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    USDA’s New Climate Hubs Repackage Old Micromanagement

    Everything old is new again when it comes to federal agriculture policy. The federal condescension that has become characteristic of many a farm bill’s agriculture programs has found new expression in the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan outreach to farmers. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the … More

    Climate-Change Busyness

    Rather quietly, the Obama administration is putting together a climate action plan that it intends to implement without legislative approval. It’s a creative approach to governing. But the plan will drive up energy prices for American families and businesses without making a dent in global temperatures. When Congress refused to … More

    How the EPA Plans to Kill Jobs and Reduce Your Income

    How’s your heating bill? If you feel like you’re not paying enough, you’re in luck. President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing new regulations on power plants—regulations that will kill jobs, jack up your energy costs, and even end up reducing families’ income because of the impact on the … More

    EPA Science Advisers Raise Concerns over Climate Regulations

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) planned greenhouse gas regulations for both new and existing power plants would effectively act as a bureaucratically managed cap-and-trade plan that would drive up energy costs across the country. Lamar Smith (R–TX), chairman of the House Space, Science and Technology Committee, sent a letter this … More

    Generating German Energy Poverty

    What began as a daring endeavor to bring Germans more renewable energy and wean the country off nuclear energy by 2022 has turned German energy into a luxury good. The project began in 2000 with the German Renewable Energy Act. During her reelection campaign this summer, Chancellor Angela Merkel promised … More

    EPA’s New CO2 Regulations: Time for Congress to Step Up

    “Politically, the White House is hesitant to say they’re having a war on coal. On the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what’s needed.” That gem came from outside White House adviser Daniel Schrag when President Obama made his climate change speech in June. This morning, the Environmental … More

    Congressional Recess: The Battle of Ideas

    All the political action this month will take place outside Washington, D.C. And that’s as it should be. In a healthy republic, lawmakers hear from their constituents and then attempt to do what’s best for them and for the country. This August recess will be an especially busy one for … More

    House Pushes Back Against White House Carbon Measures

    Before the House dismissed for August recess, it sent two important messages related to regulating (or not) carbon dioxide. The House decisively passed an amendment to the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act raised by Representative Steve Scalise (R–LA) that would require congressional approval for a … More

    Climate Change: What’s Happening?

    President Obama reiterated his Administration’s commitment to addressing climate change in his Galesburg speech today, calling carbon dioxide “dangerous carbon pollution.” But just how dangerous is it? A recent hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee called “Climate Change: It’s Happening Now” provided some detail, and several witnesses … More

    Young Africans Need Economic Freedom, Not Lectures About Climate Change

    Speaking to students during his recent trip to Africa, President Obama said that “if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over—unless we find new … More