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US Greenhouse Gas Emissions Spiked in 2013: An Isolated Event or New Trend?

April 29, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Greenhouse Gas Spike and Trends

The EPA has just released its US Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report for the time period of 1990-2013. The results from 2013 are one of the key findings from the inventory that will likely make climate change activists take special notice ahead of COP 21 in Paris at the end of the year.[read more]

States Can Learn from Each Other On Carbon Pricing

April 28, 2015 by Kyle Aarons

Both power companies and states are starting to see real advantages to using carbon pricing. Such useful tools, like a cap-and-trade program for example, can greatly help to reduce carbon emissions under the auspices of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.[read more]

We Can Preserve Electric Reliability While Protecting Public Health Under the Clean Power Plan

April 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Public Health and the Clean Power Plan

Last June, the EPA proposed carbon standards for existing power plants. Fossil fuel-fired power plants account for almost 40% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, making them the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the nation and one of the single largest categories of greenhouse gas sources in the world.[read more]

Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas are on the Rise, Confirm Latest EPA Data

April 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Methae Emissions Rise

Methane emissions from the US oil and gas sector increased, according to new data finalized today by the Environmental Protection Agency. Sadly, the figures come as no surprise, based on preliminary numbers and plenty of other observations, both scientific and anecdotal.[read more]

Earth Day's Importance and Evolution Since 1970

April 23, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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This Wednesday was Earth Day, an event that began in 1970 with the goals of educating the public about environmental pollution and generating political support for environmental protection. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was established that same year.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "I Don't Think Any One Issue is a Disaster for the Climate"

April 8, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Keystone and Climate Impacts

 

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy commented Monday that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline would not spell inherent doom for the planet. McCarthy was asked about the climate impact of Keystone XL at an event hosted by Politico’s Mike Allen.[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]

Legal Debate on EPA's Power Plan Takes Center Stage

April 1, 2015 by James Coleman
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EPA Regulation and Legal Debate

For the past two weeks, the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan” for power sector carbon emissions has been the center of an ongoing debate between some of the nation’s foremost constitutional and environmental law scholars.[read more]

State Bills to Thwart the Clean Power Plan Run into Opposition - from Utilities

April 1, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

State Regulation and Utility Pressure

After the final rule of the Clean Climate Plan is released, states will craft implementation plans tailored to their circumstances. In some states, legislators have introduced bills aiming to slow or block their compliance. This legislation is meeting with resistance from stakeholders—most importantly, utilities.[read more]

Power Plant Owners can Reduce Emissions with Energy Efficiency: Here's How

March 29, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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When the Environmental Protection Agency proposed carbon pollution targets for fossil fuel-fired power plants under the Clean Power Plan last summer, the agency recognized that energy efficiency is a powerful tool for reducing emissions in the electricity sector.[read more]

Carbon Pollution Standards that Begin by 2020: Vital for Climate Security, Human Health

March 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Carbon Pollution Standards

The EPA is working on the Clean Power Plan – the first national carbon pollution standards for power plants. It is critical that EPA finalize carbon pollution standards for the power sector that include protective, well-designed standards beginning in 2020.[read more]

All Cost, No Benefit: EPA Proposes 33 Year Monitoring Requirement for ISR Mining

March 18, 2015 by Rod Adams
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EPA Regulation and Nuclear Energy

On January 26, 2015, the EPA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that will have the effect — intended or unintended — of eliminating in-situ leach (ISL) uranium mining in the U.S. The technology, which the EPA choses to call in-situ recovery (ISR), is the dominant technology used by operating mines.[read more]

A Little-Known Federal Rule Brings Invisible Pollution Into Focus

March 11, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Federal Rules and Pollution

Unlike an oil spill, most greenhouse gas emissions are invisible to the naked eye. Though we can’t see them, this pollution represents a daily threat to our environment and communities, and it is important to understand the extent of this pollution and where it comes from.[read more]

Clean Power Plan vs. Reliability: A False Dilemma for States

March 4, 2015 by Caitlin Marquis
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States and the Clean Power Plan

Ever since the EPA released its proposed Clean Power Plan last June, critics have raised concerns that the proposed regulation might jeopardize the reliability of our electricity system. Reliability has become a key policy talking-point, and for good reason: Nobody wants to see the lights go off.[read more]

EPA: Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Production Fell 35% Since 2007

March 2, 2015 by Steve Everley
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Natural Gas and Methane Emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest draft Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows methane emissions from natural gas production have fallen substantially, a decline that supports recent research finding low leakage rates in major shale basins.[read more]