FACT CHECK: Do NEPA Changes “Roll Back” Environmental Protections?

CLAIM: Critics of President Trump’s announced updates to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) said his action is stripping away environmental regulations.

The New York Times, for example, called it a “roll back” of environmental protections:

President Trump on Thursday capped a three-year drive to roll back clean air and water protections by proposing stark changes to the nation’s oldest and most established environmental law that could exempt major infrastructure projects from environmental review.

Reps. Diana DeGette and Francis Rooney  urged lawmakers to oppose the changes:

“We invite you to join us in expressing our strong opposition to

HYPOCRISY WATCH: Joe Biden Changes His Tune On Energy

In a recent town hall, former Vice President Joe Biden said of fossil fuel company executives: “We should put them in jail.” In the same town hall, Biden also alleged “we’re all dead” if we don’t stop using fossil fuels.

It wasn’t so long ago that Biden was talking up the role of American energy companies in promoting global security and energy independence for our allies.

From the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2016:

Biden …  lamented periodic brown and blackouts in areas of that country and others in Latin America where energy shortages are not uncommon. He

FACT CHECK: Should Federal Regulators Reconsider Texas LNG Permits?

CLAIM: Environmental activists are asking federal regulators to reconsider permits for significant economic development in Texas, claiming FERC “failed to take a hard look at the impacts” of the projects:

The Sierra Club and several other opponents of three proposed liquefied natural gas export terminals at the Port of Brownsville are asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider permits that the agency recently awarded for the controversial projects.

In three separate Christmas Eve filings, the Sierra Club and other opponents of Rio Grande LNG, Annova LNG and Texas LNG asked for a rehearing on the agency’s Nov. 21 decision

FACT CHECK: Is Natural Gas Worse Than Coal, Like Mayor Bloomberg Says?

CLAIM: Former New York City Mayor Bloomberg, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, said the threat posed by natural gas “is going to be worse than coal.”

 

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False

 

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We suspect Bloomberg knows his claim is false, as he once said natural gas is a “godsend” for replacing coal.

He was right then. How right?

In July, the U.S. Energy Information Administration issued a forecast that concluded: “EIA’s July Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) forecasts a 2.2% decrease in CO2 emissions for 2019. Nearly all of the forecast decrease …

FACT CHECK: Critics Say Ohio Legislation Designed To Stifle Free Speech

CLAIM: Environmental critics of Ohio legislation designed to prevent protesters from damaging critical infrastructure projects claim the bill is actually aimed at ending protests and curbing free speech.

Randy Cunningham with the Cleveland Environmental Action Network says it is similar to legislation in other states backed by the oil and gas industry after the 2016 Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

“They have applied it to virtually everything you can think of: railroads, refineries, pipelines, injection wells,” says Cunningham. “The goal of it is to chill the conversation, to chill dissent.”

RATING

False

 

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The language in Senate Bill 33

HYPOCRISY WATCH: Environmental groups get what they want – and cry foul

Environmental groups in Pennsylvania and New Jersey say the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is “reckless” for allowing the transport of liquified natural gas by train.

Empower NJ, a coalition of environmental groups, used the phrase “bomb trains” to describe the plan. Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, the chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, called the approval “deeply disturbing” and “irresponsible.”

Complaints about the use of trains to transport energy products may carry more weight if these very same groups had not opposed the construction of safe, modern pipelines like …

Rev. Jesse Jackson Supports Natural Gas Pipeline to Benefit Illinois Community

It is heartening to see that some former vocal pipeline opponents have come around to see the benefits that natural gas provides communities across the country. That includes the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who once protested the Dakota Access Pipeline but is now pushing for a pipeline to serve an Illinois community that is one of the poorest in the country.

Reverend Jesse Jackson and a group of local leaders are working to bring a natural gas line to Pembroke Township to help one of the poorest communities in America have a warmer and happier winter. 

The township, located in southeastern

Major Investment in Liquified Natural Gas in Texas Will Bring Significant Dividends

Big investments are taking place in liquified natural gas in Texas – and that means big news for the economy, national security and providing reliable, affordable energy in a way that lowers carbon emissions.

The Houston Chronicle reports that four major projects received regulatory approval:

Federal officials have approved permits for three new liquefied natural gas export terminals in the Rio Grande Valley and the expansion of another in Corpus Christi.

During a Thursday morning meeting, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Ron Chatterjee announced that the agency approved permits for Rio Grande LNG, Annova LNG and Texas LNG at

HYPOCRISY WATCH: A Look at Spending By Environmental Activists

Environmental activists often claim that they are significantly outspent by energy companies in legislative battles, alleging it has “never been a fair fight.”

But new research from TPH Energy looks to compare advocacy spending from environmental activists and the oil and gas industry side by side – and the results might surprise you:

  • We found the 37 largest non-profits financing these efforts raised more than $2 billion in gifts, grants, and contributions in the fiscal year ending 2017 (latest data). More than $1.8 billion of these revenues were spent on programming. Of that amount, at least $1 billion

Environmental Banning Movement Claims Another Victim: Good Food

Straws. “Single-use” bags. Fracking. Kids’ fast food meal toys. Water bottles. Environmentalists’ rush to ban things that improve people’s lives is about to claim a new victim – good-tasting food.

Bloomberg reports that Berkeley, California’s ban on using natural gas in new homes or businesses has chefs and restauranteurs raising the alarm that food is about to taste a lot worse:

The California Restaurant Association is warning that the flame-seared meat and charred vegetables that foodies have grown so accustomed to ordering will become a thing of the past in Berkeley, California, which in July became the first city in