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  • Coronavirus Emergency Is No Reason for Delaying Energy Project Approvals

    May 1, 2020
    On April 29, five members of Congress sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that nicely summarizes why the energy infrastructure approval and construction process must go on unimpeded by the coronavirus emergency.
  • Hurry, See "Planet of the Humans," Before It’s Banned

    April 24, 2020
    Planet of the Humans, the new documentary film from director Jeff Gibbs and executive producer Michael Moore, contains a stunning evisceration of so-called green energy and the people profiting from it.
  • EPA Takes Step in Support of Coal-Refuse-to-Energy

    April 9, 2020
    Green groups oppose efforts to deal with the coal refuse problem that plagues many coal mining communities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The EPA is doing the right thing by ignoring this opposition and addressing the problem.
  • Pipeline-Starved New York City Avoids Natural Gas Shortages this Winter, but May Face Problems in the Future

    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.
  • The Next Alleged Environmental Threat: Coal Falling off Trains

    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.
  • Federal Court Decision Underscores Need for NEPA Reform

    March 20, 2020
    The comment period has closed for the Council on Environmental Quality’s proposed updates to the implementing rules for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Many projects, especially those related to fossil fuel production and transport, continue to be delayed or blocked by NEPA and serve as reminders why reforms are needed.
  • Energy Special Interests Demand Handouts in Massive Coronavirus Stimulus Bill

    March 20, 2020
    Energy special interests began swarming the Capitol, as Congress passed a second emergency spending bill addressing the coronavirus pandemic and began to put together a $1 trillion or larger stimulus bill to try to counteract the resulting economic downturn. They all want the same thing—handouts for their particular industry.
  • Report Misconstrues SAFE Rule 'Rollbacks'

    February 20, 2020
    A recent Rhodium Group report purports to show by the numbers that the fuel economy “rollbacks” effected by the Trump administration’s forthcoming Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicle rule are “significant” both in terms of “greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions abatement and costs to drivers.” In fact, the numbers reveal the insignificance of the SAFE rule’s GHG impacts. Furthermore, the report’s analysis of consumer costs is one-sided and, thus, potentially misleading.
  • Trump Wants Less Federal Meddling in Home Energy Use, but Some in Congress Want More

    February 13, 2020
    Federal energy efficiency standards have a long history of unintended adverse consequences, from more expensive light bulbs with questionable light quality to dishwashers that take hours to finish a load. Putting the federal government in charge of residential building codes would give us more of the same.
  • 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.

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