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.
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.
August 5, 2018
New Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced on August 2nd his government was filing suit in Ontario’s Court of Appeal challenging the Canadian federal government’s constitutional authority to require the provinces to enact taxes on carbon dioxide emissions. Ontario joined another suit brought by Saskatchewan in its provincial court last month. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said that his government would consider joining Ontario’s suit.
August 4, 2018
A massive green energy and climate bill passed by the Massachusetts Senate was scaled back considerably in negotiations with the House before being passed this week on the final day of the legislative session. The bill now goes to Republican Governor Charles Baker for signing into law.
July 21, 2018
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) plans to introduce a bill to tax carbon dioxide emissions next week and will speak at a press conference at 9 AM on Monday, July 23rd, at the National Press Club. Registration information and the link to watch it online are available here. The event is being hosted by the Niskanen Center (an environmental pressure group) and Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.
July 20, 2018
The House of Representative voted on July 19th for a resolution “expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to American families and businesses and is not in the best interest of the United States.” The final vote on H. Con. Res. 119 was 229 to 180. Seven Democrats joined 222 Republicans in favor, while six Republicans joined 174 Democrats against.
June 29, 2018
The Waters of the United States rule vastly expanded government control over land in America and is one of the prime examples of the Obama administration’s regulatory overreach. Repealing and replacing the WOTUS Rule is one of the most important deregulatory actions undertaken by the Trump administration.
June 25, 2018
CANEurope (for Climate Action Network Europe) released a report this month that finds that all 28 member nations of the European Union are failing to meet the solemn obligations they undertook in ratifying the Paris climate treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
June 16, 2018
The Massachusetts Senate on June 14th unanimously passed a mammoth climate bill that contains instructions to put a price on carbon dioxide emissions. S. 2545, “An Act to Create a Clean Energy Future,” does not actually set up a carbon tax. Instead, according to a press release republished on the Wareham Wicked Local, it “requires the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs to establish market-based compliance mechanisms to maximize the ability of the commonwealth to achieve its greenhouse gas emission limits.
May 19, 2018
President Donald Trump on May 17th issued an executive order that replaces a March 19th, 2015 executive order by President Barack Obama requiring all federal departments and agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% within ten years. The Obama order also required the federal government to increase the share of electricity it uses from renewable sources to 30% and reduce per-mile greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by the federal fleet of vehicles.