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  • Solar 'Incentives' Are Busting Out All Over

    June 17, 2018

    Ever wonder why installations of household solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and utility-scale solar power have surged since 2014? The declining cost of solar technology is part of the reason. But a bigger factor may be the profusion of state and federal “incentive” programs, i.e. subsidies.


  • EPA Asks for Public Comment on Improving Cost-Benefit Analysis of Regulations  

    June 8, 2018

    On June 7, the Environmental Protection Agency issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking soliciting information on how the agency estimates costs and benefits in the rulemaking process and on potential approaches to improve the consistency and transparency of such analyses. The agency specifically seeks comment on “whether, and if so, how EPA should promulgate regulations that specify” how it will consider costs and benefits in future rulemakings.


  • The Constitutional Cure for the Paris Agreement

    June 1, 2018

    Today marks the first anniversary of President Trump’s Rose Garden speech announcing his intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. That speech was a pivotal moment in the great unraveling of President Obama’s regulatory assault on fossil fuels. Mr. Trump’s steely resolve to protect America’s emerging “energy dominance” was now beyond dispute.


  • On Honesty and 'Honest Brokers' in Government Science

    May 23, 2018

    Today’s E&E News has an interesting article about Richard Yamada, a Ph.D. mathematician who is the key official helping Administrator Scott Pruitt reshape science policy at the Environmental Protection Agency. 


  • UK Climate Campaigners Demand More Market Rigging

    May 20, 2018

    Members of Parliament in the United Kingdom “are warning of a ‘dramatic and worrying collapse’ of clean energy investments in Great Britain in the last three years,” the Financial Times reports. While the UK’s share of low-carbon energy roughly doubled in the last decade, “the government’s annual investment in clean energy fell 10 percent in 2016 and an additional 50 percent last year.” Labour Party MP Mary Greagh frets that the “dramatic fall in investment is threatening the government’s ability to meet legally binding climate change targets.”


  • Justice Department Brief Defends Oil Companies against California City Lawsuits

    May 18, 2018

    The Department of Justice last week filed an amicus brief supporting oil companies’ motion to dismiss claims by the cities of Oakland and San Francisco that the firms owe those cities big bucks for climate change damages.


    The theory underlying the cities’ litigation is that climate change endangers coastal property by accelerating sea-level rise, and fossil fuel companies knew for decades their products cause global warming but worked tirelessly to mislead the public about it.


  • Zero Emission Vehicles Can Increase Air Pollution: Study

    May 15, 2018

    A new report by economist Jonathan Lesser of the Manhattan Institute challenges the conventional wisdom that zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) are superior to new internal combustion vehicles (ICVs) on environmental grounds. Lesser’s analysis is detailed and quantitative but the basic idea is simple: Zero-emission vehicles are only as clean as the electric power sources they plug into. 


  • California to Require Solar Panels on New Homes

    May 12, 2018

    “California is set to become the first state to require solar panels on all newly built single-family houses,” the Los Angeles Times reports. Not only will consumers have no choice in the matter, but neither will voters. “The state’s Energy Commission is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the rules, which are expected to pass and take effect in 2020,” the Times explains. “The regulations, which would also apply to new multifamily buildings of three stories or fewer, don’t need the approval of the Legislature.”


  • New York Attorney General and Climate Campaigner Schneiderman Resigns

    May 12, 2018

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned on May 8th within hours of The New Yorker publishing an exposé in which four former girlfriends accuse him of beating, choking, man-handling, demeaning, and threatening them. In all cases, the alleged abuse was not occasional or exceptional but continual over periods of months to years. All the while Schneiderman posed as a champion of women’s rights, recently winning the “Champions of Choice” award from the New York-based abortion rights group National Institute for Reproductive Health.


  • Do Tourists Cause Global Warming?

    May 8, 2018

    Nature Climate Change yesterday published a study measuring the “carbon footprint of global tourism.” It’s big. Taking into account all tourism-related expenditures for transport, shopping, and food, it adds up to 4.5 gigatons of carbon dioxide-equivalent greenhouse gases a year, or 8 percent of global emissions. 


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