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August 28, 2015

Gold King Mine: Public Documents - Environmental Protection Agency

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new data trend graphs and additional public records on the Gold King Mine response....

August 27, 2015

Fixing the Grid, Improving Energy Policy - Ike Brannon, Weekly Standard

The recent excitement about homes and businesses someday soon operating off the grid—courtesy of rapidly improving solar panels and the potential of Elon Musk’s batteri...

August 26, 2015

EPA's Methane Rule Is Affordable - Myriam Alexander-Kearns, CAP

On August 18, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, proposed “new source performance standards” to directly regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas...

August 26, 2015

Clean Power Plan: Acid Rain Part 2? - Ross McKitrick, RealClearPolicy

In a recent speech in Washington, D.C., EPA administrator Gina McCarthy dismissed potential criticism of the costs of the new Clean Power Plan by pointing to America's success in r...

August 24, 2015

Eliminate the Strategic Petroleum Reserve - Nicolas Loris, Heritage

The Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) holds 692.3 million barrels of government-controlled crude oil. Congress established the emergency reserve as part of an agreement with the In...

August 24, 2015

Can Cars Use Half as Much Gas? - Kate Galbraith, Grist

One sunny Saturday in Stockton, Mary Serrano climbed into the driver’s seat of a bright-red, all-electric Chevrolet Spark. A retiree who normally drives a 20-year-old Toyota ...

August 24, 2015

Clean Power, Vulnerable Communities - Juan Declet-Barreto, NRDC

The EPA just released final rules to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants. These rules, known collectively as the Clean Power Plan, are a huge step in r...

August 22, 2015

Oil and Gas in the Crosshairs - John Eick, ALEC

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a new rule seeking to slash methane emissions from new sources in the oil and natural gas industry by 40 ...

August 19, 2015

Obama Cracks Down on Natural Gas - Jason Plautz, National Journal

After years of full-throated support for the country's natural-gas boom, President Obama's climate plan is starting to take precedence....

August 17, 2015

Let There Be (Less) Light - Eric Betz, Los Angeles Times

The 215,000 streetlights in Los Angeles are meant to thwart more than fumbled keys and stubbed toes -- they're a luminous security blanket, or so the Los Angeles Bureau of Street L...

August 15, 2015

The Obama Administration's Quiet War on Oil - Elana Schor, Politico

President Barack Obama’s enemies have long accused him of waging a "war on coal." But a very different war on oil and gas is coming next.The newest phase of Obama’s env...

August 8, 2015

The Clean Power Plan's Disparate Effect - Preston Cooper, e21

President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is either a bold step towards preserving the environment or an economy-crushing sledgehammer of a regulation, depending on whom you ask. Bu...

August 7, 2015

Clean Power Plan: Economic Predictions - Sam Batkins, AAF

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for existing power plants. According to American Action Forum (AAF) research,...

August 6, 2015

How the Clean Power Plan Changed - Philip A. Wallach, Brookings

The EPA's final Clean Power Plan is radically different from the version proposed a year ago, with big consequences for which states will face the most costly paths toward complian...

August 6, 2015

Obama Didn't Kill Coal, the Market Did - Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg

Critics of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Power Plan are describing it in apocalyptic terms. But much of what they believe about the plan -- that i...

August 6, 2015

Clean Power Plan: All Cost, No Benefit - Benjamin Zycher, RCM

On Monday President Obama announced the final "clean power plan" regulation for greenhouse gas emissions from electric generating plants, the centerpiece of the broaderCl...

August 6, 2015

Clean Power Plan: Protecting Health - Kim Knowlton, NRDC

August 3rd, 2015: the remarkable day the US EPA finalized its Clean Power Plan and moved us all toward a healthier, more secure future. The first-ever limits on heat...

August 4, 2015

Your State's Carbon Emissions - Johannes Friedrich et al., WRI

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will soon release the Clean Power Plan, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. power sector, the country’s sin...

August 4, 2015

Clean Power Plan: Myths and Facts - Dan Utech & Rohan Patel, White House

Today, as part of the President’s plan to cut carbon pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from ex...

August 4, 2015

The Cost of Obama's Climate Plan - Nicolas Loris, Daily Signal

The Obama administration unveiled its climate change regulations for new and existing power plants, calling the plan “the biggest, most important step we&...

August 3, 2015

Energy: The Path Forward - Steven F. Hayward, Conservative Reform

Conservatives shouldn’t have to apologize for responding with squeamishness to the apocalypticism that frequently accompanies the environmental movement. Conservatives, howev...

August 3, 2015

Low-Carbon Electricity Pathways - Marilyn Brown et al., Georgia Tech

Since the release of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), stakeholders across the U.S. have vigorously debated the pros and cons of different options for reducing CO2 emissions from existi...

August 3, 2015

Making Environmentalism Divisive - Salena Zito, Pittsburgh T-R

In May, Murray Energy, which sits along the old National Pike here in eastern Ohio, told nearly 1,500 workers at five of its West Virginia mines that their jobs were eliminated....

August 1, 2015

Clean Power Plan: Why the Resistance? - Elliott Negin, UCS

Next week, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce what may be the Obama administration's most far-reaching climate change initiative: its final rule for cleani...

July 31, 2015

A Rainforest Goes Up in Flames - Subhankar Banerjee, The Nation

The wettest rainforest in the continental United States had gone up in flames and the smoke was so thick, so blanketing, that you could see it miles away. Deep in Washington’...

