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  • 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.
  • EPA Proposes Rule to Increase Consistency and Transparency of Benefit-Cost Analysis

    June 5, 2020
    The Environmental Protection Agency on June 4 released a proposed rule to increase the “consistency and transparency” of benefit-cost analysis (BCA) in Clean Air Act (CAA) regulations. The proposal would require all future “significant” CAA regulations to be accompanied by a BCA, and all BCAs to be conducted according to “best practices.”
  • SAFE Rule Examined Part 5: Statutory Issues

    May 27, 2020
    This post examines some legal objections to the Final Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule and the Trump agencies’ rebuttals. Previous posts in this series examine the SAFE Rule’s potential impacts on climate change, air quality, auto safety, and consumer choice, and the agencies’ critique of the Obama administration’s 2012 motor vehicle rule.
  • EPA Receives Comments on Proposed Revisions to Transparency Rule

    May 22, 2020
    The comment period on the EPA's proposed revisions to its Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science proposal closed on May 18. The proposal aims to ensure that, over time, more of the data and models underlying the EPA’s regulatory science are available for independent validation while safeguarding patient privacy and confidentiality agreements between researchers and subjects.
  • SAFE Rule Examined Part 4 Consumer Choice

    May 14, 2020
    Ccompared to the 2012 Obama administration CAFE rule it repeals and replaces, the SAFE Rule is deregulatory and pro-choice. And pro-life, too, if, as advertised, easing the Obama-era CAFE standards will avoid thousands of fatalities and tens of thousands of serious injuries.
  • Will the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report Rely on Increasingly Overheated Models?

    May 11, 2020
    In a letter published in Nature, Jiang Zhu and Christopher Poulsen of the University of Michigan and Bette Otto-Bliesner of the National Center for Atmospheric Research caution that models used in the Sixth Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change may have unrealistically high equilibrium climate sensitivity estimates. This arcane-sounding issue is a big deal.
     
  • SAFE Rule Examined Part 3 Trump Agencies' Critique of Obama Auto Rule

    May 11, 2020
    The Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles rule contains a powerful critique of the 2012 Obama administration rule it repeals and replaces. In a nutshell, the 2012 rule was based on faulty forecasts and unreasonable assumptions that drastically inflated its estimated benefits.
  • Trump Administration to Grant One-Year Extension for Wind, Solar Credits

    May 11, 2020
    The Trump administration indicated this week it will adjust tax credit deadlines to help renewable energy investors to help their businesses survive the economic crisis. This means that wind and solar projects begun in 2016 or 2017 will be eligible to receive the credits over a period of five years instead of four.

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