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Oklahoma - First State to Choose a Federal Plan for Power Plant Carbon Pollution (Don't Worry, They'll be OK)

David Doniger | Posted 05.01.2016 | Green
David Doniger

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issued an executive order yesterday prohibiting her state's environmental agency from even beginning to develop a state plan to limit power plants' carbon pollution.

Despite Hoopla, Court Challenge to Clean Power Plan Likely to Fail

David Doniger | Posted 06.17.2015 | Green
David Doniger

The much ballyhooed legal challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan, brought by coal companies and conservative state attorneys-general, ran out of steam Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington.

Climate Change and the Courts: Court Rejects Latest Industry Ploy to Block Carbon Pollution Limits

David Doniger | Posted 06.12.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Here's the important point: While EPA considers these questions, the Clean Air Act's "best available control technology" requirements remain fully in effect for carbon pollution, just as for any other dangerous pollutant. That's another important court victory for the fight against climate change, for EPA and the Clean Air Act, and -- most importantly -- for all of us.

Mitch McConnell's Weak Hand

David Doniger | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Members of Congress used to respect the president's constitutional role to speak for our country with one voice in foreign affairs. But, like the recent letter from 47 Republican Senators to the Iranian mullahs, McConnell's "just say no" message to foreign leaders shows that those days are gone.

Top 10 Reasons Why States Should Ignore Senator McConnell's 'Just Say No' Advice on Carbon Pollution

David Doniger | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
David Doniger

McConnell's call to "Just Say No" is a bad idea on many other levels too. Here 10 more reasons why states should reject the Kentucky lawmaker's advice.

GOP Launches Brazen Bid to Give Carbon Polluters Free Rein

David Doniger | Posted 05.25.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Congressional Republicans are proposing legislation this week that would allow states simply to "opt out" of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, the pioneering plan to curb carbon pollution from our power plants.

Why States Aren't Rushing to 'Just Say No' on Carbon Pollution Standards

David Doniger | Posted 05.18.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Not a single governor has stepped forward to take McConnell's pledge. And there are good reasons. More and more states are awakening to the attractive clean energy options that will curb carbon pollution while building their economies.

32 States What? Senator Inhofe's Fuzzy Math on States and EPA

David Doniger | Posted 05.11.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Sen. Jim Inhofe opened an Environment and Public Works Committee hearing today with a chart that paints 32 states (in green no less!) as though they have lined up solidly in opposition to EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Time to Decide: Protect Kids, or Polluters?

Pete Altman | Posted 10.29.2011 | Green
Pete Altman

NRDC is launching ads targeting policymakers and polluters urging them to make a simple commitment: protect kids from dangerous air pollution. It’s ...

Rockefeller's Bill Is a Sneak Attack on the Clean Air Act

Dan Lashof | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Lashof

Rockefeller's proposal would not explicitly deny the problem -- it would just make it impossible for the EPA to do anything about it, at least when it comes to the largest sources, such as power plants and refineries.

Lost in the Woods: Senator Collins Repeats Weyerhaeuser's False Arguments for the Murkowski Resolution

Dan Lashof | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Lashof

I spent most of the day watching the Senate debate on the Murkowski resolution and I’m very happy it went down to defeat 53-47. A victory is a victo...

The Three Biggest Honkers from Senator Murkowski and Her Supporters

David Doniger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Doniger

They say truth is the first casualty in war. Senator Murkowski is leading a war to destroy the Clean Air Act as a tool to combat climate change.

The National Academy of Sciences is Clear About Climate Change, not Murky

Dan Lashof | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Lashof

The choice facing Senators could not be more stark: Side with America's most authoritative scientific body or side with big oil.

American Power Act: NRDC's "First Read" of the Kerry-Lieberman Climate and Energy Legislation

David Doniger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Doniger

Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) unveiled today the long-awaited draft of their American Power Act. The launch of their bill kicks...

Seven Murkowski Mistakes About the Clean Air Act and Global Warming

David Doniger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Doniger

Sen. Murkowski wants to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific finding that global warming pollution is dangerous to Americans’ health and to their environment.

Senator Murkowski Lights a Fire Under Alaskan Ice

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Clearly, Alaska is on the front lines of climate change - and they are losing the battle.