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  • 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.
  • Climate Policies, Not Climate Change, Are Bigger Threat to World's Poor

    July 3, 2019
    The most recent United Nations climate report, this one from the Human Rights Council, is titled “Climate Change and Poverty” and asserts that “climate change will have devastating consequences for people in poverty.” Add just one more word and the UN would actually be onto something, since climate change policies, if widely adopted, would severely hurt the poor around the globe.
  • Resources for Making the Case against Carbon Taxes

    July 2, 2019
    Thanks to everyone here in Washington, D.C. who was able to attend the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s most recent Capitol Hill briefing, The Case Against Carbon Taxes. We hope that everyone found the discussion interesting and informative. My colleague Canyon Brimhall and I wanted to share a few follow-up resources that were highlighted at the event.
  • Reuters Poll: Do Americans Want Aggressive Action on Climate?

    June 27, 2019
    Do Americans want “aggressive action” on climate change? That’s the subject of a new opinion poll conducted by Reuters. “Americans demand climate action (as long as it doesn’t cost much),” according to the headline of the published analysis of the results. The words in parenthesis confirm what has long been obvious. Support for “climate action” drops precipitously when people consider the costs.
  • White House Releases Revised Guidance for Climate Policy

    June 25, 2019
    The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) recently released the pre-publication draft of their proposed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Guidance on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions. If finalized, this guidance will replace the Obama administration’s August 1, 2016 final guidance, which was withdrawn on April 5, 2017, pursuant to President Trump’s Executive Order 13783.
  • Federal Grants to 'Children's Health Centers' Fund Junk Science

    June 24, 2019
    Environmental activists threw an ever-predictable tantrum after Environmental Protection Agency officials indicated last month that they may eliminate EPA grants to a number of university-based children’s environmental health centers. Headlining their rhetoric were assertions that defunding these centers represents a heartless attempt to undermine children’s health. Lost in this melee is the fact that these centers don’t have any measurable impact on children’s health, nor do they add much to the body of research on that topic.
  • EPA Releases Final Rule to Replace 'Clean Power' Plan

    June 24, 2019
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler on June 19th signed the final rule to replace the so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP). The new rule to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal and natural gas power plants is called the Affordable Clean Energy (or ACE) rule. Notably, it eliminates the CPP’s novel “outside the fence” regulation of each state’s entire electric grid and returns to regulating each power plant’s emissions. 
  • ACE Rule Massive Improvement over 'Clean Power' Plan

    June 20, 2019
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday finalized its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. ACE simultaneously repeals the Obama administration’s so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP).
  • Electric Vehicle Tax Credits Not Popular with Americans: Poll

    June 14, 2019
    A recent survey conducted for the American Energy Alliance clearly shows that the public does not support congressional efforts to extend or expand federal tax credits for purchasers of electric vehicles. Current subsidies of up to $7500 are available only for the first 200,000 EVs sold by each automaker. 
  • 'Citizen's Guide to Climate Change' Exposes Activist Falsehoods

    June 11, 2019
    Climate change is not a hoax, but as a political matter, it is a perpetual pretext for expanding government control over the economy, redistributing wealth, and empowering unaccountable elites at the expense of voters and their elected representatives.

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