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  • EPA's Andrew Wheeler Appoints John Christy to Science Advisory Board

    February 1, 2019
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler on January 31st announced the appointment of some 29 experts to serve on the agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) and its four standing committees on agricultural science, chemical risk, drinking water, and radiation.
  • Forecast: U.S. to Become Net Energy Exporter in 2020

    January 28, 2019
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects the United States to become a net energy exporter in 2020. That is the “reference case” projection in EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2019 (AEO2019), published on January 24th. In contrast, AEO2018 projected that the United States would become a net energy exporter in 2022.
  • EPA's Wheeler Responds to Renewable Fuel Standard Questions

    January 22, 2019
    The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held its confirmation hearing for acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler on January 16th. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was a significant part of the discussion. Several corn-belt senators—Joni Ernst (R-IA), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—focused particularly on two RFS issues: year-round sales of E-15 and small refinery exemptions. Both sought administrative changes by EPA that would favor corn growers and ethanol producers.
  • Supreme Court Should Review Oregon's Discriminatory Fuel Pricing Rules

    January 16, 2019
    Last week, American fuel manufactures filed a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court asking them to review a lower court decision upholding an Oregon law which the manufacturers say was designed to inappropriately favor Oregon businesses and which regulates activities that occur entirely outside of the state. CEI has previously commented on the absurdity of the lower court decision when it was issued.
  • Green New Deal: 626 Groups Send Congress a Back-to-Dark Ages Manifesto

    January 11, 2019
    Six-hundred twenty-six organizations, some of them major environmental groups, sent a letter to Members of the House of Representatives on January 10th that details their demands for what must and must not be included in a Green New Deal. The list is a doozy, but is no more radical than much of the rhetoric coming from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her freshman allies in Congress.
  • Attacks on Trump Administration Environmental Federalism Fall Short

    December 13, 2018
    Today’s Energy & Environment News (subscription required) has an article titled “Wheeler preaches federalism on water, not cars.” The gist is that various critics claim the Trump-era Environmental Protection Agency, under Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, is an “inconsistent” and “hypocritical” advocate of federalism in environmental policy.
  • How Realistic Is National Climate Assessment's Worst Case Scenario?

    December 6, 2018
    How realistic is the National Climate Assessment’s worst-case emissions scenario? A report released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Tuesday sheds some interesting if inadvertent light on that question.
  • Draft Legislation Proposes Transition from Renewable Fuel Standard to High-Octane Fuel

    November 30, 2018
    In a sweeping effort to change the way Washington regulates both fuels and vehicles, Reps. John Shimkus (R-IL) and Bill Flores (R-TX) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment have released a discussion draft of new legislation entitled the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act.
  • The Montreal Protocol—Did it Really Make a Difference?

    November 9, 2018
    An executive summary of the latest scientific compendium on ozone depletion, the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018 is now out. The report was released in conjunction with the major meeting of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol), currently underway in Quito, Ecuador. 
  • Judge Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline

    November 9, 2018
    Montana federal judge Brian Morris ruled on November 8th that the State Department and TransCanada Corporation must discontinue all efforts to construct or operate the Keystone XL Pipeline until the Department has completed a supplement to its 2014 Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) that complies fully with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Administrative Procedure Act (APA).

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