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  • Federal District Court Upholds Constitutionality of California-Quebec Climate Pact

    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.
  • Refrigerants Debate Moves to House

    March 13, 2020
    American consumers dodged a bullet when the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act failed to become part of the larger Senate energy package, which has stalled on the Senate floor. Now the House has begun marking up its own version. Both bills would restrict future production of hydrofluorocarbons on the grounds that they contribute to climate change.
  • New York Times' Shoddy Reporting on Agency Skeptic

    March 6, 2020
    The New York Times recently ran an article titled “A Trump Insider Embeds Climate Denial in Scientific Research.” The fact-checkers and editors dropped the ball on this one, beginning with the title.
  • Washington’s Latest Attack on Air Conditioning

    March 5, 2020
    Think air conditioning isn’t expensive enough? Then you’ll love a proposed amendment to the Senate energy bill that restricts the refrigerants used in millions of air conditioners on the grounds that they contribute to climate change.
  • Appeals Court Rules Heathrow Expansion Unlawful, Citing Paris Climate Treaty

    February 28, 2020

    The UK Court of Appeals on February 27th declared unlawful the Department of Transport’s approval of Heathrow Airport’s expansion plans, because the government “had not taken into account its own firm policy commitments on climate change under the Paris agreement.”

    Several major news outlets posted same-day articles on the story including the UK Guardian,...

  • House Republican Leaders Introduce Pointless, Costly, But Virtue-Signaling Climate Legislation

    February 15, 2020
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and several senior Republicans announced they were going to introduce four bills to address climate change. On the bright side, none of the bills includes a tax on carbon dioxide emissions or mandatory targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. On the dark side, the four bills propose to waste a lot of taxpayer dollars and extend subsidies for commercially uncompetitive technologies.
  • Study Finds Strong Acceleration in Ocean Circulation

    February 14, 2020
    As part of its “Climate in Crisis” series, NBC News on February 11 reported the results of a new study on “the undersea conveyor belts that help regulate Earth’s climate and influence weather systems around the world.” To quote the headline: “Climate change models predicted ocean currents would speed up—but not this soon.” Yet, in the mid-2000s, many inferred planetary peril from an apparent slowdown in the North Atlantic conveyor belt.
  • House Panel Hears Testimony on USE IT Act

    February 7, 2020
    On February 6, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change held a hearing on the Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act, which seeks to incentivize research, development, demonstration, and deployment of carbon capture, utilization, and storage projects. Although the bill is bipartisan and relies on incentives, it is not a genuine compromise between Republicans’ emphasis on innovation and Democrats’ emphasis on regulation.
  • Worst-Case Emissions Scenario RCP8.5 Is Dead: BBC

    February 1, 2020
    BBC News last week rang down the curtain on the climate science fraternity’s long running malpractice of projecting climate change impacts using a worst-case emissions scenario as if it were a business-as-usual scenario.
  • Study Projecting Net Carbon Dioxide Benefits through 2050 Defended

    January 28, 2020
    Last Friday on the Daily Kos, an anonymous blogger called “Climate Denier Roundup” (CDR) posted a hit piece on a new study by Kevin D. Dayaratna, Ross McKitrick, and Patrick J. Michaels. According to CDR, Dayaratna, McKitrick, and Michaels (DMM) claim “we should actually subsidize fossil fuel use because higher carbon dioxide levels are good for crops.” Their study says no such thing. DMM have no wish to play central planner or encourage others to do so. Neither are they “deniers,” as CDR insinuates.

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