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Saturday February 13th 2016

‘environment’

On the Bright Side: A Deceleration of Sea Level Rise Along the Indian Coastline

On the Bright Side: A Deceleration of Sea Level Rise Along the Indian Coastline

CRAIG D. IDSO, CATO INSTITUTE Parker and Ollier (2015) set the tone for their new paper on sea level change along the coastline of India in the very first sentence of their abstract: “global mean sea level (GMSL) changes derived from modelling do not match actual measurements of sea level and should not be trusted” (emphasis added). In [...]

Obama’s Plan to Avoid Senate Review of the Paris Protocol

Obama’s Plan to Avoid Senate Review of the Paris Protocol

STEPHEN GROVES, HERITAGE FOUNDATION The Obama Administration is planning an end run around the U.S. Senate in regard to a major international climate change agreement—the Paris Protocol—that will be negotiated between November 30 and December 11 at the 21st annual session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework [...]

Defining the Waters of the United States – Déjà vu all over again?

Defining the Waters of the United States – Déjà vu all over again?

ROBERT T. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers have released their final rule defining what they believe constitutes “waters of the United States.” This effort, in their own terms, is to provide clarity on what constitutes waters of the United States, and to protect [...]

Four Big Problems with the Obama Administration’s Climate Control Regulations

Four Big Problems with the Obama Administration’s Climate Control Regulations

NICHOLAS LORIS, HERITAGE FOUNDATION A few years ago, cap-and-trade legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions failed to reach President Barack Obama’s desk because constituents gave their Members an earful that cap and trade would amount to a massive energy tax. When the bill died in Congress, President Obama said that there was more than [...]

The War On Air Conditioning Heats Up

The War On Air Conditioning Heats Up

BY SARAH SKWIRE, THE FREEMAN It started with the pope. In his recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, he singled out air conditioning as a particularly good example of wasteful habits and excessive consumption that overcome our better natures: People may well have a growing ecological sensitivity but it has not succeeded in changing their harmful [...]

“Animasgate” Highlight’s EPA Double Standard

“Animasgate” Highlight’s EPA Double Standard

BY BOB BARR President Ronald Reagan was known as the “Great Communicator” for his remarkable ability to distill complex political and philosophical principles into one-liners that virtually any audience or political leader could understand. For example, when speaking to representatives of the Future Farmers of America on what happens when [...]

The Many Problems of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Climate Regulations: A Primer

The Many Problems of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Climate Regulations: A Primer

NICHOLAS LORIS, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract No matter one’s personal opinions on the climate effects of man-made greenhouse emissions, the Obama Administration’s proposed climate-change regulations will exact a high price on Americans and have a negligible impact—if any—on global temperatures. The EPA has already put into place several [...]

America’s Weatherman-In-Chief

America’s Weatherman-In-Chief

BY BOB BARR Last week’s Tweet of President Barack Obama with rolled up sleeves, enjoying a waffle cone and wishing Americans “Happy Memorial Day,” may have been nothing more than an effort by the President’s political hacks to convince the American people that he is, after all, a “regular guy.” Perhaps it was drafted and sent by some [...]

Understanding the World’s Energy Needs

Understanding the World’s Energy Needs

CATO INSTITUTE EDITORS A new documentary by Cato Senior Fellow Johan Norberg, shown recently on PBS stations nationwide, is a non-political look at the reality of the world’s energy problems. “Energy questions are complicated, and there are always trade-offs,” Norberg notes.    While bringing electricity to many remote villages in India [...]

You Ought to Have a Look: Curry on Worry

You Ought to Have a Look: Curry on Worry

PATRICK J. MICHAELS & PAUL C. "CHIP" KNAPPENBERGER, CATO INSTITUTE This week, we have two notable items of interest. First and foremost, a must-read article from Judith Curry’s Climate Etc. blog where Judy quite adeptly introduces us to the concept of an “availability cascade”—a process that has come to dominate and define [...]

Problems With Obama’s Plan to Slash Emissions

Problems With Obama’s Plan to Slash Emissions

KATIE TUBB, HERITAGE FOUNDATION The Obama administration announced Tuesday its plans to commit the U.S. to greenhouse gas emissions of 26-28 percent (from 2005 levels) by 2025 as part of a United Nations climate agreement set for this December in Paris. The announcement is being heralded as America’s stepping up to “lead the way.” [...]

Score a Victory for Cruz over Brown

Score a Victory for Cruz over Brown

In Most Recent Climate Change Scuffle PAUL C. "CHIP" KNAPPENBERGER, CATO INSTITUTE Global Science Report is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science, where we highlight one or two important new items in the scientific literature or the popular media. For broader and more technical perspectives, consult our monthly “Current [...]

A Resounding Victory for Academic Freedom

A Resounding Victory for Academic Freedom

FIRST AMENDMENT, ACLJ.ORG Dr. James Enstrom After two and a half years of litigation, Dr. James E. Enstrom, a former Researcher at the UCLA School of Public Health, has obtained a tremendous victory for academic freedom in his case against several individual UCLA officials, including the former Dean of the School of Public Health and the [...]

The Federal Lands Freedom Act

The Federal Lands Freedom Act

Empowering States to Control Their Own Energy Futures KATIE TUBB AND NICOLAS LORIS, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract The United States is now the world’s leader in both natural gas and oil production— centuries’ worth of oil, natural gas, and coal resources lie beneath private property as well as under lands owned by state governments. [...]

Another EPA and Army Corps Power Grab

Another EPA and Army Corps Power Grab

Daren Bakst Limiting Exemptions for Agriculture Under the CWA DAREN BAKST, HERITAGE FOUNDATION A‌gricultural activities will likely be far more costly ‌and difficult, at least if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) get their way. In addition to their controversial “waters of the U.S.” proposed [...]

Climate Science a Fraud, Not A Mistake

Climate Science a Fraud, Not A Mistake

BY PHYLISS SCHLAFLY A new book called The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science makes the case that climate change is a fraud. The global warming movement has been designed to justify more government controls, enrich its proponents, and radically change society. Climate scientist Tim Ball traces climate hysteria to the 1960s book The [...]

The Obama Administration’s Hypocritical Environmental Policy

The Obama Administration’s Hypocritical Environmental Policy

KATIE TUBB AND NICOLAS LORIS, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Congress and the federal government have enacted policies and made decisions in the name of protecting the environment. The problem is, now those decisions have backfired — and made us worse off environmentally. Here are five examples: 1. Keystone Delay Means More Rail: Stating concern for [...]

Close the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Program

Close the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Program

NICOLE KAEDING, CATO INSTITUTE The Government Accountability Office’s annual duplication report is out. This year, the report highlights 30 ways that the federal government can save money. One way is to terminate the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) program, which provides government-subsidized loans to companies that make [...]

Climate Change: We TOLD You So

Climate Change: We TOLD You So

There are many who believe that the issue of climate change is just another tactic to empower the United Nations and its Utopian agenda.Credits: Renew America PAUL C. "CHIP" KNAPPENBERGER, AND PATRICK J. MICHAELS, CATO INSTITUTE We complain so constantly about the pessimistic view that the government takes on climate change that perhaps [...]

From Your Microwave to Your Car, Government Leaves Nothing Untouched

From Your Microwave to Your Car, Government Leaves Nothing Untouched

HERITAGE FOUNDATION, GENEVIEVE WOOD How many government rules do we need? According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), federal regulators issued more than 2,000 new rules in 2013—doing such helpful things as restricting access to mortgage credit and imposing new limits on the amount of energy a microwave oven can consume when it is [...]

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