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  • Energy Week: Moving on from Energy Submission

    July 1, 2017

  • Update on Paris Climate Treaty

    May 22, 2017

    In last week’s report on developments in the debate over the Paris Climate Treaty, I concentrated on activities by those who are urging President Donald J. Trump to break his campaign promise to withdraw from the treaty.  This week I’ll focus on activities by those of us who support the President in keeping...
  • White House Debate on Paris Climate Treaty Heats Up

    April 29, 2017

    Senior members of the Trump Administration met on Thursday afternoon to try to agree on a recommendation to President Trump on whether and how to withdraw from the Paris Climate Treaty. Very few leaks of what happened at the meeting have surfaced as of Friday afternoon. Evan Lehmann and Jean Chemnick reported in Climate Wire on April 28th...
  • Paris Climate Treaty Garners Unlikely Supporters

    April 10, 2017

    The White House announced on March 30th that it would decide whether and how the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Treaty before the G-7 begins to meet on May 26th. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee and a member of the Foreign...
  • White House Proposes Expanded Cuts to EPA Budget

    March 20, 2017

    Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, initially penciled in a 24% budget cut for the Environmental Protection Agency, but he had second thoughts when the White...
  • White House Proposes 24% Budget Cut for Environmental Protection Agency

    March 6, 2017

    It was reported last week that the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) had sent its initial budget numbers to the Environmental Protection...
  • Property Rights Are the Key to Protecting Land

    December 23, 2016











    We often hear that only government can protect the environment through outright land ownership or heavy regulatory control of private land. Yet, time and again, private landowners’ stewardship has proven to be far superior to that of public land managers and regulators. That’s because private property and secure...
  • Myron Ebell: Promoting sound policy for real environmental improvement

    November 22, 2016

    My love of nature began with a deep appreciation for the magnificent landscapes of the intermountain West. Growing up on a cattle ranch in eastern Oregon, I came to highly value people who are good environmental stewards and learned from experience that, typically, private landowners do a better job of taking care of what they own than the federal government does. Primarily, this is because federal land managers must work in a system that does not provide the incentives for responsible stewardship in the same way that private property does. And it’s with this understanding that I have dedicated my career to fighting for the best policies to promote energy affordability and protect both our environment and our climate.



    Spending more than two decades working on environmental and energy policy in Washington, I have been frustrated by the leadership of the modern environmental...

  • Paris Climate Treaty Goes into Force, COP-22 Starts in Marrakesh

    November 4, 2016

    The Paris Climate Treaty went into force, or as the Associated Press story put it “became international law,” on 4th November.  Ninety-seven countries accounting for approximately two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions have now ratified the treaty.



    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a press conference, “We remain in a race against time. But with the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the world has the plans we need to make the shift to a low-emission, climate-resilient path.”   



    The treaty’s entry into force is well-timed to provide a boost to the Twenty-Second Conference of the...

  • Negotiators in Kigali Agree To Turn Montreal Protocol into a Climate Treaty

    October 21, 2016

    International negotiators meeting in Kigali, Rwanda agreed on 15th October on amendments to the Montreal Protocol that will require replacing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in refrigeration and air conditioning with substitutes that are not greenhouse gases.  The 1987 Montreal Protocol to the Vienna Convention on Protecting the Ozone Layer of 1985 phased out the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which generally-accepted scientific research concluded was depleting the stratospheric ozone layer.



    The most common replacements for CFCs have been HFCs, which are a very potent greenhouse gas.  Thus the Kigali agreement turns the Montreal Protocol from a treaty to shrink the “ozone hole” into a treaty to slow global warming. 



    It has been claimed that banning HFCs will avert a...

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