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  • President Trump Promotes Administration's Environmental Accomplishments   

    July 12, 2019
    On July 8th President Trump gave a speech on his administration’s environmental accomplishments. I was lucky to be one of a couple hundred people invited to attend the speech in the White House’s East Room.
  • EPA Releases Final Rule to Replace 'Clean Power' Plan

    June 24, 2019
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler on June 19th signed the final rule to replace the so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP). The new rule to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal and natural gas power plants is called the Affordable Clean Energy (or ACE) rule. Notably, it eliminates the CPP’s novel “outside the fence” regulation of each state’s entire electric grid and returns to regulating each power plant’s emissions. 
  • Climate Issues Decide Australian Election  

    May 24, 2019
    Australian voters stunned the pollsters and the experts in the general election on May 18th by returning the ruling coalition of conservative parties to office. Votes are still being counted and a few House races are still to be decided by a complicated preferential system, but the Liberal and National Parties (LNP) will have a majority with at least 77 and probably 78 seats in the 151-member House of Representatives.  
  • CEI Petitions EPA to Correct 2009 Endangerment Finding

    May 17, 2019
    The Competitive Enterprise Institute on May 13th filed a request for correction under the Information Quality Act (IQA) that asks the Environmental Protection Agency to stop using or disseminating the 2009 Endangerment Finding until it corrects several major procedural errors committed during its preparation. 
  • House Passes Bill to Keep U.S. in Paris Climate Treaty

    May 3, 2019
    The House of Representatives on May 2 passed a bill that would prevent President Donald Trump from withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate treaty. Eighteen non-profit groups, led by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, sent a letter on Tuesday to House members urging them to vote no on the bill.
  • New York City Enacts Its Own Green New Deal

    April 26, 2019
    New York City’s council passed the Climate Mobilization Act, a set of six bills, by a 45 to 2 vote on 18th April. Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the package into law on 22nd April and declared that it, plus further administrative actions he was taking, were the city’s version of the Green New Deal. It is claimed that it is the most ambitious action taken by any city in the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • White House Moves to Strengthen Information Quality Act

    April 26, 2019
    The White House Office of Management and Budget on April 24th sent a memo to heads of departments and agencies updating guidelines for implementing the Information Quality Act of 1999. My first impression is that the updates look like they improve in several respects the way the IQA should be used.
  • Proposed Climate Science Review Continues to Attract Support and Opposition

    April 12, 2019
    The proposal by Dr. William Happer of the White House’s National Security Council staff to create an independent panel of experts to do a critical review of official climate science reports continues to attract supporters and opponents.  The CO2 Coalition on April 8th sent a letter to President Trump supporting the independent review.
  • Senate Votes Down Green New Deal, Alternatives Proliferate 

    March 29, 2019
    The Senate voted on March 26th on a variant of the Green New Deal resolution. No Senators voted yes, 57 voted no, and 43 voted present.  The sponsor of the Green New Deal, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) as well as all eleven co-sponsors voted present.   
  • Senate Democratic Sponsors of Green New Deal Heroically Plan to Vote 'Present'

    March 22, 2019
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has scheduled a floor vote on the Green New Deal resolution for the week of March 24th. Democrats were caught off guard when Senator McConnell said in February that he wanted to have a vote on the resolution and have been trying to figure out what to do ever since. It appears that they have now settled on a strategy: they or nearly all of them will vote “present.”

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