Protecting Americans from Power Plant Pollution

Sierra Club Compass

  Since 2002, an unprecedented national network of more than 100 organizations and tens of thousands of volunteers has stopped the construction of 179 proposed coal-fired power plants across the U.S. "   This standard covers all fossil fuel plants.

SunEdison Builds Photovoltaic Solar Power Plant in Italy

Solar Power Ninja

SunEdison have announced the project to build a photovoltaic solar power plant in Northeastern Italy, near the town of Rovigo. The proposed solar power plant will have a capacity of 72 MW, making it the largest solar power plant in Europe. SunEdison finances, installs and operates distributed power plants using photovoltaic technologies. Government / Industry Solar Power Plant

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

Sierra Club Compass

As the the impacts of climate change grow more severe, the pressure mounts on President Obama to address climate change by curbing the country’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions: coal-fired power plants.  Extreme weather is here once again.

What the New Power Plant Carbon Standard Means for Coal

Sierra Club Compass

In the words of our Vice-President, this is a BFD. On Friday, September 20, the Environmental Protection Agency released draft carbon pollution standards for new power plants. Conventional coal plants release at least 1,700 lbs/MWh.

"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. Then in September 2013, the EPA withdrew the proposal upon issuing a revision as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. 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).

Power Plant in Ohio to Retire, Not Refuel With Natural Gas

Sierra Club Compass

  Muskingum River Plant, Waterford, OH (Photo: Google Maps ). On the heels of President Obama’s climate action speech, coal-fired power plants will soon be retired, mitigating what’s been a persistent risk to human health and the environment.

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Putting pollution controls on Mill Creek power plant to create hundreds of jobs | The Courier-Journal |

Environmental Economics

Construction of four new pollution scrubbers at Louisville Gas & Electric’s Mill Creek power plant will create nearly 700 jobs over three years and allow the site to generate electricity more cleanly for decades, company officials said Thursday. With this groundbreaking, we begin a new chapter in this plant’s history,” said Victor Staffieri, the chairman, chief executive officer and president of LG&E and KU Energy.

Fuel Cells Show Promise as Personal Power Plants

Eco Friendly Daily

Don Montgomery, President and CEO said , “Our technology is the only existing technology that allows you to take a carbon-based fuel and make energy, and produce no CO2”. Another solution is seeking to combine solar power with fuel cells.

U.S. To Regulate Emissions From Power Plants And Refineries Despite Opposition

Eco Friendly Daily

However, President Barack Obama has said that the country will at the very least reduce emissions by seventeen percent based on 2005 numbers by the year 2020. The United States is a controversial ground when it comes to many things, including climate change.

Obama Kickstarts Action on Climate Change

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy and co-author of Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive By Investing in Nature. ” With those words this afternoon, President Obama took an important step toward turning his pledges on climate change into reality.

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FuelCell Energy and Air Products collaborate to market environmentally friendly power plants


The purpose of the MoU is to work together for the market development of FuelCell Energy’s Direct FuelCell power plants, which will also produce high grade heat, hydrogen and electricity at the same time. FuelCell Energy and Air Products to Jointly Market Stationary Fuel Cell Power Plants.

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

Sierra Club Compass

" Those were President Obama's words during his landmark climate speech this past summer at Georgetown University. The president laid out an ambitious vision for a clean-energy future that would generate jobs, promote healthy communities, and set an example for the world. Although the EPA's proposed standard for coal plants will significantly reduce carbon pollution, the standards for natural gas will not require new plants to perform any better than old ones.

Nuclear Updates from Jordan, Egypt and the UAE

Green Prophet

From growing protests in Jordan and Egypt to the first ever approved plant in UAE – we have the latest on nuclear from the region. In Egypt, environmentalists have intensifying their campaign against a nuclear power plant planned for El-Dabaa.

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

Sierra Club Compass

Here's the text of the letter: September 24, 2013 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President, I applaud your commitment to fighting climate change.

