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.
May 13, 2018
The annual subsidiary body meetings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Bonn, Germany over the past two weeks have made so little progress that another week of talks has been scheduled in Bangkok in September. The goal this year in Bonn was to work out the details of a “rulebook” to implement the 2015 Paris climate treaty. This rulebook would then be approved at the twenty-fourth Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, to be held in Katowice, Poland in November.
May 5, 2018
The subsidiary bodies of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are meeting in Bonn, Germany this week and next to try to draft rules for implementing the Paris climate treaty. There is no end to the good news.
April 21, 2018
Boulder, Colorado and Boulder and San Miguel Counties filed suit in state court this week against ExxonMobil and Suncor Energy. The suit claims that petroleum products sold by the companies contribute to climate change and that leads to all sorts of bad things—such as droughts, wildfires, and severe storms—that affect tourism and agriculture in the city and two counties.
March 10, 2018
A federal judge in California last week ruled that a suit brought by the cities of Oakland and San Francisco seeking climate damages from major oil companies would be heard in federal court instead of state court. This week Judge William Alsup invited counsel for both sides to present a five-hour tutorial on global warming and climate change in his court on March 21st.