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  • Warmest Decade - Climate Crisis Still a No Show

    January 17, 2020
    Is there good reason to believe climate change a “crisis” endangering the survival of civilization and the habitability of the Earth? No. If climate change were a bona fide “existential threat,” we would see some evidence of it in major metrics of human well-being. We don’t.
  • EIA Projects Renewables Will be “Most Used” Energy Source in 2050—but …

    January 13, 2020
    “With the rapid growth of electricity generation, renewables—including solar, wind, and hydroelectric power—are the fastest-growing energy source between 2018 and 2050, surpassing petroleum and other liquids to become the most used energy source in the Reference case,” the U.S. Energy Information Administration concludes in its newly released International Energy Outlook 2019. So, does that mean the world is rapidly phasing out fossil fuels? No.
  • Trump Administration Rewrites the Rules for the National Environmental Policy Act

    January 13, 2020
    President Trump on January 9 rolled out new rules to implement the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970 (NEPA). NEPA was enacted in 1970, and the current implementing rules were adopted in 1978. Since then, NEPA has become the preferred method for delaying major infrastructure and natural resource projects to death, both in the time it takes to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the time it takes to dispose of multiple lawsuits.
  • Year in Review 2019: Climate Policy

    December 27, 2019
    The Trump administration this year continued to dismantle key components of President Obama’s climate policy “legacy.”
  • 2019: A Great Year for Light Bulb Freedom

    December 23, 2019
    Whatever else one may say about 2019, it was a banner year for consumer choice when it comes to light bulbs, culminating in the December 20th decision by the Department of Energy (DOE) declining to regulate them any further.  
  • UN Climate Conference in Madrid Fails to Set Rules for Carbon Trading Market   

    December 20, 2019
    The twenty-fifth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-25) was supposed to wrap up one issue remaining from last year’s COP-24 on implementing the Paris climate treaty—setting up the rules for an international greenhouse gas emissions trading market. 
  • Free-Market Coalition Opposes Transportation and Climate Initiative

    December 20, 2019
    Eleven Northeast states plus the District of Columbia on December 17th released a draft memorandum of understanding this week on how to implement their Transportation and Climate Initiative (or TCI). The draft memo lays out a framework for creating a “cap-and-invest” system to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.
  • Dutch Supreme Court Upholds Climate Lawsuit against Government

    December 20, 2019
    The Dutch Supreme Court on December 20th rejected an appeal by the Dutch government to overturn an appellate court’s October 2018 decision to uphold a lower court’s June 2015 decision requiring the government to cut Holland’s carbon dioxide emissions at least 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.
  • White House Blocks Most Green Energy Tax Credits in Final Spending Bill

    December 20, 2019
    The spending packages to fund the federal government through the end of the 2020 fiscal year ending on October 1st, which were passed by the House and Senate this week, included only two extensions of green energy tax credits. 
  • Flex-Fuel Vehicles and Ethanol No Panacea for Energy Independence

    December 18, 2019
    Back in September, I posted a rebuttal to pollster Frank Luntz, who advised President Trump on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News program to promote E85—motor fuel blended with 51-83 percent ethanol. Luntz claimed that by stumping for E85 and flex-fuel vehicles, Trump could make America “energy independent” by election day 2020 while giving Republicans a “real solution” to climate change without the “craziness” of Green New Deal. I suggested Luntz was hawking corporate welfare for corn farmers.

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