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  • House Science Chairman Lamar Smith Subpoenas NY AG Schneiderman, Mass. AG Healey, and Eight Organizations

    July 15, 2016

    House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) on 13th July made good on his threat to subpoena state attorneys general and private organizations that appear to be conspiring “to deprive...
  • House Science Committee Presses Climate Inquisitors

    July 8, 2016

    House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) on 6th July sent follow-up letters to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Massachusetts AG Maura Healey, and eight private organizations regarding the committee’s investigation of “co-ordinated attempts to deprive companies, non-profit organizations, and scientists of their First Amendment rights and ability to fund and conduct scientific research free from intimidation and threats of prosecution.”  Chairman Smith concludes that if documents relevant to his investigation are not turned over, “the Committee will consider use of compulsory process”—that is, subpoenas.



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  • House Appropriations Bills Try To Block Obama’s Anti-Energy Climate Agenda

    July 8, 2016

    The Interior-EPA appropriations bill, which the House of Representatives is scheduled to consider on the floor next week, contains a number of riders that if enacted would block the Obama Administration’s regulatory onslaught against fossil fuel energy.  These include provisions to suspend the EPA’s greenhouse gas rules for new and existing power plants, ozone rule, methane rules, and stream protection rule.



    Over 140 amendments have been filed on the bill.  The House Rules Committee on Monday will decide which amendments to make in order.  Several amendments add more riders, and several amendments remove riders currently in the bill. 



    A House Appropriations subcommittee marked up the State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations bill on...

  • Exxon Mobil Is Lobbying for a Carbon Tax

    July 1, 2016

    Exxon Mobil has begun pushing actively for a carbon tax on Capitol Hill and with other oil companies, according to a story by Amy Harder and Bradley Olson in the Wall Street Journal on 30th June.  Possibly as a result of Exxon’s activities, the American Petroleum Institute has formed an internal task force  to re-examine climate policy.



    Exxon initially supported a carbon tax as an alternative to cap-and-trade legislation in 2009.  This strategy was based on the old saw that you can’t beat something with nothing (which has been proved wrong more often than not).  Shell and BP have long supported a carbon tax, while Chevron has been strongly opposed since John Watson became...

  • Brexit and the Paris Treaty

    June 24, 2016

    What does the vote by Britons to leave the European Union mean for the Paris Climate Treaty, for green energy subsidies and mandates, and for the global warming debate?  The UK and global commentariat have been quick to offer some answers.  The most unambiguous reaction from the global warming alarmists that I have seen was a one-word tweet from Rachel Kyte, CEO of UN Sustainable Energy for All and former World Bank special envoy for climate change: “Weep.”



    Paris will need to be “re-calibrated” according to Christiana Figueres, the outgoing executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  Figueres, by the way, just...

  • House Passes Resolutions Opposing Carbon Tax and Obama’s Oil Tax

    June 10, 2016

    The House of Representatives on 10th June passed two resolutions opposing taxation of fossil fuel consumption.  The vote on H. Con. Res. 89, which expresses the sense of Congress that a carbon tax (that is, a tax on carbon dioxide emissions from burning coal, oil, and natural gas) would be detrimental to the U. S. economy, was 237 to 163.  Six Democrats and 231 Republicans voted Yes.  One-hundred sixty-three Democrats voted No.  



    The six Democrats voting Yes on H. Con. Res. 89 were Representatives:  Brad Ashford (Neb.), Sanford Bishop (Ga.), Henry Cuellar (Tex.), Ann Kirkpatrick (Az.), Collin Peterson (Minn.), and Kyrsten Sinema (Az.).  Two Members voted present: David Jolly (R-Fla.) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM).  Fourteen...

  • Senator Vitter Introduces Bill To Enforce Law and Stop Funding of UNFCCC and Green Climate Fund

    May 13, 2016

    Senator David Vitter (R-La.) on 12th May introduced a bill, S. 2930, to ensure that federal funding of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) complies with federal law.  The law in question is Public Law 104-246, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 1994.  That law prohibits the State Department from funding any UN specialized agency or affiliated organization that accepts Palestine as a full member.  Palestine was accepted as a full member of the UNFCCC on 18th December 2015 and became a full member 90 days later on 17th March.



    As I reported in an earlier Cooler Heads Digest...

  • EPA Finalizes Methane Rule for New Gas and Oil Production

    May 13, 2016

    The Environmental Protection Agency on 12th May released its final rule for regulating methane emissions from new oil and gas production.  The agency also announced that it was taking the first steps toward writing a methane rule for existing oil and gas production.



    The EPA press release quotes Administrator Gina McCarthy: “Today, we are underscoring the Administration’s commitment to finding commonsense ways to cut methane—a potent greenhouse gas fueling climate change—and other harmful pollution from the oil and gas sector.  Together these new actions will protect public health and reduce pollution linked to cancer and other serious health effects while allowing industry to continue to grow and provide a vital source of energy for Americans across the...

  • Virginia Court Releases RICO 20 Documents from George Mason University

    May 13, 2016

    A judge for the Richmond Circuit Court of Virginia on 13th May lifted his protective order on documents from and to Professor Edward Maibach of George Mason University regarding the RICO-20 letter.  The documents were immediately released and have been posted here by the Competitive Enterprise Institute. 



    The RICO-20 letter was signed by twenty academics and sent on 1st September 2015 to U. S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama, and White House science advisor John Holdren.  They urged that “the fossil fuel industry and their allies” be investigated under RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, on the grounds that they had “knowingly deceived the American people about the...

  • State Department Tells 28 Senators To Go Pound Sand

    April 29, 2016
    The U. S. State Department replied this week to the 18th April letter to Secretary John Kerry from 28 Senators that pointed out that Palestine was recognized as a full member of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change as of 17th March and therefore the United States must stop all funding of the UNFCCC as required by laws enacted in 1994 and 1990.  State’s snotty response to the Senators can be summarized thus: Go pound sand.

    Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs Julia Frifield wrote to Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.):

    “It is our view that neither the restriction referenced in your letter, section 410 of Public Law 103-236, nor the restriction contained in section 414 of Public Law 101-246, have been triggered by the Palestinians’ purported accession to the UNFCCC.  The UNFCCC is a treaty, and the Palestinians’ purported accession to it...

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