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  • NEPA Reform Gives More Power to the People, Less to Environmental Lawyers

    July 31, 2020
    The Trump administration’s recent changes to the National Environmental Policy Act would reduce the years of red tape and litigation that frequently blocks job-creating energy projects such as new oil or natural gas pipelines. They would also give a greater voice to the local communities that are positively impacted by such projects.
  • Environmental Protection Agency Finalizes Reforms to Its Environmental Appeals Board

    July 23, 2020
    The Trump administration has placed a priority on streamlining the delays and red tape holding back many private sector projects. The EPA's final rule making changes to its Environmental Appeals Board s another useful step toward that goal. Job-creating projects, from pipelines to ports to mines, are routinely subject to years of federal permitting delays.
  • EPA Proposes First-Ever Aircraft Greenhouse Gas Limits

    July 22, 2020
    Today, the EPA proposed the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from commercial aircraft engines. Although it is unusual for the Trump administration to push for a new greenhouse gas standard, the bigger issue is whether this standard will be made more stringent in the future. Additional compliance costs would fall on an airline industry that need years to recover from coronavirus-related damage.
  • Final Rule on National Environmental Policy Act an Important Step to Get America Back to Work

    July 15, 2020
    Along with its regulatory reforms, the Trump administration has also sought to unleash the American economy by streamlining the federal permitting process for major infrastructure projects like roads and pipelines. A key component of this effort was finalized today in the form of a rule making key changes and clarifications to the National Environmental Policy Act.
  • House Select Committee Climate Report A Pre-COVID-19 Time Capsule

    July 8, 2020
    On June 30, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released its report. There is little original in the report. Most of its sweeping and costly climate policy recommendations have been around for decades and are very similar to the provisions in last year’s Green New Deal. But one thing is novel, and that is how rapidly the report is becoming outdated in light of COVID-19.
  • Air Conditioning Can Help Fight COVID-19—If Federal Policy Allows It To

    July 2, 2020
    COVID-19 persists into the time of year when most Americans rely on air conditioning, so many are asking whether cranking up the cold air helps or hurts in the fight against spreading the virus. The answer is that air conditioning can provide substantial protection from coronavirus, but we need to make sure that the federal government’s pursuit of energy efficiency and climate change policy is not an impediment.
  • Tax Breaks for Wind and Solar—Bad Energy Policy, Bad Post-Coronavirus Recovery Policy

    June 26, 2020
    The House of Representatives’ $1.5 trillion dollar infrastructure package is being sold to the public as a post-coronavirus job creation bill. It now includes the sweeping renewable energy subsidies, including measures extending the investment tax credits for wind and solar energy. This is both bad energy policy and bad jobs policy.
  • Supreme Court Decision Big Win for Energy—and America

    June 15, 2020
    Today the Supreme Court handed down a 7-2 decision allowing the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile project bringing natural gas produced in West Virginia eastward into Virginia and North Carolina. The case represents a big win for energy dominance, jobs, affordable energy, and most importantly the rule of law.
  • Trump Executive Order to Expedite Project Approvals

    June 5, 2020
    President Trump on June 4 issued an Executive Order intended to expedite the federal approval process for major infrastructure projects. “Economic Recovery from the COVID-19 Emergency by Expediting Infrastructure Investments and Other Activities” seeks to put people back to work by getting transportation, energy, and other big construction projects underway as quickly as possible.
  • EPA Finalizes Rule Limiting State Abuses of Clean Water Act to Block Fossil Energy Projects

    June 1, 2020
    On June 1, the EPA issued a final rule clarifying that the Clean Water Act cannot be used by states to block energy projects based on climate or any other grounds unrelated to water quality. This rule should help remove roadblocks to many such projects that both create jobs and keep energy affordable for homes and businesses.


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