Cooler Heads Digest 30 October 2015

30 October 2015


On Wednesday, November 4th, from 2:30-4:00 PM, the Heritage Foundation and the Competitive Enterprise Institute will co-host a panel on “A Preview of the Paris Climate Change Conference.” Speakers will be: Senator Mike Lee, Harlan Watson, Chris Horner, and Nick Loris. RSVP or watch live here.

In the News

Dumbest Global Warming Study Ever Wins Raves from New York Times
Steve Milloy, PJ Media, 30 October 2015

Chevron and the Case of the Tainted Witness
Paul Barrett, Bloomberg, 29 October 2015

Murray Energy & 5 States File Suit against EPA’s Ozone Rule
Devin Henry, The Hill, 28 October 2015

Winemakers Will Adapt, International Body Says of Climate Change
Sybille de La Hamaide & Pascale Denis, Reuters, 28 October 2015

Did Federal Agency Commit Climate Fraud?
Investor’s Business Daily, 28 October 2015

Obama’s Greenhouse of Cards: Doomed to Collapse or Too Big to Fail?
Marlo Lewis,, 27 October 2015

Hypocrisy at Universities over Oil Company Divestment
Judith Curry, Climate, Etc., 27 October 2015

Consumer Reports Rescinds Recommendation for Tesla’s Model S
Paul Chesser, National Legal and Policy Center, 27 October 2015

Is Tesla Doomed?
Bob Lutz, Road & Track, 26 October 2015

Did We Really Save the Ozone Layer?
Steve Goreham, Watts Up With That?, 26 October 2015

News You Can Use
Terrible Cost-Benefit Ratio of Obama’s Paris Promise

Meeting the climate change goals proposed by President Barack Obama for the upcoming United Nations conference in Paris will cost $38 to $45 billion annually and reduce global temperatures by less than two-tenths of one degree, according to a report released Thursday by the American Action Forum.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

Congressional Resolutions To Block EPA’s Climate Rules Are Introduced and Set To Move Quickly

Representative Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s energy subcommittee, introduced resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to block the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing its greenhouse gas rules for new and existing power plants on 26th October.  The subcommittee announced on Friday that it would mark up House Joint Resolutions 71 and 72 on Tuesday, 3rd November. Action by the full committee should quickly follow.  Votes on the House floor could then be held soon after the House returns on 16th November from its Veterans Day week-long recess.

On the Senate side, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) along with 47 co-sponsors introduced Senate Joint Resolution 23 to block the new power plant rule on 27th October.  On the same day, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and 48 co-sponsors introduced S. J. Res. 24 to block the rule for existing power plants.  CRA resolutions can go to the Senate floor without going through committee, so it is likely that the Senate will vote on the resolutions before the House does.  Under the CRA, resolutions of disapproval are not subject to cloture votes and thus only require a majority of those voting to pass.

DC Circuit Won’t Decide on Stay of EPA’s Power Plant Rule until after Paris Climate Conference

A panel of three judges of the federal D. C. Circuit Court of Appeals have decided not to rule on the petition to stay the EPA’s greenhouse gas rule for existing power plants until well after the U. N.’s climate conference ends in Paris on 11th December.  The petitioners led by Patrick Morrisey, attorney general of West Virginia, had asked the court for expedited review of their request for a stay of the rule until litigation against it is completed.

The court instead agreed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s suggested schedule, which calls for briefs for all sides to be submitted by 23rd December. The court will then hear oral arguments before making a decision. My CEI colleague Marlo Lewis has an excellent summary of the arguments of the petitioners at

Around the World
Myron Ebell

Christiana Figueres, Head of UNFCCC, Says Paris Treaty Is a “Down Payment” on Actions That Must Be Taken To Avoid Dangerous Climate Change

The national pledges that have been made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are to make up the forthcoming Paris climate treaty will reduce future global warming, but not enough, according to a report by the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.   

The secretariat’s analysis of all the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) concludes that if all commitments to reduce emissions are fulfilled, the rise in the global mean temperature will be kept under three degrees C, but will be more than the two degrees agreed upon as the safe upper limit of warming.

Christiana Figueres, executive director of the UNFCCC, said that the INDCs “represent a clear and determined down payment.” Figueres went on to say, “It is a very good step, it is actually a remarkable step, but it is not enough,” and that all countries will need to do more. The various drafts of the Paris climate treaty have all contained an automatic review of national commitments every five years that could require further actions to reduce emissions.

The UNFCCC’s conclusion that the INDCs will fail to keep future warming below the safety threshold is based on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s model results.  The IPCC assumes that they can calculate how much warming will be caused by various levels of total emissions.  If actual temperature datasets are used instead, it appears that the increase in the global mean temperature since the beginning of the twentieth century will be below two degrees C well into the twenty-first century.  

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