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Virginia lawmakers passed most of Northam’s gun control bills. Now what?

March 8, 2020
The Virginian Pilot

“A bill to require universal background checks on all firearm sales passed without including checks on transfers or gifts, and a bill limiting handgun purchases to one a month passed but excludes people with concealed carry permits, changes made thanks to a more moderate Senate. Now, seven of the eight gun control bills that brought protesters to the Capitol by the thousands are now awaiting Northam’s signature,” according to the Virginian Pilot.

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In Pennsylvania, natural gas industry prepares for battle

by Salena Zito
Washington Examiner

CANONSBURG, Pennsylvania — “After years of ideologues and elites using the natural gas industry as a punching bag for politics and climate change activism, Nick DeIuliis, the CEO of CNX Resources, one of the largest natural gas producers in Western Pennsylvania, has had enough, according to the Washington Examiner. “In remarks at a Rotary Club speech at the storied William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh last week, the blue-collar man who earned degrees in engineering and law, and his job at the top, decided to speak out to defend an industry that has become a regional economic game-changer.”

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Gun control activist David Hogg targets semi-automatic rifles

by John Eidson
American Thinker

“A survivor of the 2018 Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and now enrolled at Harvard, student gun control activist David Hogg has become a sought-after speaker at colleges and universities, and the odds are off the chart that he’ll be given a primetime slot at the Democratic National Convention in August.  While I fully support his right to protest things he thinks are wrong, I respectfully disagree with his belief that school carnage will end if semi-automatic rifles are banned,” says John Eidson of American Thinker

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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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Geologic Heat Linked To East Coast Ocean Warming Trend

by James Kamis
Climate Change Dispatch

“In summary, evidence substantiates that a well-defined, persistent and non-moving ocean warm trend originating off the East Coast of the United States is the result of super-heated and methane enriched fluids emitted from numerous seafloor hydrothermal vents/hot springs.  This has far-reaching implications concerning the root cause of current worldwide ocean warming,”  according to a story by the Climate Change Dispatch.

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ARIZONANS FACE STIFF RATE HIKES AS UTILITIES SWITCH TO RENEWABLES

by Bonner R. Cohen
The Heartland Institute

“Tucson Electric Power requested the Arizona Regulators allow it to by add $7.61 to home customers’ monthly electricity bill beginning in May 2020, to pay for new renewable power supplies, having helped close an inexpensive coal power plant in late 2019,” according to The Heartland Institute’s Bonner Cohen.

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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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Prince of Hypocrisy: Charles Racks Up Private Flight Miles, CO2 Emissions

by Tiffany Taylor
The Heartland Institute

“Prince Charles is fond of lecturing commoners about how we need to sacrifice our lifestyles to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but he is dealing with a royal case of embarrassment after having been exposed hypocritically jaunting around the world in private jets and helicopters,” according to The Heartland Institute.

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Unlike in Europe, the US approach to climate change is actually working

by Drew Johnson
Washington Examiner

“European leaders have spent years trying and pointedly failing to solve the climate crisis with regulation. Whether intentionally or not, U.S. policymakers have mostly avoided top-down solutions. And counterintuitively, or perhaps it should have been intuitive, the U.S. now leads the developed world in reducing carbon emissions,” according the the Washington Examiner.

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New 1776 Initiative Aims to Counter ‘Lethal’ Narrative of 1619 Project

by Cole Carnick
Washington Free Beacon

Washington Free Beacon’s Cole Carnick reports,”Bob Woodson, a leader in the African-American community who has spent his career fighting to stave off the cycle of poverty and crime, argued on Friday that the 1619 Project’s message—that life outcomes for African Americans are shaped by the history of slavery and Jim Crow—is a ‘lethal’ narrative that perpetuates a culture of victimhood in the African-American community.”

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