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News Climate Change Energy Environment
March 21, 2019
By Duggan Flanakin
The Donlin Gold project, a joint venture of Novagold Resources Alaska Inc. and Barrick Gold US Inc., is closer to becoming a reality with the state of Alaska having issued two critical permits.
March 21, 2019
By H. Sterling Burnett
The U.S. Senate confirmed Andrew Wheeler as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by a party-line vote of 52 in favor and 47 opposed, on February 28.
March 20, 2019
By Linnea Lueken
A new study, “Global Warming Energy Restrictions Threaten U.S. National Security,” shows climate change is not a danger to U.S. national security.
March 19, 2019
By Duggan Flanakin
A North Dakota judge rejected a challenge to a state permit issued to Meridian Energy Group in to begin construction of what would be the first new industrial crude oil refinery in the United States in nearly 40 years.
March 18, 2019
By H. Sterling Burnett
Legislators in Maine have proposed two bills that could expand black bear hunting in the state.
March 15, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
A pending decision by the Washington, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals could lead to the premature closing of scores of coal-powered electricity plants across the country, potentially hampering the reliability of the nation’s electric power grid.
March 12, 2019
By Kenneth Artz
A California state court judge in San Diego ruled gray wolves will continue to be protected under the state’s Endangered Species Act.
March 8, 2019
By Arianna Wilkerson
A bill introduced in the Connecticut legislature would mandate climate change be taught to young children in government schools statewide.
March 7, 2019
By Christopher Talgo
Newly elected Democratic Gov. J. B. Pritzker of Illinois signed an executive order committing his state to join 17 other states in the United States Climate Alliance
March 6, 2019
By Linnea Lueken
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) efforts to streamline and reduce regulatory burdens have saved businesses and consumers billions of dollars while continuing to protect public health and safety and improving environmental outcomes.
March 5, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
Xcel Energy, one of the nation’s largest investor-owned utilities, has committed to producing 100 percent carbon-dioxide-free electricity in its eight-state Western and Midwestern service area by 2050.
March 4, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
Georgetown, Texas’ plan to rely on 100 percent wind and solar power has resulted in skyrocketing electricity bills for consumers and the city’s budget suffering millions of dollars in losses in a few short years.
March 4, 2019
By Charles N. Steele
Democrats in Congress, are promoting a Green New Deal that would eliminate all fossil fuels in ten years, create a massive federal public works and jobs program, explicit proposals to replace market freedom and limited government with socialism.
February 27, 2019
By Tim Benson
Companion bills to ban hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, are under consideration in the Florida Legislature.
February 22, 2019
By Kenneth Artz
A Virginia Senate committee voted down a bill to ban oil and gas production off the state’s coast.
February 19, 2019
By H. Sterling Burnett
The Virginia House of Delegates rejected a bill to end the use of fossil fuels to generate electricity in the state by 2036.
February 18, 2019
By H. Sterling Burnett
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it has determined Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) imposed by the Obama administration in 2011, were not “appropriate and necessary.”
February 15, 2019
By Linnea Lueken
Delegates to the recent U.N. climate conference in Katowice, Poland added provisions to the Paris climate treaty asking countries to submit “transparency reports” on their contributions to climate change and report “loss and damage” due to climate change.
February 14, 2019
By Tom Harris
President Donald Trump was right to announce the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, but he should go farther.
February 14, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
The 24th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ended after two weeks of negotiations with very little to show for the efforts of the thousands of participants.
February 13, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has set a goal that 100 percent of the electricity used in the state come from renewable power sources by 2040.
February 12, 2019
By H. Sterling Burnett
Colorado's Supreme Court rejected a lower court's decision that the state's oil and gas regulator must give greater protection to public health or environmental protection when permitting new oil and gas development.
February 11, 2019
By Kenneth Artz
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed significantly loosening the standards limiting carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fueled power plants.
February 7, 2019
By Linnea Lueken
Restore Louisiana, a state program funded through the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, is offering pay up to $200,000 to purchase homes from people living in areas that have been repeatedly flooded.
February 5, 2019
By Duggan Flanakin
The San Juan-Chama Project, which diverts Colorado River basin water to the Rio Grande basin, now supplies the Albuquerque metro area with nearly 70 percent of its potable water and has helped the aquifer to recover.
February 4, 2019
By Tim Benson
A federal judge has barred the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) from issuing permits for hydraulic fracturing in U.S. territorial waters off the coast of California.
January 31, 2019
By Kenneth Artz
California has become the first state to mandate all new homes have sufficient solar panels to power them with solar energy.
January 30, 2019
By Edward Hudgins
Portfolio managers to invest their clients money based on sustainable investment criteria may cost their clients money and be violating their fiduciary duties.
January 29, 2019
By Duggan Flanakin
The U.S. Supreme Court declined, without comment, to consider an appeal from Osage Wind LLC of an appeals court decision granting the Osage Nation the right to seek damages from the operators of an 8,400-acre wind farm in Osage County, Oklahoma.
January 28, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
The Trump administration rescinded the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2015 “Waters of the United States” rule.
January 25, 2019
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
The Heartlander, Winter 2018
January 25, 2019
By Ann Bridges
The Green New Deal proposes a massive expansion in the use of renewable energy technologies that rely on critical minerals we are not allowed to mine in the United States.
January 25, 2019
By Christopher Talgo
Ryan Zinke stepped down as Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) at the end of 2018.
January 25, 2019
By Kenneth Artz
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is pushing legislation she calls a “Green New Deal (GND),” to eliminate the United States’ use of fossil fuels and replace them with select renewable sources of energy.
January 25, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
A federal appeals court affirmed a ruling granting the companies building the NEXUS natural gas pipeline in Ohio and Michigan eminent domain authority for a right of way to build the pipeline across private property.
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January 24, 2019
By Kenneth Artz
Inaction by California utility regulators may have contributed California’s deadly wildfire season in 2018.
January 23, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
The U.S. Geological Survey estimates the Permian Basin in western Texas and southeastern New Mexico, contains much more oil and gas than government and industry experts previously estimated.
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January 14, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
The federal production tax credit for wind energy producers has cost the U.S. government billions of dollars in revenues while benefiting just a few large corporations, says a new study by the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
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January 11, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
Voters in Colorado overwhelmingly rejected a ballot initiative that would have prevented new oil and gas development on approximately 85 percent of the nonfederal land in the state.
January 10, 2019
By Kenneth Artz
State law preempts Oklahoma counties from unilaterally restricting energy development, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled.
 

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