Browsing All posts tagged under »Trump Administration Environmental Policy«

Trump Expands Drilling Moratorium From Florida To South Carolina, Georgia

September 9, 2020 by

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By Fred Lucas ~ Before expanding a moratorium on offshore drilling Tuesday near the coasts of Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia, President Donald Trump invoked the legacy of another brash New Yorker known for rattling the political establishment during his presidency. Trump’s order extending the drilling moratorium came a month after he signed the Great […]

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 […]

Standalone Nuclear Interim Storage Amendment Sidesteps Solutions, Creates Problems

March 11, 2020 by

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By Katie Tubb ~ As the Senate debates an expensive and wasteful new energy bill, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has proposed an amendment to launch a pilot program for interim storage of nuclear waste from commercial nuclear power plants. It’s a complex policy problem with plenty of nuance. But this amendment basically resuscitates the Obama […]

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 […]

3 Ways Trump’s New Regulations Will Better Protect Endangered Species

August 14, 2019 by

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By Daren Bakst ~ The Trump administration has just taken an important step in the effort to protect threatened and endangered species. On Monday, the administration published final regulations that will improve implementation of the Endangered Species Act. This law simply hasn’t worked. Over the law’s more than 45 years, only about 3% of the […]

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 […]

Ending Obama’s EPA Climate Deception

May 21, 2019 by

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By Paul Driessen ~ In December 2009, the Obama Environmental Protection Agency issued its Endangerment Finding (EF) – decreeing that carbon dioxide (CO2) and other “greenhouse gases” (GHGs) endanger the health and welfare of Americans. In the process, EPA ignored the incredible economic, health and welfare benefits of fossil fuels – and the fact that […]

Judge Tosses Kids’ Lawsuit Against Trump Climate Policies

April 2, 2019 by

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By Bonner Cohen, Ph.D. ~ Rejecting a claim by Philadelphia-based Clean Air Council and attorneys representing two Pennsylvania school boys that people have a constitutionally guaranteed due process right to a “life-sustaining climate,” a federal Judge has dismissed a bizarre legal case challenging the Trump administration’s climate policies. In his Fen. 19 decision, U.S. District […]

Anti-Science Totalitarians Want To Silence Climate Security Commission

March 9, 2019 by

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By Paul Driessen ~ Democrats, climate campaigners and renewable energy interests are in full outrage mode over news that President Trump intends to launch a Presidential Committee on Climate Science. He should do it now. The PCCS would, at long last, review and question the “dangerous manmade climate change” reports by federal agencies and investigations […]

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 […]

Will President Trump Finally Confront Climate Alarmism?

February 24, 2019 by

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By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~ President Trump may finally do something about the rampant Obama-era climate change alarmism in his agencies. The Washington Post reports that there is a draft Executive Order creating a Presidential Committee on Climate Security. Among its sorely needed tasks is the independent and adversarial review of some of the blatantly […]

What To Make Of Trump’s Remarks On The Proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear-Waste Repository

October 23, 2018 by

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By Katie Tubb ~ More Americans should care about nuclear-waste management than actually do. That’s because it’s an issue that has cost taxpayers more than $6 billion in court battles and is on track to cost tens of billions of dollars more. But for many Nevadans and the wonky few outside of the Silver State […]

Those Coal And Nuclear Bailouts Aren’t Coming. Here’s Why That’s Good News.

October 19, 2018 by

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By Katie Tubb and Nicolas Loris ~ It seems the possibility of the Trump administration bailing out coal and nuclear plants has been put to rest for now. This is good news for electricity customers, the integrity of competitive markets, limited government fans, states, and in the long term, the coal and nuclear industries as […]

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Dip Slightly In Trump’s First Year, EPA Says

October 18, 2018 by

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By Kevin Mooney ~ Greenhouse gas emissions have declined across multiple sectors since President Donald Trump has been in office, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday. The EPA collects emissions data from industrial sources on an annual basis. Those sources include power plants, oil and gas production plants, refining facilities, iron mills, steel mills, and […]

Trump Administration’s Fuel Economy Proposal Bucks California In Bid To Spur New Car Purchases

August 3, 2018 by

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By Kevin Mooney ~ American consumers who want safe, affordable vehicles will find new models with improved technology becoming less costly if a federal rule amending standards for fuel economy and emissions goes into effect, Trump administration officials said Thursday in announcing the proposal. California has been permitted to set its own auto emissions standards […]

Trump Reforms Promote Endangered Species’ Recovery

July 26, 2018 by

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By Bonner Cohen, Ph.D. ~ Responding to widespread complaints that implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), “was not consistent and often times very confusing to navigate,” Trump administration officials have unveiled a package of reforms crafted to make the 45-year-old statute better serve both the species it is supposed to recover and landowners caught […]

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 […]

Mileage Standards And Tariffs Help Some – While Penalizing Countless Others, Often Severely

April 9, 2018 by

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By Paul Driessen ~ It’s become a recurring, frustrating pattern, as legislators and regulators ignore the immutable laws of unintended consequences, to drive political agendas or aid favored constituencies, while harming others. A good example is corporate average fuel economy (CAFÉ) standards on vehicles. Originally enacted in 1975 to offset the impacts of the OPEC […]