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.

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

Environmental Economics

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.

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.

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.

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.

US Court Supports EPA's Limits on Carbon Pollution


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.

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.

Clean Air Coming Soon!

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Carbon pollution standards for new power plants published for public comment. The new year is here, and the Environmental Protection Agency is sticking to its resolutions by kicking off 2014 with some major climate action.

"Scott Pruitt is now waging a war on economics"

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He served as deputy associate administrator for policy at the Environmental Protection Agency) in the LATimes : As head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt has wriggled from one colorful scandal to the next, using agency staff to help his wife  land a Chick-fil-A franchise  and enlisting members of his security detail to pick up his dry cleaning and  search for his favorite moisturizer.

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"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.

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. Climate change will only worsen that pollution. Today the U.S.

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

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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.

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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Religious Conservatives Embrace Pollution Fight

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It was the Environmental Protection Agency. Harper was one of about 20 interfaith activists who quietly sang “Hallelujah” and Jewish spirituals in a prayer circle outside the environmental agency’s 12th Street entrance here on Tuesday. The Rev.

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. million barrels of fuel each day, resulting in 530 million metric tons of carbon pollution.

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

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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).

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

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

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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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EPA Carbon Standards Give Our Kids a Fighting Chance

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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.

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. It creates a framework that, once in place, could mean significant reductions in carbon pollution.

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. When we’re smarter about what we ship and how we ship it, we save money and reduce carbon pollution.

Climate change policy on steroids

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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!

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


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.

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

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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. Perhaps the most-common complaint about the U.S.

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

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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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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.

Climate Science - Safe for Now


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

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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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. Making the case for carbon pollution taxes.

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.

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. As the U.S.

What Incentives and Rebates Are Available for Solar Power?


The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average household emits 20 metric tons of carbon pollution each year. A typical two person-household can reduce its carbon footprint by three to four tons annually by going solar [7].

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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.

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. President Obama just set the first-ever limits on climate disrupting carbon pollution from all U.S.

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Protecting Americans from Power Plant Pollution

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Investors and decision-makers abandoned those projects because the proposed plants would have harmed the health of local residents, increased dangerous air and water pollution, crowded out markets for wind and solar, and pushed our climate over the brink.

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.

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.

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.

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. And over 200,000 people submitted comments to curb coal pollution and invest in clean energy.

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Congressional Voices Say Keystone XL Fails President’s Climate Test

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" This point reflects the analysis by a host of climate experts, the Environmental Protection Agency, Wall Street financial institutions, and oil analysts that the State Department's environmental review critically underplays the pipeline's impact.

Latino Voters, Environmentalists at Heart

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For example, while 8 in 10 US Latinos said it is extremely or very important to pass comprehensive immigration reform, fully 9 in 10 feel that way about enforcing and strengthening the Clean Water Act to protect our waterways and clean drinking water.

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UK opposes EU ban on Tar Sands fuel

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EU law makers – not that anyone really elected them – are introducing – and this is a good move – an important bill which would impose strict pollution standards on car and lorry fuels and would effectively ban tar sands fuel, the world's most filthy and environmentally destructive transport oil. The US Environmental Protection Agency says refining tar sands causes at least 82% more carbon pollution than refining conventional oil.

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