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August 26, 2014

Can Tiny Nuclear Plants Avoid Regulations? - Tom Hartsfield, RCScience

1996 was the last year that a commercial nuclear reactor came online in the U.S. The project at the Watts Barr plant in Tennessee began in 1973, which means we haven't built a new ...

August 25, 2014

A Banned Compound Is Still Being Emitted - NASA

NASA research shows Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide....

August 25, 2014

What the Clean Air Act Accomplishes - Emily Atkin, ThinkProgress

Actions taken by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act have caused U.S. toxic air emissions to drop “significantly” — in some cases by more ...

August 24, 2014

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August 23, 2014

Could a Typo Doom Obama's Carbon Rule? - Jack Lienke, Grist

If you can’t beat ’em, point out their typos....

August 20, 2014

Reining in the EPA: Power of the Purse - Daren Bakst, Heritage Foundation

While significant criticism is rightfully directed to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on issues such as greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation, Congress itself is to blame for n...

August 20, 2014

The Damage of Coal Exports - Nathan Joo et al., Center for American Progress

Last month, the Center for American Progress published an issue brief that looked at the massive climate impacts of low-cost coal mined in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Mon...

August 18, 2014

How to Talk About Climate Change - Charles C. Mann, The Atlantic

Not long ago, my newspaper informed me that glaciers in the western Antarctic, undermined by the warmer seas of a hotter world, were collapsing, and their disappearance &ldquo...

August 14, 2014

Have We Underestimated Keystone XL's Damage? - Michael Levi, CFR

I’ve been trying to avoid two things lately: Keystone XL and picking on shaky scientific papers. But a new paper on Keystone XL in Nature Climate Change h...

August 13, 2014

The Costliest Regulation in American History - Ken Cohen, ExxonMobile

“The single most expensive federal regulation in U.S. history.”  That’s the finding of a new report calculating the costs of the Obama administration’s...

August 12, 2014

Lead Exposure and Behavior - Jessica Wolpaw Reyes, NBER

It is well known that exposure to lead has numerous adverse effects on behavior and development. Using data on two cohorts of children from the NLSY, this paper investigates the ef...

August 11, 2014

Still No Coal Ash Safety Standards - Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club

This week marks the six-month anniversary of the Dan River coal ash spill in North Carolina. In February 2014, a broken pipe released up to 82,000 gallons of toxic coal ash and was...

August 4, 2014

The Toxin Poisoning Ohio's Drinking Water - Emily Atkin, ThinkProgress

Approximately 400,000 people in and around Toledo, Ohio are being warned not to drink their tap water after high levels of a dangerous toxin were discovered in the water ...

August 2, 2014

Is Another Mass Extinction Nigh? - Ronald Bailey, Reason

"The Sixth Great Extinction Is Underway—and We're to Blame," Time's headline declared. "Earth in the midst of sixth mass extinction,"echoed USA Today. The...

August 1, 2014

Powering California With Renewables - John Upton, Pacific Standard

An avalanche of studies is concluding that the world could entirely power itself with renewable energy in the coming decades, doing away with fossil fuels ...

August 1, 2014

The Impact of Stricter Ozone Standards - David Harrison et al., NERA/NAM

In this report, prepared for the National Association of Manufacturers, a NERA team led by Environment Practice Co-Chairs Dr. David Harrison and Dr. Anne E. Smith demonstrates anal...

July 28, 2014

Life After Coal in Appalachia - Laura Flanders, Grist

Benham, Ky., in the heart of Harlan County, is a quiet place with a proud sign that has been amended over time to read, “Benham, the little town that International Harvester,...

July 22, 2014

The Inconvenient Truth About BPA's Safety - John M. Rost, NAMPA

The North American Metal Packaging Alliance Inc. appreciates the continued focus on public health expressed by the authors of new legislation regarding food additives. However, in ...

July 19, 2014

End of Tax Credit Deflates Wind Power - Alan Neuhauser, US News

It’s in the doldrums.If there was any question about whether and how the wind industry would be affected by the absence of a federal tax credit, the evidence is her...

July 17, 2014

Where EPA's Carbon Targets Come From - Wallach & Abdun-Nabi, WaPo

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan is undoubtedly one of the biggest regulatory events in decades. The proposed rule under the Clean Air Act is the centerpiece of the Obama...

July 17, 2014

Houston's 'One Bin' Trash and Recycling Plan - Brentin Mock, Grist

Integration is a good thing, except when it comes to trash, says Melanie Scruggs, the Houston-based program director for Texas Campaign for the Environment. Scruggs’ organiza...

July 14, 2014

The Cost Savings of Fuel Economy - Nicholas Chase, EIA

Fuel costs, which depend on vehicle fuel economy, miles driven, and fuel price, are an important factor in vehicle purchasing decisions. However, fuel economy improvement exhibits ...

July 11, 2014

Pathways to Deep Decarbonization - UN SDSN

The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) is a collaborative initiative to understand and show how individual countries can transition to a low-carbon economy and how the wo...