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A Tale of Two Policies: House GOP Launches 500th Attack on Environment As President Celebrates Climate Action Anniversary

Sierra Club Compass

President Obama (Photo: Wikimedia Commons ). This week marks the one year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s historic speech at Georgetown University, where he outlined his ambitious plan to tackle the climate crisis.

Hope for Youth: President Obama Tackles Climate Head-On

Sierra Club Compass

Today, President Barack Obama announced his administration's next steps for building a legacy of action to fight the climate crisis. Student and youth climate leaders have been waiting for the president to take decisive action like this.

Can Keystone XL pass the President’s climate test?

Sierra Club Compass

This is the question that climate policy analysts, scientists, and activists have been toiling over, in great detail, since President Obama unexpectedly mentioned Keystone XL in his Climate Action Plan speech this past summer -- and even before. Spoiler alert: the answer is no.

Grassroots Activists Across the Globe Condemn World Bank President’s Continued Support of Tata Mundra Coal Plant

Sierra Club Compass

When the project was proposed, Tata Power argued the local impacts were justified because it would provide power for the poor, but this has proved to be a lie. Photo credit: BIC.

Leader of Conservation Group to Become Coal Export President

Sightline Daily

The board president of an environmental group, who is on the board of a second, will soon leave his partnership with a major law firm to go to work full time in support of coal exports, according to knowledgeable sources in the legal community. Bill Chapman, a longtime partner at the law firm K&L Gates , will become president of Millennium Bulk Terminals , the firm that aims to ship 44 million tons of coal annually from a site on the Columbia River to markets in Asia.

President Obama and Private Investors Move $1 Billion Beyond The Grid

Sierra Club Compass

For a while it seemed as though the Power Africa Initiative was more about powering oil and gas profits than delivering energy access to those that need it most. It’s hard to understate just how big a shift this is for Power Africa.

Kosovo Coal Plant Fails President Obama’s Climate Test

Sierra Club Compass

President Obama made a pledge in his Climate Action Plan to lead in the fight against climate disruption when he announced an end to financing for new coal plants overseas. So does the Kosovo coal plant pass this test? It all started in June with President Obama’s announcement.

Celebrating a Historic Call to Action on Climate - Does Your Rep Have the President’s Back?

Sierra Club Compass

 President Obama finally came out with a plan to use the power of the administration to address climate disruption and to start making the real reductions in carbon emissions that we need to stave off the very worst impacts of climate change.

Biggest US climate rally ever calls for the President to reject the Keystone pipeline project

Green Blog

The rally, intended as a show of force and unity for the environmental movement in the US, called on President Obama to move “Forward on Climate” and to stop the Keystone pipeline project. President Obama holds in his hand a pen and the power to deliver on his promise of hope for our children.

Visit the Tiny Town Where Big Coal Will Meet Its Fate | Mother Jones

Mother Jones

Courtesy Brett VandenHeuvel Last week Beijing saw its infamous smog thicken to unprecedented levels, driven largely by emissions from coal-fired power plants across China. Obama Administration Says President Can Use Lethal Force Against Americans on US Soil. Skip to Navigation.

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Georgia Activists Greet Obama, Keep the Pressure On - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

It's hard to catch a president whose travel schedule is always up in the air. But that didn't discourage Georgia activists from greeting President Obama during a recent last-minute stop in Atlanta. But will the president back up his words with action? Compass.

ASSA annual meeting webcasts of interest to environmental economists

Environmental Economics

Here are two webcasts from the 2014 AEA meeting that I hope to watch this week: Discounting for the Long Run Presiding: Nicholas Stern Declining Discount Rates Maureen Cropper; Mark C.

Pronounced "Reggie"

Environmental Economics

 From the NYTimes editorial page :  New Jersey, under its new governor, Phil Murphy, a Democrat, will join — more precisely, rejoin — the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a consortium of nine Eastern and New England states that has achieved substantial emissions reductions from large power plants since its start in 2009. According to various studies, power plant emissions have declined 40 percent since 2009, while the sale of the permits has raised $2.7

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On Heels of Inaugural Address, Sierra Club Announces Coal.

