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  • Environmental Protection Agency Finalizes Reforms to Its Environmental Appeals Board

    July 23, 2020
    The Trump administration has placed a priority on streamlining the delays and red tape holding back many private sector projects. The EPA's final rule making changes to its Environmental Appeals Board s another useful step toward that goal. Job-creating projects, from pipelines to ports to mines, are routinely subject to years of federal permitting delays.
  • EPA Proposes First Ever CO2 Standards for Commercial Aircraft

    July 22, 2020
    The EPA today proposed first-ever greenhouse gas emission standards for certain new commercial airplanes, including all large passenger jets. The proposed standards, which phase in during 2023-2028, “match the international airplane carbon dioxide (CO2) standards adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2017,” EPA explains.
  • EPA Proposes First-Ever Aircraft Greenhouse Gas Limits

    July 22, 2020
    Today, the EPA proposed the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from commercial aircraft engines. Although it is unusual for the Trump administration to push for a new greenhouse gas standard, the bigger issue is whether this standard will be made more stringent in the future. Additional compliance costs would fall on an airline industry that need years to recover from coronavirus-related damage.
  • NEPA Rule: Implications for Climate Policy

    July 17, 2020
    The White House Council on Environmental Quality this week published its final rule updating the procedures federal agencies must follow when conducting environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act. As CEI's Ben Lieberman observes, the rule will “streamline the federal permitting process for infrastructure like highways and pipelines.”
  • Final Rule on National Environmental Policy Act an Important Step to Get America Back to Work

    July 15, 2020
    Along with its regulatory reforms, the Trump administration has also sought to unleash the American economy by streamlining the federal permitting process for major infrastructure projects like roads and pipelines. A key component of this effort was finalized today in the form of a rule making key changes and clarifications to the National Environmental Policy Act.
  • Democrats Use Phony Asbestos Narrative to Attack CPSC Nominee Nancy Beck

    July 9, 2020
    During hearings related to Nancy Beck’s nomination to the Consumer Product Safety Commission earlier this month, Senate Democrats engaged in what basically amounted to character assassination. Today we examine claims that Beck somehow blocked regulations to ban asbestos.
  • House Select Committee Climate Report A Pre-COVID-19 Time Capsule

    July 8, 2020
    On June 30, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released its report. There is little original in the report. Most of its sweeping and costly climate policy recommendations have been around for decades and are very similar to the provisions in last year’s Green New Deal. But one thing is novel, and that is how rapidly the report is becoming outdated in light of COVID-19.
  • Air Conditioning Can Help Fight COVID-19—If Federal Policy Allows It To

    July 2, 2020
    COVID-19 persists into the time of year when most Americans rely on air conditioning, so many are asking whether cranking up the cold air helps or hurts in the fight against spreading the virus. The answer is that air conditioning can provide substantial protection from coronavirus, but we need to make sure that the federal government’s pursuit of energy efficiency and climate change policy is not an impediment.
  • Axios Spins IEA CO2 Report

    June 26, 2020
    Axios Generate on June 26 concludes its first article with a “bonus chart” from the International Energy Agency’s recent report, Global CO2 emissions in 2019. According to Axios, the chart shows that “Europe leads the world in emissions decline.” Not so fast. The European Union contains 27 countries. Which country leads the world in reducing emissions? The United States is undisputed champion.
  • Tax Breaks for Wind and Solar—Bad Energy Policy, Bad Post-Coronavirus Recovery Policy

    June 26, 2020
    The House of Representatives’ $1.5 trillion dollar infrastructure package is being sold to the public as a post-coronavirus job creation bill. It now includes the sweeping renewable energy subsidies, including measures extending the investment tax credits for wind and solar energy. This is both bad energy policy and bad jobs policy.

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