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New Report on EPA's Carbon Rule: States Have the Power to Contain Costs, Maximize Benefits

July 28, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

EPA Rules and State Powers

In June 2014, the EPA released its proposed carbon emissions rules to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel power plants. Taking center stage in this proposal are the states, which are given the flexibility to determine their way of complying with the new regulatory requirements.[read more]

EPA's CO2 Rule and the Back Door to Cap & Trade

July 1, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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Although emissions trading has become more and more controversial in recent years, it proved its worth in holding down the cost of implementing previous environmental regulations, such as the effort to reduce sulfur pollution associated with acid rain.[read more]

U.S. Supreme Court Narrows Greenhouse Gas Rules: What It Means for the U.S. Climate Agenda

June 25, 2014 by James Coleman

​In their recent ruling Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, the Supreme Court struck down a portion of the United States’ first regulations for greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources. This is the first Supreme Court decision on EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases from industrial sources.[read more]

Supreme Court Backs Carbon Pollution Controls, Again

June 25, 2014 by David Doniger

Building on two prior decisions affirming the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to set carbon pollution standards, the Supreme Court recently held that the core provision of the Clean Air Act’s permitting requirements also applies to carbon pollution.[read more]

Swapping Negawatts for Megawatts Under the EPA's Proposed Clean Power Plan

June 25, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie
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The EPA and its Clean Power Plan

 

If you are working to get your finances under control, you should look for ways to both increase your household earnings and reduce spending. And so it goes, as we work to reduce carbon emissions from the nation’s power sector, pursuing a mix of supply and demand-side strategies makes good sense.[read more]

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

June 24, 2014 by Brian H. Potts
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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]

What are the Benefits and Costs of EPA's Proposed CO2 Regulation?

June 23, 2014 by Robert Stavins
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On June 2nd, the EPA released its long-awaited proposed regulation to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing sources in the electricity-generating sector. The regulatory (rule) proposal calls for cutting CO2 emissions from the power sector by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.[read more]

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

June 23, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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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]

Opinion: Why Obama's 'Clean Power' Plan May Prove Counterproductive for 2015 Global Climate Agreement

June 18, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Obama's Power Plan and International Agreements

What do Obama's proposed emissions rules suggest to China, India, and other emerging economic powerhouses around the world? At this stage, most of those countries can ill-afford nor are willing to unnecessarily constrain their growth trajectories.[read more]

EPA and Climate Regulation: Mind the Gaps

June 18, 2014 by James Bushnell

EPA Regulation Gaps

Last week, following years of anticipation, the shoe finally dropped on EPA carbon regulations. Two or three things are notable: First, we’re on the road to a national climate policy! Second, EPA is going out of its way to highlight how much flexibility it will give to States in implementing this policy.[read more]

City Efficiency Efforts Could Help States Achieve Carbon Targets

June 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The carbon pollution standard announced last week by the Environmental Protection Agency casts a bright light on the important role that many cities and other urban areas are already playing in the complicated fight against climate change.[read more]

California's Blueprint for Meeting (and Exceeding) the EPA's Clean Power Plan

June 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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California and EPA Rules

Even before the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the nation’s first federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants last week, naysayers were claiming California’s longstanding policies to cut emissions and improve energy efficiency don’t work and have sent electric bills soaring.[read more]

Carbon Standards Should Reduce Our Dependence on All Fossil Fuels

June 13, 2014 by Frances Beinecke
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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]

Obama's New Carbon Rules: What Price Regulation?

June 12, 2014 by Bill Chameides
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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]

East Coast States Have Limited Power Plant Pollution for Years, and It Works

June 12, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Since the EPA announced new carbon regulations, the polluting industry’s lobbyists and their political allies have trotted out their usual cries of economic doom. Every time we take steps to improve health and public safety they tell us that doing so would crush the economy and kill jobs.[read more]