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  • California Leads Nation in Gas Prices, Climate Policies a Growing Contributor

    May 31, 2019
    The large gasoline price disparity between California and the rest of the country has jumped to nearly $1.20 per gallon. High fuel taxes and stringent clean burning fuel specifications along with other state-specific policies account for much of that gap.
  • Markets, Not Mandates, Best Way to Manage Trash Disposal

    May 31, 2019
    Governments around the world often mandate recycling when there’s no market for the materials collected. Oftentimes, markets don’t exist simply because recycling certain materials requires more energy, water, and labor than making products from raw materials. If left to the private marketplace, these “recyclables” could easily be managed other ways such as via landfilling or incineration.
  • Trump EPA Crosses Important Threshold on Science Policy Reform; Greens Get Political

    May 29, 2019
    News coverage would make most people think that Trump administration officials are doing everything possible to undermine environmental protection and human health. One article even goes so far as to suggest that “Trump EPA appointees want more air pollution,” which is just a ridiculous political attack.
  • Climate Issues Decide Australian Election  

    May 24, 2019
    Australian voters stunned the pollsters and the experts in the general election on May 18th by returning the ruling coalition of conservative parties to office. Votes are still being counted and a few House races are still to be decided by a complicated preferential system, but the Liberal and National Parties (LNP) will have a majority with at least 77 and probably 78 seats in the 151-member House of Representatives.  
  • ConEd Expanding Existing Pipeline Capacity Amid Ban on New Construction

    May 24, 2019
    We have previously reported on Consolidated Edison’s recent restrictions on new natural gas hookups in the greater New York metropolitan area as a consequence of insufficient supplies, as well as the highly unhelpful efforts of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to block proposed new pipelines that would bring more supplies into the state. The governor’s objections are largely based on his climate change advocacy, though safety has also been a stated concern.
  • Regulatory Costs of Anti-Property Approaches to Environmental Concerns

    May 23, 2019
    Environmental regulations transfer substantial wealth and can be subject to the same political failure and regulatory pork-barreling that characterize economic regulation—perhaps more so, given the international scale of control sought, and some of the movement’s anti-market roots.  
  • CEI Petitions EPA to Correct 2009 Endangerment Finding

    May 17, 2019
    The Competitive Enterprise Institute on May 13th filed a request for correction under the Information Quality Act (IQA) that asks the Environmental Protection Agency to stop using or disseminating the 2009 Endangerment Finding until it corrects several major procedural errors committed during its preparation. 
  • 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). 

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