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Cleaner Air Gave Americans a $4,300 Pay Raise

July 2, 2014 by Gernot Wagner

The Clean Air Act of 1970 brings benefits that consistently trump costs to the tune of thirty to one: $30 in benefits for every dollar spent on protecting the air we breathe. This past decade alone, benefits for the average major clean air rule trumped costs to the tune of 10 to one.[read more]

EPA’s Clever Legal Trick Could Save Its Clean Power Plan

June 24, 2014 by Brian H. Potts

The EPA did something very unusual when it released its Clean Power Plan earlier this month. The agency also released a 104 page legal memorandum arguing that its plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants is legal under the Clean Air Act.[read more]

Clean Air Act Working, But 42 Percent of Americans Still Breathe Dangerous Air

April 26, 2013 by Joseph Romm

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The American Lung Association today released their annual State of the Air report. In general, it says that the air is cleaner than it was a decade ago, thanks to the Clean Air Act.[read more]

How EPA Could Help Cut Carbon Emissions 17 Percent By 2020

March 24, 2013 by Joseph Romm

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A target of a 17 percent reduction in total carbon dioxide emissions from the 2005 baseline by 2020 was originally laid out in H.R. 2454, the 2009 cap-and-trade bill, and then re-articulated by President Obama.[read more]

Can Illinois Legislation Establish Fracking Regulations?

February 24, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Illinois is on track to go where no push for hydraulic fracturing has gone before in the U.S.: a consensus on how to regulate the controversial practice of fracking.[read more]

Achieving Emissions Targets Without Cap-and-Trade

November 1, 2012 by Bill Squadron

A new report from RFF points out that despite the absence of cap-and-trade legislation, the United States is on course to reach the same emissions reduction goal – 17 percent fewer emissions from 2005 levels by 2020 – that would have been mandated under the Waxman–Markey cap-and-trade proposal [H.R. 2454], if it had become...[read more]

Finger-Pointing Continues on Gas Prices

April 18, 2012 by Peter Lehner

Big Oil's supporters in Congress have yet to come up with a credible plan to help get America out of the gas price crunch. Their latest effort, the Gasoline Regulations Act, is no exception. The bill merely uses gas prices as a cover to sneak through fundamental changes in longstanding clean air protections.  The bill seeks to...[read more]

Is the first emissions reductions mechanism usually the strongest?

April 13, 2012 by David Hone

Energy policy development over the last decade has shown one thing for certain, governments the world over are persistent in their desire to alter the energy mix and/or at least begin to manage emissions. How can businesses best respond to this trend and what role should they play?[read more]

What Would It Be Like if the GOP Abolished the EPA?

January 10, 2012 by Peter Lehner

The Republican Party has turned the Environmental Protection Agency into a political punching bag in the past year. GOP lawmakers routinely call for abolishing the agency and scraping the government standards that protect us from pollution. These attacks are part of the GOP’s larger ideological war against government regulation. But what...[read more]

“We can’t wait” … The President Stands Up to Fossil Interests

December 14, 2011 by A Siegel

President Barack Obama might finally have crystalized to a core message that, honestly, should have been core from the election through today.We cannot wait …- To address the health care inequities, costs, and shortfalls- To foster a more honest engagement between the financial community (Wall Street) and the citizenry (Main Street)- To...[read more]

If You’re Male and <40, Thank The Clean Air Act …

November 3, 2011 by A Siegel

We know that the regulation leads to a safer society and that regulatory paths toward reducing pollution loads leads to a healthier society. These are simply facts. Those facts, however, can be difficult to translate from larger statistics to our personal lives. A new research paper from Nicholas J. Sanders and Charles F. Stoecker provides something that any American young man might wish to consider.[read more]

Right In Your Backyard: Climate Change Threatens Health

August 5, 2011 by Kim Knowlton

Now consumers have access to a new tool called “Climate Change Threatens Health.” These pages ( ) bring the effects of climate change down to the local level. Users can zoom in on 5 US maps, see how their health is vulnerable to climate change, and learn about what’s needed to protect their families and reduce climate change.[read more]

Important Lessons To Learn From The CAFE Standard Compromise

July 29, 2011 by David Doniger

Today President Obama will announce a third historic agreement to bring us cleaner cars and trucks, dramatically cutting carbon pollution and raising fuel economy for new cars, SUVs, minivans, and pick-ups built between 2017 and 2025.  The latest Clean Car Peace Treaty builds on a 2009 agreement for 2012-16 vehicles, and a 2010 pact...[read more]

What We Need: Moderation, Innovation, and Entrepreneurial Solutions

June 28, 2011 by Scott Edward Anderson

On a late September morning I walked into the FOX Business studio in New York to sit down with host Stuart Varney and former EPA head Christine Todd Whitman. We were talking about why environmentalists seemed to be increasingly disgruntled as 2010 was coming to a close. "The environmentalists were disappointed they didn't get all they...[read more]

Supreme Court Doubles Down on EPA and Clean Air Act

June 23, 2011 by Steve Seidel

In a unanimous (8-0) decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in AEP v Conn that the state and land trust plaintiffs could not invoke a federal common law public nuisance claim against the five largest electric power companies.  The plaintiffs in the case were seeking controls on the carbon dioxide emissions from the utilities’ power...[read more]