Environment

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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