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Energy & Environment Legislative Alerts
In August 2012, the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized another increase in the government-mandated corporate average fuel economy standards (CAFE). The Obama administration claimed that the new 54.5 mpg mandate for cars and light trucks will “save consumers more than $1.7 trillion at the gas pump and reduce U.S. oil consumption by 12 billion barrels.” Lisa Jackson, then-EPA administrator, claimed that “fuel efficiency standards … are another example of how we protect the environment and strengthen the economy at the same time.” Of course these effects are not created in a vacuum; the higher CAFE standards will drive up the average price of a new vehicle by nearly $3,000, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association. And so it always goes with new regulations: some government-proclaimed benefits on one side, and costs paid by citizens on the other. This cost-benefit analysis, hopefully, informs the regulatory decision-making process. However, a new study finds that between 13-23% of the supposed benefits never materialize, calling the benefit claims into question.
The United States was founded on the principle of limited government and separation of powers. While these are basic elements of our Republic, apparently forming a group to teach others about them can land you on an IRS watch list. These tenets exist for a very important reason: power corrupts. We must limit the power [...]
AFP is proud to support Sen. McConnell's State Water Quality Act, which will clarify the rules on issuing new and renewal permits under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, among other improvements.
James Valvo It’s time to treat renewable energy providers just like everyone else. In many ways, the playing field is dramatically tilted in their favor, with myriad tax credits, grant programs, loan guarantees and purchase mandates. However, federal policy still excludes renewables, coal-fired electricity production and nuclear from an important business structure from which other [...]
Today the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with EPA’s interpretation of the Clean Water Act’s Section 404 permit veto authority. The Court ruled that EPA has the power to revoke dredge-and-fill disposal site specifications even after the permit has been issued: something it has never done before in its 40-year history. The case, Mingo [...]