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  • Repeal of Trump Power Plant Rule Fails in Senate

    October 18, 2019
    The U.S. Senate today defeated by 53-41 a Democrat-sponsored Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval that aims to overturn the Trump administration’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which simultaneously repealed and replaced the Obama administration’s so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP).
  • United States, Carbon Tax Laggard?

    October 17, 2019
    The United States “lags” other nations’ use of carbon taxes, ClimateWire (subscription required) reports. Specifically, the United States ranks 40th out of 44 countries in a new Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report examining each country’s combined taxes on carbon-based energy sources. Such “taxes” include cap-and-trade programs, because those policies also put an explicit price on the carbon content of fuels or emissions.
  • California Utility Cuts Power to Avoid Fires Caused by Downed Power Lines   

    October 11, 2019
    Pacific Gas and Electric has intentionally turned off electricity to up to two million people in parts of northern California for hours and days at a time this week. The purpose is to avoid the catastrophic fires caused when high, gusty winds knock down power lines and the sparks ignite tinder dry brush. There were a number of such fires last year; the worst was the “Camp Fire” in Butte County, which destroyed the town of Paradise, California, killed 85 people, and did an estimated $16.5 billion in damages.
  • 'Art of the Deal' Meets Renewable Fuel Standard

    October 11, 2019
    It’s the ultimate dealmaker versus the ultimate dealmaking challenge. President Trump has again sought changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that he hopes both supporters and critics of this program can live with. The previous reform effort granted ethanol producers and corn growers their request to raise the amount of ethanol allowed year-round in gasoline from 10 to 15 percent (E-15), while, on the other hand, giving the refining sector more exemptions for small facilities which serves to lower the overall RFS targets.   
  • Progressive States Petition Court to Declare Trump Pre-emption Rule Unlawful

    September 20, 2019
    ​​​​​​​A California-led coalition of 24 states and three cities today petitioned the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to declare unlawful the Trump administration’s One National Program Rule, which finds that California’s motor vehicle greenhouse gas emission standards and zero emission vehicle mandate are unlawful because they are pre-empted by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act.
  • Trump Administration Terminates California's Unlawful Power over Auto Industry

    September 19, 2019
    Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took the first step towards finalizing the proposed Safer, Affordable, Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles rule by issuing a final action entitled the “One National Program Rule.”
  • Greenpeace Disrupters Arrested for Shutting Down Houston Ship Channel

    September 13, 2019
    Ahead of the September 12th Democratic presidential primary debate, activists from the group Greenpeace were arrested after pulling a stunt that briefly held Houston commuters hostage and interfered with operations in the Houston Ship Channel. Hoping to “confront the oil industry” and using proximity to the debate to attract attention, a van full of activists caused a three car crash that sent one person to the hospital when they abruptly stopped to offload the protesters on the bridge.
  • Trump Administration Pushes Back on California's Fuel Economy Scheming

    September 10, 2019
    Since at least March 2018, the Trump administration and the state of California have been engaged in a legal and political struggle over the stringency of motor vehicle fuel economy standards and, more importantly, the legality of California’s power to set and enforce such standards. Last week the Trump administration opened two new fronts in this contest of wills and war of words.
  • CNN Hosts Seven-Hour 'Climate Crisis Town Hall' with Democratic Presidential Candidates

    September 6, 2019
    CNN on September 4th broadcast a seven-hour “Climate Crisis Town Hall” featuring ten Democratic presidential candidates. Each of the following candidates was in the spotlight for about 40 minutes: Julián Castro, Andrew Yang, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mayer Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend, IN), Beto O’Rourke, and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). Transcripts of each candidate’s segment are available here.
  • Ethanol 'Flex Fuel' No Solution for Climate—or Political Compromise

    September 6, 2019
    Pollster Frank Luntz discussed climate policy Thursday night with Laura Ingraham on her Fox News program “The Ingraham Angle.” In the previous segment, Ingraham interviewed Competitive Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Patrick Michaels, who debunked the “existential threat” rhetoric permeating CNN’s 7-hour “Climate Crisis Town Hall” on Wednesday. Michaels and Ingraham observed that for progressives, climate change is a pretext for confiscating other people’s assets and running their lives.

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