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  • Trump Administration Challenges Constitutionality of California Climate Pacts

    October 25, 2019
    Just when I thought the Trump administration could not get any bolder in challenging California’s self-anointed power to determine national climate policy, the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday filed a constitutional challenge to the state’s greenhouse gas emission trading pacts with the Canadian provinces of Québec and Nova Scotia.
  • CEI Report: Universities Misuse Federal Children’s Environmental Health Grants to Pursue Political Agenda

    October 24, 2019
    For more than two decades the federal government has funded a number of “children’s environmental health centers.” Since they are housed in universities, you might think these centers would produce objective science on environmentally related children’s health risks, but think again.
  • House Panel Holds Hearing to Bash Exxon

    October 23, 2019
    The House Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties today held a hearing to examine “the oil industry’s efforts to suppress the truth about climate change.” More specifically, the subcommittee proposes to examine “how the oil industry’s climate denial campaign has negatively and disproportionately affected people of color and vulnerable populations in our country and around the world, as well as drowned out the voices of everyday Americans.”
  • West Antarctic Ice Sheet Growing As Southern Ocean Warms Slightly

    October 21, 2019
    The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is growing, but I bet you didn’t read about it in the news.
  • Stop State Government Abuse of Clean Water Act

    October 21, 2019
    Today the Competitive Enterprise Institute led a coalition letter in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule, “Updating Regulations on Water Quality Certification.” The rule would clarify the scope of the states’ certification authority under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.
  • Repeal of Trump Power Plant Rule Fails in Senate

    October 18, 2019
    The U.S. Senate today defeated by 53-41 a Democrat-sponsored Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval that aims to overturn the Trump administration’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which simultaneously repealed and replaced the Obama administration’s so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP).
  • United States, Carbon Tax Laggard?

    October 17, 2019
    The United States “lags” other nations’ use of carbon taxes, ClimateWire (subscription required) reports. Specifically, the United States ranks 40th out of 44 countries in a new Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report examining each country’s combined taxes on carbon-based energy sources. Such “taxes” include cap-and-trade programs, because those policies also put an explicit price on the carbon content of fuels or emissions.
  • Are Hurricanes Becoming Blow-Hards?

    October 16, 2019
    Last month, as Tropical Storm Imelda slowly dissipated over south Texas, creating yet another Texas-sized flood, I read an article in Business Insider making the remarkable claim that “warming overall makes hurricanes more frequent and devastating than they would otherwise be.”
  • Killing Us with Kindness: Democrats' War on Vaping Costs Lives

    October 15, 2019
    Liberals are supposed to the ones whose hearts “bleed” with concern for others’ welfare. That’s why modern liberals generally reject an abstinence-only approach to regulation. They recognize that policies aimed at reducing harm, like sex education, needle exchange programs, and addiction services, are beneficial to both individuals and society while prohibition merely creates injustice and suffering.
  • California Utility Cuts Power to Avoid Fires Caused by Downed Power Lines   

    October 11, 2019
    Pacific Gas and Electric has intentionally turned off electricity to up to two million people in parts of northern California for hours and days at a time this week. The purpose is to avoid the catastrophic fires caused when high, gusty winds knock down power lines and the sparks ignite tinder dry brush. There were a number of such fires last year; the worst was the “Camp Fire” in Butte County, which destroyed the town of Paradise, California, killed 85 people, and did an estimated $16.5 billion in damages.

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