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The Internal Combustion Engine -- Is The End In Sight?

Carl Pope | Posted 07.12.2016 | Green
Carl Pope

Governments and business can no longer conceal the death toll, and publics are unwilling to tolerate it. Governments are acting. The VW settlement is not the only regulatory crackdown on internal combustion engines.

Dangerous Triggers: How To Protect Your Loved One With Asthma From Summer Heat And Air Pollution

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 07.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Seyler

Did you know that 24 million people in the United States have asthma and 6 million are children? As summer heats up and air pollutants increase, it is...

The Jon Stewart Problem

Keith Gaby | Posted 06.29.2016 | Green
Keith Gaby

The heart of the progressive point of view is the idea that government has a role to play in solving some of our toughest problems. The private sector...

A Strong EPA Delivers Protection, Justice, And Pathways To A Cleaner Future

Gina McCarthy | Posted 06.29.2016 | Green
Gina McCarthy

In one of the most creative and ambitious environmental enforcement settlements in U.S. history, we are addressing the immediate pollution issue VW caused and, at the same time, setting a new precedent for long term benefits that can be achieved under the Clean Air Act.

New NRDC Analysis: Electric Sector On Track to Meet Clean Power Plan

David Doniger | Posted 06.02.2016 | Green
David Doniger

The U.S. electric sector is on track to meet the Clean Power Plan, according to a new NRDC analysis released yesterday. The report demonstrates again that the power sector is rapidly moving to cleaner generation and greater energy efficiency.

The Climate Post: Clean Power Plan Court Hearing Delayed to September

Tim Profeta | Posted 05.19.2016 | Green
Tim Profeta

Just weeks before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit was scheduled to hear challenges to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ...

The Climate Post: Nations to Sign Paris Climate Agreement Friday

Tim Profeta | Posted 04.21.2016 | Green
Tim Profeta

Four months after it was finalized by delegates to the Paris Climate Change Conference, the Paris Agreement will be signed by more than 100 nations on...

Senators Put Politics Above People in Obstructing Supreme Court Nominee

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Trip Van Noppen

The Senate should not play political games with an institution as vital and important as the U.S. Supreme Court. Nowhere does the Constitution say a duly elected president loses the right to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in the last year of his term.

The Misinformation Campaign to Stop Clean Air Rules

Keith Gaby | Posted 02.24.2016 | Green
Keith Gaby

When we watch TV commercials, we're conditioned to be skeptical about the claims made by advertisers. Well, that's the same skepticism you should bring to industry claims about the cost of clean air rules.

What's Next for the Clean Power Plan?

David Doniger | Posted 02.16.2016 | Green
David Doniger

Some observers immediately suggested that the stay vote portends the Plan's eventual defeat if it returns to the Supreme Court on the merits. That conclusion is unwarranted, in my view.

The Climate Post: Supreme Court Suspends Clean Power Plan

Tim Profeta | Posted 02.11.2016 | Green
Tim Profeta

The court, in a 5-4 decision split along party lines, put a stay on enforcement of the Clean Power Plan, which is designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Why the Surprise Supreme Court Decision Won't Stop the Clean Power Plan

Keith Gaby | Posted 02.10.2016 | Green
Keith Gaby

In a surprise procedural decision yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court put the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan on pause while a lower court reviews it. The Court did not weigh in on the merits of the Environmental Protection Agency's plan, and didn't explain its reasoning.

Polluters' Last-Ditch Bid to Stay Clean Power Plan Faces Long Odds at Supreme Court

David Doniger | Posted 02.04.2016 | Green
David Doniger

Just days after the federal court of appeals in Washington rejected their bid to block President Obama's Clean Power Plan, the coal industry and its political allies are pleading for immediate relief from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Climate Action Picks Up Speed as Court Rejects Bid to Halt Clean Power Plan

David Doniger | Posted 01.26.2016 | Green
David Doniger

The Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of the Obama Administration's climate protection actions, got a big boost last week when the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington rejected bids by the coal industry and its political allies for a "stay" of implementation.

Clean Air and Climate Change: Two Books to Get You Going

David Doniger | Posted 01.04.2016 | Green
David Doniger

Progress brings a new burden: to tell the history of how the air got cleaned up. And to get across what it will take to meet future challenges -- like curbing climate change.

Paris! What Now?

Keith Gaby | Posted 12.15.2015 | Green
Keith Gaby

What happens now? The diplomats from more than 180 countries who were gathered in Paris have agreed on a historic pact to finally get serious about cl...

Protect Kids' Health - Reject Dangerous Policy Riders

Harold Wimmer | Posted 12.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Harold Wimmer

Time is running out for Congress to come up with spending bills to fund the federal government. Given the misery another government shutdown would imp...

'Green News Report' - November 12, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.12.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: 'GNR' Special Coverage: 2016 Republican and Democratic Presidential cand...

Are White House Insiders With Connections to Big Oil Undermining the President's Climate Change Agenda?

Paul Alexander | Posted 10.29.2015 | Green
Paul Alexander

How in good faith can Obama lobby world leaders to fight climate change when his own administration has weakened the RFS, a law -- signed by George W. Bush no less! -- that has reduced greenhouse gas emissions since its inception a decade ago?

Cooling With Less Warming: White House Leads Push on HFCs

David Doniger | Posted 10.15.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Adding to these governmental actions, an array of companies and trade associations reported on progress implementing HFC reduction commitments made a year ago, and announced new commitments for 2015.

'Green News Report': October 6, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.06.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Biblical rain and record flooding in South Carolina -- is this the new n...

HFC Super-Pollutants: NRDC Petitions EPA to "SNAP" Away Powerful Heat-Trapping Chemicals

David Doniger | Posted 10.06.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Safer, climate-friendlier alternatives have emerged for many categories of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, and for other products. So now it is time for EPA to phase down use of the older, more harmful chemicals.

What the VW Scandal Teaches Us About Climate Action

Frances Beinecke | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Frances Beinecke

This shocking way of doing business has revealed an important truth in the fight against climate change: the value of government safeguards and government oversight in protecting public health and reducing dangerous pollution.

EPA's Common-Sense Climate Measure: Fix Methane Leaks

Earthjustice | Posted 08.25.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

Getting our own house in order by creating a common-sense solution to fix preventable methane leaks should make it easier to build a convincing case for other countries to take meaningful action on climate.

The Climate Post: Challenges Ahead for Clean Power Plan, Another EPA Rule

Tim Profeta | Posted 08.13.2015 | Green
Tim Profeta

Some analysts point out that power plant emissions have already fallen by about 15 percent since 2005, putting the country halfway to the Obama administration's goal before the Clean Power Plan goes into effect.