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The Climate Post: Supreme Court Says EPA Can Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tim Profeta | Posted 07.03.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

The court narrowly defined the question to decide in the case, limiting its review to the EPA's authority to require permits for greenhouse gas emissions from new and modified sources.

'Green News Report' - July 1, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Big Coal baron says Obama's 'evil', attacks wildly popular new EPA emis...

How The EPA Clean Power Rule Could Help Communities Of Color

Manuel Pastor | Posted 06.27.2014 | Green
Manuel Pastor

While the Black Chamber's opposition may be sincere, it also provides big business advocates with a bit of diversity cover -- striking since people of color actually stand the most to gain from the short-term public health benefits of the rule.

The Supreme Court's Latest Greenhouse-gas Ruling Is a 97 Percent Victory for the Environment

Doug Kendall | Posted 06.24.2014 | Green
Doug Kendall

Both industry and environmental organizations declared victory on Monday and with some justification for each position. But if industry is being honest, on the core issue in UARG, they won 3 percent of what they asked for and lost the other 97 percent.

Cleaner Air Gave Americans a $4,300 Pay Raise

Gernot Wagner | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
Gernot Wagner

Having to suffer from childhood asthma is no mark of distinction in support of the greater economic good. It's bad for health, and for the economy. Pollute less -- and strengthen the economy as a result.

Defenders of Dirty Power Plants Use Doublespeak to Shape Debate

Keith Gaby | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

Few opponents of the federal Clean Power Plan want to stand up and say they favor unlimited carbon pollution. So they're apt to frame their arguments in more clever ways.

Why Americans Are Ready to Pay More Money for Cleaner Energy

Michael Shank | Posted 06.17.2014 | Green
Michael Shank

If we want to save our communities from impending natural disasters, save our citizens from poisonous pollutants, and save our economy from energy options that are less than sustainable and renewable, then the choice going forward is clear: Keep it clean.

The Climate Post: States, Studies React to EPA Rule Release

Tim Profeta | Posted 06.12.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

On the coattails of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule for regulating carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, the W...

EPA's Proposed Greenhouse Gas Regulation: Why Are Conservatives Attacking Its Market-Based Options?

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Today that "scorched-earth" approach may have come back to haunt conservatives. Have they now boxed themselves into a corner, unable to support the power of the marketplace to reduce their own states' compliance costs under the new EPA CO2 regulation? I hope not, but only time will tell.

The Hot Air From EPA Climate Plan Critics

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics
Sen. Ed Markey

We've been the number one state in the nation for energy efficiency for three years in a row. And we'll soon be breaking ground on the first offshore wind farm in the county. So what were those catastrophic effects from all of these carbon-cutting clean energy actions?

What the EPA Clean Power Plan Means: More Jobs, Less Carbon

Bob Keefe | Posted 06.05.2014 | Business
Bob Keefe

Here's what the Environmental Protection Agency's new pollution standards for power plants will mean for America: More jobs, less carbon. Of course the fossil fuel industry and some manufacturing organizations are trying to push the false premise that you can't have a healthy environment and a healthy economy.

New EPA Rule for Dirty Power Plants Fuels Strange Debate

Keith Gaby | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

The impacts of unlimited pollution are scary, as outlined in two recent scientific reports that outline the situation globally and in the United States. Kids will have more asthma attacks, storms will be more destructive, drought more severe, and lots of other dangerous problems.

Will New Climate Regulations Destroy the Economy? (Hint: No.)

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

There is a long history of claims that new rules to protect the environment or human health will seriously harm the United States economy. These claims are political fodder, they are provocative, and they are always wrong.

Two Cheers for President Obama's Proposed Climate Regulation

Steven Cohen | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

The goal should be to make fossil fuels irrelevant. Fossil fuels need to become the energy equivalent of the eight-track tape. They need to be driven from the marketplace by a better source of energy.

Dear Governor Hickenlooper -- A Film Dispatch

Corinna Clendenen | Posted 05.30.2014 | Denver
Corinna Clendenen

Film is a powerful medium for communicating the look of things, so in a state as visually stunning as Colorado, what better way to deliver a message to the governor?

Can the US Spearhead a Strong Climate Treaty in 2015?

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 05.29.2014 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

Twenty years of climate talks have been plagued by discord and acrimony as nations squabbled over who should bear the brunt of cuts. But, if Obama can make these new rules a reality, he will have real clout and bargaining power heading into Paris next year.

A Clear Solution To Our Climate Problem

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 05.28.2014 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

Make no mistake, there is no graver challenge facing humanity right now than reducing emissions of greenhouse gasses. And there is no better place to start than the aging power plants currently pumping out 40 percent of the nation's carbon emissions.

The Climate Post: EPA Power Plant Rule Deadline Approaching

Tim Profeta | Posted 05.23.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

Next month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will issue a proposed rule that sets the first-ever carbon emissions standards for the country's existing power plants. The rule, to be announced by President Barack Obama, is rumored to include a phased approach leading to steeper emissions limits over time.

The Climate Post: Court Upholds Soot Standards

Tim Profeta | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

A federal court of appeals on Friday unanimously found that the Clean Air Act gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) substantial discretion in setting air quality standards.

The Nexus of Economy and Environment -- In North Carolina and Beyond

Bob Keefe | Posted 07.13.2014 | Business
Bob Keefe

Go anywhere in America as I have and you'll find smart business people just like those in North Carolina. What they have in common is the courage to bet on a big idea and a conviction that they don't have to sacrifice our air, water and land and our children's future in pursuit of profits today.

A Mother's Day Interview with Sen. Barbara Boxer A Moms Clean Air Force Exclusive

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.12.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Boxer is the mother of two children and the grandmother of four. I reached out to her for a Moms Clean Air Force Mother's Day exclusive interview.

The Way Forward To Kicking Our Carbon Addiction

Keith Gaby | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

The disturbing news is all here: Threats to agriculture from drought, danger for coastal residents and businesses from rising seas, more frequent intense hurricanes, more asthma attacks for kids, the spread of insect borne disease, and much more. But the good news is that this disease has a cure.

The Climate Post: Cross State Air Pollution Rule Reinstated by Supreme Court

Tim Profeta | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

The Supreme Court, in a 6-2 ruling, upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's rule to regulate pollution from coal-fired power plants that dri...

Scalia Gets His Facts Wrong In EPA Dissent

AP | By MARK SHERMAN | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court opinions are rarely susceptible to the kind of fact-checking that reporters usually employ on politics. But Justice ...

50 Years After Rachel Carson: There's Still Hope

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Jeanne Rizzo

Rachel Carson died half a century ago from breast cancer, but her words about nature and humanity still ring true today.