Governors Applaud New EPA Carbon Pollution Safeguards

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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. The EPA’s national goal is to cut carbon emissions 30% by 2030, and is part of Obama’s broader climate action strategy announced a year ago.

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

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Mansur: In the absence of legislation for a US national climate policy, regulatory responsibility has fallen to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 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.

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First Day of EPA Carbon Pollution Standard Hearings a Success!

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Denver, and Atlanta Tuesday for the first day of public hearings on the Environmental Protection Agency''s Clean Power Plan. 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. Retired military, kids, local clean energy business owners and more testified in support of limiting carbon pollution.

New Poll: Americans Ready for Action on Carbon Pollution

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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. The majority of voters (56 percent) believe that the government already limits the amount of carbon pollution that power plants can release, which the government currently does not.

Survey Says: Americans want to cut carbon pollution

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Voters reject the idea that limits on carbon pollution will harm the economy. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gets very solid favorability ratings. Voters believe, incorrectly, that the federal government already regulates carbon pollution. The most compelling messages in support of carbon pollution limits focus on health, pollution, and extreme weather.

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

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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. Like many of the men in my family, I worked in the coal mines to support my family and to give my children a better future, but it came at the cost of more than just our battered bodies and polluted lungs.

US Court Supports EPA's Limits on Carbon Pollution

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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. The decision constitutes a major victory for the Obama administration as well as environmental organizations such as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). On June 26, a U.S.

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

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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.   This decision leaves no doubt that the EPA has both the authority and the responsibility to set sensible limits on the carbon pollution that is fueling climate change and endangering public health. Climate change will only worsen that 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.

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

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  Today, five senators from mid-Atlantic States -- Senators Robert Menendez (NJ), Charles Schumer (NY), Kristen Gillibrand (NY), Chris Murphy (CT) and Richard Blumenthal (CT) took a stand on this issue by urging President Obama to fulfill his obligation to address the causes of climate change and set tough standards to cut carbon pollution from new and existing power plants.   Extreme weather is here once again.

How cap-and-trade might work

Environmental Economics

By 2020, power plant CO2 pollution in the nine RGGI states is projected to be half of 2005 levels. Having strengthened their successful carbon pollution reduction program, the RGGI states have submitted extensive comments to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describing why regional cap-and-trade programs, like RGGI, offer a simple, cost-effective way for states to comply with upcoming EPA regulations to cut CO2 pollution from existing power plants.

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

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These standards will cut carbon pollution, reduce oil use, and save drivers money at the pump. According to  a new factsheet released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense Fund, and the American Council for and Energy-Efficient Economy, we have the technology to cost-effectively reduce new truck fuel consumption 40 percent by 2025.

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EPA Carbon Standards Give Our Kids a Fighting Chance

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As dire warnings from climate scientists continue to escalate and what were once rare extreme weather events become increasingly common , we at the Sierra Club applaud today''s announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency outlining its proposed protections from dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants. Right now air pollution is making our children sick and costing us billions of dollars every year.

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

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Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever national standard to clean up carbon pollution from power plants. Polluters are gearing up to try and stop this standard in its tracks, so it's especially important that everyone concerned about our climate shows up, raises their voice, and gets involved. It creates a framework that, once in place, could mean significant reductions in carbon pollution.

Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end

Environmental Economics

We'd sing and dance, Forever and a day: President Obama reminded Republicans Tuesday that cap-and-trade has GOP roots in a rare public reference to the embattled environmental policy. Cap-and-trade was originally proposed by conservatives and Republicans as a market-based solution to solving environmental problems,” Obama said during a fiery speech at a luncheon hosted by The Associated Press.

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President Obama Announces New Truck Efficiency Standards

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carbon pollution nearly 10 percent. These truck standards are another step to slash oil use, save Americans money and bring down carbon pollution. In 2010 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) finalized the first-ever efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles sold from 2014-2018. When we’re smarter about what we ship and how we ship it, we save money and reduce carbon pollution.

"Governments Await Obama’s Move on Carbon to Gauge U.S. Climate Efforts"

Environmental Economics

This was in today's emailed headlines from the NYTimes: President Obama is expected to announce on Monday an Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s fleet of 600 coal-fired power plants, in a speech that government analysts in Beijing, Brussels and beyond will scrutinize to determine how serious the president is about fighting global warming. Which Monday? Yesterday? This coming Monday?

