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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

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

Airline Emissions Move into EPA’s Crosshairs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to issue on Wednesday a scientific finding concluding that carbon emissions from airlines contribute to climate change, according to a person familiar with the news, a move that will set off a yearslong effort to clamp down on airline emissions.

QUICK NEWS, June 10: EPA CLIMATE PLAN CREATES JOBS; HAWAII SOLAR SLOWS; GE RE-DESIGNS THE WIND TURBINE

EPA CLIMATE PLAN CREATES JOBS Study: EPA climate rule would create jobs Devin Henry, June 9, 2015 (The Hill) “The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions at power plants will end up creating moreShow More Summary

EPA to Pay $313K in Legal Fees to Settle Public Records Suit

The Environmental Protection Agency will pay $313,000 in legal fees to settle a lawsuit over access to records about the agency's decisionmaking leading up to the 2012 presidential election.       

TODAY’S STUDY: THE STRANGE POLITICS OF THE CLEAN POWER PLAN

State environmental agencies’ comments on the Clean Power Plan Philip Wallach and Curtlyn Kramer, May 2015 (Broookings Institution) Introduction The politics of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ambitious Clean Power Plan may...Show More Summary

What Trucks Can Learn From Bicycles

If the Obama administration gets its way, trucks are about to work a lot harder to fight global warming. As the New York Times reported just over a week ago, the Environmental Protection Agency may push trucks, which account for about...Show More Summary

Clean Air and Health to Co-Benefit from More Stringent US Power Plant Carbon Standards, Study Suggests

A new study sheds light on looming key policy choices to be made by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in finalizing the Clean Power Plan this summer. The peer-reviewed study has recently been published in the online edition of “Nature Climate Change.” read more

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