The Trump administration has finalized plans to release a new rule allowing one class of dishwashers to clean a load in less than an hour. Dishwashers on average take about two and a half hours to wash a load of dishes because of government regulations, more than twice as long as it took the appliances to clean plates, glasses, utensils and other items a generation ago, according to data from Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free-market think tank.
EPA October 2020: From 2005 to 2018, total U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions fell by 12 percent. And while the U.S. became the number one energy producer in the world. In contrast, global energy-related CO2 emissions increased over 23.8 percent. And since 1990, U.S. natural gas production has increased by 71 percent. Over that period, methane emissions across the natural gas industry have fallen by 24 percent. The United States saw the largest decline in energy-related CO2 emissions in 2019 on a country basis. In fact, U.S. emissions are now down almost 1 gigaton from our peak in 2000, marking the largest decline in energy-related CO2 emissions by any other country over that period (International Energy Agency). Overall, U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions declined by 2.8% in 2019 (EIA).
Critics say the rollbacks on environmental regulations are part of an agenda to remove any reference to climate change across the federal government. "The Trump administration has done everything they can to deny the science and denigrate scientists," says Gina McCarthy, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and now the president of the National Resources Defence Council.
McCarthy: "They have really done everything humanly possible to try to convince people that what they see and feel and taste just isn't happening in front of them."
Climate Depot Response: "See and feel and taste" CO2 or "climate change"?! It should be clear to everyone by now that it is the Trump administration that is "pro-science."
“The crazy thing that still baffles me is how far above and beyond the minimum requirement this administration has gone,” says Ed Smith, who lobbied for the cleanup of the West Lake site during his time with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, of the aggressive settlements. “You’d think this was a business-friendly administration,” he said, but the EPA under Trump struck a far more aggressive cleanup agreement with the polluting parties at the West Lake Landfill than Obama’s had—to the tune of an extra $150 million in remediation costs for the polluter, Smith figured. “I honestly wake up every day pinching myself. Is this real?”
WAPO: We have to "manage our expectations," researchers warn.
"The young climate activists clamoring today for rapid cuts to the world’s fossil fuel emissions could be well into their 30s or 40s before the impact of those changes becomes apparent, scientists said in a study published Tuesday. As if curbing climate change wasn’t tough enough already, the new research finds that even if humans sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions now — cutting carbon dioxide, methane and other pollutants by at least 5 percent or more a year — it could still take decades before it’s clear those actions are beginning to slow the rate of the Earth’s warming. ...
Even with an immediate halt to all carbon dioxide emissions, the study found that proof of a change would probably not emerge until 2033...
Countries around the world have agreed in principle to slash their emissions over time as part of the Paris climate accord, but it remains uncertain whether there will be political pressure to pull back if the impacts aren’t immediately visible."
Dinesh D'Souza responds: "What an incredible racket the climate brigade has created. Not only have their models been wildly wrong for DECADES, but now they say they won't even be able to prove their ideas work for 3 more decades! No accountability and no dissent allowed."