June 28, 2014

Fueling the Future - Rich Tucker, RealClearPolicy

Good news abounds as we head into the warmest season of the year. "Despite hopes for a less expensive summer, it looks like Americans are stuck paying above-average gas prices," AA...

June 25, 2014

The Economic Risks of Climate Change - Risky Business Project

The U.S. faces significant and diverse economic risks from climate change. The signature effects of human-induced climate change—rising seas, increased damage from storm surg...

June 24, 2014

Price Carbon, Curtail Regulations - Mark Reynolds, Citizens Climate Lobby

As might be expected, opposition to the EPA’s new rules to limit carbon emissions at power plants has been swift and forceful, particularly among Republicans. But if the GOP ...

June 24, 2014

The Supreme Court's Mild Limit on the EPA - Timothy Lee, Vox

A Monday Supreme Court ruling has limited the Environmental Protection Agency's power to regulate facilities that emit carbon dioxide....

June 20, 2014

How Green Is Banning Plastic Bags? - Morris & Seasholes, Reason Foundation

In the past 15 years, approximately 190 municipalities in the U.S. have passed ordinances imposing bans, fees and/or taxes on plastic shopping bags. Many have also introduced fees ...

June 16, 2014

Managing Fisheries Responsibly - John Connelly, National Fisheries Institute

From the South China Sea to the Arctic, the world’s oceans are fast becoming flashpoints for commercial and military tensions. But the seas also offer enormous opportunities ...

June 11, 2014

Making the Most of California's Rain - Noah Garrison, NRDC

For much of California, 2013 was the driest year since the state started keeping records more than 150 years ago.  In May, measurements of the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which no...

June 6, 2014

What It Costs for States to Go Renewable - John Upton, Grist

States can boost renewable energy capacity at bargain-basement prices, anew study finds....

June 4, 2014

What's Killing Baby Puffins? - Rowan Jacobsen, Mother Jones

THE NEW POSTER CHILD for climate change had his coming-out party in June 2012, when Petey the puffin chick first went live into thousands of homes and schools all over the wor...

June 3, 2014

The EPA's New Rules Are a Distraction - Jonathan H. Adler, Volokh

Today the Environmental Protection Agency will unveil proposed regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.  According to news&nbs...

June 3, 2014

Climate Change Indicators in the U.S. - Environmental Protection Agency

The Earth’s climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events—like heavy rainstorms and record high tempera...

June 3, 2014

EPA's Business-Friendly Climate Rules - Ann Carlson, TPM

President Obama’s EPA will issue proposed greenhouse gas limits for existing power plants. By all accounts the rules will be a remarkable step forward in the fight ...

June 3, 2014

The New Era of Climate Federalism - Barry Rabe, Brookings Institution

The new era of American climate federalism is, in many respects, a regulatory blast-from-the-past. And that may actually be a promising development, particularly for its placement ...

June 3, 2014

Climate Regulations: It's About Time - Eugene Robinson, Washington Post

Even for people who don't believe in it, climate change just got real. It's about time.The Obama administration's proposed new rule for existing power plants -- reducing heat-trapp...

June 2, 2014

New EPA Regs: Who Wins and Loses - Timothy P. Carney, DC Examiner

President Obama's allies will issue conflicting falsehoods this week onclimate change and big business....

June 2, 2014

Obama Keeps His Climate Change Promise - Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg

Less than a week before the 2012 election, I endorsed President Barack Obama for one main reason: his commitment to confronting climate change with bold new initiatives. ...

May 31, 2014

The Future Electric Grid - Mark P. Mills, The American

It was only a little more than ten years ago that a National Academy of Engineering report ranked the invention of the electric grid at the top of a list of the 20 greate...

May 31, 2014

The Impact of New Carbon Regulations - Chamber of Commerce

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing new regulations on carbon emissions from the power plants of today and tomorrow. In order to evaluate these new regulations, ...

May 31, 2014

Is Obama About to Bring Back Cap-and-Trade? - Brad Plumer, Vox

Cap-and-trade could soon make a comeback — especially after President Obama unveils new rules next week to cut carbon-dioxide emissions from US power plants....

May 31, 2014

Carbon Regs: Obama Is Following the Law - Ann Carlson, TPM

On Monday, President Obama is expected to release proposed regulations to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants. Leaks to date suggest that the rules, which wil...

May 31, 2014

New Carbon Standards Will Save Us Money - NRDC

The first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants can save American households and business customers $37.4 billion on their electric bills in 2020 while creating more th...

May 30, 2014

An All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy - Council of Economic Advisers

The U.S. energy sector is undergoing a profound transformation. The United States is producing more oil and natural gas, is generating more electricity from renewables such as wind...

August 21, 2014

Could the Global Warming 'Slowdown' Last Another Decade?

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

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May 29, 2013

Former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson Taking a Job at Apple