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Leftists Push for Removal of Progressive Champion Moore’s ‘Planet of the Humans’ Film

by H. Sterling Burnett
The Heartland Institute

“Socialist radical environmentalists are repeating history again, eating one of their own, in this case far-left filmmaker and Bernie Sanders supporter Michael Moore. They are trying to destroy the progressive documentarian for honestly pointing out the hypocrisy and lies behind the push for green energy,” according to The Heartland Institute.

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Harvard quietly backtracks on air pollution-coronavirus deaths link

by Valerie Richardson
Washington Times

“Harvard researchers publicly walked back Monday a key finding in a highly touted but hotly contested paper linking air pollution exposure to deaths from the novel coronavirus, slashing the estimated mortality rate in half.  The preliminary study by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health made a splash when the results were announced April 7 in The New York Times, prompting alarm on the left as Democrats sought to connect COVID-19 deaths to the Trump administration’s regulatory pushback,” according to the Washington Times.

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Robert Redford Sees ‘Pleasant Surprise’ in Coronavirus Lockdown: ‘Glimpse of Potential for Environmental Repair’

by Alana Mastrangelo
Breitbart News

“While more than 61,800 Americans have died from the Chinese coronavirus, and another 26 million have been plunged into unemployment, actor-director Robert Redford apparently sees a silver lining in how draconian, Government-ordered shelter-in-place measures can help fight climate change,” according to Breitbart News

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New Michael Moore-Backed Documentary On YouTube Reveals Massive Ecological Impacts Of Renewables

by Michael Shellenberger
Forbes

“A new documentary, “Planet of the Humans,” being released free to the public on YouTube today, the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, reveals that industrial wind farms, solar farms, biomass, and biofuels are wrecking natural environments,” according to Forbes.    

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Coronavirus Is Killing the European Union’s Carbon Trading Market

by James Delingpole
Breitbart News

“The Covid-19 pandemic has turned Europe’s carbon price upside down, with prices dropping by 40% since early March when they were still trading at about €24 ($26) per metric ton, analyst IHS Markit said.  The current trading levels of between €16-18 per metric ton are roughly two thirds of the level of the high of 2019 of €29 per metric ton,” according to Breitbart News.

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Left-wing activists say Biden must embrace ‘Green New Deal’ to earn youth vote

by Abby Smith
Washington Examiner

“Young, left-wing activists are threatening that, whether they ultimately support Joe Biden, now the presumptive Democratic nominee, is contingent on his signing onto major pieces of their agenda, including aggressive commitments to tackle climate change,” according to the Washington Examiner.

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President Trump’s Fuel Economy Rule a Win for Consumers and Automakers

American Energy Alliance

“The American Energy Alliance welcomed the final Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule released by the White House today noting that clear auto fuel efficiency standards can benefit a majority of consumers and automakers simultaneously. Contrary to claims that this final rule has been rushed out in a time of crisis, the rule is the culmination of a several years long joint process from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and it is required by the law.”

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Trump rolls back Obama mpg rules

The Detroit News

“The White House finalized its plan to roll back stringent gas-mileage rules enacted by the Obama administration on Tuesday, capping off a three-year fight between the Trump administration and environmentalists in Washington.  The plan calls for reducing the required annual fleetwide average mpg increases for carmakers for model years 2021-2026 — from the original 5% that would have required, to a less-stringent 1.5%,” according to The Detroit News.

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Big Green, Inc.

Institute for Energy Research

“Big Green, Inc. is a project of the Institute for Energy Research that demonstrates money’s influence on energy policy in the United States. The map highlights a group of foundations that spend billions of dollars supporting aggressive climate litigation, the promotion of uneconomic renewable energy sources, and overburdening regulations,” according to the Institute for Energy Research.

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EPA suspends enforcement of environmental laws amid coronavirus

by Rebecca Beitsch
The Hill

“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a sweeping suspension of its enforcement of environmental laws Thursday, telling companies they would not need to meet environmental standards during the coronavirus outbreak.  The temporary policy, for which the EPA has set no end date, would allow any number of industries to skirt environmental laws, with the agency saying it will not ‘seek penalties for noncompliance with routine monitoring and reporting obligations,’” according to The Hill.

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Migratory Bird Treaty Act reform will clarify longstanding confusion

by Bonner R. Cohen
CFACT

“The Trump administration’s Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), a division of the Interior Department, is stepping in to define the scope of the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) to provide regulatory certainty to the public, industries, states, tribes, and other affected parties,” according to Bonner R. Cohen writing for CFACT.