Sierra Club Compass

I was fired up by President Obamas remarks on climate and clean energy in his second inaugural address -- and gauging by the huge cheer that went up from the crowd, it sounded like the hundreds of thousands of people on the National Mall were, too. Compass.

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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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New Campaign Calls for Climate, Clean Energy Leadership from.

Sierra Club Compass

Obamas Climate Legacy and the Keystone XL Pipeline » New Campaign Calls for Climate, Clean Energy Leadership from President Obama. Today, the Sierra Club is launching a new campaign that lays out a clear roadmap for President Obama to take action on climate disruption and clean energy. As the President’s second term opens, millions of Americans are looking for real leadership on the climate crisis. Compass.

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. president will face a nation in economic chaos, a people suffering from deepening political divisions, and a planet in desperate need of leadership on a whole host of extremely critical issues. Once home, the President should frame his agenda around efforts to move country and planet beyond carbon, warfare, and absolute poverty.

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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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Old and dirtier or new and cleanlier

Environmental Economics

environmental regulators likely will delay finalizing rules to limit carbon emissions from new power plants, a measure that has been one of President Barack Obama’s top strategies to fight climate change, the. emissions, after finalizing the rules on new plants.

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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. In fact, coal- and gas-fired plants emit more than 2.3

The shutdown rule (e.g., coal)

Environmental Economics

The 4 West mine, like many that produce coal for power utilities in Appalachia, is expensive to run. 4 West produces only thermal coal for a nearby power plant, which will now rely on other local mines. “It’s It’s just come to a point where the mine is not economical to continue,” said Brian Osborn, senior vice president for operations for Mepco Holdings, owner of the 4 West mine. In micro principles we teach that when price falls below average variable cost (e.g.,

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In case you have forgotten how much the Paris climate deal might cost the U.S.

Environmental Economics

pledge is built around President Barack Obama’s “clean power plan, ” which focuses on steep reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity sector—mainly coal. government estimates the impact of the power rule—issued by the Environmental Protection Agency —at between $28 billion and $39 billion in 2030, or 0.1% If the power-plant rule survives court challenges, it could weigh on coal-related jobs, but the U.S. Besides the power-plant rules, the U.S.

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New Report: Activists Worldwide Say ‘No’ to Coal

Sierra Club Compass

In 2013, one of the biggest steps forward was the large-scale withdrawal of public support for new coal fired power plants overseas. That experience has demonstrated time and again that local communities are a powerful force for change.

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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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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. The first president to talk about cap-and-trade was George H.W. 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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Salazar: On Energy, Expect Four More Years of the Same | Mother.

Mother Jones

Tim McDonnell/Climate Desk If you arent happy with President Obamas plan for powering the US, dont hold your breath for any changes in his second term. Obama Administration Says President Can Use Lethal Force Against Americans on US Soil. Skip to Navigation. Skip to Content.

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Remember when climate cap-and-trade was bipartisan?

Environmental Economics

I do and was reminded again this week: Eight years ago, when Mr. Obama ran for president against Senator John McCain of Arizona, both men had essentially the same position on global warming: It is caused by humans, and Congress should enact legislation to cap greenhouse gas emissions and force polluters to buy and trade permits that would slowly lower overall emissions of climate-warming gases.

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

Sierra Club Compass

A crowd rallied in support of President Obama''s climate plan outside his speech today at Georgetown University. Here''s how the President put it today: "As a President, as a father, and as an American, I choose to act on climate.

Donald Trump And His Cabinet Are Destroying Our Environment

10,000 Birds

In his prior role as Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt frequently sued the EPA over its regulations, notably leading a 27-state lawsuit against the Clean Power Plan. On June 1st, President Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

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