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Big Coal's Dirty Playbook to Block the Clean Power Plan

Earthjustice | Posted 05.21.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., recently joined with other longtime climate deniers to introduce a bill that would derail the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. The plan when finalized this summer would set the first-ever federal limits on the biggest source of carbon pollution: existing power plants.

'Green News Report' - May 19, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: "The Paddle in Seattle" -- "kayaktivists" hit the water to stop Shell's...

Capito Bill Brings Out the Knives for the Clean Power Plan - Frightening Remake of Murder on the Orient Express

David Doniger | Posted 05.15.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Sen. Capito's bill thrusts multiple knives into the Clean Air Act, seeking to kill the Clean Power Plan in as many ways as coal and power company lobbyists can think of.

The Climate Post: Organizations Develop Tools to Help States Comply With EPA's Clean Power Plan

Tim Profeta | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Tim Profeta

The same week Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W. Va.) introduced a new bill pushing back on implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, organizations released tools to help states and regulators navigate compliance with the resulting rule, set to be finalized this summer.

Fast and Furious to a Warming Planet

Earthjustice | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

The risks to the health of our communities, families and environment are too great for the well-funded opposition to lack a plan for addressing climate change and for solutions to not be honestly and openly discussed.

Want to Save Thousands of American Lives Each Year? Cut Power Plant Pollution

David Doniger | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
David Doniger

A new study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change today, calculates that the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan will save thousands of lives every year.

Every Breath You Take: State of the Air 2015

Harold Wimmer | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Harold Wimmer

Think about this: more than 4 in 10 people in the United States live in counties that have unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution. Now think about this: in the time it took to read that, you probably took 4-5 breaths. Makes you want to know what was in that air, doesn't it?

Will America's Poor Pay for Obama's Coal Plan?

Paul Alexander | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Paul Alexander

In an economic climate that's already challenging for the everyday consumer, a new problem looms: higher electricity costs, perhaps much higher. While it's often hard to pinpoint why a product or service increases in price, it's easy to identify the cause for this price hike: the Clean Power Plan.

On Franzen's Theory and Uniting Our Climate Things

Earthjustice | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

I stand by this critique of what Franzen's essay gets wrong, but I didn't credit what it implicitly gets right ⎯- that is, the climate fight is disconnected from what we individually cherish. My heart, too, rebels at the idea that tons of carbon avoided trump everything else.

The Climate Post: Court Hears Arguments Surrounding EPA Power Plant Rule

Tim Profeta | Posted 04.16.2015 | Green
Tim Profeta

There was skepticism from at least two of the three-judge panel about whether they could hear a challenge before the rule is finalized. Judges Griffith and Kavanaugh both questioned whether the rule making was "extraordinary" and requiring of immediate court review.

Climate Action Is Driving Innovation and Our Economy

Gina McCarthy | Posted 04.16.2015 | Business
Gina McCarthy

About 2.7 million people now make a living from the clean energy economy, and that number is constantly growing. These people are developing clean energy projects, crafting more energy-efficient appliances, constructing green buildings and retrofitting existing buildings, and more -- saving consumers money and driving down the carbon pollution that is fueling climate change.

Nature's Trust (Part 2)

Peter Neill | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

What would the American landscape look like if we had no legislation at all? Would it be habitable today? And why would we not take every possible step to defend against it happening again? Is there law on which such defense may depend?

Bridging the Clean Energy Divide

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz | Posted 04.08.2015 | Green
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

Clean energy benefits all Americans, but it helps low-income families in particular. While the average U.S. household spends 2.9 percent of their income on electricity bills, low-income households spend 8.3 percent on electricity -- and more when energy prices spike.

Will the States Thwart Obama's Coal Plan?

Paul Alexander | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics
Paul Alexander

Obama has used his pen-and-phone strategy to deal with issues like immigration, gun control, and health care. The approach has often led to legal battles. The latest move to end up in court concerns regulations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, what has been billed as the centerpiece of Obama's plan to combat climate change.

Celebrating Our Great Society

Harlan Green | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

We are now celebrating the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's Great Society, enacted for the most part from 1964-66, perhaps the greatest legislative achievement of any president since FDR and the New Deal.

Sick and Tired of Pollution, Latino Kids Fight Back Armed With Courage and Wit

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.13.2015 | Green
Javier Sierra

The benefits of fighting air pollution can be enormous. A recent University of Southern California study found that a substantial improvement of the air quality allows children to develop bigger, stronger lungs.

Black Futures Must Involve Environmental Justice

Keith Rushing | Posted 04.29.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Rushing

I truly hope Obama ignores the noise and pushes the EPA to set a strong standard that will adequately protect public health based on the science, which is what the Clean Air Act requires.

How to Appreciate Progress? Go Take a Hike.

Ann Morgan | Posted 04.26.2015 | Green
Ann Morgan

It was 45 years ago that the Clean Air Act passed and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created, and they have both made a tremendous difference in our quality of life.

A Tale of Two Washingtons

Bob Keefe | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Bob Keefe

While Washington state lawmakers' bold pragmatism promises to help their environment and their economy, the new Congress in Washington, D.C., seems hell-bent on pushing legislation that will strip away our environmental protections, continue to ignore the threats of climate change and keep us addicted to dirty fossil fuels.

Michael McAuliff

House Tries To Stop All New Government Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House passed a measure Tuesday to dramatically restrict the government's ability to enact any significant new regulations or safety ...

Force Big Government to Kill Big Carbon

Christian Parenti | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Christian Parenti

Consider this: The federal government could, without any new laws, significantly restrict both the supply of, and demand for, fossil fuels. Only the state has the power to euthanize the fossil fuel industry. If the climate movement is serious about controlling Big Carbon it needs to get serious about Big Government.

The True Cost of Turning on the Lights

J Henry Fair | Posted 12.15.2014 | Green
J Henry Fair

Coal ash is toxic as a bad marriage, but here's the irony: there are almost no regulations on its disposal, so power plants, which are generally on rivers, largely dump it in a series of giant pits, in incomprehensible quantities, where the rain leaches the toxics down into the groundwater.

Fond Farewell to Retiring Environmental Champions

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 02.11.2015 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Representatives John Dingell, George Miller, and Henry Waxman are retiring. They surely deserve the rest, but -- oh! -- how the environmental community will miss having them in the House. With gratitude, we bid them a fond farewell.

Republicans Just Don't Get It, Part II

Harlan Green | Posted 01.31.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Instead of finding ways to increase our productive capacity and boost household incomes, which are the real wealth creators, Republicans continue to benefit the few at the top of the food chain, most of whom are only interested in enriching themselves.

Everyone Likes to Breathe

Steven Cohen | Posted 01.31.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

The EPA continued to use its extensive powers under the Clean Air Act and announced a new, tighter regulation on ozone pollution. As one might expect, these rules are being described by some in the new Republican Congress as anti-business, job-killing regulation. They are in fact pro-business and job-creating rules.