Browsing All Posts filed under »EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)«

Biden’s EPA Will Raise Prices And Harm Crops And The Environment, In Name Of Saving Species

July 28, 2022 by

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By Paul Driessen ~ In just seven decades, America’s conventional (non-organic) farmers increased per-acre corn yields by an incredible 500% – while using steadily less water, fuel, fertilizer and pesticides – feeding millions more people. Among the many reasons for this miracle is their ability to control weeds that would otherwise steal moisture and nutrients […]

EPA Now Stuck Between A Rock And A Hard Place On CO2

July 6, 2022 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ There are lots of happy reports on the Supreme Court’s ruling throwing out EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan. Some go so far as to suggest that EPA is barred from regulating power plant CO2 emissions. It is not quite that simple and the result is rather amusing. EPA is still […]

NY Times Hates Court’s EPA Ruling: Can USA Be A ‘Civilized Society’ Without Regulations?

July 3, 2022 by

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By Clay Waters ~ The front of Friday’s New York Times featured dismayed coverage of another conservative-pleasing ruling from the Supreme Court, this one reining in the Environmental Protection Agency. First up, legal reporter Charlie Savage’s “E.P.A. Ruling Is Milestone in Long Pushback to Regulation of Business.” The Supreme Court ruling in the Environmental Protection Agency case on […]

The Renewable Fuel Standard Is A Policy Only A Grain Farmer Could Love

December 14, 2021 by

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By Dr. Jay Lehr ~ Most who wished to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide believed mixing some ethanol from corn with our gasoline would do that and reduce our dependance on foreign oil as well. Not too many years after the law went into effect in 2005 scientists learned that when all aspects of corn […]

EPA Proposes To Hammer Oil And Natural Gas With Crazy New Climate Rules

December 11, 2021 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ EPA has posted a massive proposed rule making targeting the oil and natural gas industry, calling it a “climate review”. The full title is “Standards of Performance for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources and Emissions Guidelines for Existing Sources: Oil and Natural Gas Sector Climate Review” The URL for commenting […]

Lawsuit Alleges Cronyism At Biden EPA To ‘Rubber-Stamp’ Green Agenda

October 13, 2021 by

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By Fred Lucas ~ The Biden administration’s Environmental Protection Agency is violating the law in a “purge” of advisory committees in order to “rubber-stamp” regulations, a lawsuit alleges, and in the process sweeping away a Trump administration policy against conflicts of interest. The lead plaintiff in the case is Stanley Young, who in March was […]

Heads Up: Biden Administration Will Reimpose Disastrous “WOTUS” Water Rule

July 31, 2021 by

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By Bonner Cohen, Ph.D. ~ The biggest power grab in the 50-year history of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was significantly blunted in April 2020, when the Trump administration – to the relief of rural communities across the country — rolled back the Obama-era “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule and replaced it with […]

EPA’s Illegal HFC Phaseout Rules Are Innovation Killers

July 20, 2021 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ It is immensely ironic that EPA’s ham-handed implementation of the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act stifles innovation in manufacturing. They do it with a single rule that has no legal basis, tucked away in a 276 page regulatory proposal. To make the point I am going to look at a […]

Fix The RFS!

July 16, 2021 by

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From the team at CFACT ~ By Mark Mathis of The Clear Energy Alliance ~ America is losing thousands of high-paying jobs while our fuel supply is becoming less reliable, which is compromising our energy and national security. What’s the cause of this fiasco? It’s called the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The RFS is a […]

EPA Should Rewrite Its Proposed HFC Regulations

July 14, 2021 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ A group of 17 leading free market advocacy organizations is telling EPA to rethink and repropose its faulty phaseout rules for HFCs. These rules were recently proposed under the so-called American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act passed in December. EPA is rushing the rule making, with final rules due out […]

EPA’s Proposed HFC Phaseout Regulation Is Nuts

May 11, 2021 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ As expected, EPA has issued a proposed rule for phasing out HFCs, as required by the so-called AIM Act that was sneaked in with the monster Omnibus Stimulus Bill in February. The severe problems with AIM are explained in my two prior CFACT articles: Economically destructive cap and trade for […]

