EPA greenhouse gas emission limits on new power plants may not be cost minimizing

Environmental Economics

s proposal remain confidential, experts predict that it will include separate standards for carbon dioxide emissions from plants fired by natural gas and by coal. Plants using comparatively clean gas would be permitted to emit perhaps 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour, a ceiling within easy reach using modern technologies. Coal-fired plants, meanwhile, may be allowed to emit as many as 1,400 pounds per megawatt-hour. Regulating by prices (e.g.,

Indian Court Strikes Down Another Coal Plant

Sierra Club Compass

In justifying its decision to revoke the environmental clearance for a huge 1,050-megawatt coal plant the Indian National Green Tribunal (NGT) described its original approval as 'smacking of non-application of mind.' In fact, if the world moves forward with the massive coal pipeline it has planned, future generations will have much stronger words than these. Chattisgarh along with neighboring Jharkhand makes up the heart of Indian coal country.

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Will The UK Phase Out Coal Plants?

Sierra Club Compass

Prime Minister David Cameron looks like he’s ready to move the UK beyond coal. In his statement at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City last week, Prime Minister Cameron pledged higher emissions standards for UK’s coal-fired power plants, and his team later tweeted that he plans to phase out existing coal-fired power plants in the UK in the next 10 to 15 years. Coal International

EPA: Coal Power Plants Must Install Pollution Controls By 2016

Eco Friendly Daily

In 1990, the United States Congress granted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the right to regulate air pollution created by power plants. However, the EPA still had not implemented nationwide regulations which remedied many of the worst polluters as of 2000 despite indicating major health and environmental issues surrounding the problem. The power plants being impacted by the new regulations are those using coal power generation.

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How Science Prevailed Over the Politics of Climate Change

Eco Friendly Daily

The agency will now begin regulating emissions. The EPA based its decision to regulate greenhouse gas emissions based on this overwhelming amount of evidence. To the EPA’s credit, the new regulations attempt to strike some kind of middle ground. Existing plants are grandfathered into the new standards. The new regulations, however, tip the balance for natural gas. Climate Change coal plants greenhouse gas emissions natural gas

Federal court dismisses Trump’s rollback on regulating carbon emissions

AGreenLiving

A federal court has turned down the EPA’s efforts to lessen carbon emission regulations for coal plants. Many critics of the regulations say that the rollback would give coal plants too much power in deciding their carbon control actions or lack thereof. However, the regulation left a wide margin within which states could operate in regards to reducing emissions, as long as they can show some effort toward making coal plants efficient.

"Economists Debunk Media Fearmongering About New EPA Rule"

Environmental Economics

Media Matters : After the EPA proposed regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, several conservative media outlets claimed that the new rule would increase electricity prices for consumers by prohibiting the construction of coal plants without carbon dioxide controls. But economists and other analysts say that because low natural gas prices are already suppressing coal-plant growth, the rule will not significantly affect electricity rates.

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Marx was an efficiency freak?

Environmental Economics

In a major victory for benefit-cost analysis: In a major victory for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the smog from coal plants that drifts across state lines from 28 Midwestern and Appalachian states to the East Coast. Republicans and the coal industry have criticized the regulations, which use the Clean Air Act as their legal authority, as a “war on coal.”

Supreme Court: One State's Coal Pollution Not Allowed to Make Another State's Families Sick

Sierra Club Compass

In a huge victory for public health, today the Supreme Court issued its opinion in a case considering the EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution rule, which is designed to protect Americans from dangerous air pollution from coal-fired power plants. Air pollution from power plants doesn’t stop at the state line, and without this strong safeguard, communities living downwind from coal plants would have suffered greater exposure to severe health problems.

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Oh Maryland, My Maryland (sung with despair)

Environmental Economics

ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement following Governor Hogan''s withdrawal Wednesday of the Phosphorus Management Tool and nitrogen oxides (NOx) reduction regulations: "This is a sad day in the long fight to make Maryland waters clean enough for swimming and fishing. Regulations create demand for problem-solving technologies that otherwise would languish. Press Statement. January 22, 2015.

