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It's Time to Abandon the Delusion of a Carbon Tax

September 30, 2014 by Steven Cohen

At the United Nations last week, President Obama urged the nations of the world to follow our lead and begin to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Still, even though the president is articulating a strong policy on climate change, he is being criticized because the U.S. is not willing to set a price on carbon.[read more]

Regulations Only a First Step in Cutting Emissions

July 30, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Steps to Cutting Emissions

Intensifying calls for action on climate change have led to a variety of proposed regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions from specific sources of the economy, including, most recently, the environmental protection agency's rule on coal power plants.[read more]

The Complicated World of Methane

July 21, 2014 by David Hone

As governments struggle to find practical routes forward with positive outcomes for CO2 mitigation, attention is turning to dealing with other greenhouse gases, particularly methane. A number of methane emission initiatives are now underway or being planned.[read more]

Carbon Emissions Solution? Proposal for a Production Tax Credit for CO2-EOR

July 14, 2014 by Edward Dodge

Emissions and Tax Credits


NEORI, the National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative is organized and staffed by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and the Great Plains Institute. NEORI has authored a series of innovative policy proposals to promote the use of carbon capture and sequestration.[read more]

Smart Grid and Smart Buildings Share Same Disruptive Impacts

June 24, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Buildings use 40% of all energy in the USA. The National Academy of Sciences reported that if buildings fully deployed available energy efficiency technologies and programs, we could avoid construction of new electricity-generating plants in the USA until 2030.[read more]

EPA's New CO2 Rules Create Opportunities for Natural Gas, for Now

June 23, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

Earlier this month the EPA announced its proposal for regulating the greenhouse gases from all currently operating US power plants. Initial assessments suggested it favors the renewable energy, energy efficiency and nuclear power industries, and especially natural gas, all at the expense of coal.[read more]

Carbon Standards Should Reduce Our Dependence on All Fossil Fuels

June 13, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

Carbon Standards and Fuel Choices

Leaders from across the nation have welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed limits on carbon pollution from power plants. It’s been inspiring to see the outpouring of support from lawmakers, public health experts, business executives, and even some forward-thinking utilities.[read more]

Canada Confirms its Ever-Weakening Climate Policy as the U.S. Announces Ambitious Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution

June 12, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

Canada and US Climate Policies

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would seek to reduce carbon pollution from power plants – a move that would put the U.S. on a trajectory to meeting its international climate obligations – Canada continued to move in the opposite direction.[read more]

Obama's New Carbon Rules: What Price Regulation?

June 12, 2014 by Bill Chameides

Carbon and Price Regulation

Can good economic times roll while carbon emissions decline? Maybe so. In a three year span, from 2010 to 2012, United States CO2 emissions declined while both the gross domestic product and the number of jobs on the United States rose.[read more]

Let the Confusion Begin: States' Carbon Cuts Will Vary Widely

June 6, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

States and EPA Rule Reactions

The new EPA rules call for the power sector to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 emissions levels, but the reductions will take place between the base measurement year of 2012 and the deadline of 2030. Three states will have to have a percentage reduction of more than 50 percent.[read more]

EPA's Clean Power Plan: A Breath of Fresh Air for Public Health

June 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The Obama administration announced its proposal for working with states to set national limits on heat-trapping carbon pollution from the nation’s existing power plants. By putting the brakes on this carbon pollution we stand to gain a great deal for better health and more climate-secure communities.[read more]

The Federal Government Announced the Biggest Clean Energy Boost Since the Stimulus

June 5, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

The EPA announced plans to slash carbon emissions from 1,000 fossil-fueled power plants by 30 percent. The proposed rule creates a flexible framework that allows states to cut emissions through utility efficiency, renewable energy, on-site pollution controls and regional cap-and-trade.[read more]

Reducing Methane Emissions Through Technology

June 4, 2014 by Dan Liggett

Methane emissions have a significant impact on climate change, perhaps a greater impact than even carbon dioxide emissions. Methane is released into the atmosphere from a variety of sources and in a number of ways. But advances in tech provide effective methods to reduce the methane released.[read more]

Two Cheers for President Obama's Proposed Climate Regulation

June 3, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, President Obama proposed regulations requiring significant reductions in greenhouse gases produced by each American state. Using 2005 as a baseline, states, will be required to achieve a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030.[read more]

A Few Thoughts on the New EPA Rules

June 3, 2014 by Lou Grinzo

The proposal from the EPA is to cut CO2 from electricity plants by 30% compared to 2005 levels. Since we’ve already seen a drop in these emissions from 2005 to 2012 of over 15%, even 30% from this one sector isn’t all that impressive, given that we’re halfway there already.[read more]