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Climate change policy on steroids

Environmental Economics

The new regulations, to be drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department by March 2015 and completed a year later so they are in place before Mr. Obama leaves office, are the latest in a series of actions intended to cut back on greenhouse gases without the sort of comprehensive legislation the president failed to push through Congress in his first term. "Tough" and "muscular" I feel like pumping iron!

The Social Cost of Carbon: How to Do the Math? - NYTimes.com

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In 2010, 12 government agencies working in conjunction with economists, lawyers and scientists, agreed to work out what they considered a coherent standard for establishing the social cost of carbon. Instead, they decided, all of the agencies would use the same baseline of $21 per ton as the standard in monetizing the social costs of the seven-plus billion tons of carbon generated by American power plants, vehicles and factories each year.

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

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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. Just 29% think that industries would regulate themselves and reduce carbon emissions sufficiently on their own. Perhaps the most-common complaint about the U.S.

Tell the EPA To Stand Up to Corporate Polluters and Fight Climate Change

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Here's what they want to say : For too long, big power companies have been able to dump unlimited amounts of industrial carbon pollution into our air. But now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering historic standards on industrial carbon pollution from power plants. This is a project by the League of Conservation Voters.

Religious Conservatives Embrace Pollution Fight

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It was the Environmental Protection Agency. on Wednesday ended two days of public hearings on its proposed regulation to cut carbon pollution from power plants, and mixed in with the coal lobbyists and business executives were conservative religious leaders reasserting their support for President Obama’s environmental policies — at a time when Republican Party orthodoxy continues to question the science of climate change. The Rev.

EPA's Proposed Standards for Natural Gas Plants Fail President's Climate Goals

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That speech marked a new, aggressive commitment to addressing the climate crisis by using climate pollution as a yardstick for major energy and environment decisions. That's why we can't help but question why the Environmental Protection Agency would consider performance standards for new gas fueled power plants that could lock in continued reliance on fossil fuels for decades, and fail to carry out the president's vision.

Pindyck: "If anything, the cost of carbon could be higher"

Environmental Economics

TOPICS:  Environmental Regulation. country for each ton of carbon dioxide emitted was $36 in 2007. The number is important because the more costly carbon pollution is deemed to be, the greater. the apparent economic benefits of new environmental regulations. power plants that the Environmental Protection Agency is set to release. of carbon emissions. Advanced ) Why the estimate of the cost of carbon emissions important to the.

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Colorado Communities to Come Together for Flood Recovery

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Featured speakers will discuss the importance of taking direct action both locally to help our neighbors and nationally with supporting measures to combat climate disruption, such as the new Environmental Protection Agency's recently announced carbon pollution regulations. Last month, historic flooding slammed Colorado, and the effects and loss are still being felt.

Poll: Communities of color overwhelmingly support climate action

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) holds public hearings across the country on the proposed Clean Power Plan, national polling continues to show strong support for climate action. When asked what the most important reason to support the EPA's proposed carbon pollution standards, the most common reason was that the rule would be fulfilling a moral duty to our children in the future. - - Christopher Todaro, Sierra Club Polling and Research Intern. As the U.S.

Earth's future suspended in a complex web of science and politics: A report from COP 19

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climate policy with an action , urging the Environmental Protection Agency to move forward with the first-ever standards to limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. President Obama needs our support for these common-sense carbon standards so the U.S. another photo there of the EPA 'to do list”) You can help by asking the Environmental Protection Agency to step up and protect our communities from carbon pollution.

3 Things You Can Do Right Now To Help Support International Climate Action

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For years, the Sierra Student Coalition along with many other youth environmental activist groups have been engaged with Power Shift , an online community of young people working across the U.S. The Ghana Youth Environmental Movement and the Ghana Youth Climate Coalition will initiate Power Shift Ghana. Young people will gather to learn how to run clean energy campaigns and implement environmental policy.

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Protecting Americans from Power Plant Pollution

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On September 20, the Environmental Protection Agency will release new safeguards against carbon pollution that, if expectations are on target , will confirm something investors, governors, community leaders, and everyday Americans have been saying for a decade -- in the 21st century, it just doesn't make sense to build new coal-fired power plants.

Three thoughts better kept to myself on cap-and-trade in China

Environmental Economics

The move to create a so-called cap-and-trade system would be a substantial step by the world’s largest polluter to reduce emissions from major industries, including steel, cement, paper and electric power. Under a cap-and-trade system, a concept created by American economists, governments place a cap on the amount of carbon pollution that may be emitted annually. Companies can then buy and sell permits to pollute.

