Environment (page 4)

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    Another question about the coal-ash settlement: Was it a sue & settle scheme?

    "Sue and settle" is an illiberal tool used by outside pressure groups in cahoots with willing government agencies to bring about a regulatory change they know they could not get through proper political channels.
    Jon Sanders, January 7, 2020
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    When did Cooper change his mind about making consumers pay for coal-ash cleanup? Why?

    How can it be "unfair" and not "reasonable" to sock consumers with the cleanup costs in 2014, but add extra cleanup costs in 2020 and then it’s not a problem? Is the governor no longer "on the side of consumers"?
    Jon Sanders, January 6, 2020
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    Start the New Year Right with Some Good News!

    Just before Christmas, Matt Ridley published a piece in the Spectator under the title, “We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously.” It’s a good antidote to the usual gloom and doom. Here are some excerpts: Let nobody tell you that the second decade…
    Jon Guze, January 6, 2020
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    Martin Center column exposes politicized medical schools

    AnneMarie Schieber writes for the Martin Center about the politics of medical education. To be a successful doctor, it is no longer enough to make an accurate diagnosis and recommend an effective treatment. Today’s medical schools want their students to be well-versed in politics—and not just any politics, but…
    Mitch Kokai, December 18, 2019
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    Green New Deal falling flat among some Democratic lawmakers

    Naomi Lim of the Washington Examiner reports on Democratic lawmakers who are resisting pressure to support the Green New Deal. The Green New Deal has high-profile backers in Congress, but several incumbent Democrats are keeping their distance from the proposal left-wing supporters say would address climate change and…
    Mitch Kokai, December 17, 2019
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    The business of climate change

    If you suspect that much of the furor surrounding climate change masks a dubious money-making scheme, Rupert Darwall supports your thesis with a Real Clear Energy column. Saving the planet takes money, and lots of it. Money is both the theme and the subtext of the latest round…
    Mitch Kokai, December 16, 2019
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    Will Greta help or hurt climate alarmists?

    Josh Siegel writes for the Washington Examiner about Greta Thunberg’s potential impact on the climate debate. Some climate change hawks are questioning whether the brand of outraged activism trademarked by newly minted Time “Person of the Year” Greta Thunberg will prove effective in inspiring policy to curb emissions.
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2019
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    “Why Everything They Say About Climate Change Is Wrong”

    That’s the title of a piece by Michael Shellenberger that appeared in Forbes today. Shellenberger begins by making it clear that he is not a climate change denier. On the contrary, he says: Climate change is an issue I care passionately about and have dedicated a significant…
    Jon Guze, November 25, 2019