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On the Meaning of Existence (and Power Plant Emissions)

December 17, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie
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Emissions and Existence

We don’t shy away from addressing the deep questions in energy and environmental economics. With this post, we tackle the very meaning of existence (with respect to power plants regulated under proposed greenhouse gas emissions standards).[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]

Many Roads, One Destination: Action on Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas

November 1, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methane Emissions Action

We have enough data to act, and the solutions are clear and achievable today. The EPA has the authority to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas and considering the numerous benefits, we can’t wait to address this threat to our economy, our health, and our climate.[read more]

Call for Action Intensifies from Multiple Directions: EPA Needs to Regulate Methane Pollution from Oil and Gas

October 22, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA Action on Methane

Cutting methane from the oil and gas sector is particularly important for slowing the rate of climate change. About one-quarter of the warming we are experiencing today is a result of methane, and the oil and gas sector is the largest industrial source of methane emissions in the nation.[read more]

Transitioning Away from HFCs: An Energy and Climate Change Opportunity

October 17, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Blackouts and power outages, like the recent September blackouts in Mumbai, are an unfortunate part of daily life in India. A couple of years ago, grid outages roiled large swaths of India, leaving more than 600 million people without electricity and services.[read more]

Explaining Iowa's Credit for Early Action under the Clean Power Plan

September 8, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Iowa and the Clean Power Plan

Iowa’s target under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan would reduce carbon pollution by 16% by 2030. Iowa would reduce emissions from existing power plants from 1,552 to 1,301 lbs/MWh (the amount of carbon emitted per each unit of power produced).[read more]

Now It's Official: EPA Proposes Limits on Super-Pollutant HFCs

August 15, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has now formally proposed to limit certain super-potent greenhouse gases from use in air conditioners, refrigerators, aerosols and foams in favor of safer, more climate-friendly alternatives.[read more]

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Power Over Pollution: How Legal Enforceability Will Drive Implementation of EPA's Power Plant Rule

July 23, 2014 by Ari Peskoe

Under EPA's Clean Power Plan proposal, states will submit plans to the EPA describing how they will meet 2030 carbon intensity targets. A state can include any strategy that will produce a quantifiable and verifiable reduction in carbon intensity, so long as it has legal authority to enforce its implementation.[read more]

New EPA Rules to Come Out June 2, New Report on Technologies for Carbon Reduction

May 23, 2014 by Matt Stanberry

EPA and GHG Regulation

The Environmental Protection Agency continues to develop its first greenhouse gas performance standards for new and existing power plants. These standards could increase opportunities for both supply- and demand-side advanced energy technologies to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars.[read more]

FERC Approval Could Become 'Regulatory Black Hole' for Some Proposed US LNG Export Projects

April 29, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Black Hole of Regulation

In March 2014, the Obama Administration released its ‘Climate Action Plan’ laying out a comprehensive, interagency strategy to cut methane emissions. The purpose of this plan is to help meet the president’s goal of reducing total US greenhouse gas emissions 17% below 2005 levels by 2020.[read more]

Diesel Truck Pollution: The Truth is Lost in the Fumes

April 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Diesel Truck Emissions

A couple things about diesel truck pollution: there’s still a lot of it in California, truck drivers are suffering from it, and most truck owners oppose rolling back the statewide truck clean-up rule. These facts have been obscured by all the fumes emanating from a tiny but vocal minority of trucktivists.[read more]

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One Plausible Scenario that Could Produce a US Tax on Carbon Emissions, With One Caveat

April 28, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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US Carbon Tax Scenarios

For proponents of a carbon tax – as I am – this could enable the marketplace to determine the most cost-effective, lower carbon, energy source, help clean up our air and water and, importantly, lead by example for other countries yet to grapple pursue climate solutions.[read more]

Coal-Fired Power Plant Operators Consider Emissions Compliance Strategies

April 5, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Coal Plant Compliance

Operators of coal-fired power plants throughout the United States are currently developing strategies to comply with Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The costs of the equipment needed to control acid and toxic metal emissions play a significant role in retrofitting and retirement decisions.[read more]

EPA Adopts Stronger Standards on Gasoline and Cars to Reduce Smog and Soot

March 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Over 130 million Americans live in counties with unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to the American Lung Association. In those areas, automobiles are responsible for as much as 45 percent of the emissions that dirty the air with smog and soot.[read more]