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Green New Deal rollout rattles both sides of climate change debate
Fox New Channel

Die-hard skeptics of climate change believe the rollout of the Green New Deal, with its plans for wealth redistribution, high taxes, and a massive transition to a carbon neutral economy, was a tipoff to a hidden agenda.  “We always knew climate was a stalking horse for socialism, communism, totalitarianism, whatever you want to call it,” said [E&E Legal’s] Steve Milloy.

The ‘Green New Deal’ is a prescription for poverty
by Craig Richardson, President, as appearing in the Washington Examiner

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and her allies have made a big splash in advancing the so-called “Green New Deal,” which is supposedly intended to help the environment and address poverty. Ironically, this measure will most certainly only harm those already living in poverty and do nothing to improve the environment.

What exactly is a species?
by Greg Walcher, Senior Policy Fellow, as appearing in the Daily Sentinel

For 50 years, Americans have spent untold resources worrying, arguing, regulating, and litigating, over “endangered species.” You might think by now we have a clear understanding of those two simple words. We do not.

A Last Hurrah for de Blasio’s Energy Company Shakedown
by Craig Richardson, President, as appearing on

This week may well mark the last hurrah for both a rumored run for the presidency by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his high-profile lawsuit against five energy producers.

E&E Legal Senior Media Fellow Katy Grimes Named Editor of California Globe

Investigative Journalist Katy Grimes joins California Globe as Editor, January 1, 2019. Grimes is a longtime investigative political journalist, analyst, and author, and reports on the California Legislature and politics from the State Capitol in Sacramento.

Bad Science May Banish Paper Receipts
by Steve Milloy, Senior Policy Fellow, as appearing in the Wall Street Journal

Having vanquished plastic straws, the California Legislature is now considering a bill to ban paper cash-register receipts. One reason offered for the ban is to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions. The other is to reduce public exposure to bisphenol A, or BPA, a chemical used to coat receipts.


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