• Trump Administration to ‘Shed Light’ on Secretive Practice That Costs Taxpayers Millions

    The Interior Department will publicly list attorneys’ fees paid out, often to environmental activist groups, for legal settlements, according to a recent memo from Principal Deputy Solicitor Daniel Jorjani.

    Jorjani’s memo states the Interior Department will develop a webpage within 30 days to publicly list details of legal settlements and cases, which the agency says is a big step in bringing sunshine to a nontransparent practice that the public is largely unaware is happening.

    “This is a big deal that will shed light on the millions of dollars the DOI pays out every year in attorneys’ fees” under federal laws, an Interior Department official said in an email.… Read More...

  • Trump and Andrew Cuomo Prepare for a War Over Natural Gas Pipelines

    Trump and Andrew Cuomo Prepare for a War Over Natural Gas Pipelines

    President Donald Trump’s executive order to expedite oil and natural gas pipelines could spark another legal battle against Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration.

    Trump pulled no punches against New York when he signed executive orders to expedite pipeline projects Wednesday afternoon. The move sparked a sharp rebuke from Cuomo, who threatened to fight “tooth and nail” against permitting reforms.

    “We need help with New York,” Trump said Wednesday at an International Union of Operating Engineers’ training center near Houston.

    “New York is hurting the country because they’re not allowing us to get those pipelines through, and that’s why they’re paying so much for their heating and all of the things that energy and our energy produces,” Trump said.… Read More...

  • Over 100 House Democrats Demand Extending Billions Worth of Green Energy Subsidies

    Over 100 House Democrats Demand Extending Billions Worth of Green Energy Subsidies

    More than 100 House Democrats are demanding legislation to extend billions of dollars worth of green tax subsidies to counteract the Trump administration’s energy agenda and to “prepare” the U.S. for global warming.

    Democrats called for extending tax subsidies for green technologies—including wind turbines, solar panels, electric cars, energy efficiency, biofuels, and energy storage—in a bid to counteract the policies of the Trump administration.

    “Simply put, investments in clean energy will help the U.S. reduce carbon pollution, prepare our communities for the damaging effects of rising sea levels, severe weather and catastrophic wildfires, all the while supporting innovation and job creation positioning the U.S.… Read More...

  • Consequences of Cuomo’s Climate Agenda Hit Close to Home. His Home.

    Consequences of Cuomo’s Climate Agenda Hit Close to Home. His Home.

    The unintended consequences of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s global warming crusade are hitting close to home—literally.

    The utility Consolidated Edison put a moratorium on new natural gas hookups across parts of Westchester County, including Mount Kisco, site of\ the Democratic governor’s residence, according to The New York Times.

    Con Edison’s decision is no surprise to energy experts critical of Cuomo’s \ blocking of major gas pipelines and banning of hydraulic fracturing, or \ fracking, in New York.

    “Gov. Cuomo has been mandating the Green New Deal dream in New York, and now it’s turning into a nightmare for people forced to pay twice as much for oil heat instead of natural gas,” Daniel Kish, a distinguished senior fellow at the Institute for Energy Research, a free market group, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.… Read More...

  • House GOP Demands Nancy Pelosi Hold Hearings on Green New Deal

    House GOP Demands Nancy Pelosi Hold Hearings on Green New Deal

    “As the committees to which it has been referred, we have a responsibility to fully understand how the Green New Deal will affect the cost of living and economic mobility of hardworking Americans,” 11 House GOP members wrote to Pelosi on Thursday.

    “Americans. We need to get to the facts, the American people deserve answers,” wrote lawmakers, including Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rob Bishop of Utah, Kevin Brady of Texas, and Greg Walden of Oregon.

    Republicans also plan to hold a press conference Thursday to push their case, Axios reported. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is set to attend the press conference, signaling a coordinated effort to keep the Green New Deal at the forefront ahead of the 2020 elections.… Read More...

  • Schumer's Green Energy Subsidies Cost Much More Than Trump's Wall

    Schumer’s Green Energy Subsidies Cost Much More Than Trump’s Wall

    The government is shut down over border wall funding, but only a month ago Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asked President Donald Trump to support billions in green energy subsidies.

    Schumer, a New York Democrat, in early December asked Trump to support “permanent tax incentives for domestic production of clean electricity and storage, energy efficient homes and commercial buildings, electric vehicles, and modernizing the electric grid.”

    “If left unchecked, the damage caused by climate change will cause untold human suffering and significant damage to the U.S. economy,” Schumer wrote to Trump on Dec. 6.

    Extending tax subsidy provisions primarily benefiting wind and solar power would cost nearly $32 billion over the next four years, according to Joint Committee on Taxation estimates.

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  • Taxing Rich Probably Isn’t Enough to Fund Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal'

    Taxing Rich Probably Isn’t Enough to Fund Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’

    New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told “60 Minutes” host Anderson Cooper her grand plan to fight global warming could be paid for with a “60 or 70 percent” top marginal tax rate.

    Ocasio-Cortez’s call for nearly doubling top marginal tax rates made waves in the media, but raising taxes on the wealthy is likely only one of many taxes that would need to be levied to pay for the so-called “Green New Deal.”

    A Green New Deal could end up being the largest expansion of government in decades, meaning Democrats who support the plan will need to think of other ways outside of taxing the wealthy to pay for it.

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  • Texas City Featured in Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Sequel’ Lost Millions in Its Green Energy Gamble

    Texas City Featured in Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Sequel’ Lost Millions in Its Green Energy Gamble

    Former Vice President Al Gore hailed the city of Georgetown, Texas, for powering itself with only solar and wind energy, but now the city is losing millions on its green energy gamble.

