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.

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. George Pataki of New York invited other Northeast governors to join a regional effort to reduce carbon emissions.

2018 116

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.

Would it be wrong?

Environmental Economics

The president rejected a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency that would have significantly reduced emissions of smog-causing chemicals, saying that it would impose too severe a burden on industry and local governments at a time of economic distress. If I'm not too upset about this one ?

2011 109

California might be a weird place, but at least they know how to do environmental economics

Environmental Economics

The legislation would keep the 5-year-old program operating until 2030, providing a key tool for meeting the state’s ambitious goal for slashing emissions. and has been considered an international model for using financial pressure to prod industry to reduce emissions. Bipartisan support for the system comes as Republicans in Washington, including  President Trump , have blocked, resisted or undermined national efforts to fight global warming

2017 100

"Nobody knew border carbon adjustments could be so complicated"

Environmental Economics

Holy cow, the Brookings Institution is trolling President Trump with the title on the webpage. In sum, a carefully designed carbon tax in the United States can reduce emissions significantly with minimal effect on the economy. find no evidence of meaningful emissions leakage abroad, even when the U.S. Using carbon tax and [border carbon adjustment] revenue to reduce distortionary taxes produces better economic outcomes overall and for most individual sectors.

2017 100

The AEA did something and I'm not going to complain about it

Environmental Economics

To figure that out, you need to determine the time horizon being considered, the approach to  discounting future emissions and the rate used , changes to environmental risks, and others. The agencies represented include the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Interagency Working Group convened under President Obama. However, President Trump disbanded the IWG before it could implement the changes.

2018 100

But probably not the most cost-effective

Environmental Economics

Very unpatriotic: The Obama administration and the auto industry are locked in negotiations over new vehicle mileage and emissions standards that will have a profound effect on the cars Americans drive and the health of the auto industry over the next decade and beyond. Heather Zichal, a White House policy adviser on energy and environmental issues, said fuel economy standards were among the most effective ways to cut emissions and reduce oil imports, top priorities of the president.

2011 140

"Massive job losses. Lower wages. Shuttered factories. Brownouts and blackouts."

Environmental Economics

That last bit is from Ghostbusters, of course, but it fits with the President's vision of the climate-regulated future.The rhetoric is kind of funny except that it isn't funny:  That's the grim future that President Trump said he was trying to avoid when he announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate change deal. Environmental experts also say the NERA study overestimates how much it will cost to cut carbon emissions.

2017 109

"Why Dropping the Paris Agreement May not Matter Anyways."

Environmental Economics

The reality is that the US has made and is making enormous strides towards reducing our carbon footprint.    Whatever the President prefers, Americans have chosen higher gas mileage, fewer smokestacks, and fewer carbon emissions. Our carbon emissions are already 11% below 2005 levels, or about 40% of way towards the Paris Agreement. In addition to reducing emissions, we are also helping out by storing lots more carbon in trees, which are 50% carbon. 

2017 151

BC's carbon tax apparently works (i.e., carbon emissions have fallen and it hasn't destroyed the economy)

Environmental Economics

In 2008, the British Columbia Liberal Party, which confoundingly leans right, introduced a tax on the carbon emissions of businesses and families, cars and trucks, factories and homes across the province. Their experience shows that cutting carbon emissions enough to make a difference in preventing global warming remains a difficult challenge. In fact, the provincial economy grew faster than its neighbors’ even as its greenhouse gas emissions declined.

2016 143

A Consensus Climate Solution

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Specifically, it calls for a gradually rising price on carbon emissions. Follow Mark on Twitter: @ MarkTercek. If there’s a silver lining to the U.S.

2017 83

We Applaud Proposed Conservative Case for Addressing Climate Change

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. A gradually increasing price on carbon dioxide emissions starting at $40 a ton will do more to reduce emissions from the electric power sector, and do it sooner, than the Clean Power Plan.

"U.S. Leaves the Markets Out in the Fight Against Carbon Emissions"

Environmental Economics

If utilities facing high costs to cut emissions could, instead, buy allowances to pollute from those who could cut emissions for less, reducing overall pollution would be much cheaper. The idea had been successfully used before, during the Reagan administration, to reduce  lead in gasoline. By 1996, sulfur dioxide emissions had declined by a fifth.

Phinergy tests range-extending aluminum-air battery for EVs in Montreal

Green Prophet

Alcoa and Phinergy’s battery reduces emissions, they are recyclable and fully rechargeable, and they offer a high degree of safety without creating a huge expense.

