February 18, 2020

Climate Change; Biofuels; Sec. Vilsack; Budget; Mexico Truck Issue; Peanut Issues; and Senate Hearing for OMB Nominee

(Correction: Yesterday’s update incorrectly identified Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) as the Ranking Member of the House Ag Committee. Rep. Goodlatte is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research, not the full committee).

Climate Change

Ian Talley reported in today’s Wall Street Journal that, “The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday a finding that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are a public health danger won’t necessarily lead to government regulation of emissions, an apparent about-face for the Obama administration.

“The comments follow revelations of an administration document warning the EPA of potential economically harmful consequences from an agency finding last month that proposes declaring greenhouse gases a danger to the public. The document represents comments from various federal agencies, prepared by the Office of Management and Budget for EPA rule-making.

“An OMB spokesman said, however, that the document doesn’t represent administration policy. And statements in the document are at odds with the EPA’s reasoning for the ‘endangerment’ proposal.”