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Overwhelming Support for Climate Action at EPA Listening Sessions

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Last week, I rode a bus from Indianapolis to Chicago for one of eleven listening sessions on the carbon pollution standards being proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. When we arrived in Chicago, I took to the stage to help rally the 500-person crowd ( video here ), calling on the EPA to put forward strong, just standards for the number one source of the pollution that is wreaking havoc with our climate - power plants.

What Obama's Climate Announcement Means for Coal and Clean Energy

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Coal-fired power plants are the nation''s single biggest source of the carbon pollution that threatens our kids'' future, and today President Obama made an announcement that puts us a big step closer to turning the corner on climate change - and has big implications for coal and clean energy. These safeguards have been more than a decade in the making, and are a huge milestone in the fight to curb carbon pollution.

2013: A Landmark Year For Clean Energy; Twilight for Coal

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"Coal use is down in almost every region of the country, and carbon pollution is at its lowest level in almost two decades. "   A growing movement With an overarching goal to move America off coal and slash carbon pollution no later than 2030, an unprecedented coalition including Sierra Club and more than a hundred local, regional and national organizations has helped to secure a record number of coal plant retirements.

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Congressional Voices Say Keystone XL Fails President’s Climate Test

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Waxman and Whitehouse stated: "We urge the State Department to do a better job in analyzing the effect that Keystone XL would have on the development of the Canadian tar sands and the additional carbon pollution that would result, as well as the effect that Keystone XL would have on the quantity of carbon pollution produced by the U.S. Photo courtesy of www.whitehouse.senate.gov. By Kate Colarulli, Beyond Oil Campaign Associate Director.

A Toxic Assault in the Senate

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 And instead of giving the bill a fair shake on the floor, big polluters and some in the Senate are waiting in the wings to hijack the bill with a cadre of toxic amendments. Take a look at what’s being considered: An amendment to block the first-ever protections from climate-disrupting carbon pollution from new and existing coal-fired power plants. It started off innocently enough. After months upon months of delays, the U.S.

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We’re Ready to Cut Climate Pollution

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American flag, by ladybugbkt Results hot off the presses from a Wall Street Journal / NBC poll show promising climate attitudes among American voters, most notably, solid support for the new Environmental Protection Agency proposal to limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants.

Who's Afraid of a Carbon Rule?

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Environmental Protection Agency in the ‘80s, we sued a company that had been polluting a Maine river for years. Back then, EPA calculated penalties based on theamount of money a polluter saved by ignoring the requirements of the Clean Water Act. The idea was to take away the economic benefit of pollution so that companies would make out better by installing treatment systems than by imposing their toxic waste on the community.

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What the New Power Plant Carbon Standard Means for Coal

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On Friday, September 20, the Environmental Protection Agency released draft carbon pollution standards for new power plants. With climate-related disasters already landing on the doorsteps of millions of Americans, from Western wildfires to Superstorm Sandy, this new protection comes as welcome news. has to deal with its carbon pollution. So meeting the new standard will require coal plants to capture their carbon and sequester it underground.

Inspector General to Investigate Keystone XL House of Cards

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Last Friday the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General confirmed that it will investigate evidence that the agency violated ethics guidelines when it hired an oil industry consultant to draft the Keystone XL environmental impact statement This evidence adds to the growing criticism that the State Department’s conclusion, which minimizes the Keystone XL’s profound impact on U.S. carbon pollution, is based on a faulty and biased review.

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Climate Science - Safe for Now

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As the GOP majority on the House Energy and Commerce committee prepared to pass a bill prohibiting the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon pollution, Markey said that although he opposed the bill, “I

Talking Carbon Taxes, Free-Enterprise Style

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Photo Credit: Orin Zebest via Compfight cc What’s the best way to make a case for a carbon pollution tax to conservative audiences? Just listen to the outspoken conservatives who favor a tax on carbon pollution. Again and again they talk up carbon pricing with the familiar language of the market, calling for a level playing field and accountability for the true costs of energy, and touting the enormous opportunity in homegrown, free-enterprise energy solutions.

Poll: Voters More Likely to Support Candidates Who Support Climate Action

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Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon pollution standards. Climate disruption has been a polarizing issue in the political sphere, with many Republicans in Congress staunchly opposing any efforts by President Obama or Congressional Democrats to combat the global crisis. Most recently, Republican elected officials have been the loudest opponents of the U.S.

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