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  • 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.
  • Agenda for the 116th Congress: Energy and Environment

    January 17, 2019
    Wealthier is healthier—and environmentally cleaner as well. Despite the fact that the most prosperous nations are also the cleanest, and that prosperity is best achieved through free markets and limited government, Washington, D.C. insists on an intrusive approach that does more economic harm than environmental good. This is especially so regarding costly federal interference in energy markets, as energy is the lifeblood of the economy and its affordability is critical to growth.
  • EPA Takes on Costly, Unnecessary Wood Heater Regulations

    December 17, 2018
    The Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency cranked out so many bad major rules that it was hard to pay attention to all the also-bad, but relatively small, rules. One such measure set emissions standards for wood heaters. Thankfully, the Trump administration has proposed some useful revisions.    
  • Infrastructure Bill Should Attack Climate Red Tape, Not Increase It

    December 13, 2018
    Enacting legislation will be more difficult in next year’s divided Congress, but an infrastructure bill is something that could get done. Democrats and Republicans may be able to agree on a list of popular projects to fund, and President Trump has signaled his willingness to address perceived infrastructure shortcomings. 
  • 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.
  • Air Conditioning—Treating a Public Health Benefit As a Threat

    November 29, 2018
    A study by the International Energy Agency predicts that billions more people around the world will own an air conditioner by 2050. This is great news, but the study cast this trend in negative terms because it will lead to greater electricity use and thus increased greenhouse gas emissions. Some climate activists have even proposed policies that may keep air conditioning out of reach for many of the world’s poor. Yet, the benefits of air conditioning are hard to overstate.
  • CEI Challenges Federal Rejection of Alaska's Pebble Mine

    November 15, 2018
    Most job-creating projects don’t require government subsidies―the only thing private sector builders need is less federal red tape getting in their way.   A good case in point is the Pebble Mine in Alaska, currently being held up by the Environmental Protection Agency. That is why the Competitive Enterprise Institute is filing a Petition for Correction under the Information Quality Act to help clear away EPA’s unjustified rejection of this project.
  • 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. 
  • U.S. Officials Wary of United Nations Ozone Treaty Negotiations in Ecuador

    November 7, 2018

    The 30th meeting of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) is being held in Quito Ecuador through November 9th. This 1987 United Nations treaty banned a number of compounds widely used in refrigeration and air conditioning on the grounds that they leak into the air and contribute to depletion of the earth’s ozone layer.


  • Infrastructure in Divided Congress Must Include Regulatory, Permitting Reforms

    November 7, 2018

    Even before the results were in, the election-night talking heads were speculating on what, if anything, congressional Democrats and Republicans can agree on and get done. Several offered up infrastructure as one example. No doubt, a bipartisan 2019 infrastructure bill is entirely possible, but there are philosophical differences on how to go about it that need to be addressed before any real progress is made.


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