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Goodbye Mercury Rule, Hello Clean Power Plan?

July 7, 2015 by Brian H. Potts

The EPA and the Supreme Court

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suffered a major setback on Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court doled out its ruling in Michigan v. EPA. The Court found that the EPA’s decision to ignore the $10 billion dollar annual price tag of its Mercury and Air Toxics Standard for power plants was unreasonable.[read more]

Supreme Court Backs Carbon Pollution Controls, Again

June 25, 2014 by David Doniger

Building on two prior decisions affirming the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to set carbon pollution standards, the Supreme Court recently held that the core provision of the Clean Air Act’s permitting requirements also applies to carbon pollution.[read more]

Why Coal-Dependent Utilities Shouldn't Be So Scared of Carbon Regulations

May 17, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Coal Utilities and Carbon Regulation

The Supreme Court recently upheld the legality of regulating pollution from coal plants across state lines. The ruling thrilled environmental advocates looking to shut down more coal plants. And it likely sent another wave of panic and anger through the corner offices of coal-dependent utilities.[read more]

Carbon Copy II: Six Quick Impressions from Climate Change's Latest Day in the Supreme Court

February 27, 2014 by David Doniger

We’ll have to wait and see for the final outcome on the scope of the Clean Air Act’s permitting provisions in the Supreme Court. But it’s clear that the EPA’s authority to set standards for carbon pollution – the basis of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan – is firmly settled on solid ground.[read more]

Clean Air Has Its Day In Court

December 16, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Clean Air and the Courts

Two of the most important health standards ever adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce harmful air pollution from power plants had their day in court this week. Actually two courts: the Supreme Court, and down the street, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.[read more]

All I Want For Christmas Is …For Obama To Enact A Federal Climate Policy

December 23, 2011 by David Doniger

Smithsonian Magazine has posted some unusual portraits of jolly Saint Nick and asked readers to vote for the Scariest Santa.  Here’s my choice:                               ...[read more]

Supreme Court Case on Carbon Emissions: Polluters' Game of 3 Card Monte Continues

April 21, 2011 by Peter Lehner

Peter Lehner, Executive Director, New York City Tuesday the Supreme Court heard oral argument in American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut. In the case, six states and several other plaintiffs claimed that the nation’s five largest greenhouse gas polluters were contributing to a nuisance and that the court should order them to reduce...[read more]

Supreme Court Will Dismiss 6-state Global Warming Lawsuit

April 20, 2011 by Joseph Romm

In a setback for environmentalists, the Supreme Court signaled Tuesday that it would throw out a huge global warming lawsuit brought by California and five other states that seeks limits on carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants in the South and Midwest. Sad.  Doubly sad that he Obama administration’s support for the...[read more]


Business to Congress: Let The EPA Do Its Job

March 30, 2011 by Nicole Lederer

A vocal group in Congress is attacking the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to reduce carbon dioxide emissions through the Clean Air Act. These lawmakers say leaving the EPA in charge of large polluters is bad for business.If they were truly interested in helping to turn our economy and getting Americans back to work, they...[read more]

Clean Air Standards Coming for America's Biggest Carbon Polluters

December 23, 2010 by NRDC Switchboard

In a big step forward to protect Americans’ health and well-being, EPA is announcing today a two-year plan to set clean air standards for power plants and oil refineries, the two largest industrial sources of the dangerous pollution that drives global warming.    Following on the heels of the Obama administration’s breakthrough...[read more]

David Doniger - Supreme Court to Hear Case Against Nation's Biggest Carbon Polluters

December 6, 2010 by NRDC Switchboard

The Supreme Court will hear challenges by America's biggest power companies to a landmark appeals court ruling in Connecticut v. American Electric Power that they can be sued to curb their emissions of carbon dioxide, the main cause of global warming.  Four coal-burning power companies – American Electric Power, Southern Company,...[read more]

Transmitting the Clean Energy Future - Supreme Court dashes hopes for federal transmission siting

January 27, 2010 by Joseph Romm

An older transmission power track and power line stands tall against a Kansas sunset north of Topeka, Kansas. Utilities are vying to build a new power system to stretch across the state that would give six times more capacity than the present systems. The upgraded systems will be needed to help fully harness wind power generation....[read more]

Time to Take a Look in the Mirror

January 25, 2010 by WattHead Guest Contributor

This post does not necessarily represent the opinions or priorities of Focus the Nation, and instead represents Mark Kimbrell’s sentiments alone. Jesse Jenkins contributed to this post through many informative discussions and a comprehensive suggested reading list. Last week represented defeat after defeat for the climate movement...[read more]

Citizens United, competing free speech, and “associations of citizens”

January 24, 2010 by Lynne Kiesling

I’ve spent the past several hours reading the Supreme Court’s opinion in Citizens United vs. the FEC; the document is available at the Supreme Court web site, and I encourage anyone who has an opinion about or interest in political expression and freedom of speech to read it. In other words, every American citizen, and our republic,...[read more]

Supreme Court Ruling is a Huge Blow to Climate Change Legislation

January 22, 2010 by Chris Schultz

Big business just got a huge shot in the arm yesterday thanks to a Supreme Court of the United States ruling that removes restrictions for federal campaign financing by corporations, unions, and other special interest groups (See "A Shocking Win for the Fat Cats"). The argument made by the majority boils down to the need to give...[read more]