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  • Another Day, Another Blocked Pipeline into New York

    May 17, 2019
    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on May 15th rejected a natural gas pipeline that would have brought supplies into the state via New York City. The Northeast Supply Enhancement Project would have taken the existing Transco pipeline, which begins in Texas and currently ends in New Jersey, and extend it the final 24 miles underwater to serve New York as well. The decision was taken even though evidence of shortages in and around New York City is already emerging and demand is expected to continue growing in the years ahead.  
  • Can Trump Save Your Air Conditioner from the Deep State?

    May 14, 2019
    It happens every spring—on the first hot day, homeowners switch on their air conditioners that have sat idle since September, cross their fingers, and pray they get cold air. Those that do not know that they’ll soon be on the hook for a repair costing hundreds of dollars or a replacement costing thousands. But what most don’t know is that bureaucrats in Washington have been targeting home air conditioners for decades and that their regulations are partly responsible for the high cost of cooling off.
  • ‘Forefront of Opportunity and Abundance’—Sec. Pompeo’s Remarks to Arctic Council 

    May 10, 2019
    On May 7th in Finland, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo participated in the eleventh Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council. The meeting “ended without a formal agreement after the United States refused to allow language on climate change to be included” (E&E News, May 7th, 2019). 
  • Extinction Rebellion Heats Up UK Climate Ambition (or Rhetoric)

    May 3, 2019
    Spurred by David Attenborough’s global warming documentary, Extinction Rebellion protests, and homilies by teen activist Greta Thunberg, the United Kingdom became the first nation on Earth to declare a “climate change emergency.”
  • Congressional Democratic Leaders Meet with President on Infrastructure Bill

    May 3, 2019
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and other congressional Democrats met with President Trump on April 30 to discuss an infrastructure package. Unfortunately, Schumer and Pelosi released a letter to the president prior to their meeting that suggested that, rather than streamlining the permitting process, they want to make it more cumbersome by tacking on additional climate change-related requirements. 
  • House Passes Bill to Keep U.S. in Paris Climate Treaty

    May 3, 2019
    The House of Representatives on May 2 passed a bill that would prevent President Donald Trump from withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate treaty. Eighteen non-profit groups, led by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, sent a letter on Tuesday to House members urging them to vote no on the bill.
  • New York City Enacts Its Own Green New Deal

    April 26, 2019
    New York City’s council passed the Climate Mobilization Act, a set of six bills, by a 45 to 2 vote on 18th April. Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the package into law on 22nd April and declared that it, plus further administrative actions he was taking, were the city’s version of the Green New Deal. It is claimed that it is the most ambitious action taken by any city in the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • On Climate, Lindsey Graham Says GOP Ready to 'Cross Rubicon'

    April 26, 2019
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told reporters yesterday at an Earth Day event in Dallas that congressional Republicans are “ready to cross the Rubicon” on climate change. According E&E News, which ran the story today, Graham and other Republican colleagues are “developing legislation to introduce next year that could serve as the GOP framework for addressing climate change.”
  • EPA Mercury Rule an Inappropriate Exercise of Regulatory Power

    April 19, 2019
    On Wednesday, I submitted comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to rescind its justification for the 2012 Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule. MATS established first-ever maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions from coal- and oil-fueled power plants.
  • Carbon Tax Not a Conservative Policy

    April 16, 2019
    Yesterday’s E&E News ran an article titled “Inside conservatives’ disarray on climate.” E&E reporter Mark Matthews was inspired to write the piece by an email from Alliance for Market Solutions executive director Alex Flint. Flint’s thesis: “Anyone who denies the risk of climate change is irresponsible. And being irresponsible disqualifies anyone from being a true conservative.”

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