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  • Electric Vehicle Tax Credits Not Popular with Americans: Poll

    June 14, 2019
    A recent survey conducted for the American Energy Alliance clearly shows that the public does not support congressional efforts to extend or expand federal tax credits for purchasers of electric vehicles. Current subsidies of up to $7500 are available only for the first 200,000 EVs sold by each automaker. 
  • Automakers to Trump: Keep Us Captive to California Bureaucrats

    June 7, 2019
    Seventeen automakers, including Ford, General Motors, and Toyota Motor North America sent a letter on 6th June to President Donald J. Trump urging him not to challenge California’s authority to regulate fuel economy. Instead, the companies want Mr. Trump to negotiate a compromise with California over model year (MY) 2021-2026 fuel economy standards. 
  • Union Gets Nasty over Natural Gas Pipeline Rejection

    June 7, 2019
    Friction between the trade unions that build energy infrastructure and the politicians who routinely block these projects has been growing for the last decade—especially as President Obama spent the majority of his administration delaying and eventually rejecting the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Trump administration has adopted a far more supportive approach to energy infrastructure, but still faces resistance from some state governments. 
  • California Leads Nation in Gas Prices, Climate Policies a Growing Contributor

    May 31, 2019
    The large gasoline price disparity between California and the rest of the country has jumped to nearly $1.20 per gallon. High fuel taxes and stringent clean burning fuel specifications along with other state-specific policies account for much of that gap.
  • ConEd Expanding Existing Pipeline Capacity Amid Ban on New Construction

    May 24, 2019
    We have previously reported on Consolidated Edison’s recent restrictions on new natural gas hookups in the greater New York metropolitan area as a consequence of insufficient supplies, as well as the highly unhelpful efforts of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to block proposed new pipelines that would bring more supplies into the state. The governor’s objections are largely based on his climate change advocacy, though safety has also been a stated concern.
  • Another Day, Another Blocked Pipeline into New York

    May 17, 2019
    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on May 15th rejected a natural gas pipeline that would have brought supplies into the state via New York City. The Northeast Supply Enhancement Project would have taken the existing Transco pipeline, which begins in Texas and currently ends in New Jersey, and extend it the final 24 miles underwater to serve New York as well. The decision was taken even though evidence of shortages in and around New York City is already emerging and demand is expected to continue growing in the years ahead.  
  • House Passes Bill to Keep U.S. in Paris Climate Treaty

    May 3, 2019
    The House of Representatives on May 2 passed a bill that would prevent President Donald Trump from withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate treaty. Eighteen non-profit groups, led by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, sent a letter on Tuesday to House members urging them to vote no on the bill.
  • EPA Mercury Rule an Inappropriate Exercise of Regulatory Power

    April 19, 2019
    On Wednesday, I submitted comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to rescind its justification for the 2012 Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule. MATS established first-ever maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions from coal- and oil-fueled power plants.
  • Administration Takes on Anti-Infrastructure Misuse of Clean Water Act

    April 12, 2019
    President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order on April 10th that is intended to limit the misuse of the Clean Water Act of 1972 (CWA) by governors in several states to stop fossil fuel infrastructure projects, particularly pipelines.
  • On Climate Policy, 'Low-Hanging Fruit' May Not Be So Tasty

    April 9, 2019
    On Wednesday, April 10, the House Energy Subcommittee will hold a hearing called Investing in America's Energy Infrastructure: Improving Energy Efficiency and Creating a Diverse Workforce. The hearing will cover a number of bills, several of which provide federal funding and/or tax breaks for residential energy saving measures.

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