    Georgetown’s bet against fossil fuel prices cost the city-owned utility nearly $7 million this year, and prompted officials to look for a way out of their long-term contracts for solar and wind energy.

    “It’s costing them big time,” Bill Peacock, vice president of research at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview. “This doesn’t appear to be the first time they’ve lost money, just the first time it was big enough to have to go public with it.”

    Georgetown made national news after being featured in Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Sequel,” which was released in 2017.

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  • Al Gore Kicks Off 24-Hour Climate Broadcast as Thousands Riot in Paris Over Carbon Taxes

    Al Gore Kicks Off 24-Hour Climate Broadcast as Thousands Riot in Paris Over Carbon Taxes

    Former Vice President Al Gore kicked off his live 24-hour broadcast calling for solutions to man-made global warming Monday as waves of protests against the very types of policies Gore champions rocked major French cities.

    “All of it is felt most keenly by the world’s most disadvantaged people,” Gore said during the live broadcast Tuesday from Southern California’s Los Angeles State Historic Park. “It’s up to each and everyone of us now to demand that our leaders do more.”

    “A dramatic shift is underway, but it must be accelerated by new policies,” Gore said, pushing for policies to phase out fossil fuels and use more green energy.

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  • Democrats Will Use US Climate Report Against Trump In Court

    Democrats Will Use US Climate Report Against Trump In Court

    President Donald Trump can expect Democrats to use the latest National Climate Assessment in lawsuits against his administration’s “energy dominance” agenda.

    “We’ll use every piece of that report that we can,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told The Washington Post in an interview Tuesday, referring to lawsuits against the Trump administration.

    Becerra, a Democrat, has filed nearly two dozen lawsuits to stop the Trump administration from rolling back Obama-era energy and environment policies, including suing to stop the building of a U.S.-Mexico border wall on environmental grounds.

    California is not alone. The Golden State generally leads coalitions of other Democratic-controlled states to oppose Trump administration policies.

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  • Trump Responds to Dire Predictions in the Latest US Climate Report

    Trump Responds to Dire Predictions in the Latest US Climate Report

    President Donald Trump disagreed with the dire economic projections in the U.S. government’s latest climate report.

    “I don’t believe it,” Trump said when asked by a reporter outside the White House on Monday if he agreed with the latest National Climate Assessment (NCA) report’s projections that global warming could hurt the U.S. economy.

    “And here’s the other thing—you’re going to have to have China, and Japan, and all of Asia, and all of these other countries—you know, it—it addresses our country,” Trump said.

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  • Climate Scientist Says Global Warming Not Among the 'Real Problems' Behind California Wildfires

    Climate Scientist Says Global Warming Not Among the ‘Real Problems’ Behind California Wildfires

    Despite what Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown and environmentalists say, man-made global warming is not a big factor in the wildfires raging across California, according to a veteran climate scientist.

    University of Washington climate scientist Cliff Mass, no skeptic of global warming, said blaming California’s deadliest wildfire on a changing climate “has little grounding in fact or science.”

    “Global warming is a profoundly serious threat to mankind, but it has little impact [on] the Camp Fire and many of the coastal California fires of the past few years,” Mass wrote on his blog Tuesday.

    “And blaming global warming takes attention away from the actions needed to prevent such tragedies from happening again,” Mass wrote.

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  • EPA Reverses Course, Will Now Enforce Obama-Era Regulations on Used Trucks

    EPA Reverses Course, Will Now Enforce Obama-Era Regulations on Used Trucks

    The Environmental Protection Agency withdrew a “no action assurance” notice that delayed enforcement of an Obama administration-era regulation the agency is working to repeal, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

    Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler decided current regulations limiting the sale of glider kits—refurbished truck engines placed into new bodies—did not warrant a delay in enforcement, according to a source familiar with the matter.

    The reversal comes after the D.C. Circuit Court issued an interim stay against the notice, signaling to the Trump administration it would side with environmentalists and states that challenged the agency.

    It’s only the latest setback in the Trump administration’s effort to save an industry it sees as being the victim of collusion between EPA bureaucrats, environmentalists and big business interests.

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  • New Study Claims Global Warming Will Cause Thousands More to Commit Suicide

    New Study Claims Global Warming Will Cause Thousands More to Commit Suicide

    A July study claims that thousands more people will commit suicide in the coming decades due to man-made global warming.

    Published in the journal Nature Climate Change on Monday, the study found a 1-degree increase in average monthly temperature correlated with suicide rate increases of 0.68 percent and 2.1 percent in the U.S. and Mexico, respectively.

    The effect it found is extremely small, and in some cases, not statistically significant from zero. Still, the results were touted in media reports as evidence that increased temperatures exacerbate suicides.

    The study predicts between 9,000 and 40,000 more people will off themselves by 2050 because of man-made warming—based on an extreme warming scenario that experts increasingly call “exceptionally unlikely.”

    “So we take a specific location and we take a specific month, and we compare cooler versions of that month to hotter versions of that month, and we ask, ‘Are suicide rates different during those two months?’ We indeed find that they are,” lead author Marshall Burke told CNN.

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  • In Resignation Letter, EPA's Pruitt Cites 'Unrelenting Attacks,' Says 'Transformative Work' Occurring in Trump Administration

    In Resignation Letter, EPA’s Pruitt Cites ‘Unrelenting Attacks,’ Says ‘Transformative Work’ Occurring in Trump Administration

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt cited “unrelenting attacks” against himself and his family in his resignation letter that was delivered to President Donald Trump on Thursday.

    Pruitt thanked Trump for allowing him to serve at EPA, but says “the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and taken a sizeable toll on all of us,” according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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