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Paris Treaty Withdrawal Spawns ‘Climate Resistance’ Movement
by Chris Horner, Senior Legal Fellow, and Chaim Mandelbaum, E&E Legal General Counsel
In June of 2017 President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the so-called ‘Paris Climate Agreement’…Immediately after the President’s announcement, a number of left-leaning politicians and organizations began working to counteract the decision to withdraw.
A Step Toward Scientific Integrity at the EPA
by Steve Milloy, Senior Policy Fellow, as appearing in the Wall Street Journal
The Trump administration in May began the process of replacing the small army of outside science advisers at the Environmental Protection Agency. In June, 38 additional EPA advisers were notified that their appointments would not be renewed in August.
California’s economic suicide
by Greg Walcher, Senior Policy Fellow, as appearing in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Last fall, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law requiring his state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels. That ratchets the state’s already severe limits down even tighter, now requiring a reduction to levels not seen since the 1950s or earlier.
Don’t hype draft climate studies
by Chris Horner, Senior Legal Fellow, as appearing in USA Today
Another week of the Trump presidency, another bout of fevered reporting on claims promoted by the career (and holdover) federal employee “resistance.” But particularly when it comes to climate change, it seems the ordinary way of doing things is simply too much to ask.
On July 10, E&E Legal Senior Legal Fellow Chris Horner gave a talk in the UK House of Lords, hosted by Lord Lawson of Blaby and Dr. Benny Peiser of the Global Warming Policy Foundation. Attended by several members of the House and other interested parties, Horner’s talk and the discussion afterward centered on the Trump Administration’s announced intention in June 2017 to withdraw from the Paris Climate Treaty.
A Year Later, E&E Legal Still Battling VT for Public Records
by Matthew Hardin, FME Law Counsel
E&E Legal first sued the Vermont Attorney General in June of 2016, seeking records related to that Office’s role in organizing a “climate-RICO” cabal among activist attorneys general, and private activists, targeting political opponents. Ordinarily, in public records suits, the law allows for a speedy resolution, because the law recognizes that getting information quickly is often just as important as getting it at all.
On June 27, Craig Richardson, president of the Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal), issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announcement today regarding its plans to rescind the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule
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