A Good Example Of A Bad Environmental Justice Study

May 8, 2021 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ Biden’s so-called environmental justice push is going to bring on a big wave of bogus research. A really big report just came out so I want to chop on it a bit. Not just for its specific fallacies, but also as typical of what we are going to see a […]

Biden EPA Moves To Restrict Emissions From Air Conditioners, Refrigerators

May 4, 2021 by

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By Adam Houser ~ The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules to restrict the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or “HFCs,” in the name of curbing emissions that the EPA says contribute to climate change and ozone depletion. HFCs are the primary coolant used in air conditioners and refrigerators. According to the Wall Street Journal: “The proposal […]

WSJ Editorial Board Rebukes Biden’s Job-Killing ‘Backdoor’ Scheme To Regulate CO2

March 19, 2021 by

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By Joseph Vazquez ~ The Wall Street Journal took a sledgehammer to a scheme by President Joe Biden’s administration to push job-killing climate regulations without congressional approval. A new Journal editorial exposed how “Democratic AGs, green groups and a top Biden environmental regulator are colluding on a plan to impose the Green New Deal on states through […]

EPA Announces Reform Of Clean Air Regulation-Making Process

December 10, 2020 by

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By Adam Houser ~ In a livestream webinar hosted by the Heritage Foundation, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a rule change in how the EPA performs cost-benefit analyses in air pollution regulations going forward. Currently, EPA can include what are called “co-benefits” to new regulations to try to justify the regulations. Co-benefits are economic or […]

From Nixon To Trump: EPA Chief Touts Environmental Gains, Hits ‘Single Issue Advocacy’

September 5, 2020 by

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By Kevin Mooney ~ Under President Donald Trump’s leadership, the government has reduced air pollution by 7%, declared Superfund sites safe again at a record pace, and directed tens of billions of dollars to ensuring clean water, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said Thursday in a speech marking the agency’s 50th anniversary. Wheeler, speaking […]

Fracking Ban Would Hurt Environment

February 21, 2020 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ If a policymaker proposed banning cars and trucks or reducing the speed limit to 5 mph to reduce traffic fatalities, he or she would be laughed off the stage. Such a policy ignores the benefits of driving and disregards how people accept risk and trade-offs in their lives. So why should we […]

Trump Administration Deep-Sixes Obama WOTUS Rule

January 28, 2020 by

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By Bonner Cohen, Ph.D. ~ 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 Puddles In Your Yard Are Yours Again

January 12, 2020 by

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By Dr. Jay Lehr ~ In 1972, I was serving as an advisor to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which incidentally I helped to create and convince President Nixon to sign into law in 1971. I played a role in writing a number of important laws to protect our environment. One of them […]

Trump’s EPA Rolling Back Obama-Era Anti-Coal Regulation

November 4, 2019 by

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By Fred Lucas ~ The Environmental Protection Agency will propose easing rules on disposal of coal ash, the residue from burning coal, to make it less likely the federal government would shutter a coal-fired utility plant, in an announcement set for Monday. The move is part of what has been a larger deregulation push by […]

More Ethanol Means Higher Prices, And Not Just For Gasoline

October 19, 2019 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Over the summer, President Donald Trump tweeted that his administration was working on an ethanol package that would be “Great for all!” Now that we have the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft proposal, we can see he was half right. It’s great, all right—for the politically connected. It’s costly for everyone else. […]

Trump Administration Eases Methane Rules On Oil Industry

September 2, 2019 by

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By Fred Lucas ~ The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it will undo some of the Obama administration’s regulations on methane, which it said could save oil and natural gas producers up to $123 million through 2025. In 2016, the Obama administration imposed limits on methane emissions from oil and gas production after determining […]

It’s Time To Whack Obama’s Greenhouse Gas “Endangerment Finding”

August 31, 2019 by

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By Dr. Jay Lehr and Tom Harris ~ On August 6, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (Washington) that it be granted intervenor status concerning litigation launched by environmental groups against the Trump administration’s new Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. The case in […]

Relief At Last From The Misdirected Endangered Species Act

August 19, 2019 by

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By Dr. Jay Lehr ~ From 1968 to 1971 this author worked to establish a new agency of the Federal Government to protect our nations water supplies, our agricultural lands, our air quality, its waste disposal protocols, our surface and deep mining, our use of chemicals in the environment and everything else that could threaten […]