Yesterday Rhode Island U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse once again used his office to promote the agenda of party donors such as green billionaire Tom Steyer, and other environmental activists, taking to the U.S. Senate floor and using official business time to attack the Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal), other free-market pro-liberty groups, and those who are frustrating his and his allies’ political agenda.
A handful of scientists is using a super PAC to get their colleagues to align against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over his “embrace of conspiracy theories, anti-science attitudes, and disregard for experts.”
“We urge our peers to join us in making it clear that Mr. Trump’s statements are not only at odds with scientific reality, but represent a dangerous rejection of scientific thinking,” reads an online petition started by anthropologist Eugenie Scott on the website of Not Who We Are PAC.
Maryland unveiled what may be country’s strictest regulations on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” yet.
In Maryland, State Department of the Environment introduced new rules which would prevent fracking within 1,000 feet of a private drinking water well, require four layers of steel casings and cement around wells, and force energy companies to replace any contaminated water.
In an unprecedented development, the state of South Australia was cut-off from the national electricity network. Wednesday’s event will trigger renewed debate over the state’s heavy reliance on renewable energy which has forced the closure of uncompetitive power stations, putting the electricity network in South Australia under stress. Earlier this week, the Grattan Institute warned that South Australia’s high reliance on renewable energy sources left it exposed to disruptions. It pointed to the fact that while the renewable energy target had encouraged the development of wind and solar generation, it had the potential to undermine supply security at a reasonable price, because it forced the closure of inefficient power stations without encouraging the construction of the necessary new generation supply sources. –Brian Robins, The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 September 2016
A liberal watchdog group erroneously claimed a cabal of Republican attorneys general held an undisclosed, secret meeting in Colorado with oil lobbyists on how to beat back crusades directed at global warming skeptics.
Left-wing nonprofit group Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) released audio recordings Sept. 23 supposedly showing the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) engaging in undisclosed meetings with fossil fuel lobbyists at a summer summit in July. The meetings, according to CMD, were meant to brainstorm ways to defeat the probes targeting Exxon Mobil.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, the challenge to President Obama’s signature global warming agenda called the Clean Power Plan.
The challengers did not fare well before the 10 judge panel, where Democrat-appointees hold a 6-judge majority.
We are told the globe is rapidly and dangerously warming, and that this rapid and dangerous warming has been predominantly caused by the steep rise in anthropogenic CO2 emissions that began about the mid-1940s.
We even have a widely-recognized “hockey stick” graph of the Northern Hemisphere — created by Michael Mann in the late 1990s and popularized by the IPCC (2001) — to “prove” that modern warming has been synchronously global in scale, as well as rapid, dangerous, and perhaps even unprecedented (“the warmest on record”).
As attorneys defended the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan in a federal appeals court Tuesday, two senators from coal-dependent West Virginia said it’s unlawful and will devastate communities.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito called Obama’s signature environmental effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions by one-third before 2030 “vast” and an “overreach.”
Federal appeals court judges went after both the Obama administration and its opponents equally on Tuesday, in a whirlwind series of oral arguments meant to suss out the centerpiece of the president’s climate change agenda, the Clean Power Plan.
The regulation would set carbon emission reduction goals from existing coal power plants for each state, leaving it up to them on how to reach those goals. The rule aims to reduce carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent by 2030.
President Barack Obama’s anti-space exploration policies have created a vacuum that’s being filled by China, bemoaned lawmakers on both sides of the aisle during a congressional hearing Tuesday.
China is catching up to the space programs of NASA and the U.S. military, according to expert witnesses at the hearing, causing Republicans and Democrats to blame Obama for delays and funding cuts.