April 21, 2018
Boulder, Colorado and Boulder and San Miguel Counties filed suit in state court this week against ExxonMobil and Suncor Energy. The suit claims that petroleum products sold by the companies contribute to climate change and that leads to all sorts of bad things—such as droughts, wildfires, and severe storms—that affect tourism and agriculture in the city and two counties.
April 6, 2018
Greenhouse gas/fuel economy standards encourage automakers to reduce average vehicle size and weight. That is hardly surprising. It takes less fuel to move smaller, lighter vehicles than it does to move bigger, heavier ones. However, size and weight reduction as a downside. As my colleague Sam Kazman pungently puts it in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, fuel economy mandates kill people. It’s a matter of basic physics. Lighter vehicles have less mass to absorb collision forces, while smaller cars provide less space between the occupant and the point of impact.
March 29, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency is approaching the April 1st deadline to complete its Midterm Evaluation of the Obama administration’s fuel economy and motor vehicle greenhouse gas emission standards for model years 2022-2025.
March 23, 2018
This week, Chevron lawyer Ted Boutrous told federal Judge William Alsup that “There’s no debate about climate science.” His company “accepts the consensus of the scientific community” that recent climate change is real and caused primarily by industrial activity. According to the San Francisco Examiner, the lawsuits filed by San Francisco and Oakland against Chevron and four other oil and gas companies “ask for financial compensation, possibly in the billions of dollars, to pay for seawalls and other infrastructure to protect people and property against rising sea levels and global warming.”
March 19, 2018
If people are policy, the Trump administration’s commitment to the President’s pro-growth energy agenda has become clearer and firmer. Last week, Mr. Trump ousted Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and announced plans to replace him with current Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo. Tillerson, under whose leadership ExxonMobil became an advocate of carbon taxes, led the pro-Paris climate treaty faction within the Trump administration.
March 13, 2018
President Trump this morning ousted Rex Tillerson from his post as Secretary of State and plans to replace him with CIA director Mike Pompeo. Tillerson, under whose leadership ExxonMobil became an advocate of carbon taxes, led the pro-Paris climate treaty faction within the Trump administration. In stark contrast, in 2015,...
March 10, 2018
A federal judge in California last week ruled that a suit brought by the cities of Oakland and San Francisco seeking climate damages from major oil companies would be heard in federal court instead of state court. This week Judge William Alsup invited counsel for both sides to present a five-hour tutorial on global warming and climate change in his court on March 21st.
March 1, 2018
To date, the political process has determined that the potential risks of carbon dioxide regulation outweigh the benefits. That’s why despite more than 20 years of global warming advocacy, Congress has never passed a cap-and-trade bill. Even when Democrats held the White House and majorities in both houses of Congress, any bill authorizing Environmental Protection Agency to develop and adopt a regulation like the Clean Power Plan would have been dead on arrival.
February 27, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of repealing President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, the principal regulatory component of his Paris Climate Treaty emission-reduction pledge. CEI Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis makes the case that the EPA should simply repeal the Clean Power Plan without replacing it.
Fourth National Climate Assessment: Pat Michaels Calls for "Reset" of U.S. Global Change Research ProgramFebruary 9, 2018
The comment period for the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Fourth National Climate Assessment closed on January 31, 2018. Cato Institute scientist Patrick Michaels identifies two methodological flaws that permeate the entire work, rendering the Fourth Assessment biased, misleading, and unscientific.