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Call to Action: Let’s Fix EPA (comments due soon)

By -- May 12, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is under new management. A recent executive order from President Trump instructed all federal agencies (EPA included) to “alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens” on the American people.

What ideas do you have for EPA that are consistent with the six areas of opportunity (see below)? Comments must be received on or before May 15, 2017. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190 here.

Click on the top “Comment Now” button to make suggestions regarding regulations that need to be changed. (Note that once submitted, comments cannot be edited or removed.)

The EPA may publish any received comment. The EPA will generally not consider comments outside this venue. You do not have to be a US citizen to make comments.

Background

On February 24, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” which established a federal policy “to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens” on the American people.

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NPR Bungles Sea Level Rise Story (supposed threats to coastal military installations ignore science)

By Bob Endlich -- May 11, 2017

“Data from CO2 measuring stations and from the Sewell’s Point and all other tide gages may clearly refute these assertions, but NPR and its colleagues will not change their minds.”

“The Sewell’s Point tide gage shows that the rate of sea level rise has not changed since the gage was installed in 1927, and is unchanged from our use of fossil fuels. It’s time to base our policies on sound science, instead of manmade global warming fiction and scare stories.”

National Public Radio’s March 31 “Morning Edition” program carried a “news” story claiming that rising seas threaten a number of U.S. coastal military bases. The commentary was so laden with factual errors that listeners might have thought it was an early April fool’s joke. Unfortunately, it was not.

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Abolish Private Property in Water? California Needs Markets! (Stroshane reconsidered)

By -- May 10, 2017

A charcoal maker invited a house cleaner to live in his house to cut expenses. The cleaner declined because as quickly as he could clean anything it would get dirty again. Moral: Like people will work better together. – Aesop’s Fable of the Charcoal Burner and the Fuller.

Internalizing the externality: incorporating the negative spillover effects in the internal social structure of the spiller; un-internalized externalities lead to under-use or over-use.[1]

It took some 6,000 years for persons to overcome slavery, serfdom, and oppressive rent and taxation to acquire secure property rights to farmland and to adjacent river water (riparian rights – see Joshua Getzler, A History of Water Rights and Common Law, [2004]).

Enter Tim Stroshane, a former Berkeley central planner, activist and environmentalist, who proposes to abolish such property rights because farming monopolists in California allegedly fail to “share” water with the hordes of urbanites that want it.

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“Fraud, Fake” … James Hansen on Paris (Trump should take note)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 9, 2017
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‘Outside the Green Box’ (new primer unmasks ‘sustainable development’ fallacies)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 8, 2017
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Back to Climate Science: Obama’s EPA ‘Endangerment’ Finding Under Legal Review (TPPF plays offense re the green greenhouse gas)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 4, 2017
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An Environmentalist’s Protest (McKibben’s wind power hypocrisy)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 3, 2017
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Out of Climate Time … Again (failed Malthusianism rolls on)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 2, 2017
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Energy & Environmental Newsletter: May 1, 2017

By -- May 1, 2017
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Renewable Energy Sources: Does Their Output Matter?

By Stanislav Jakuba -- April 27, 2017
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