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  • Sen. McConnell Calls for Senate Vote on Green New Deal, Markey Calls 'Sabotage'

    February 16, 2019
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on February 12th that he planned to schedule a vote on the Green New Deal Resolution in the near future using Rule 14 to bring it to the floor under expedited procedures. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), the chief sponsor of Senate Resolution 59, quickly whined on Twitter: “Don’t let Mitch McConnell fool you: this is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building."
  • House Republican Committee Leaders Begin Caving on Climate Science and Policies

    February 15, 2019
    Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Frank Lucas (R-OK), the ranking Republican members of the two committees with the most jurisdiction over climate science and energy-rationing policies, both sent strong signals this week that they will concede the scientific case for global warming alarmism and want to support “reasonable” measures to deal with it.  
  • Green New Deal Launched with Support from Democratic Presidential Candidates

    February 11, 2019
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) held a press conference outside the Capitol building on February 7th to introduce their House and Senate resolutions for a Green New Deal. Original co-sponsors include 64 House Democrats and 9 Senate Democrats.
  • Green New Deal: 626 Groups Send Congress a Back-to-Dark Ages Manifesto

    January 11, 2019
    Six-hundred twenty-six organizations, some of them major environmental groups, sent a letter to Members of the House of Representatives on January 10th that details their demands for what must and must not be included in a Green New Deal. The list is a doozy, but is no more radical than much of the rhetoric coming from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her freshman allies in Congress.
  • UN Special Report: Turning the World's Energy Economy upside down Is a Good Idea

    October 16, 2018

    The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on October 6th released a “Special Report (SR15) on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees C.”  The report considers the impacts of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial temperatures compared to 2 degrees and the policies that will be necessary to limit warming to 1.5 degrees. Each key finding is given with a level of confidence of low, medium, or high. Most assertions and conclusions are held with high confidence. 


  • David Henderson (1927-2018), RIP

    October 16, 2018

    We are sad to note the death of our good friend and strong ally, David Henderson, on September 30th in London.  After a career as an academic economist and top economist at international institutions, including as head of economics at the OECD, David became a public defender of free markets and classical liberal economics and a most perceptive critic of corporate social responsibility.    


  • Five Western States Will Vote on Energy Questions on November Ballots

    September 30, 2018

    Five western states have initiatives or referendums on energy issues. They include increasing renewable energy mandates, instituting a carbon tax, restricting oil and gas production, and repealing a gas tax increase. Here is a brief summary of each with links to recent news stories.


  • Bangkok Climate Talks Make Little Progress on 'Roadmap' for Paris Climate Treaty

    September 8, 2018

    International climate negotiators meeting in Bangkok, Thailand this week have apparently made little progress on agreeing to a “roadmap” or “rule book” for implementing the Paris climate treaty. The Bangkok meeting was added to the schedule of United Nations climate meetings after little progress was made at the annual meeting of the subsidiary bodies of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn in May. The Bangkok meeting is the last major meeting before the twenty-fourth Conference of the Parties (COP-24) meeting in Katowice, Poland in December, which is supposed to finalize a Paris implementation agreement.


  • Australia Dumps Another Prime Minister for Pushing Climate Policies

    August 31, 2018

    Climate policy has once again toppled a prime minister in Australia. After Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton threatened to challenge Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership over climate policy, Turnbull on May 18th agreed to drop the National Energy Guarantee, legislation to implement Australia’s pledge under the Paris climate treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26% below 2005 levels by 2030. But that was not enough to save Turnbull.


  • EPA Proposes Rule To Replace 'Clean Power' Plan

    August 26, 2018

    The Environmental Protection Agency on August 21st released its proposed rule to replace the “Clean Power” Plan (CPP). The rule, which is called the Affordable Clean Energy Rule (ACE), would get rid of the CPP’s takeover of the grid and concentrate on “inside the fence” regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from individual coal and natural gas power plants. 


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