July 29, 2015

When Cities Make Environmental Policy - Aaron M. Renn, City Journal

When President Obama recently approved Shell’s request to drill in the Arctic, anti-fossil-fuel activists lobbied the Port of Seattle to deny docking rights to the ...

July 24, 2015

Drivers of CO2 Emissions, '97-'13 - Feng et al., Nature Communications

Fossil fuel CO2 emissions in the United States decreased by ~11% between 2007 and 2013, from 6,023 to 5,377 Mt. This decline has been widely attributed to a shift ...

July 23, 2015

After the Coal Plant Closes - Christopher Flavelle, Bloomberg View

Roger Titchenell, mayor of Albright, West Virginia, a coal-plant town that lost its coal plant, isn't angry at the Environmental Protection Agency. He's not mad at FirstEnergy Corp...

July 21, 2015

The Highest Polluting Utilities - M.J. Bradley & Associates

The 2015 Benchmarking report is the eleventh collaborative effort highlighting environmental performance and progress in the nation’s electric power sector. The Benchmarking ...

July 18, 2015

Ice Sheets in the West Antarctic - Fisher et al., Science Advances

The geothermal heat flux is a critical thermal boundary condition that influences the melting, flow, and mass balance of ice sheets, but measurements of this parameter are difficul...

July 16, 2015

Cutting CO2 Without Cutting Growth - John Light, Grist

Even as America’s economy started to rebound from the recession between 2008 and 2013, climate change–causing power plant emissions in the majority of American states d...

July 15, 2015

Closing the Emissions Gap - Han Chen, NRDC

As countries announce their climate pledges ahead of the negotiations in Paris this December, many people are wondering whether the pledges are enough to keep global warming to und...

July 13, 2015

What We Know About Fracking - Ken Cohen, ExxonMobile

Some critics like to say too little is known about the practice of hydraulic fracturing for society to permit its use. The truth is that most government officials at the federal an...

July 13, 2015

Earmarking Away the Public Interest - Thomas McGarity et al., CPR

The past few years have seen the U.S. system of regulatory safeguards come under increasingly intense attacks from the business community and their conservative allies in Congress....

July 9, 2015

The Coming Green Bubble - Taxpayers Protection Alliance

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) released a brand new reportabout the heavily-subsidized solar industry titled, From Washington to Wall Street: How Government...

July 2, 2015

The True Cost of Electricity - Thomas F. Stacy & George S. Taylor, IER

Today, the Institute for Energy Research released a first-of-its-kind study calculating the levelized cost of electricity from existing generation sources. Our study...

June 30, 2015

The New Politics of Oil Abundance - Lee Lane, National Affairs

The oil-price shocks of the 1970s and '80s marked the dawn of the modern era of United States energy policy. Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter all responded to those shocks by lau...

June 30, 2015

Great Day for Coal? Not Exactly - Michael Grunwald, Politico

It won’t get as much attention as today's perplexing Supreme Court decision blocking mercury limits for coal-fired power plants, but the government quietlyrevealed last ...

June 30, 2015

Nature as Capital - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

The central challenge of the 21st century is to develop economic, social, and governance systems capable of ending poverty and achieving sustainable levels of population and consum...

June 27, 2015

Why Are Gov't Energy Forecasts So Bad? - Michael Grunwald, Politico

In 2009, the federal government’s Energy Information Administration made a forecast for the next two decades: U.S. wind power would grow modestly, reaching 44 gigawatts of ge...

June 25, 2015

The Clean Power Plan and States' Rights - Rivkin et al., Federalist Society

Congress’s statement of policy in the Clean Air Act that “air pollution control at its source is the primary responsibility of States and local governments” is no...

June 25, 2015

Climate Change: Benefits of Global Action - EPA

From this page, you can download a PDF version of the complete report,Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action. You can also download sections of th...

June 22, 2015

Sixth Mass Extinction Already Underway? - Katharine Lackey, USA Today

The Earth's sixth mass extinction is already underway — and humans are the driving force behind it, according to a new study....

June 13, 2015

Obama's Environmental Non-Power Grab - Stuart Shapiro, Conversation

It's a big few weeks at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA issued a regulation clarifying its authority to regulate bodies of water throughout the country. Thi...

August 28, 2015

EPA's Water Rule Takes Effect in Some States After Ruling

August 27, 2015

NASA: Sea Level Rise Likely on Upper End of Predictions

August 12, 2015

EPA Monitors CO River Cleanup

August 3, 2015

Obama Administration Unveils Major Climate Change Plan

August 3, 2015

Study: Climate Change Mitigation Could Increase Global Hunger

June 14, 2013

Reports: Obama Climate Plan Rollout May Come in July

June 12, 2013

White House Pilots Climate Strategy With Congressional Dems

June 12, 2013

US Emissions Fall to '90s Levels

June 10, 2013

Report: Record CO2 Emissions; Too High for Climate Goals

June 6, 2013

EPA to Issue Ethanol Use Targets

June 6, 2013

Obama Officials Raise 'Social Cost' of Carbon in Federal Regulations

June 4, 2013

Billionaire Activist Targets Obama Supporters in Anti-Keystone Effort

June 1, 2013

Rand Paul Preaches Sustainability

June 1, 2013

Green Groups to Obama: Designate Lands to Stop Drilling

May 30, 2013

Obama: No Patience for Climate Change Skeptics

May 29, 2013


May 29, 2013

Former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson Taking a Job at Apple