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  • Fred Singer, RIP

    April 28, 2020
    S. Fred Singer, distinguished scientist and leading climate skeptic, died on April 6 in Rockville, Maryland, at age 95. He had a long and varied academic and government career before he became one of the early prominent scientists to speak out against global warming alarmism.
  • Hurry, See "Planet of the Humans," Before It’s Banned

    April 24, 2020
    Planet of the Humans, the new documentary film from director Jeff Gibbs and executive producer Michael Moore, contains a stunning evisceration of so-called green energy and the people profiting from it.
  • Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division Publishes Accomplishments Report

    April 24, 2020
    The Department of Justice’s Energy and Natural Resources Division published a report on Earth Day detailing its accomplishments to enforce the nation’s environmental, public lands, and natural resource laws, defend executive agency prerogatives under federal statutory and constitutional law, and support regulatory reform, energy infrastructure development, and national security.
  • The Man Who Fed the World, And the Film that Condemned Him for It

    April 22, 2020
    The first indication that PBS’s new documentary on agronomist Norman Borlaug will not be overly laudatory is its title. Anti-hunger activist Leon Hesser called his biography of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner The Man Who Fed the World. But film writer/director/producer Rob Rapley was only willing to call Borlaug The Man Who Tried to Feed the World. Still, while the program struggles to find fault with Borlaug and his methods, the positives cannot help but shine through.
  • New CEI Study Endangers EPA’s Endangerment Finding

    April 21, 2020
    Just in time for the 50th Earth Day, CEI is publishing an Issue Analysis called “The Scientific Case for Vacating EPA’s Carbon Dioxide Endangerment Finding.” The Endangerment Finding, proclaimed by the EPA on December 7, 2009, is the centerpiece for all of the agency’s regulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.
  • EPA Proposes to Retain Current Standards for Particulate Matter

    April 17, 2020
    The EPA proposed to retain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter established in 2012. Environmental groups predictably condemned the proposal. However, studies of health improvements in areas with declining PM2.5 levels do not establish a causal link between mortality risk and PM2.5 exposures below the NAAQS.
  • Businesses Critical of Costly Climate Bill Finally Get to Weigh In

    April 16, 2020
    The American Manufacturing and Innovation (AIM) Act would limit the production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the class of chemicals used as refrigerants in most air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, as well as for other purposes. Many supporters of the AIM Act claim that it would create 33,000 jobs, but many manufacturers see the bill as a potential jobs killer.
  • EPA Takes Step in Support of Coal-Refuse-to-Energy

    April 9, 2020
    Green groups oppose efforts to deal with the coal refuse problem that plagues many coal mining communities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The EPA is doing the right thing by ignoring this opposition and addressing the problem.
  • Trump Administration Finalizes New Vehicle Fuel Economy Rule

    April 3, 2020
    The Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency on March 31 announced their SAFE Vehicles Rule.The rule plus the revocation of the California waiver is a huge win for auto buyers and drivers, but it should and could have gone much further in increasing consumer choice.
  • EPA Inspector General Report Could Exacerbate Medical Supply Shortages

    April 3, 2020
    As hospitals struggle to access sterile medical supplies, the EPA Inspector General released a report that could make things worse. It alleges that EPA officials failed to warn people of cancer risks associated with ethylene oxide emissions from medical sterilization plants—a claim that holds no water. The IG’s allegations are based on flawed science and could undermine operations at these facilities.

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