"95% consensus of expert economists: cut carbon pollution"

Environmental Economics

The key finding: there’s a strong consensus among climate economics experts that we should put a price on carbon pollution to curb the expensive costs of climate change. In other words, there is a 95% consensus among expert climate economists that the US should follow through with its pledges to cut carbon pollution in the wake of the Paris international climate negotiations, and more than three out of four agreed that the US should take action to curb global warming no matter what.

Four Charts Show Carbon Pollution Accountability Act is Still Awesome

Sightline Daily

As the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act , now HB 1314 , wends its way through committee hearings, new economic analysis and revised revenue estimates are popping up. Less pollution, more clean energy, better schools, and more jobs. Assuming pollution prices start at $12.90

Governors Applaud New EPA Carbon Pollution Safeguards

Sierra Club Compass

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (Photo: Office of Governor Patrick)   From New Hampshire to California to Hawai’i to Montana, Governors across the country are applauding the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever standards to clean up climate disruption carbon pollution.

First Day of EPA Carbon Pollution Standard Hearings a Success!

Sierra Club Compass

The EPA proposed these first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants just last month. crowds gathered to speak out in favor of the carbon pollution standard, packing the hearing all day. Hundreds and hundreds of people gathered in Washington, D.C.,

New Poll: Americans Ready for Action on Carbon Pollution

Sierra Club Compass

On Tuesday, the Sierra Club released a new poll with Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research showing that seven-in-ten Americans favor the Environmental Protection Agency putting limits on the amount of carbon pollution that power plants can release. Public hearing in Washington, D.C.,

Rejecting Keystone Means Less Tar Sands Extraction, Less Carbon Pollution

Sierra Club Compass

  On June 2nd, Goldman Sachs published a research report, titled "Getting Oil Out of Canada: Heavy Oil Diffs Expected to Stay Wide and Volatile," stating that without Keystone XL, tar sands expansion, and therefore the carbon pollution that comes with it, would be dramatically reduced.

"How Stringent Are the US EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants?"

Environmental Economics

In March 2012, the EPA announced a proposed carbon pollution standard for new power plants. No coal-fired units would come close to the emission targets unless there are future innovations in carbon capture and storage. Matthew J. Kotchen and Erin T. Mansur: In the absence of legislation for a US national climate policy, regulatory responsibility has fallen to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

A Carbon Pollution Policy with All the Fixin’s

Sightline Daily

A purely regulatory approach to cutting carbon is like Thanksgiving dinner without the turkey. Here’s how serving up a carbon price carefully paired with other policies makes for a delicious meal. The vertical axis shows the cost of cutting carbon pollution in dollars per ton.

VIDEO: The Pacific Northwest Can End the Free Lunch for Carbon Polluters

Sightline Daily

Have you ever tried to briefly explain to someone why we need to hold carbon polluters accountable? This is the first in a series of short videos about how the Pacific Northwest can use a carbon price to protect our communities and accelerate our transition to clean energy.

Why the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act Is a Big, Awesome Deal

Sightline Daily

We at Sightline are always saying that a well-designed program can hold polluters accountable while transitioning the Pacific Northwest to a clean and prosperous future. Washington would cover almost all pollution right from the start. Who are the polluters?

Former Coal Miner to Obama: Set Strong Carbon Pollution Limits on Coal Plants

Sierra Club Compass

The following is testimony from Nick Mullins, a former coal miner from Virginia, given Thursday before the Environmental Protection Agency public hearing in Washington, DC, on carbon pollution standards.

C'mon Chamber! - 5 Utilities That Rejected Attacks on Carbon Pollution Safeguards

Sierra Club Compass

The much-anticipated safeguards to clean up carbon pollution from existing power plants have finally been announced , and just as expected, both support and opposition for the protections is all over the airwaves. Similarly, the Los Angeles Times reported that Robert Flexon, CEO of Houston-based Dynegy viewed the carbon standards as an opportunity — not a threat.

US Court Supports EPA's Limits on Carbon Pollution

Celsias

federal appeals court upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2009 findings that greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide from industry and vehicles endanger public health. On June 26, a U.S.

Are We Undervaluing Nature’s Role in the World’s Growth Story?