"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.

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Oh Maryland, My Maryland (sung with despair)

Environmental Economics

ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement following Governor Hogan''s withdrawal Wednesday of the Phosphorus Management Tool and nitrogen oxides (NOx) reduction regulations: "This is a sad day in the long fight to make Maryland waters clean enough for swimming and fishing. Regulations create demand for problem-solving technologies that otherwise would languish. Press Statement. January 22, 2015.

Five Years After Tragic Disaster in Tennessee, Still No Coal Ash Safeguards

Sierra Club Compass

22, marks five years since the Kingston Coal Plant’s ash dam in Tennessee ruptured, sending more than a billion gallons of toxic sludge into homes, onto farmland, and into the Emory and Clinch Rivers in Roane County - one of the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. Five years later, we''re still waiting - and pushing - for the Environmental Protection Agency to put in place long-overdue protections to prevent more coal ash disasters. Coal Coal-Director Health

Quote of the day

Environmental Economics

Actually, two ( Even in Kentucky. ): Across the United States, the industry is under siege, threatened by new regulations from Washington, environmentalists fortified by money from Michael R. So when the operator of the Big Sandy plant announced last year that it would be switching from coal to cleaner, cheaper natural gas, people here took it as the worst betrayal imaginable. Coal and electric utilities, long allied, are beginning to split.

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At Last! EPA Required to Finish Coal Ash Safeguards

Sierra Club Compass

Late Wendesday we saw a victory for clean water and public health: The Sierra Club is pleased to be a part of a legal agreement with 11 organizations compelling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize safeguards against coal ash pollution by the end of this year. Coal ash is the toxic by-product left over when coal is burned for electricity. When coal ash comes in contact with water, a soup of hazardous pollutants can leach out of the waste and poison our water.

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Yet Another Coal Ash Spill: This Time in North Carolina

Sierra Club Compass

On Sunday, a stormwater pipe burst underneath an unlined pit storing wet coal ash at a retired Duke Energy coal plant in Eden, North Carolina, spilling up to 82,000 tons of coal ash and 27 million gallons of wastewater into the Dan River , six miles upstream from a drinking water source. This event is far from over as the river is grey from the coal ash and Duke Energy has yet to implement a permanent solution to stop the flow of coal ash into the river.

Industry Push Poll Breaks Cardinal Research Rules, Claims Voters Oppose EPA Clean Power Plan

Sierra Club Compass

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed carbon pollution standards for coal-fired power plants. The so-called “Partnership for a Better Energy Future,” a self-described industry association that includes the American Petroleum Institute and the National Mining Association, has released new polling they claim shows voters nationwide and in swing states are wary of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

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Our Last Coal Ash Spill: No More Delays for Coal Water Pollution Protections

Sierra Club Compass

Last week, security guards at Duke Energy's Charlotte headquarters blocked me from delivering 9,000 petitions signed by Duke customers calling on the company to clean up its toxic coal ash, in the wake of a spill that decimated 70 miles of the Dan River. Well, the issue of coal pollution in our water is not going away - not by a long shot. Our last coal ash spill." It may be stored near your drinking water supply - check out our new map of coal as sites to find out.

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Coal: Bringing you fish too toxic to eat

Sightline Daily

It seems crazy that we’ve come to a place in history where fish—the best possible source of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acid DHA, which is critical for a baby’s brain and eye development—is so laced with contaminants, in particular methylmercury from coal plants, that it’s often too dangerous for expecting mothers to eat. Bittman chronicles the “dirty and depressing” Environmental Protection Agency saga to regulate these dangerous substances.

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Disputing a Study on Coal Exports and Climate

Sightline Daily

Giant coal trains near North Antelope Rochelle Mine by Kimon Berlin used under CC BY-SA 2.0 I’ve never seen anything like this: an academic study that assumes that a privately held power company will continuously violate state and federal environmental laws. The study purports to show that, under certain assumptions, exporting coal to Korea will reduce the amount of CO 2 emitted per megawatt-hour of power produced globally. coal in the ground.

