April 24, 2020
The Department of Justice’s Energy and Natural Resources Division published a report on Earth Day detailing its accomplishments to enforce the nation’s environmental, public lands, and natural resource laws, defend executive agency prerogatives under federal statutory and constitutional law, and support regulatory reform, energy infrastructure development, and national security.
April 21, 2020
Just in time for the 50th Earth Day, CEI is publishing an Issue Analysis called “The Scientific Case for Vacating EPA’s Carbon Dioxide Endangerment Finding.” The Endangerment Finding, proclaimed by the EPA on December 7, 2009, is the centerpiece for all of the agency’s regulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.
April 16, 2020
The American Manufacturing and Innovation (AIM) Act would limit the production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the class of chemicals used as refrigerants in most air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, as well as for other purposes. Many supporters of the AIM Act claim that it would create 33,000 jobs, but many manufacturers see the bill as a potential jobs killer.
April 2, 2020
New York City made it through another winter without any serious natural gas shortages, but it may not be so lucky next year. National Grid is one of two companies that unsuccessfully sought approval for a new pipeline to bring much needed additional natural gas into the city. However, its project was rejected by the state in 2019, largely on climate change grounds.
March 27, 2020
The American Enterprise Institute this week published A Critique of the House Republican Climate Policy Proposals by AEI economist Benjamin Zycher. Zycher finds that the warming reductions achieved by tree planting and carbon capture technologies would be “effectively equal to zero” yet “very expensive” to implement.
March 26, 2020
The Department of Justice urged the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to stand by its decision to dismiss the so-called Kids Climate Suit on the grounds that plaintiffs lack standing to sue the U.S. government. The panel found that the proposed remedy—a U.S. government-wide plan to decarbonize the U.S. economy—would not “ameliorate” any climate-related harms plaintiffs purport to have sustained.
March 25, 2020
Proponents of climate change are repurposing older statutes into climate policy tools, even though they were never intended for that purpose. The environmentalists’ goal is to add one more impediment to the use of coal by raising the cost of its transport. But in so doing, they are improperly using a decades-old statute for the novel purpose of achieving climate policy aims that were rejected by Congress.
March 24, 2020
Airports haven’t been this empty since after 9/11, so it is not surprising that airlines would be recipients of tens of billions of assistance in the proposed House COVID-19 stimulus legislation. But House Democrats are using the occasion to try to force through unrelated environmental measures that would raise the cost of flying.
March 20, 2020
Fear and angst are contagious. With the coronavirus still spreading and the U.S. and global economies in danger of freefall, people may become more receptive to gloom and doom messages in general.
March 13, 2020
On February 12, Federal District Judge William B. Shubb rejected the Trump administration’s constitutional challenge to California’s greenhouse gas emission trading pact with Québec. Judge Shubb’s reasoning evokes the Obama administration’s argument that the Paris Agreement is not a treaty requiring the Senate’s advice and consent because it is “non-binding” and “unenforceable” under international law.