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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 18, 2014

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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...

May 24, 2014

Your Tech Is Coal-Powered. Get Over It. - Mark P. Mills, RealClearEnergy

Earlier this month Stanford University announced that its endowment would divest itself of any investments in companies "whose principal business is coal." It was, they said, a pri...

May 17, 2014

EPA's Petroleum Refinery Proposal - John Walke, NRDC

Yesterday, EPA proposed new standards to limit toxic air pollution from petroleum refineries. EPA’s proposal is good news for millions of Americans, since about 90 ...

May 16, 2014

A Rational Approach to Nuclear Power - George David Banks, R Street

The U.S. commercial nuclear sector is in trouble. Absent significant policy changes, the near-term closure of a number of reactors appears increasingly inevitable. Much has been wr...

May 14, 2014

We Don't Need More Fracking Regulations - Michael Farren, RCPolicy

"Fugitive emissions" from hydraulically fractured natural-gas wells leapt into the media spotlight in 2011. With two coauthors, Robert Howarth of Cornell University ...

May 12, 2014

Climate Change: We Have No Solution - Robert Samuelson, Washington Post

It would be healthy -- in the sense of promoting honesty -- if every report warning of global warming and climate change (the two terms are interchangeable) came with the following...

May 9, 2014

Our Environmental Dumping Grounds - Brentin Mock, Grist

In Baltimore, the state has permitted a new waste incinerator in a neighborhood that’s regularly blitzed by pollution from surrounding industrial plants. In Mossville, L...

May 7, 2014

It's Game Over for Keystone XL - Michael Mann, The Guardian

One month ago, more than 100 North American climate scientists and Iwarned President Obama and Secretary Kerry that they should reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline &ndash...

May 7, 2014

Climate Change: It's Here and Getting Worse - Timothy Lange, Daily Kos

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has in the past nine months released its three-volume Fifth Assessment Report on climate. In February the U.S. National Academy of S...

May 7, 2014

The White's Bogus House Climate Assessment - David Kreutzer, Foundry

When he was President Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel made this disturbingly honest quote, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.”  The hyste...

May 6, 2014

Continuing Solar Energy's Remarkable Success - John Farrell, Grist

Over the next decade, solar electricity will let consumers get cheaper energy from their rooftop than from their utility. Among the upheaval in the electricity system, the coming o...

May 5, 2014

The State of the Air 2013 - American Lung Association

The American Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2013” report released today finds significant progress in the reduction of year-round particle pollution (soot) ...

May 3, 2014

Wind Energy Protects Consumers - Michael Goggin, AWEA

Wind energy plays a critical role in providing American consumers with low-cost, stably-priced, reliable electricity....

April 23, 2014

The Battle for Public Lands - Alfred Runte, Desert Protective Council

As a historian, I believe that thinking in termsof time provides perspective on the criticalissues of our day. Certainly, that was onemotivation for my becoming a specialist onthe ...

April 22, 2014

Corn Biofuels Are Worse Than Gas - Liska et al., Nature Climate Change

Using corn crop residue to make ethanol and other biofuels reduces soil carbon and can generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline, according to a study published today in the jou...

April 21, 2014

What Just Happened on Keystone XL - Bill McKibben, 350.org

Today’s Keystone XL news from DC is both important and murky. In brief, the Obama administration announced yet another delay in their decision about the pipeline, meanin...

April 15, 2014

Mitigating Climate Change - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Working Group III contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (WGIII AR5) provides a comprehensive assessment of all relevant options for mitigating climate change through...

April 8, 2014

Should We Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground? - Benjamin Zycher, American

The heat is on. The environmental Left is on the attack, and the target now is not ExxonMobil, or the Kochs, or the Keystone XL pipeline, or fossil fuels, or the efforts of the wor...

May 15, 2014

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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