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Will the next coal ash disaster be in your neighborhood?

Sierra Club Compass

Guess what - you might be living near a toxic coal ash dump that threatens your local water supply, without even knowing it. Today, the Sierra Club and Earthjustice are releasing a new report called "Dangerous Waters: America's Coal Ash Crisis" that highlights some of the most unsafe coal ash sites in the nation. These are the realities and threats that millions of Americans face every day living near coal ash impoundments.

The News Just Keeps Getting Worse for West Virginia (and It Doesn't Stop There)

Sierra Club Compass

" For the 300,000 people affected by the coal chemical spill from two weeks ago, I bet that's very reassuring. And it gets worse -- how about this article featuring a former WV coal miner, Joe Stanley, who says : "I watched the coal industry poison our water for years. We know the coal industry is getting away with poisoning our waterways nationwide, and a new study of federal data by the Associated Press shows just that. Coal Coal-Director Health Politic

U.S. Coal Exports Causing Deaths in Europe

Sierra Club Compass

Increasing coal burning in Europe caused 2,000 additional premature deaths, with exports from the U.S. Coal-fired power plants are silent killers. Hour after hour these plants fill the air with toxic pollutants, including mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium and tiny sulphate and nitrate particles that go deep into people''s lungs and bloodstream. One of the biggest sources of those deadly coal imports was the U.S., coal exporters. coal exporters?

Enough is Enough: Coal Pollution Spills Reveal a Water Safety Crisis

Sierra Club Compass

Hundreds of thousands of people have learned that the hard way over recent weeks, after a dangerous coal chemical spilled into the Elk River in West Virginia's capitol city, and then toxic coal ash from a retired Duke Energy power plant spilled into North Carolina's Dan River ( and now there's another coal slurry spill in WV ). Mary Anne Hitt, Beyond Coal Campaign Director. Coal Coal-Director

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The first issue of JAERE is available

Environmental Economics

 Title: Regulating Greenhouse Gases from Coal Power Plants under the Clean Air Act Author(s): Joshua Linn, Erin Mastrangelo, and Dallas Burtraw Source: Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Vol. 97-134 Stable URL: [link] Abstract: Abstract The Clean Air Act has assumed the central role in US climate policy, directing the development of regulations governing greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.

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ALEC's Vision of Pre-Empting EPA Coal Ash Regs Passes the House

PR Watch

ALEC’s Vision of Pre-Empting EPA Coal Ash Regs Passes the House. House of Representatives passed an amendment on April 18 to the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 (HR 4348) that would effectively pre-empt the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating coal ash, the waste from coal burning plants, as a hazardous waste. About 140 million tons of coal ash are produced by power plants in the United States each year.

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US unveils historic plan to cut carbon emissions with 30 percent by 2030

Green Blog

Today the Obama administration announced its plan to cut 30 percent of carbon emissions from power plants by 2030. It’s also the first time ever that an American president wants to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said that the Clean Power Plan would ensure a healthier environment, spur innovation and strengthen the economy and create jobs.

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Europe's 'Coal Renaissance' Masks Industry Downfall - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

India and Solars New Normal » Europes Coal Renaissance Masks Industry Downfall. The coal industry has pointed to Europe's increasing coal use and imports as evidence of coal's inevitable future. Reporters have had a field day with this: the clean energy bastion is now home to rising coal use. The truth is coal's future in the EU is bleak. Of the 112 power plants proposed since in 2008 only three have actually broken ground.

Daily demand and supply: Why carbon capture was, but is not currently, viable

Environmental Economics

  High costs have trumped high hopes in the quest to reduce globe-warming pollution from coal-fired power plants. A day after American Electric Power said it would halt a project to bury carbon dioxide deep beneath a coal-fired power plant in West Virginia, experts say the decision reflects a seismic change in the economics of generating electricity. The amount is more than double the cost from a gas-fired plant, which is $62.

Power Africa or Power Oil and Gas Profits?

