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  • Fuel Economy: DOJ's Defense of the One National Program Rule, Part 2

    September 25, 2020
    California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on September 23 directing the California Air Resources Board to draft rules that will ban the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles in the state by 2035. Whether California has the legal authority to restrict consumer choice and economic liberty on so massive a scale may be decided next year in litigation now before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • House Oversight Subcommittee Holds Climate Policy Hearing

    September 25, 2020
    On September 24, 2020, the House Oversight Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing titled “Climate Change Part IV: Moving Towards a Sustainable Future.” The written statements of the four majority witnesses are posted on the Subcommittee’s website but not the written statement of Heritage Foundation statistician and data scientist Dr. Kevin Dayaratna. It is available here.
  • Appointment of Climate Realist David Legates at NOAA Sparks Protest by Representatives Grijalva and Huffman

    September 18, 2020
    Two Democratic leaders of the House Natural Resources Committee are demanding that the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration explain why it hired a “climate denier” to be the new Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction. The alleged “denier” is David R. Legates, a climatologist and professor at the University of Delaware. According to Google Scholar, Legates has authored or co-authored 146 papers, which have been cited 12,755 times in the scientific literature. A question for the Reps. Grijalva and Huffman: How can one "deny" science, yet contribute so much to it? ​
  • Fuel Economy: DOJ Defends One National Program Rule

    September 18, 2020
    The Department of Justice last week filed its initial reply brief in Union of Concerned Scientists v. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a case in which California and its allies are petitioning the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate the One National Program Rule. That rule clarifies that federal law preempts state government greenhouse gas and zero emission vehicle standards. Today’s post—Part 1 of this series—summarizes and excerpts DOJ’s defense of NHTSA’s preemption of California’s CO2 tailpipe and zero-emission vehicle standards. 
  • Conservative Carbon Tax: Bad Politics, Bad Policy

    August 21, 2020
    A recent article in National Review suggests conservative politicians would be smart to advocate a carbon tax, enabling them to show they care about the planet while offering an alternative to the growth-chilling mandates beloved of the climate left. That is naive. A carbon tax is bad conservative politics and bad public policy.
  • CEI Submits Comment Letter in Support of EPA’s Benefit-Cost Analysis Rule

    August 7, 2020
    The comment period closed this week on the Environmental Protection Agency’s benefit-cost analysis (BCA) rulemaking. Under the proposal, all economically significant Clean Air Act regulations must include benefit-cost analyses, and all BCAs must conform to “best practices.”
  • EPA Proposes First Ever CO2 Standards for Commercial Aircraft

    July 22, 2020
    The EPA today proposed first-ever greenhouse gas emission standards for certain new commercial airplanes, including all large passenger jets. The proposed standards, which phase in during 2023-2028, “match the international airplane carbon dioxide (CO2) standards adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2017,” EPA explains.
  • NEPA Rule: Implications for Climate Policy

    July 17, 2020
    The White House Council on Environmental Quality this week published its final rule updating the procedures federal agencies must follow when conducting environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act. As CEI's Ben Lieberman observes, the rule will “streamline the federal permitting process for infrastructure like highways and pipelines.”
  • Axios Spins IEA CO2 Report

    June 26, 2020
    Axios Generate on June 26 concludes its first article with a “bonus chart” from the International Energy Agency’s recent report, Global CO2 emissions in 2019. According to Axios, the chart shows that “Europe leads the world in emissions decline.” Not so fast. The European Union contains 27 countries. Which country leads the world in reducing emissions? The United States is undisputed champion.
  • Criteria Pollutant Emissions and Precursors Decline 7 Percent Under Trump

    June 12, 2020
    The EPA today released its annual report on air quality, tracking the nation’s progress through 2019. The EPA reports that under President Trump (2017-2019), combined emissions of criteria pollutants and their precursors declined by 7 percent.

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