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How Big of a Deal is the Clean Power Plan? Comparisons to Other U.S. Climate Policies

August 7, 2015 by Michael Craig

Clean Power Plan Policy Comparisons

As any regular reader of the Energy Collective knows, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final Clean Power Plan (CPP) on Monday. There’s been a debate over just how important the final CPP actually is and how it stacks up against prior actions taken by the U.S. to reduce CO2 emissions.[read more]

Clearing the Air

August 6, 2015 by Alex Trembath

Analyzing the Clean Power Plan

The final rule of the Clean Power Plan projects to reduce US power sector carbon emissions by 32% by 2030. That's awesome. But by allowing existing nuclear capacity to close and be replaced by fossil fuels, the CPP jeopardizes almost one-half of EPA's emissions reduction goals from 2013 to 2030.[read more]

Clean Power Plan on Solid Legal Ground

June 5, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

EPA Carbon Plan and Legal Challenges

The Clean Power Plan will engender a fierce, protracted legal battle. Industry groups, together with states that are opposed to greenhouse gas regulation, have promised to use every legal device at their disposal to "gum up the works" for EPA.[read more]

Republican Senators Push 3 Bills to Weaken Clean Air Health Protections

June 4, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Clean Air Act and Congress/Shutterstock

Like earlier congressional attacks, this provision would force EPA to define acceptable air quality based in part on the "feasibility and cost" to polluting industries rather than what is healthy according to medical science.[read more]

Oh, happy day! Clean Water Rule adopted!

May 29, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

EPA and Clean Water

One in three Americans - a total of 117 million of us -- relies on public drinking water systems that draw supply from headwater, seasonal, or rain-dependent streams.[read more]

"Greens" fighting Pebble mine are helping Rio Tinto, Anglo-American and BHP Billiton

May 22, 2015 by Rod Adams

EPA and Mining Projects

On February 28, 2014 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a preemptive veto of the Pebble project, citing its authority under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act. That action was initiated even though the developers had not yet filed a permit request[read more]


The Energy Collective Analyzes EPA's Power Plant Carbon Regulations [VIDEO]

June 6, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

EPA Rule Analysis

On Monday, the EPA unveiled an historic proposal to cut carbon emissions from the nation's power plants to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. The ambitious and flexible proposed regulations would see each state develop it's own plan to cut power sector carbon emissions using a variety of options.[read more]


Is the EPA’s Tier 3 Standard Sulfur Reduction Development Process Misguided?

May 29, 2013 by John Miller

The EPA’s new Tier 3 standards will significantly reduce gasoline sulfur content and associated vehicle tailpipe emissions. But has the EPA developed their Tier 3 standards in the most efficient and cost-effective manner?[read more]

Taking on the EPA and E15 Testing

May 21, 2013 by Mark Green

EPA approved E15 for the marketplace knowing that automotive and fuels experts were still studying its impacts. Rather than acknowledge approval was premature, EPA and DOE instead attack the research and the researchers.[read more]

Gina McCarthy On Path To EPA Confirmation: Can Senate GOP Get On Board?

May 18, 2013 by Joseph Romm

EPA nominee Gina McCarthy

As one of the most highly-qualified nominees to lead the Environmental Protection Agency in its history, McCarthy has won plaudits from Republicans like Senator James Inhofe and energy titans like American Electric Power.[read more]

The Ethanol-Gasoline Cost Gap

May 15, 2013 by Mark Green

Gas vs. Ethanol

While it’s true that on a gallon-to-gallon basis ethanol historically has been cheaper than gasoline, ethanol contains far less energy than gasoline and therefore has cost consumers more to travel the same distance.[read more]

Benefits of Clean Air and Water Dwarf Costs 10 to 1

May 9, 2013 by Gernot Wagner

OMB’s annual report to Congress on the benefits and costs of all major rules adopted by most federal agencies over the past 10 years shows the Environmental Protection Agency comes out on top.[read more]

The Tier 3 Game: EPA Regulations

May 5, 2013 by Mark Green

Is the EPA listening?

It’s one thing to have genuine differences over energy regulatory policy – as the oil and natural gas industry has with EPA’s proposed Tier 3 rule. It’s quite another to see that the rule-making process is being gamed.[read more]

Citizens Urge EPA to Finalize Cleaner Fuel Standards

April 28, 2013 by Luke Tonachel

auto pollution standards

A broad group of citizens and other stakeholders are calling on the U.S. EPA to act now to reduce smog pollution caused by cars and light trucks. The strong support for the so-called “Tier 3” standards is nearly unanimous.[read more]

New EPA Guidelines for Response to Radioactivity Releases

April 24, 2013 by Joseph Koblich

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency just released a draft Protective Action Guideline that sets standards and makes recommendations for the response to a large release of radioactive material into the environment.[read more]