Conservancy Talk

A hundred-million-year-old solution During my last few years working on low-carbon innovation in the energy sector, I was struck by the time, effort and many millions of dollars the industry was investing to explore how to engineer a way to capture and store CO2 deep below the earth’s surface.

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Obama Kickstarts Action on Climate Change

Conservancy Talk

billion tons of CO2 annually — 40 percent of the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions. With domestic sources of low- and no-carbon energy becoming more abundant and less expensive, we have the opportunity to achieve substantial reductions in overall emissions at relatively low cost.

Everything Oregon Legislators Need To Know About Stopping Climate Pollution

Sightline Daily

You have seven minutes to tell Oregon legislators everything they need to know about stopping climate pollution. By the end of next year, one quarter of all the greenhouse gas pollution in the world will have a price tag attached. Making polluters pay will not hurt the economy.

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Canadian Clean Energy Initiative Under Attack - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

In a deeply troubling decision  reported  this week, the World Trade Organization (WTO)  has issued a confidential ruling against  Ontario’s successful “feed-in tariff” incentives program that is designed to reduce carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs.

Clean Air Coming Soon!

Sierra Club Compass

Carbon pollution standards for new power plants published for public comment. Power plants are responsible for much of our country's air pollution. billion metric tons of carbon pollution, the main contributor to climate disruption.

Supreme Court Denies Polluters' Challenge to EPA Finding that Greenhouse Gases Endanger Public Health

Sierra Club Compass

Supreme Court denied legal petitions from polluters and states that challenged the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) historic finding that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare. Climate change will only worsen that pollution. Today the U.S.

The Power of a Grassroots Movement. {Video}

Elephant Journal

Carbon pollution from Dirty Energy is creating a world of Dirty Weather. The science on climate change is settled. Together we can stop it. The Climate Reality Project is dedicated to unleashing a global cultural movement demanding action on the climate crisis.

Five Senators Urge President Obama To Address Climate Change with Tough Standards on Carbon From Power Plants

Sierra Club Compass

In April, the Obama administration missed a key deadline for finalizing carbon pollution standards from new power plants. These first-ever standards would assure that new power plants not be built unless they could control and significantly limit their carbon pollution.

WATCH: Leonardo DiCaprio Lends Voice to New Eco-Documentary

Eccorazzi

Leonardo DiCaprio has more than a few choice words for the federal government when it comes to carbon pollution in the new documentary, "Carbon."

Is it weird that my mother-in-law claims to know 'my kind of thing'?

Environmental Economics

Families face rising health care costs for asthma attacks and heart problems caused by runaway pollution. From the inbox (courtesy of my mother-in-law):  This is an excerpt from a Sierra Club email. I do take the source into consideration. But it does sound like your kind of thing.

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"Virginia governor calls for state carbon regulations"

Environmental Economics

Terry McAuliffe (D) signed an executive order on Tuesday directing regulators to formulate rules cracking down on electricity sector carbon emissions. The order requires state officials to convene a working group on carbon emissions and issue a report by the end of the year on potential regulations to limit power plant greenhouse gases.  Climate federalism: Virginia Gov.

Oil companies are planning on a carbon tax

Environmental Economics

Here is the article without all of the crazy political stuff: More than two dozen of the nation’s biggest corporations, including the five major oil companies, are planning their future growth on the expectation that the government will force them to pay a price for carbon pollution as a way to control global warming. Companies do not know what form a future carbon price would take. Coal, which produces twice the carbon pollution of natural gas, would be a loser.

Time to Act on Trucks: We can reduce new truck fuel consumption 40% by 2025

Sierra Club Compass

These standards will cut carbon pollution, reduce oil use, and save drivers money at the pump. million barrels of fuel each day, resulting in 530 million metric tons of carbon pollution.

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New Truck Standards: Opportunity to Cut Fuel Consumption 40% by 2025

Sierra Club Compass

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) are beginning the process of setting the next round of standards to reduce carbon pollution and fuel use from medium and heavy-duty vehicles (everything from delivery trucks to 18-wheelers).

Help design the US's new carbon tax!

Environmental Economics

Waxman, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Representative Earl Blumenauer, and Senator Brian Schatz released draft carbon-pricing legislation and solicited feedback on it from stakeholders and the public.  the price per ton should rise at the rate of the social cost of carbon.

