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Will the U.S. Comply with President Obama's Paris COP21 INDC Pledge?

November 19, 2015 by John Miller

The Paris Agreement and Political Reality

The Administration submitted an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) for the COP 21 that would commit the U.S. to cut its total greenhouse gas emissions 2005-2025 by 26-28%. Will the U.S. reasonably comply with this commitment based on existing Federal energy related regulations?[read more]

Symbolic Politics, the Keystone Pipeline, and Climate Policy in the Real World

November 18, 2015 by Steven Cohen

From burying a car at the first Earth Day to the campaign to ban the Keystone Pipeline, United States environmentalists have long demonstrated an affinity for symbolic politics. Symbols have meaning and can influence perceptions and values.[read more]

Climate Change Deniers vs. The Clean Power Plan

November 4, 2015 by Emma White

As President Obama asserted during a climate change at Georgetown University on June 25, 2014, ”No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change”. The Clean Power Plan demonstrates that we are running out of time but not out of solutions.[read more]

The White House Pushes Clean Energy While Coal States Push the Past

October 30, 2015 by Steven Cohen

A new lawsuit from the coal industry over EPA regulations is almost certainly yet another death rattle of the fossil fuel industry. It's too bad they refuse to change with the times and recognize that there is a lot of money to be made with renewable energy.[read more]

Shell, Arctic Drilling, and the Obama Administration: Keep On Keepin' On

October 29, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Arctic Drilling and Environmental Risk

It just keeps getting better and better for the Arctic and the environment. First, Shell Oil pulled the plug on its horrific current drilling effort there two weeks ago. Now the Obama administration has taken its first concrete steps to reduce future threats.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Are Obama’s Climate Goals Doomed Without Nuclear? [PODCAST]

October 16, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

When Obama released his carbon rule this summer, it was hailed as a "historic step" to cutting carbon pollution. But is it really? Lots of supporters and analysts think the targets are too weak. Many now worry that the government created a rule so fragile that it could break with any change in the energy mix.[read more]

Arctic Oil Drilling: Deluding Communities About the Benefits of Resource Extraction

September 15, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Alaska's oil bounty has long kept state taxes low and has created employment for people working in and around the local energy industry. The problem with an overreliance on resource extraction for wealth is that it leads to a boom and bust cycle caused by fluctuating prices.[read more]

EPA Methane Rule: A Good Start Toward Meeting Administration's Landmark Goal

August 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA Methane Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took a big step recently, announcing the nation’s first methane pollution standards for the oil and gas industry. But to understand the impact of these new draft rules, it’s important to look at what they do – and what they don’t.[read more]

Obama Administration Taking Bold Action Before Paris Climate Summit by Finalizing Clean Power Plan

August 14, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

This week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency released the finalized Clean Power Plan. This is the first ever regulation on carbon pollution from America's power plants. Under the Plan, the U.S. will reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.[read more]

Understanding the EPA's Clean Power Plan

August 12, 2015 by David Doniger

What's in the CPP?

The Clean Power Plan announced by President Obama on August 3rd sets the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's largest source of the pollution driving dangerous climate change. Limiting carbon pollution from the nation's power plants is the biggest step we can take to fight climate chaos.[read more]

Clean Power Plan is the Story of the Week, with Reactions Mixed

August 10, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Clean Power Plan and Public Opinion

The big news came early last week. Last Monday, President Obama announced the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.[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]

The Energy Gang: Is Obama's Signature Climate Plan Really That Ambitious? [PODCAST]

August 6, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

This week, the Obama administration finally completed its landmark climate rule that will require states to cut power plant carbon emissions. It's been hailed by supporters as historic, and demonized by opponents as an economic threat. But is it really all that big of a deal? That depends on how you look at it.[read more]

President Obama's Clean Power Plan to Reduce Emissions

August 5, 2015 by Henry Auer

Examining the Clean Power Plan

Global warming affects all humankind. Changing weather patterns, consisting of greater and more frequent weather extremes have become more and more common in recent years and decades. Around the world, extreme rains and floods, droughts and unprecedented sea level rise have occurred.[read more]

Clean Power Plan: Reasonable, Achievable State Targets for Cutting Power Plant Pollution

August 5, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Clean Power Plan

The historic Clean Power Plan finalized this week to limit carbon pollution from power plants allows each state to design its own cost-effective pathway toward a cleaner electricity system that will protect our health and help safeguard future generations from the worst impacts of climate change.[read more]