Hurricane Sandy has become the climate change lobby's besty

Environmental Economics

The president’s speech notwithstanding, the cost of dealing with these looming disasters is not to be found in the budgets discussed by the White House and Congressional Republicans, which would shrink much of the government to its smallest share of the economy since the early 1960s.

Shock: a useful post on a Friday afternoon

Environmental Economics

Some favor a cap-and-trade system, which sets a limit (the cap) on emissions and creates a market where companies can buy and sell permits to discharge carbon dioxide (the trade). The Wall Street Journal asked three experts—David Weisbach, a professor of law at the University of Chicago; Eileen Claussen, president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions; and Ted Nordhaus, chairman of the think tank Breakthrough Institute—to debate the issue.

2012 131

Leadership Makes a Difference on Climate – Especially This Week

Conservancy Talk

China President Xi Jinping and Pope Francis both made history this week with bold actions on climate change, showing the kind of leadership required to tackle this tough challenge. China’s Commitment President Xi announced today a national cap-and-trade program that will begin in 2017, providing the world some good news and momentum ahead of December’s United Nations climate summit in Paris. The program builds off the important emissions agreement President Xi and U.S.

2015 87

How California Uses Forests—and Economic Forces—to Fight Climate Change

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. The state is using a market-based approach to reduce emissions at the lowest cost possible – while protecting forests at a significant scale.

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

Environmental Economics

I read the headlines last week and didn't get towards the bottom, but the second half is the most interesting (after the " " below): President Xi Jinping of China will make a landmark commitment on Friday to start a national program in 2017 that will limit and put a price on greenhouse gas emissions, Obama administration officials said Thursday. He will agree to help provide financing to poorer countries to help them pay for projects that reduce harmful emissions.

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The Plan: How the U.S. Can Help Stabilize the Climate and Create A Clean Energy Future

Sierra Club Compass

After decades of presidential promises to wean ourselves from foreign oil, break from the debilitating grip of petroleum cartels, and, more recently, address the urgent need to reduce climate pollution, these problems are still staring us right in the face.

Indigenous Peoples of North America at Clime Conference in Cochabamba

Green (Living) Review

Over 15,000 delegates from 126 countries heard President Morales speak at the soccer stadium in the village of Tiquipaya today, and are meeting in working group sessions this week to develop strategies and make policy proposals on issues such as forests, water, climate debt, and finance, which President Morales pledges to bring to the international negotiations of the COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico later this year.

Tumultuous Beginning To Climate Summit In South Africa

Eco Friendly Daily

South African President Jacob Zuma spoke in the opening day of the need to come together globally to avoid dire consequences. Unfortunately, not all nations appear to agree with President Zuma’s sentiments.

Obama Shelves Smog Reductions; Reductions To Be Considered Again In 2013

Eco Friendly Daily

This is why the Environmental Protection Agency has been seeking to improve standards on emissions. However, the EPA has delayed finalizing the emission levels companies will have to meet for nearly a year. Smog is a major problem across the globe, especially in major cities.

2013 80

Countries on front line of climate change join experts and activists in Bolivia for World Peoples' Conference

Green (Living) Review

The main point of the conference is to convince developed countries to make and meet commitments to reduce emissions, and we have observed that this will not happen without pressure from civil society," said Bolivia's UN Ambassador Pablo Solón. The Conference was convened by Bolivian President Evo Morales after the latest UN climate talks in Copenhagen, which ended with the non-binding and much criticized Copenhagen Accord.

2010 109

U.S. Announces Emission Cuts Plan

Eco Friendly Daily

During the current discussions regarding Copenhagen, many nations have declined to participate in binding climate agreements because the United States had not committed to emission reductions. emissions, President Obama has announced a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

US, China, and Others Launch Coordinated Study of Soot’s Impact on Arctic Melting

Green (Living) Review

The six nations taking part in this study should be commended for their efforts,” said Durwood Zaelke, President of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development. Black carbon is a dangerous foe of the Arctic and we need to start reducing it immediately. The good news is that black carbon remains in the atmosphere for a short period of time – days to weeks – meaning that reducing emissions will provide almost immediate benefits.

2011 121

The Path Forward on Climate – It’s About Us Now

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. With the Agreement set to take effect on November 4, now is the time to talk about action—specifically, actions aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the fastest and biggest way.

