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

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 […]

Enforce Rules Against False And Misleading Organic Food Claims

August 14, 2019 by

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By Paul Driessen ~ A couple years ago, the US Food and Drug Administration sent a “Warning Letter” to Nashoba Brook Bakery, advising its owners that listing “love” as an ingredient in their granola violated the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The product was “misbranded,” because “love” is “not a common or usual name of […]

EPA’s Reversal On Alaska’s Pebble Mine A Victory For Regulatory Process

August 12, 2019 by

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By Nicolas Loris and Patricia Patnode ~ For more than a decade, the owners of Alaska’s Pebble Mine just wanted a shot at going through the permitting phase of the project. But before the mine’s owners could even submit a permit application, the federal government in effect said, “Don’t bother.” The Environmental Protection Agency, however, announced […]

Common Sense Finally Coming To EPA With Cost-Benefit Analysis

June 15, 2019 by

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By Daren Bakst ~ Shouldn’t Environmental Protection Agency regulations do more good than harm? The agency hasn’t always thought so. In 2012, under President Barack Obama, the EPA finalized a rule to reduce emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In doing so, the agency decided that it […]

Wednesday Top Headline Summary

March 6, 2019 by

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North Korea launch site, Jack Phillips, ethanol blends, anti-Semitism resolution delayed, Cohen testimony, and more.  ~ Media Editors   ~    “North Korea is restoring a rocket launch site it had dismantled as part of its disarmament pledge last year — just a week after a nuclear summit between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump […]

New EPA Chief Implementing Trump’s Energy-Dominant, Environmentally Friendly Agenda

March 6, 2019 by

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By Rob Bluey ~ Andrew Wheeler was confirmed by the Senate last week as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Wheeler previously served as deputy administrator before stepping into the role of acting administrator in July 2018. He visited the Conservative Political Action Conference last week and spoke to The Daily Signal. A lightly edited […]