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  • VIDEO: Green New Deal’s Bad Science

    August 2, 2019
    This week the Competitive Enterprise Institute released a new study by CEI President Kent Lassman and Power the Future Executive Director Daniel Turner on the costs of the Green New Deal (GND), a congressional resolution introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA). The co-authors find that implementing the GND provisions, including a rapid de-carbonization of the U.S. economy, would prove dizzingly expensive.
  • Environmental Red Tape Could Roadblock Green New Deal

    July 30, 2019
    The Green New Deal reads like a progressive’s letter to Santa, a wish list that is, by the admission of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) chief of staff, designed to reorder fundamentally American society along quasi-socialist lines. It’s easy to go on about its faults, but what has been ignored are the obstacles that the nation’s existing environmental permitting system itself sets in the way of the Green New Deal.
  • Major Automakers Cave to California on Trump Auto Rule

    July 26, 2019
    The Washington Post reported on July 25th that Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, and BMW North America have “struck a deal with California to produce fleets that are more fuel-efficient in coming years, undercutting one of the Trump administration’s most aggressive climate policy rollbacks.”
  • House Democrats Announce Alternative to Green New Deal

    July 26, 2019
    Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced on July 23rd the start of a sweeping effort to legislate a 100 percent decarbonization of the economy by 2050. His goal is to piece this bill together in the months ahead, presumably in time to have a ready legislative vehicle should a Democrat defeat President Trump in 2020. 
  • Post Heat Wave Reflections

    July 25, 2019
    The recent heat wave was a hot one. Naturally, progressive commentary “linked” it to climate change. The linkage almost seems tautological. How could rising global average temperatures not increase the frequency and intensity of heat waves? Surprisingly, the expected greenhouse “fingerprint” or climate change “signal” in U.S. summer temperature data remains elusive.
  • Department of Energy Grants Petition To Speed Up Dishwashers

    July 12, 2019
    The Department of Energy (DOE) on July 2nd announced the first step in reversing energy efficiency standard that resulted in dishwashers taking hours to clean a load of dishes.
  • President Trump Promotes Administration's Environmental Accomplishments   

    July 12, 2019
    On July 8th President Trump gave a speech on his administration’s environmental accomplishments. I was lucky to be one of a couple hundred people invited to attend the speech in the White House’s East Room.
  • Climate Risk Disclosure Proposal Would Destroy, Not Protect, Shareholder Value

    July 12, 2019
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Wednesday introduced legislation (S. 2075) to require publicly-traded companies to disclose climate-related risks to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Affordable Clean Energy Rule Improves Obama-era Policy, Still Contains Fatal Flaw

    July 9, 2019
    The Federal Register yesterday published the Environmental Protection Agency’s final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, along with the agency’s response to public comments on the August 2018 draft ACE rule. ACE repeals and replaces the Obama administration’s signature climate policy, so-called Clean Power Plan.
  • CIRCLE of Misinformation Spread by Environmental Health Centers

    July 8, 2019
    This is the second in a series of posts regarding the Trump administration’s plan to cut Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants to children’s environmental health centers. As noted in a prior post, while presented as funding for scientific, university-based research, much of the funds simply advance junk science and environmental activism.

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