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  • Environmental Protection Agency Proposes Appeals Board Reform

    November 7, 2019
    The Trump administration has placed a high priority on shortening the delays and cutting the red tape holding back many private sector development projects. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed reforms to its Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) is another useful step towards this goal.
  • Free-Market Groups Support Trump Light Bulb Reform

    November 4, 2019
    The Bush and Obama administrations imposed a number of restrictions on light bulbs, but the Trump administration is pushing back on behalf of consumers. Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and 13 other free-market organizations filed a comment with the Department of Energy (DOE) in support of these efforts.
  • '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.   
  • 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.   
  • Climate Rent-Seeking Backfiring on Chemours

    August 9, 2019
    In perhaps the most egregious example of climate change-related rent seeking to date, chemical giants Chemours and Honeywell have joined forces with environmental activists to restrict a widely-used class of refrigerants called hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HFCs) on the grounds that they are greenhouse gases.
  • New Rule to Limit State Government Abuse of Clean Water Act for Climate Activism

    August 9, 2019
    Making good on a promise made in an April 10th Executive Order entitled Promoting Energy Infrastructure and Economic Growth, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule restricting states from abusing the Clean Water Act to pursue a climate agenda. 
  • Senate Highway Bill with First-Ever Climate Title Unanimously Clears Committee

    August 2, 2019
    On July 30th, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) passed S. 2302, America's Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019. The vote was 22-0. In most respects, it resembles previous big highway spending bills, this time providing $287 billion dollars over the next 5 years. The bill is largely devoid of any fresh thinking on addressing the nation’s transportation infrastructure challenges and for the most part just throws more money at them. 
  • House Democrats Announce Alternative to Green New Deal

    July 26, 2019
    Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced on July 23rd the start of a sweeping effort to legislate a 100 percent decarbonization of the economy by 2050. His goal is to piece this bill together in the months ahead, presumably in time to have a ready legislative vehicle should a Democrat defeat President Trump in 2020. 
  • 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.
  • Climate Policies, Not Climate Change, Are Bigger Threat to World's Poor

    July 3, 2019
    The most recent United Nations climate report, this one from the Human Rights Council, is titled “Climate Change and Poverty” and asserts that “climate change will have devastating consequences for people in poverty.” Add just one more word and the UN would actually be onto something, since climate change policies, if widely adopted, would severely hurt the poor around the globe.

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