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  • As Election Nears, NYT Makes Another Push for Groupthink

    October 30, 2020
    The New York Times on October 27 ran an article titled “As Election Nears, Trump Makes Final Push Against Climate Science.” The article spotlights President Trump’s recent appointments of three scientists to leadership positions at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where they now serve, respectively, as chief of staff, chief scientist, and deputy assistant secretary.
  • Big Government Won’t Protect the Oceans; Markets Will

    October 28, 2020
    Last week, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a U.S. effort to address plastic litter buildup in oceans and other waters. The desire to solve this problem is laudable, but the plan’s focus on government spending and command-and-control waste disposal policies is the opposite of what we need.
  • Comments to EPA’s Proposed Aircraft GHG Rule Show Industry Support, Activist Opposition

    October 23, 2020
    The comment period for the EPA's proposed greenhouse gas emissions standards for commercial aircraft ended on October 12. There was a roughly even split between industry comments supporting the proposed standard and environmental groups and governmental officials complaining that it did not go far enough. However, not every commenter supported the EPA’s decision to regulate in the first place.
  • NHTSA's Consistent Understanding that California's Tailpipe GHG Standards Are Unlawful

    October 21, 2020
    October 27 is the deadline for submitting final legal briefs to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Union of Concerned Scientists v. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The case pits California against the Trump administration over the One National Program Rule. If upheld, the rule will terminate California’s tailpipe greenhouse gas emission standards and zero-emission vehicle mandate.
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Calls for Carbon Pricing

    October 16, 2020
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission claims carbon pricing could “improve the efficiency and transparency of the organized wholesale markets by providing a market-based method to incorporate state efforts to reduce [greenhouse gas] emissions.” That might be the case if carbon pricing replaced state renewable energy quotas and other policies that impose implicit carbon taxes on ratepayers.
  • Supreme Court Nominee Barrett in Senate Testimony Alarms Climate Alarmists

    October 16, 2020
    Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was asked repeatedly about her views on climate change at her Senate confirmation hearing this week. Unsurprisingly, her unwillingness to pledge her faith in global warming alarmism did not please Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the mainstream media, or environmental pressure groups.
  • A Brief Note on Airplane, Clouds, and Global Warming

    October 15, 2020
    Aviation itself—via cloud generation—is a contributor to warming beyond just the greenhouse gas effect, which will make rescuing the industry a large political football. Noting that the contrail effect is mainly in winter and at night, is this necessarily a bad thing?
  • Warming Nights, Longer Growing Seasons, and a Greener Planet

    October 15, 2020
    Dozens of recent news stories note newly published research showing that night temperatures are rising faster than daytime readings. Despite this “asymmetric” warming, there is plenty of evidence in multiple analyses of satellite data that the Earth is becoming much greener. The biggest increases are over the world’s tropical rainforests, the most biologically diverse environments on the planet.
  • Students Need More Air Conditioning, Not More Climate Policy

    October 14, 2020
    There’s a long and growing list of problems activists blame on climate change, including students’ reduced ability to learn due to hotter classroom temperatures. However, the proposed solution, adoption of the climate change agenda, would do more harm than good for the world’s students.
  • Louisiana Frog Feud Illustrates Regulatory Threat to Property Rights and Economic Freedom

    October 6, 2020
    The dusky gopher frog doesn’t grow very large—only to about three inches long, on average. But despite its diminutive size, this little frog has had a massive effect on the debate over property rights, economic liberty, and government accountability. A dispute over the frog’s habitat illustrates why it’s important to stand up to overly aggressive regulators.


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