Sierra Club Compass

Most notably, President Obama announced a signature initiative, Power Africa , to address the issue, replete with $7 billion in U.S. While the oil and gas industry has never been a beacon of responsible stewardship of Africa’s natural resources, its message continues to be: We don’t need safeguards or regulation -- trust us. That investment will power 70 percent of all rural populations – the vast majority of the energy poor – or 325 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Indiana Jones and the Clean Power Rule

Sightline Daily

The proposed US Clean Power Rule puts Oregon and Washington, along with other Western states, on a ledge, too. What may not be apparent is that the rule also provides a plank: adopting a regional carbon price can substitute for complicated and ineffective power-rule compliance plans and let Oregon and Washington meet their own targets. Oregon must reduce the carbon-intensity of its power plants 48 percent by 2030, and Washington must curtail 72 percent by 2030.

Ohio's Next Big Decision -- A Clean or Dirty Energy Future? - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

LA Approves Plan to Buy Solar Power from Moapa River Indian Reservation » Ohios Next Big Decision -- A Clean or Dirty Energy Future? Now that the presidential election is over, the people of Ohio are facing another important choice -- whether their state will embrace clean energy measures that will save money and lives, or continue wasting energy from polluting coal plants. Everyone has seen power plants, recognized by their big high chimneys. Compass.

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The many faces of energy resilience

AGreenLiving

“Resilience” is a powerful word in 2020. Thinking about the idea of resilience as it relates to equity and energy systems merely as the ability to keep the lights on, however, is missing a powerful opportunity to right the scales of justice. As the NAACP has highlighted , 68 percent of Black and African-American individuals live within 30 miles of a coal plant and are twice as likely to die from asthma than white Americans.

A Carbon Pollution Policy with All the Fixin’s

Sightline Daily

The color-coding in this example shows you that most of the money-saving options are in making buildings (light blue) and transportation (dark blue) more efficient, that there are many low-cost options for reducing emissions or soaking up carbon by protecting or replanting forests (green), and that higher-cost options are in the power sector (gray). Adding CCS to coal plants might be like the unappetizing holiday fruitcake that you never get around to eating.

All the World’s Carbon Pricing Systems in One Animated Map

Sightline Daily

Most carbon pollution comes from burning fossil fuels to generate electricity, to power businesses, to heat buildings, or to transport goods and people. An important question when pricing pollution from electricity is whether to price the power generated in the state (like RGGI and British Columbia), or the power used in the state (like California and Quebec). Most of that power—and soon all of it —comes from out-of-state plants.

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"Environmentalists Say" — Sightline Daily - Northwest News that.

Sightline Daily

Skip to navigation Advanced Search Document Actions Sections Front Page Daily News Daily Score Blog The Daily Score Special Series The Dirt on Coal 32 In a Series "Environmentalists Say" Posted by Eric de Place 03/08/2011 04:30 PM A rant about biased news coverage. For example, check out this King 5 segment on the phase-out of coal at the TransAlta plant in Centralia, Washington. First, the TransAlta plant does not, in fact, produce 12 percent of the states electricity.

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"Environmentalists Say"

Sightline Daily

Skip to navigation Advanced Search Document Actions Sections Front Page Daily News Daily Score Blog The Daily Score Special Series The Dirt on Coal 32 In a Series "Environmentalists Say" Posted by Eric de Place 03/08/2011 04:30 PM A rant about biased news coverage. For example, check out this King 5 segment on the phase-out of coal at the TransAlta plant in Centralia, Washington. First, the TransAlta plant does not, in fact, produce 12 percent of the states electricity.

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To The Next U.S. President: 100 Words for 100 Days

The Green Changemakers

That's understandable: this may well be the most important election in the history of the world's most powerful nation. million; renewable energy creates 10 times as many jobs as coal plants. A part of the presidential executive action package should be action to halt new coal-fired generation that does not have carbon capture and storage. Gasoline that is rationed and adjusted for true costs is no match for abundant subsidized solar or wind power.

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