We live in strange and contradictory times. President Biden is trying mightily to deter a Russian invasion of Ukraine as his regulators scramble to give Vladimir Putin more leverage over the world’s energy supply. Obsessive climate politics is becoming more self-defeating every week.
In an act of bizarre timing, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday revised its policy for approving natural gas pipelines and export terminals. By law, FERC must ensure that projects are in the public interest and will not have a significant impact on the environment. But now the agency plans to include greenhouse gas emissions in that analysis. The vote was 3-2, with two Republican commissioners dissenting.