Browsing All posts tagged under »EPA Regulations«

EPA Calls For Comments On HFC Phaseout For Climate Change Protection

May 26, 2021 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ After considerable delay, EPA’s proposed HFC phaseout regulations have been posted for public comment. I earlier looked at the serious technical problems with this proposal, which the various adversely impacted industries will have to comment on. Here I want to talk about the climate change aspect, where the deep problems […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Trump Rolls Back Obama’s Anti-Coal Regs

August 22, 2018 by

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The EPA is set to end the Clean Power Plan’s onerous regulations on coal-power plants. By Thomas Gallatin  ~ Today, the Environmental Protection Agency will follow through on one of President Donald Trump’s major campaign promises in announcing plans for rolling back Barack Obama’s coal-killing environmental regulations on power-plant emissions. According to The Wall Street Journal, “The new […]

EPA’s Scott Pruitt Exposing ‘Secret Science’ – Environmentalists Scared Stiff – Commentary

May 6, 2018 by

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By Ron Harvey ~ Background: In our recent article from Diane Katz at The Daily Signal on this subject, we had a comment in response from Ron Harvey, and this comment was so good, we have posted it as an article on its own. Ron is new to ‘blogging’ and we welcome him aboard, and […]

Scott Pruitt’s Effort To Expose ‘Secret Science’ Has Environmentalists Scared Stiff

April 29, 2018 by

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By Diane Katz ~ A proposed rule announced Tuesday by Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is intended to bring much-needed transparency to agency rule-making. The environmental lobby is positively apoplectic about the proposal (naturally), even though it aligns perfectly with its long-held commitment to the public’s “right to know” principle. The proposed […]

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Fends Off Democrat Critics, Makes Case For Deregulation In Testy Hearings

April 27, 2018 by

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By Kevin Mooney ~ EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt offered up a vigorous defense of his record amid negative media coverage of his travel, security, and living expenses Thursday in testifying before two House subcommittees. “Much of what has been targeted toward me and my team has been half-truths or at best stories so twisted they […]

Trump Seeks To Scale Back More EPA Rules, Says Tax Cuts Boosting Manufacturing

April 13, 2018 by

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By Fred Lucas ~ President Donald Trump touted the success of his policies in helping manufacturers, and announced a new presidential order to roll back environmental regulations that would further expedite the construction of factories. “Today I will sign a presidential memorandum directing the EPA to cut even more red tape on our manufacturers, so […]

EPA Ponders Regulating CO2

December 27, 2017 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ The second shoe has dropped in EPA’s wondering about how to regulate CO2 emissions from power plants. As the shoe dropping metaphor suggests, EPA can now go to sleep for awhile. Everyone else is going to be very busy commenting on this complex issue. The first shoe dropped in October when […]

Trump Takes On The Obama “Climate Change” Agenda

April 18, 2017 by

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By Roger Aronoff ~ The leftist mainstream media are outraged that President Donald Trump appears to be sticking to his campaign promise to “cancel” U.S. participation in the Paris climate accord. The headline in The Washington Post is “Trump’s energy review blocks Group of Seven from consensus.” Politico’s headline is “Trump’s climate demands roil U.S. […]

Those ‘Devastating’ EPA Reductions

March 13, 2017 by

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Budget and personnel cuts reflect environmental progress and essential regulatory reforms By Paul Driessen ~ The Trump White House wants significant reductions at the Environmental Protection Agency: two dozen or more programs, including a dozen dealing with President Obama’s climate initiatives; a 20% downsizing in EPA’s 15,000-person workforce; and a one-fourth reduction in its $8.1 […]

How Trump Can Clean Up The EPA’s Budget

March 2, 2017 by

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By Diane Katz ~ There were mixed signals from the White House on Tuesday about whether spending cuts or economic growth will fund the boost in defense spending that President Donald Trump reportedly will seek from Congress. Either way, this is an opportune time to dramatically reduce excessive regulatory budgets—that of the Environmental Protection Agency […]

Scott Pruitt EPA Swamp Draining Fear Brings Crocodile Tears

February 22, 2017 by

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By Larry Bell ~ Last Friday’s 56-42 Senate vote confirmation of Scott Pruitt as top EPA administrator brings a very unwelcome political climate change for many of the agency’s 15,000 federal career employees and their executive branch-appointed bosses who fought his approval tooth and claw. Referring to their aggressive and defiant letter-writing and telephone campaign […]

One Lawmaker’s Plan To Reform The EPA

February 11, 2017 by

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By Katie Tubb ~ Americans, or at least those on the left, have become so accustomed to a heavy-handed Environmental Protection Agency that any adjustment not in the direction of even greater expansion seems to them “revolutionary.” It should come as no surprise, then, that Texas Rep. Sam Johnson’s efforts to bring sanity back to […]

Scott Pruitt Provides An Opportunity To Rein In A Rogue EPA

January 19, 2017 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Protesters with megaphones are making a lot of noise over the confirmation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. But Pruitt and others concerned about an agency that has grossly exceeded its statutory authority and threatened individual liberty are giving a bigger megaphone to voices all […]

Radical Climate Agenda Lost The Election For Democrats. Now, They’re Doubling Down.

December 15, 2016 by

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By Simon Lomax ~ Left-wing environmental groups are publicly melting down over the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as the next administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Some are even calling on the U.S. Senate to block his confirmation. None of this outrage is sincere, of course, but it still […]

The EPA Invites Secret Green Activist Lawsuits

November 3, 2016 by

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The result: regulations created in secret with zero input or knowledge by stakeholders By Larry Bell ~ Overreaching federal regulators, the EPA in particular, are getting lots of help from collaborating anonymous lawyers they pay to sue them. The Department of Treasury even maintains a special “Judgement Fund” to perpetuate these legal charades. Referred to […]

Clean Power Plan Puts States’ Rights On Trial

October 11, 2016 by

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By Larry Bell ~ A pending District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruling will determine within the next several months whether the Obama Administration’s latest and arguably most dangerous federal government usurpation of state regulatory authority under the Constitution will succeed. On September 27, ten judges heard oral arguments in a consolidated case known as […]

Who Is Guarding The (Dictatorial) Guards?

September 27, 2016 by

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Regulators mete out fines and stymie growth, but are rarely punished for their own misconduct By Paul Driessen ~ Several years ago, Wells Fargo Bank discovered that employees had boosted sales, by opening some 2 million deposit and credit card accounts without customer knowledge or authorization. Over the next few years, the bank fired more […]

E and E Legal: New Proof EPA Officials Used Private Email To Talk With Media, Green Group

September 22, 2016 by

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By Julia A Seymour ~ Energy & Environmental Legal Institute released new documents showing what it called “collusion” between the Environmental Protection Agency, environmentalist groups and even reporters. FOIA-ed emails obtained by E&E Legal, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Jeb Harmon showed that the EPA’s Michael Goo used a private email account to correspond with individuals about […]

EPA’s Dangerous Regulatory Pollution

September 5, 2016 by

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Agency’s deceptive practices, human experiments and unjustified regulations cost us dearly By Paul Driessen ~ If you’re wondering whether to trust the Environmental Protection Agency on mercury, ozone, climate change or other regulatory actions, you need look no further than how it has handled particulates. EPA whitewashed the toxic flashflood it caused in Colorado. But […]