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"At Some Point of Time We Will Go With This Proposal" - Despite Opponents, Sense of Inevitability Grows at Talks on Curbing the Super-Warming HFCs

Countries jousted again over proposals to replace the super-potent heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorcarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol, the world’s most successful environmental treaty.   Saudi Arabia and Kuwait emerged as...

Posted July 22, 2014    

More Steps Forward on Climate Protection

A year ago, on a sweltering afternoon at Georgetown University, President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan designed to start cutting dangerous carbon pollution using his authority under our clean air and energy laws already on the books....

Posted July 7, 2014    

Supreme Court Backs Carbon Pollution Controls, Again

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...

Posted June 25, 2014    

What Will the Supreme Court's Latest Climate-Change Case Mean?

Sometime in the next few weeks, the Supreme Court will decide its third case on climate-changing carbon pollution in the last seven years.  The earlier cases clearly established the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to set standards...

Posted May 19, 2014    

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

This post written with Meleah Geertsma and Vignesh GowrishankarThe Environmental Protection Agency recently took the first step promised under President Obama’s Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, released last month.  EPA issued a set of...

Posted April 17, 2014    

White House Attacks Heat-Trapping Methane, Second Biggest Climate Pollutant

This post written with Vignesh Gowrishankar and Meleah GeertsmaThe White House recently released its long-awaited Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. Promised in President Obama's Climate Action Plan last June, the methane strategy is a...

Posted April 3, 2014    

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

Here are six quick reactions to the oral arguments presented recently in the Supreme Court’s latest case on climate change and the Clean Air Act, Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA.  (See my post from last Friday for more background.)No going...

Posted February 27, 2014    

EPA Tackles HFC Super Pollutants, Next Step in President Obama's Climate Action Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced its plans to tackle the super-potent heat-trapping pollutants called hydrofluorcarbons (HFCs), an important step forward in carrying out President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.  Meeting with more...

Posted February 10, 2014    

Mixed Signals and Missed Opportunities as India Puts the Brakes on HFC Phase-Down Talks

After a summer of diplomatic progress at the level of presidents and prime ministers, expectations were high that countries would launch negotiations on phasing down the dangerous heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) at meetings...

Posted October 31, 2013    

Supreme Court Rejects Challenges to Climate Science and EPA Carbon Pollution Standards

The Supreme Court recently rejected last-ditch efforts by industry and conservative states to block the EPA from setting standards to curb the carbon pollution that drives dangerous climate change.  The Court’s ruling clears the way for EPA to...

Posted October 17, 2013    

India and US Make Progress on HFC Super-Pollutants

The pace of action to phase down the super-potent heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) quickened when U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced new joint steps towards controlling HFCs under...

Posted September 30, 2013    

EPA Launches Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency has launched proposed standards to limit dangerous carbon pollution from new power plants.  This is the first big step to implement President Obama’s ambitious Climate Action Plan, announced in June. “...

Posted September 24, 2013