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EPA Carbon Standards Give Our Kids a Fighting Chance

Sierra Club Compass

These standards won''t just take a big bite out of climate disruption, they’ll also help us tackle other serious power plant pollution that threatens our health, air and water - pollutants including soot, smog, and mercury.

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What the Tea Party is Really Demanding (cartoon)

Wend Magazine

From Grist: Tea Party-backing Koch Industries is major carbon polluter. If only this group of angry shouters weren’t puppets in a larger game. More on what’s behind the Tea Party. From Open Secrets: Oil and Gas–Influence and Lobbying.

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"EPA’s Clean Power Plan Blocked by Supreme Court"

Environmental Economics

RFF on the issues: On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court granted a stay blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from requiring states to submit plans for major reductions in carbon emissions from electric power plants. The stay marks a setback for President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent from 2005 levels.

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President Obama Announces New Truck Efficiency Standards

Sierra Club Compass

carbon pollution nearly 10 percent. These truck standards are another step to slash oil use, save Americans money and bring down carbon pollution. When we’re smarter about what we ship and how we ship it, we save money and reduce carbon pollution.

"E.P.A. to Seek 30 Percent Cut in Carbon Emissions by 2030"

Environmental Economics

Just the word "cap-and-trade" gives me goosebumps: The Obama administration on Monday will announce one of the strongest actions ever taken by the United States government to fight climate change, a proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, according to people briefed on the plan who spoke anonymously because they had been asked not to reveal details.

Rallies Next Week! Your Voice is Needed to Support Climate Action

Sierra Club Compass

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever national standard to clean up carbon pollution from power plants. It creates a framework that, once in place, could mean significant reductions in carbon pollution.

WATCH: Obama Wants to Clean Up Planet for Kid’s Health

Eccorazzi

Obama seeks to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants as a way to improve the health and well-being of children. Read More The post WATCH: Obama Wants to Clean Up Planet for Kid’s Health appeared first on Ecorazzi. Causes Environment Healthy Living News Science Top News barack obama

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Another big broken window

Environmental Economics

Over the past several decades, power plants have curtailed their emissions of harmful pollutants, such as sulfur dioxide, soot and mercury. But power plants have continued to pump unlimited amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, with disastrous consequences.

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Big Coal Doesn't Get It

Sierra Club Compass

Summer is especially difficult for these kids and other vulnerable people -- including seniors and people with respiratory disease -- because the hotter temperatures lead to more smog, one of the most dangerous forms of air pollution.

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Carbon tax: Republicans in Democratic clothing?

Environmental Economics

A revenue neutral carbon tax is what you would call a "conservative" economic proposal : Two Senate Democrats sponsored a bill Wednesday to institute an economy-wide tax on carbon dioxide emissions, revenue that would be returned through rebates and tax cuts.   The tax would be charged at $45 per ton of carbon dioxide or equivalent greenhouse gases for coal, oil, natural gas and other hydrocarbons, collected at the place where it is produced or refined.

Sierra Club to President Obama on Keystone XL and Canada: Let's Not Make a Deal

Sierra Club Compass

Your administration's new carbon pollution limits for power plants are a giant step in the right direction and demonstrate that America is ready to move forward on climate. And when the lost carbon sequestration potential of Canada's 1.2

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New Climate Protection Standards and Walmart Moms on Strike: Coincidence or Timely Convergence?

Sierra Club Compass

Like the long overdue carbon pollution standards coming out the same week moms go on strike against Walmart in dozens of cities across the country. Funny how the universe works sometimes.

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High Modernism, Metis, and Pigou

Environmental Economics

are overruling the locals and telling them how the economy ought to be run, at least when it comes to environmental externalities like carbon pollution.    The fact that there is a growing conservative push for market-based climate policy, including a GOP Representative recently sponsoring a carbon tax bill , makes me think so I just finished reading Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott. 

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Already feeling impacts of climate disruption, American small business owners support more government action

Sierra Club Compass

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed carbon pollution limits for power plants is that such regulations will hurt small businesses, which employ half of all private-sector employees in the United States. Perhaps the most-common complaint about the U.S.

New Database Shows Solar is Soaring in Schools

Sierra Club Compass

Already, unchecked carbon pollution from each coal-fired power plant leads to 491 asthma attacks and 22 asthma-related emergency room visits each year, many of those children. Luckily, many schools are taking action and cutting carbon pollution by switching to solar.

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