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Forest fires on the decline: Believe it

by Dr. Jay Lehr
CFACT

“The Union of Concerned Scientists are not necessarily scientists (anyone can join by paying a modest dues) and they certainly are not concerned about the lies they tell. Try this one: ‘The effects of global warming on temperature, precipitation levels, and soil moisture are turning many of our forests into kindling during wildfires’” according to CFACT.

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“Breathe a little easier: Why America’s air is among the cleanest in the world”

February 20, 2020
Institute for Energy Research

“According to the Environmental Protection Agency, between 1970 and 2017, U.S. gross domestic product increased 262 percent, vehicle miles traveled increased 189 percent, energy consumption increased 59 percent, and U.S. population increased by 44 percent. During the same time period, total emissions of the six principal air pollutants dropped by 73 percent.”  

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Study: Green New Deal Could Cost Households in 11 States at Least $70K — Just in the First Year after Passage

by Daniel Turner and Kent Lassman
Power the Future, Competitive Enterprise Institute and Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty

The Green New Deal could cost households in 11 states “long green” —$70,000 in just the first year according to a study by Poweer the Future and the Competitive Enterprise Institute.  The eleven states analyzed in the study are Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

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Plastic Bags Help the Environment

by John Tierney
Wall St. Journal

“Why do politicians want to take away our plastic bags and straws? This moral panic is intensifying even as evidence mounts that banning plastic is both a waste of money and harmful to the environment. If you want to protect dolphins and sea turtles, you should take special care to place your plastic in the trash, not the recycling bin. And if you’re worried about climate change, you’ll cherish those gossamer grocery bags once you learn the facts about plastic,” according to the Wall St. Journal (Subscription required).

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Who needs Paris when we have capitalism? US had largest CO2 decline on a country basis in 2019

by Tiana Lowe
Washington Examiner

“Two years after President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement, the U.S. saw the greatest decline in carbon dioxide emissions on a country basis, according to the International Energy Agency’s report on global greenhouse gas emissions in 2019. Thanks to an exceptional decrease in emissions in advanced economies, global emissions finally flatlined after three years of increasing,” according to the Washington Examiner.

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Trump Administration deep-sixes Obama WOTUS rule

by Bonner R. Cohen
CFACT

“Putting an end to decades of uncertainty over how much regulatory power the federal government has over bodies of water – from ponds to oceans — the Trump administration has overturned and replaced an Obama-era rule that would have imposed federal zoning on millions of acres of private land throughout the country,” according to CFACT

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EPA’s WOTUS Replacement Rule Another Step in the Right Direction

Competitive Enterprise Institute

“The Trump administration’s repeal of the Waters of the U. S. Rule (WOTUS) last fall was great news for America’s landowners and for the rule of law. The final rule announced today that replaces the 1986 wetlands rule is another step in the right direction,” according the Myron Ebell, Director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment.

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Australian Wildfires Were Caused by Humans, Not Climate Change

by Myron Ebell, Patrick J. Michaels
Competitive Enterprise Institute

“Alarmists have been quick to blame climate change for the recent, horrific fires in Australia and California. Although human actions do bear a large share of the blame for the scale of this ongoing tragedy, the cause is primarily bad management policies, not dreaded climate change. Governmental decisions, made under pressure from environmental groups, have made what would normally be big fires into hellish conflagrations,” according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

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It’s Not Just About Cost. The Green New Deal Is Bad Environmental Policy, Too

by Nicolas Loris
The Heritage Foundation

“By shrinking our economy by potentially tens of trillions of dollars, the Green New Deal will cause lower levels of prosperity and fewer resources to deal with whatever environmental challenges come our way. That’s a bad deal for our economy and our environment,” according to Nicolas Loris, Deputy Director of The Heritage Foundation’s Thomas A. Roe Institute.

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“Sue and Settle”updated–Damage Done

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

“Four years ago, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce began an effort to document how environmental advocacy groups use the “sue and settle” tactic to influence federal environmental policy. We wanted to understand the impacts sue and settle agreements have on businesses, communities, and state and local governments. We wanted to see who wins and who loses when agencies negotiate with advocacy groups in secret and affected parties are shut out of the process.  Our research showed that stakeholders left out of the sue and settle process often lose and that the states are among the biggest losers,” according to the U.S. Chamber. .

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