 2020
    As billions of desert locusts swarm through East Africa and into Asia threatening the food supply of millions, environmental activists want to ban and regulate the only effective tools to stop it: pesticides. Currently, aerial and ground-level spraying with organophosphates is the main, if not only, line of defense against the locusts.
  • Washington’s Latest Attack on Air Conditioning

    March 5, 2020
    Think air conditioning isn’t expensive enough? Then you’ll love a proposed amendment to the Senate energy bill that restricts the refrigerants used in millions of air conditioners on the grounds that they contribute to climate change.
  • May Common Sense Prevail: New York Delays Enforcement of Plastic Bag Ban

    February 28, 2020
    New York State’s ban on single-use plastic grocery bags was slated to start on Monday, March 1st, but a state court has just put a hold off on enforcing the ban at least until April, which is good news.  As I’ve noted many times, such bans are counter-productive because replacement products are worse for the environment, requiring more energy and making more pollution that the thin and convenient plastic bags. Bans also needlessly harm small businesses.
  • Appeals Court Rules Heathrow Expansion Unlawful, Citing Paris Climate Treaty

    February 28, 2020

    The UK Court of Appeals on February 27th declared unlawful the Department of Transport’s approval of Heathrow Airport’s expansion plans, because the government “had not taken into account its own firm policy commitments on climate change under the Paris agreement.”

    Several major news outlets posted same-day articles on the story including the UK Guardian,...

  • Report Misconstrues SAFE Rule 'Rollbacks'

    February 20, 2020
    A recent Rhodium Group report purports to show by the numbers that the fuel economy “rollbacks” effected by the Trump administration’s forthcoming Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicle rule are “significant” both in terms of “greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions abatement and costs to drivers.” In fact, the numbers reveal the insignificance of the SAFE rule’s GHG impacts. Furthermore, the report’s analysis of consumer costs is one-sided and, thus, potentially misleading.

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