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  • Double Dose of Good News from D.C. Circuit Court

    April 29, 2017

    In a double dose of good news, the D.C. Circuit Court this week put on hold litigation surrounding two major Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency rules for existing power plants.

    On Thursday, a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit granted the EPA’s request to pause litigation over the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, also known as the Utility MACT. As I’ve reported before, this rule would cost $10 billion annually, yet its bizarre purpose is to protect a supposed population of pregnant subsistence fisherwomen who eat hundreds of pounds of self-caught fish during their pregnancies, despite all the signs along rivers and lakes advising...

  • Congress Should Eliminate Obama's Stream Protection Rule

    January 31, 2017
  • Environmental Litigation Strategies and Defenses for Trump Era

    January 9, 2017

    Environmental litigation groups like the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Center for Biological Diversity will pursue three types of lawsuits over the next four years (at least).

    Green Group Litigation Strategy #1...

  • Environmental Defense Fund Attack Ad Full of Lies about EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt

    January 4, 2017

    On Tuesday, The Hill’s Timothy Cama reported:

    An environmental group is launching a new advertising campaign against the confirmation of President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    Clean Air Moms Action, a project of the Environmental Defense Action Fund, said Tuesday it is spending at least $100,000 on the campaign which centers on children's health concerns, targeting the Washington, D.C., area, and six states with senators who could swing the confirmation vote.

    See the ad for yourself here. In fact, it is based on an egregious lie, and the truth of the matter demonstrates the...

  • Congress Should Target Unaccountable EPA Programs

    December 20, 2016

    The newly elected congressional majority should be ready and willing to help implement President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to tackle onerous regulations. But what about so called “non-regulatory programs” that have significant public policy and marketplace impacts?

    Congress can address problems associated with such programs by defunding them or by bringing them under the authority of existing environmental laws.

    Top on the list should be the Environmental Protection Agency’s Integrated Risk Information System, also known as IRIS. IRIS gains its authority simply as a line item inside EPA’s Office of Research and Development. As a research program, IRIS operates outside the regulatory process and its accountability systems.

    According to...

  • RealClear Radio Hour: Political Disasters in Science and Economics

    December 12, 2016

    This week on RealClear Radio Hour, Marc Edwards and Dan Liljenquist recount politically induced disasters from the perversion of science to the pension crisis.

    My first guest is Marc Edwards, Professor of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering at Virginia Tech. Marc discusses institutional scientific misconduct in academic and government-funded science and details how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created and covered up both the D.C. and Flint, Michigan, lead and drinking water crises. He describes how upper management cultivates a culture of corruption to promote their policy agency agenda, risking loss of public trust in science. 

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  • The Real Victim in the Dakota Access Pipeline Controversy Is the Company behind the Project

    November 2, 2016

    The real victim in the controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline is Dakota Access Services, the company behind the $3.7 billion project that would move almost 500,000 barrels of oil daily from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to a refining hub in Illinois. The operators of the pipeline are being jerked around by the government, environmentalists, and the Standing Rock Sioux, all of whom are acting in varying degrees of bad faith.

    President Obama Yanked the Rug out from under Dakota Access Partners

    The pipeline route is 99% on private land. As such, the federal government’s role is quite limited. In fact, the U.S. government’s jurisdiction extends only to the immediate area where the pipeline crosses navigable waterways.

    After jumping through all the appropriate hoops, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permitted construction of the...

  • Olympic Ceremony an Example of Cheap Talk on Global Warming

    August 8, 2016

    “Doing something” about global warming is hard and requires economic sacrifice. Of course, you will never hear this inconvenient truth from our environmental leaders. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy, for example, would have you believe...
  • Understanding the EPA’s Power Grab through the “Waters of the U.S. Rule”

    June 1, 2015

    Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) promulgated the Waters of the U.S. Rule, a regulation that purports to clarify which waters of the United States are subject to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

    Background

    The CWA regulates the discharge of pollution into navigable waters. Rather than limit the definition of “navigable waters” to mean waters that are interstate and “navigable in fact,” the Clean Water Act broadens the definition of “navigable waters” so as to include non-navigable waters, in order to afford federal regulators a greater degree of environmental oversight. Federal jurisdiction, therefore, extends beyond waters that are strictly “navigable.”

    However, the Clean Water Act fails to establish an exact limitation on federal...

  • How to Improve the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill

    April 28, 2015

    The Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill for FY 2016 passed by the House Appropriations Committee spends too much, but does move some funding from very bad programs to somewhat less bad programs. 

    The best thing in the bill is the set of riders that prohibit the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the proposed Waters of the United States rule. That rule if implemented would expand federal jurisdiction far beyond what was intended by Congress in Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, and far beyond the current definition or any reasonable definition of the navigable waters of the United States. The WOTUS rule also ignores and largely contradicts the Supreme Court’s decisions in SWANCC and Rapanos. 

    Here are a few suggestions for improving the Energy and Water Appropriations bill when it comes to the floor of the House this week:

    1. A rider...

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