2016 83

Tropical Rainforests Are Part of the Global Climate Solution

Conservancy Talk

Last Friday, representatives from 175 nations signed the Paris Agreement , which sets climate targets and includes pledges from every country to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – the critical next step in combating climate change on a global level.

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

Eco Friendly Daily

Congress passed on legislation this past summer which would have put forth laws for regulating carbon dioxide and various other greenhouse gas emissions. is a major contributor globally, the Obama Administration has decided to regulate emissions from both power plants and petroleum refineries.

History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man*

Environmental Economics

Opposition politicians and environmentalists in Australia reacted with dismay Thursday to the country’s repeal of laws requiring large companies to pay for carbon emissions , saying that it made Australia the first country to reverse progress on fighting climate change.   Let's try this instead: "The tax was devised to properly price carbon emissions for those companies that choose to use the environment as the equivalent of pooping in their neighbors yard."

2014 143

Don’t Panic, Do Act: A Climate Resource With Real Solutions

Conservancy Talk

Ranging from onshore wind energy to “alternative cement,” these solutions—in combination with existing strategies and pushed hard by governments, businesses and individuals—could not only stop the growth in atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases but also reduce them.

2017 97

Wrapping Up the UN Climate Summit

Sierra Club Compass

The meeting had two objectives: to catalyze ambitious action to reduce climate-disrupting emissions and strengthen resilience; and to mobilize political will for an ambitious global agreement by 2015 that limits the world to a less than 2°C rise in global temperature.

2014 101

Q&A with Jonathan Lash: Dialogues on the Environment

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive By Investing in Nature. Prior to becoming president of Hampshire College , Lash was president of World Resources Institute (WRI).

Supreme Court’s Stay on Clean Power Plan Won’t Stop Energy Revolution

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is President and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. The Supreme Court’s decision last week to stay President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan may delay implementation of that particular program.

2016 83

Sheetz Creating E-85 “Clean Fuel Corridor”

Green (Living) Review

We are taking this step to help our customers who want to use E-85,” said Stan Sheetz, president and CEO of Sheetz, Inc. It also reduces emissions and helps with cleaner air.” ALTOONA, PA, November 2010: Pennsylvania motorists wishing to use E-85, a cleaner fuel consisting of 85 percent Ethanol, will soon have a more consistent source of fuel as they travel between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.

Cleaner Cars, Cleaner Air, Lives Saved - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

Here at the Sierra Club, we tend to believe that if you have the power to drastically reduce air pollution and save lives, you should use it. These standards will both reduce the amount of sulfur in U.S. Compass. « New Mexico Chooses More Solar Power | Main. | Get Ready!

Ukranian Coal Plant “Facelift” Actually Means More Pollution

Sierra Club Compass

USTDA claims that retrofitting four of the 12 units will reduce emissions. Burstyn Thermal Power Plant, photo courtesy NECU. The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) exists to strengthen the economy by exporting U.S.

Leaking Methane Could Push World Closer to Abrupt Climate Change

Green (Living) Review

Regardless of the cause, methane is increasing,” said Durwood Zaelke, President of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development, “and this gas is more than 20 times more powerful than CO2 in warming the climate.” These fast-action measures include reducing emissions of short-lived climate forcers such as black carbon soot, tropospheric ozone, and methane produced from activities such as agriculture, coal mining, and production of oil and natural gas.

2010 113

New Hampshire: Clean Energy is One of Our Primary Concerns

Conservancy Talk

Here are four ways that New Hampshire demonstrates that we don’t just choose presidents. Polling on energy issues and climate routinely shows support for the kinds of policies that will directly reduce climate emissions.

Switching Car Coolants Provides Fast Climate Benefits for US, World

Green (Living) Review

Current HFC coolants are super greenhouse gases Washington, DC, February 2013 : The US can use existing authority to help meet its pledge to reduce emissions by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020, although Congressional action will be needed to meet the steeper emission cuts needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Using Existing Federal Laws and State Action to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.”

The US in a royal mess

Eco Friendly Daily

The United States, which has already refused to sign the Kyoto protocols demanding emissions reductions by 2012, once again threw up road blocks in the negotiation process to create an agreement to succeed Kyoto.

Ethanol will spike Popcorn Price!!!

Eco Friendly Daily

Even as ethanol devours corn and pushes prices higher, the president and Congress are calling for even greater ethanol use. " Ethanol is combined with unleaded gasoline to boost its octane rating and reduce emissions.