- The Heartland Institute’s Tenth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-10) will take place on Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12, 2015, at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. Learn more here.
- “Environmentalism Gone Mad: How a Sierra Club Activist and Senior EPA Analyst Discovered a Radical Green Energy Fantasy” by Dr. Alan Carlin has been published by Stairway Press and is available for purchase here. Carlin is the former Sierra Clubber and career EPA economist who went public with his skepticism of global warming alarmism when the EPA tried to bury his scathing analysis.
In the News
Congress Demands EPA Hand Over More E-mails, Texts
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 15 May 2015
Ethanol Industry Ad Campaign: Fuels or Fools America?
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 14 May 2015
Climate Expert John Christy: US Emissions Cuts Won’t Make Difference
Paul Gattis, AL.com, 14 May 2015
What Would It Take to Convince You About Global Warming?
Judith Curry, Climate Etc., 13 May 2015
What Does “Sustainability” Really Mean? A Reply to the Vatican
William M. Briggs, Crisis, 12 May 2015
EPA’s Dangerous Desire to Become America’s Energy Regulator
Scherman, Haake, and Fleischer, Forbes, 11 May 2015
News You Can Use
Ross McKitrick in a National Post op-ed explains “The Con in Consensus” and why the claimed 97% “climate change consensus among the misinformed is not worth much.”
Inside the Beltway
Senator Capito and 26 Co-Sponsors Introduce Bill to Block EPA’s Power Plant Rules
Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) this week introduced a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants. S. 1324, the Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act, has 26 original co-sponsors, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee Chairman James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), and Democrat Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).
Both Majority Leader McConnell and Chairman Inhofe have said that they are determined to stop EPA’s greenhouse gas rules, so I expect quick action to move Capito’s bill. In the House, a bill to block the rules, H. R. 2042, the Ratepayer Protection Act, was voted out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on 29th April and is awaiting floor action.
House Panel Examines NEPA Guidance Document on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
On May 13, the House Natural Resources Committee examined the White House’s Guidance on how agencies should integrate “greenhouse gas emissions and climate change effects” into reviews of proposed projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The Committee’s briefing memo cautions the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) that under the agency’s own regulations and various court rulings, NEPA review is appropriate only if there is a “causal relationship” between an agency’s approval of a particular project and “reasonably foreseeable” environmental impacts. The Guidance would thus appear to be unlawful, because no individual project emits enough greenhouse gases to have detectable or even estimable climate impacts.
In his testimony, attorney Roger Martella warns that NEPA review of greenhouse gases could further empower anti-growth activists, who already wield NEPA as a “sword to obstruct projects” critical to economic development.
To make the Guidance compatible with development, Martella argues that agencies should not consider the indirect (“upstream” and “downstream”) emissions from economic activities facilitated by projects, and should not use social cost of carbon analysis to estimate climate-related impacts. For further discussion, see the comment letter 15 free-market groups submitted to CEQ on its Guidance document.
Across the States
Around the World
Vatican Cardinal Attacks Capitalist Stooges for Opposing Global Warming Alarmism
The cardinal in the Vatican thought to be Pope Francis’s closest adviser this week criticized American critics of the Pope’s forthcoming encyclical on climate change as environment-destroying capitalist stooges.
According to a story by Ines San Martin in the Boston Globe, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said at a press conference on 12 May: “The ideology surrounding environmental issues is too tied to a capitalism that doesn’t want to stop ruining the environment because they don’t want to give up their profits.”
However, Thomas D. Williams reported in a 15th May story published on Breitbart that: “A Vatican insider asserts that Pope Francis has scrapped the draft of his encyclical letter on the environment and sent it back for major revision. The letter was slated for publication in early summer, but now may not be ready until much later, he suggests. Citing sources within the Santa Marta residence where the Pope lives, veteran Vatican journalist Sandro Magister has written that ‘Francis has scrubbed the draft’ of the text presented to him by Argentinian Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández, perhaps foreseeing that Cardinal Gerhard Müller of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ‘would have demolished it’ once it was presented to him for approval.” This is speculation, of course, but perhaps some of the remaining clear-thinking officials in the Vatican who have not been persuaded by Liberation Theology have realized that the energy-rationing policies demanded by global warming alarmists will consign poor people in poor countries to perpetual energy poverty.
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