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Sizing Up EPA's New Voluntary Methane Reduction Program

July 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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EPA and Methane

The U.S. oil and gas industry released more than 7.3 million metric tons of methane into the atmosphere in 2013, a three percent increase over 2012 – that’s an amount of gas worth nearly $2 billion, and enough to supply about 6 million American homes. So what are we going to do about it?[read more]

New York's High Court to Rule on Cleanup Requirements for Hundreds of Rivers, Bays, and Lakes

April 11, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

New York, Water Health, and Court Rulings

Long Island Sound, the Bronx River, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and South Oyster Bay all share something in common - and this is not a club you'd want to join. They are so fouled with polluted runoff from cities and urban runoff that you may get sick if you swim there or touch the water.[read more]

The EPA's Mercury Rule Will Cost The Economy At Least $16 Billion Per Year

April 6, 2015 by Brian H. Potts
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The Environmental Protection Agency says its new Mercury and Air Toxics Standard—the legality of which is before the U.S. Supreme Court this term—will produce $24 to $80 billion in net economic benefits to U.S. citizens by improving their health. But has the EPA doctored its benefit figures?[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Technology is a Competitive Advantage'

March 19, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Technology and Energy

German oil and gas producers are urging the government to overturn a de facto four year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. A law that has been proposed would allow for commercial scale fracking at depths below 3000 meters.[read more]

Coal Ash and Fracking Fluid: Two More Victories for Environmental Protection

December 24, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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While America recently elected a new and possibly anti-environmental Congress, we are still ending 2014 on a high note with two environmental victories. Both originated in the executive branch of government--one in our national government and the other in the New York state government.[read more]

Five Ideas for the EPA's Clean Power Plan

December 4, 2014 by Bob Perciasepe
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The proposed Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants is a long overdue turning point in America’s response to climate change. The EPA’s approach gives the states tremendous flexibility to design strategies that work best for them.[read more]

Environmental Standards Will Help Reduce Consumer Electricity Bills

November 6, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Regulations and Energy Bills

The electric power industry is changing, driven by many factors, like fuel price changes and the emergence of new technologies, or the implementation of long-overdue pollution standards that are essential to protect public health and prevent dangerous climate change.[read more]

Types of Carbon Pricing, Part 3 of 3

May 15, 2014 by Adam Whitmore
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The benefits of hybrid schemes include elements of both quantity and price management, with implications for the design of carbon pricing schemes around the world. In practice most carbon pricing schemes are to some extent already hybrids, but here a preferred form of hybrid is suggested.[read more]

New Weapons in the War on Pollution: China's Environmental Protection Law Amendments

April 29, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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China's War on Pollution

On Thursday, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, approved major amendments to the country’s Environmental Protection Law (EPL), the first since the law was enacted 25 years ago. These amendments are a game changer.[read more]