clean air act

Republican Senators Push 3 Bills to Weaken Clean Air Health Protections

June 4, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

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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]

Does Europe Really Need an EPS to Keep from Falling Behind America?

December 9, 2014 by Sieren Ernst

Last month at the European Parliament, the WWF held an event that was titled: “Fighting Coal CO2 Pollution: Is the EU Falling behind the US?” It was held to discuss the US use of an Emission Performance Standard (EPS) as a part of the climate change regulations that it will be effecting under the Clean Air Act.[read more]

Everyone Likes to Breathe

December 3, 2014 by Steven Cohen

This past week, at President Obama's direction, the Environmental Protection Agency continued to use its extensive powers granted under the Clean Air Act (thank you, 1970 United States Congress) and announced a new, tighter regulation on ozone pollution.[read more]

History 101: Pollution Rules Good for Economy and Pocketbooks

November 15, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Pollution and Regulatory Benefits

The benefits of the Clean Air Act and its amendments, which have been around since 1970 and 1990, have outweighed costs 30 to 1. In fact, EPA estimates that in 2020, the Clean Air Act amendments will prevent 230,000 early deaths. The monetized benefits are expected to approach $2 trillion by 2020.[read more]

U.S. Can Still Implement Strong International Climate Actions

November 11, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

A lot of policymakers and commentators are speculating about what the recent elections will mean for U.S. efforts to address climate change at home and abroad. The shift in control of the U.S. Senate means that GOP leaders will likely try block President Obama’s actions under the Clean Air Act.[read more]

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 25, 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

clean air?

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

EPA emissions cuts

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]