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Strong and Growing Support For Including Energy Efficiency in EPA's Carbon Pollution Standards

May 3, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Energy Efficiency and EPA Standards

Support continues to grow for including clean and low cost energy efficiency in the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules for cutting dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants, with two more positive developments just this week.[read more]

The Supreme Court's Air Pollution Decision Is Wrong, But Don't Blame The Court

May 2, 2014 by Brian H. Potts

The Obama administration’s war on coal scored a big win in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. Six of the Court’s nine justices went out of their way to uphold the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s far-reaching Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.[read more]

The EPA Gives Us 25 Ways to Limit Climate Change

April 19, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

The earth is getting warmer. There’s no doubt about that. The average temperature of our planet rose 1.4°F over the last 100 years, and is expected to continue on that path over the next 100 years. Some are even predicting an increase by as much as 11.5°F.[read more]

EPA Gets Started on Curbing Heat-Trapping Methane from Oil and Gas Operations

April 17, 2014 by David Doniger

The EPA recently took the first step promised under President Obama’s Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, released last month. The EPA issued a set of white papers examining five big sources of heat-trapping methane and other dangerous air pollutants from the oil and gas sector.[read more]

A Breakthrough for Utility-Scale Solar Energy on Contaminated Lands?

April 12, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Solar on Contaminated Lands

For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has been waging its own less-known campaign to support projects on disturbed, polluted lands. Supported by the stimulus package and the Department of the Interior, developers continue to set records for the biggest solar and wind projects.[read more]

The EPA Doesn't Have The Legal Authority To Adopt Its New Power Plant Climate Rules

March 26, 2014 by Brian H. Potts

Last March, a young Federal law clerk in Washington, D.C. named William J. Haun wrote a paper for the conservative leaning Federalist Society. In it he argued that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can’t adopt its planned climate rule for existing power plants.[read more]

EPA Spending in the President's Budget: Where Does the 0.22% of Federal Spending Go?

March 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

EPA Budgets

In the President’s budget, priorities are funded and other programs suffer. At the EPA, as Jon Devine’s blog points out, the biggest hit is the cut to support for state and local sewage treatment and drinking water repair and construction. But what about the rest of EPA’s budget?[read more]

EPA Misses Critical Opportunity to Control Harmful Runoff Pollution

March 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Last week the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would not be granting a set of petitions which asked the Agency to control harmful polluted stormwater runoff that is degrading waterways in certain regions of the country.[read more]

EPA Unlikely to Buy Argument that Keystone XL Will Not Worsen Climate Change: Agency Concerns Were Ignored

March 15, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

The lead U.S. environmental agency has for several years raised serious concerns about the various impacts of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Three different times, the U.S. EPA has issued failing grades saying the true impacts of the pipeline have not been adequately considered.[read more]


What are the Realistic Costs and Benefits of the New EPA Tier 3 (Reduced) Gasoline Sulfur Regulation?

March 12, 2014 by John Miller

EPA Gasoline Sulfur Regulation

The EPA finalized new regulations to further reduce gasoline sulfur and mitigate possible health impacts on the Public. Are the EPA’s estimated compliance cost of less than one cent per gallon and primary claimed benefits reasonably accurate? And, are there more cost effective alternatives?[read more]

Over Oil Industry Objections, EPA Sets Lifesaving New Standards for Gasoline and Tailpipe Pollution

March 8, 2014 by Peter Lehner

EPA and Pollution Regulation

When I worked for the City of New York, I often asked people what they felt was the worst environmental problem. Many said tailpipe pollution. Emissions from the tailpipes of cars and trucks seemed particularly insulting because tailpipes seemed to be spewing black smoke just at the level of kids’ heads.[read more]

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

March 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

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]


Harvard Policy Initiative Makes the Case for End-Use Energy Efficiency in EPA's Upcoming Rule on Existing Power Plants

March 5, 2014 by Ari Peskoe

Harvard Law School’s Environmental Policy Initiative has published a paper that argues for inclusion of end-use energy efficiency (EE) in the Environmental Protection Agency’s upcoming proposal to curb GHG emissions from existing power plants.[read more]

Carbon Copy II: Six Quick Impressions from Climate Change's Latest Day in the Supreme Court

February 27, 2014 by David Doniger

We’ll have to wait and see for the final outcome on the scope of the Clean Air Act’s permitting provisions in the Supreme Court. But it’s clear that the EPA’s authority to set standards for carbon pollution – the basis of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan – is firmly settled on solid ground.[read more]

Oral Argument Hints that Supreme Court May Trim Back US Industrial Source Greenhouse Gas Regulations

February 26, 2014 by James Coleman

On Monday, February 24, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in which petitioners challenged the EPA’s “Prevention of Significant Deterioration” (“PSD”) regulations for stationary industrial sources of greenhouse gases.[read more]