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    Noxious Regulations from the EPA

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week finalized more stringent standards for automotive emissions and the sulfur level in gasoline. The agency claims that the new rules will prevent 2,000 premature deaths per year (!) and 50,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children. Don’t believe it. As is commonly the … More

    Climate Change: White House Confuses Myths with Realities

    Heather Zichal, deputy assistant to the President for energy and climate change, took to the White House blog to defend the Administration’s climate-change plan in a “myths vs. reality” post. What she calls “claims” from those expressing concerns with the President’s plan—that regulating carbon will increase energy prices, hurt the … More

    U.S. Beating China in Race for Clean Skies

    A cloud of photochemical smog from China drifted into Japan this week. The story highlights the fact that air pollution in China is getting worse—despite lamentations that the “world is passing us by” in clean energy. That quote came from Steven Chu, President Obama’s then-Secretary of Energy, in 2009. Chu … More

    Soot, Soot Riot: EPA's New Rule Costly and Unnecessary

    Faced with a court-ordered deadline, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized more stringent rules for National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Pollution (PM2.5), more commonly known as soot. The new standard lowers the standard from 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air down to 12 micrograms, and counties must … More

    Obama Postpones New Ozone Standards, Has More Work to Do

    President Obama may have finally added or saved a few jobs—7.3 million to be specific. In a surprising but welcome move, the President asked Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to withdraw the agency’s draft for more stringent Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). This is an important … More

    The Clean Air Act’s Birthday Is Not Worth Celebrating

    Yesterday marked the 40th birthday of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Air Act (CAA), and environmentalists celebrated by reminding us how beneficial the regulation has been at improving air quality in the U.S. Now the EPA wants to turn the Clean Air Act’s birthday party into an all-out rager … More

    May Your Earth Day Glow Brightly

    According to Earth Day founder, the late-Senator Gaylord Nelson, the commemoration rose out of “concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes and air.” These are important concerns, indeed. In fact, conserving the nation’s environmental beauty and natural resources is something that most America’s can agree on. Perhaps … More