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5 Questions to Ask About EPA’s Forthcoming Clean Power Plan

This article was co-authored by Kristin Meek. Last June, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever standards to limit carbon dioxide pollution from existing power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan. After an extended comment period during which the agency received more than 4 million comments, EPA is expected to finalize the plan this […]

New Study Emphasizes Need to Find and Fix Methane Leaks, Reveals Limits of Voluntary Action

A study published recently in Environmental Science & Technology confirms official figures from the Environmental Protection Agency showing that an enormous amount of methane, about 80 billion cubic feet per year, is escaping from key nodes along the nation’s natural gas interstate pipeline system. read more

Coal Is Losing the War on Coal

There is, indeed, a war on coal going on. But while politicians and industry lobbyists tend to identify the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama administration as coal’s chief antagonists, the array of forces facing the powerful black fuel is far greater. Show More Summary

EPA Chief Talks WOTUS with Corn Growers

Speaking to members of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) meeting in Washington DC this week, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy defended her agency’s Clean Water Rule, better known as WOTUS or Waters of the US. Show More Summary

EPA chief calls for conservation partnerships. Ag Minute for July 16, 2015

The regional head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he is willing to allow states or other agencies to take the lead when they have programs that are working. Click here for full story.

SCOTUS Rejects EPA Refusal To Consider Costs In Power Plant Rules — Remand For Further Analysis

A deeply divided United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS), in Michigan v. EPA, held that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “strayed well beyond the bounds of reasonable interpretation in concluding that cost is not a factor relevant to the appropriateness of regulating power plants.”

Goodbye Mercury Rule, Hello Clean Power Plan?

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

EPA used Liberal Think Tank’s Talking Points to Talk to Skeptical Reporters

The Obama administration officials in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used talking points from the liberal think tank Center for American Progress (CAP) to talk to reporters about their climate change regulations.

Supreme Court: EPA Should Have Considered Cost When Deciding Whether Mercury Limits For Power Plants Were Appropriate

The United States Supreme Court held that the Environmental Protection Agency improperly refused to consider costs when determining whether it was “appropriate and necessary” to regulate mercury emissions from power plants under the Clean Air Act. read more

Should Gas & Oil Methane Emissions Be the Next Obama Climate Policy Priority?

Is the Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposed as and oil production greenhouse gas regulation actually the most efficient and effective approach to reducing total methane emissions in the United States? Or are there better alternatives? read more

White House Wisely Rejects the 'Categorical Carbon Neutrality' of Biomass, But What Now?

The White House OMB released a Statement of Policy this week detailing the many reasons why the President would veto H.R. 2822, a 2016 appropriations bill for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior put together by the Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives. read more

Obama’s EPA Chief says Climate Change Deniers are Not Normal

This is a new low for the Obama administration, but name-calling isn’t new to them: “The head of the Environmental Protection Agency appeared to hurl barbs at Congress on Tuesday, referring to an unnamed group of climate change “deniers” who aren’t “normal” and who won’t “carry the day” in a democracy.” “EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy […]

TODAY’S STUDY: HOW GRID OPERATORS ARE HANDLING NEW ENERGY

Relevant Studies for NERC’s Analysis of EPA’s Clean Power Plan 111(d) Compliance M. Ahlstrom, C. Smith, et. al., June 2015, (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Executive Summary The proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean...Show More Summary

EPA’s Long-Awaited Study Finds That Fracking Can Be Conducted Safely, Responsibly, And Without Adversely Impacting Drinking Water

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

After five years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that its long-awaited assessment of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources identified no “widespread” or “systemic” impacts.

Efficiency Moderates Effects of Higher Electricity Prices Under Proposed Clean Power Plan

EIA's recently released analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan rule finds that electricity prices are expected to rise. However, efficiency and price-induced conservation moderate the projected increase in consumer electricity bills. read more

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Sen. John Boozman

Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features Sen. John Boozman. The Arkansas Republican sees strong opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed clean water rule and says Congress must quickly address the COOL rule. As co-chair of the hunger caucus, Boozman has strong interest in nutrition programs and expects policy reform this year. Show More Summary

OBAMA-EPA EMISSIONS RULE PASSES 1ST COURT TEST; MORE COMING

Court Gives Obama a Climate Change Win Coral Davenport, June 9, 2015 (NY Times) “…[A federal court dismissed Murray Energy v. E.P.A., which] challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to reduce planet-¬warming greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Show More Summary

EPA Releases Environmental Mapping Tool

The Environmental Protection Agency has release EJSCREEN, a web-based mapping tool that will give communities environmental and health information across the United States. The tool provides high-resolution maps showing nationally-based...Show More Summary

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