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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 ...

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...

GOP: Climate Change? What Climate Change?

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics

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'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 ca...

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...

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.

Hillary Clinton Is Right on Climate Change and the New York Times Is Wrong

Steven Cohen | Posted 08.03.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

If we are to solve the climate problem we need to focus our attention on policies and programs that are practical and politically feasible. Even if a second President Clinton had a Democratic Congress she would have trouble getting a carbon tax enacted.

Three Myths Pushed by Polluters to Avoid Improving Air Quality

Keith Rushing | Posted 07.31.2015 | Green
Keith Rushing

Just days ago, the National Association of Manufacturers, an organization representing factories and other major polluters, launched a multimillion dollar TV ad campaign aimed at keeping the EPA from strengthening federal health protections from ozone pollution.

Carbon Confederacy

Terry Tamminen | Posted 07.27.2015 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Just as common decency and subsequent events proved the Confederacy to be on the wrong side of history after the American Civil War, we have ample evidence that states today should not be flying their Carbon Confederacy battle flag either.

Clean Power Plan Foes Batting 0 for 6 in the Courts

David Doniger | Posted 07.30.2015 | Green
David Doniger

It is becoming increasingly clear that foes of the Clean Power Plan have no more regard for our judicial system than for the health and welfare of American families. The latest suit, brought by the attorney general of Oklahoma, was tossed out of court last Friday. The polluters and their allies are now batting 0 for 6.

It's a SNAP: EPA Cuts HFC Super-Pollutants to Curb Dangerous Climate Change

David Doniger | Posted 07.02.2015 | Green
David Doniger

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced deadlines to end certain uses of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) -- powerful heat-trapping gases that significantly contribute to climate change -- because safer, climate-friendlier alternatives are now available.

It's a SNAP: EPA Cuts HFC Super-Pollutants to Curb Dangerous Climate Change

David Doniger | Posted 07.02.2015 | Green
David Doniger

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced deadlines to end certain uses of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) - powerful heat-trapping gases that sig...

The Climate Post: SCOTUS Overturns Mercury Rule

Tim Profeta | Posted 07.02.2015 | Green
Tim Profeta

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions' Climate and Energy Program Director Jonas Monast notes that the immediate impact of the Supreme Court's decision will likely be limited because electric utilities have already taken steps to comply with the regulation.

Kate Sheppard

Environmentalists Remain Hopeful After Supreme Court Emissions Ruling

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While the Supreme Court's Monday ruling on mercury standards was a setback for the Obama administration's drive to regulate emissions fr...

This Is What Asthma Feels Like for Marylanders

Earthjustice | Posted 07.21.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

While the governor drags his heels, Marylanders across the state struggle to survive during bad ozone days.

Industry-Funded Lawmakers Target Public Health and Environmental Protections

Elliott Negin | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Elliott Negin

A handful of bills currently in play on Capitol Hill would obstruct federal agencies from enacting science-based rules, setting back health and environmental safeguards for decades to come.

Clean Power Plan on Track: Court Dumps Bid to Block EPA from Curbing Power Plant Carbon Pollution

David Doniger | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
David Doniger

The federal court of appeals in Washington rejected a bid to snuff out the EPA's Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's historic plan to put the first-ever limits on dangerous carbon pollution from the nation's 1500 coal- and gas-fired power plants.