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  • Fuel Economy: DOJ's Defense of the One National Program Rule, Part 2

    September 25, 2020
    California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on September 23 directing the California Air Resources Board to draft rules that will ban the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles in the state by 2035. Whether California has the legal authority to restrict consumer choice and economic liberty on so massive a scale may be decided next year in litigation now before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • House Oversight Subcommittee Holds Climate Policy Hearing

    September 25, 2020
    On September 24, 2020, the House Oversight Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing titled “Climate Change Part IV: Moving Towards a Sustainable Future.” The written statements of the four majority witnesses are posted on the Subcommittee’s website but not the written statement of Heritage Foundation statistician and data scientist Dr. Kevin Dayaratna. It is available here.
  • Federally Commissioned Climate Report Defies Reality

    September 24, 2020
    Earlier this month, The New York Times reported at length about a report commissioned by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, titled “Managing Climate Risks in the Financial System.” While it has not been endorsed by the full Commission, it is remarkable in its scope and detail, and any innocent reader would conclude that climate change is horrible and already wreaking havoc.
  • Appointment of Climate Realist David Legates at NOAA Sparks Protest by Representatives Grijalva and Huffman

    September 18, 2020
    Two Democratic leaders of the House Natural Resources Committee are demanding that the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration explain why it hired a “climate denier” to be the new Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction. The alleged “denier” is David R. Legates, a climatologist and professor at the University of Delaware. According to Google Scholar, Legates has authored or co-authored 146 papers, which have been cited 12,755 times in the scientific literature. A question for the Reps. Grijalva and Huffman: How can one "deny" science, yet contribute so much to it? ​
  • Senate Reaches Bipartisan Deal to Raise Air Conditioner Costs

    September 11, 2020
    Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee just agreed to a measure that would raise the cost of air conditioning. It is being done in the name of fighting climate change. To be specific, hydrofluorocarbons, a class of compounds used as refrigerants in most air conditioners as well as refrigerators, are being targeted as greenhouse gases.
  • Conservative Carbon Tax: Bad Politics, Bad Policy

    August 21, 2020
    A recent article in National Review suggests conservative politicians would be smart to advocate a carbon tax, enabling them to show they care about the planet while offering an alternative to the growth-chilling mandates beloved of the climate left. That is naive. A carbon tax is bad conservative politics and bad public policy.
  • California’s Rolling Blackouts Cast Further Doubt on Electric Vehicles’ Future

    August 20, 2020
    However, California’s rolling blackouts underscore the difficulties that a massive scaling up of electric vehicles would entail. The problem is that EVs don’t really reduce emissions of carbon dioxide or smog-forming compounds very much if coal is still a significant part of the electricity mix. That is why supporters of more EVs also support much more renewable electricity.
  • The Year of the Weeniecane May Be Ending

    August 17, 2020
    Every prediction for this year’s Atlantic hurricane season—and there are many of them—has been forecasting above normal activity, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s latest revision getting close to record territory.
  • EPA Proposes First Ever CO2 Standards for Commercial Aircraft

    July 22, 2020
    The EPA today proposed first-ever greenhouse gas emission standards for certain new commercial airplanes, including all large passenger jets. The proposed standards, which phase in during 2023-2028, “match the international airplane carbon dioxide (CO2) standards adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2017,” EPA explains.
  • EPA Proposes First-Ever Aircraft Greenhouse Gas Limits

    July 22, 2020
    Today, the EPA proposed the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from commercial aircraft engines. Although it is unusual for the Trump administration to push for a new greenhouse gas standard, the bigger issue is whether this standard will be made more stringent in the future. Additional compliance costs would fall on an airline industry that need years to recover from coronavirus-related damage.

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