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The Case for a Green ‘No Deal’
by Steve Milloy, Senior Policy Fellow, as appearing in the Wall Street Journal

The Senate rejected the Green New Deal on a 57-0 procedural vote last month. Not a single senator voted to bring the proposal to the floor, including its chief sponsor, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed Markey. Climate alarmists demanded that Republicans come up with a plan of their own. But the best plan may be no plan at all, for at least four reasons.

Hypocrisy Runs Rampant in California Climate Case
by Craig Richardson, President, as appearing in InsideSources

Time is running out for Oakland and San Francisco politicians who are desperately trying to salvage their failing bid to grab billions of dollars from oil companies, including Exxon, Chevron, BP and Conoco Phillips. Their meritless lawsuit was dismissed and now their case hinges on an appeal.

With Planned Power Outages This Summer, Is California Experimenting in ‘Green New Deal’
by Katy Grimes, Senior Media Fellow, as appearing in the California Globe

Following the devastating California wildfires of 2018, Pacific Gas and Electric recently announced it will cut power this summer to electricity customers on high-wind days to avoid future wildfires.  While PG&E’s transmission lines ignited fires, others say many years with little to no forest management and cleanup of the forest floor and dead timber allowed the forests to ignite, and was the real cause of the devastation.

A rare opportunity for America
by Greg Walcher, Senior Policy Fellow, as appearing in the Daily Sentinel

I was among a small group that met recently with Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar, to talk about public land management. When the discussion turned to minerals, he picked up a dark brown rock from the Mojave Desert and passed it around, explaining that it was mostly composed of a “rare earth” element. Such rocks, he said, litter the desert by the millions, yet the United States imports 100 percent of the important mineral it contains.

E&E Action Encourages Lawmakers that No Plan on Climate is the Best Plan

The Energy & Environment Action Team (E&E Action), a 501 (c) (4) organization, sent a document to members of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate urging them that the best way to address “climate change” is to do nothing. “The Plan is…No Plan!” was sent to all 435 U.S. Representatives and 100 U.S. Senators.

An End to Jackpot Justice in Louisiana is Long Overdue
by Craig Richardson, President, as appearing on RealClear Energy

Thanks to a decades-old system of good-ole boy politics and cozy relationships between elected officials and judges, Louisiana has earned one of the worst reputations in the nation for offering “jackpot justice” in the courts. Frivolous and corrupt lawsuits abound.

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