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  • 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.
  • Department of Energy Expands Consumer Choice in Light Bulbs

    September 4, 2019
    The Trump administration took a pro-consumer step today as the Department of Energy finalized a rule that will allow certain types of lower-cost light bulbs to remain on the market.   
  • Judge Rejects Climate Suit to Establish 'Right to Wilderness'

    August 2, 2019
    Oregon District Court Judge Michael McShane on July 31st rejected a petition by two nonprofit groups—Animal Legal Defense Fund and Seeding Sovereignty—and six individuals who allege the U.S. government’s failure to combat climate change violates their constitutional right to a safe and sustainable environment.
  • Environmental Red Tape Could Roadblock Green New Deal

    July 30, 2019
    The Green New Deal reads like a progressive’s letter to Santa, a wish list that is, by the admission of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) chief of staff, designed to reorder fundamentally American society along quasi-socialist lines. It’s easy to go on about its faults, but what has been ignored are the obstacles that the nation’s existing environmental permitting system itself sets in the way of the Green New Deal.
  • Major Automakers Cave to California on Trump Auto Rule

    July 26, 2019
    The Washington Post reported on July 25th that Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, and BMW North America have “struck a deal with California to produce fleets that are more fuel-efficient in coming years, undercutting one of the Trump administration’s most aggressive climate policy rollbacks.”
  • Department of Energy Grants Petition To Speed Up Dishwashers

    July 12, 2019
    The Department of Energy (DOE) on July 2nd announced the first step in reversing energy efficiency standard that resulted in dishwashers taking hours to clean a load of dishes.
  • Affordable Clean Energy Rule Improves Obama-era Policy, Still Contains Fatal Flaw

    July 9, 2019
    The Federal Register yesterday published the Environmental Protection Agency’s final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, along with the agency’s response to public comments on the August 2018 draft ACE rule. ACE repeals and replaces the Obama administration’s signature climate policy, so-called Clean Power Plan.
  • White House Releases Revised Guidance for Climate Policy

    June 25, 2019
    The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) recently released the pre-publication draft of their proposed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Guidance on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions. If finalized, this guidance will replace the Obama administration’s August 1, 2016 final guidance, which was withdrawn on April 5, 2017, pursuant to President Trump’s Executive Order 13783.

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