Climate Change Nearing “Irreversible” Stage

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 1:22 pm

The new EPA rules on future power plants will limit but not reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the near future, and maybe ever, if natural gas prices remain low. No new coal-fired plants are really on the horizon post-2012, and while without carbon capture and sequestration equipment they couldn’t be built, nobody’s clamoring to build [...]

The End of Coal? New EPA Rules Will Limit GHG Emissions

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 7:36 am

After years of study, the EPA will finally release their initial greenhouse gas emissions rules for power plants, which are likely to end the construction of any coal-fired plants from this point forward. The proposed rule — years in the making and approved by the White House after months of review — will require any [...]

EPA Blocks Major Mountaintop Mining Project

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 11:33 am

I’m not entirely well-versed on the Administration’s policy on mountaintop mining, but to the extent that I do come across the various proposals, they have vacillated back and forth a bit. Last April it seemed like an EPA rule on the practice, which entails blowing off the top of a mountain to extract resources, allowing [...]

Regional Differences Threaten Clean Energy Economy, Entrench Status Quo

By: Wednesday October 6, 2010 1:48 pm

Many Americans, a majority according to a lot of polls, believe that America should move to a clean energy future. However, broken down regionally, that support would dissipate. In many states, the incentives for keeping the system as it is predominates. That’s particularly true in coal-dependent West Virginia, where the state is suing the federal [...]

Clean Energy Investment Pulls Out of US, Moves Money Elsewhere

By: Tuesday August 17, 2010 11:33 am

Here’s another installment in my wages of dysfunction series today. As a result of Congressional intransigence on a cap and trade program or meaningful standards for clean energy production, investors have grown tired with waiting and are turning their attentions abroad: Alternative energy investment prospects have shriveled in the United States after the U.S. Senate [...]

MoveOn’s Crucial Effort Against Target

By: Tuesday August 3, 2010 2:04 pm

Target, the Minnesota-based company whose brand has become treasured by young urbanites across the country, provided $150,000 in seed money to a group called Minnesota Forward, a political group running ads supporting Republican Tom Emmer in the state’s gubernatorial race. At first, the LGBT community began to oppose Target for its support of Emmer, who [...]

Obama Administration Threatens Veto on Any Bill Blocking EPA Carbon Regulations

By: Monday July 26, 2010 10:22 am

This is pretty good news. It’s important to note that the death of climate legislation does not mean the death of carbon regulation. It just moves it into a new phase, where the EPA takes the lead. And the Administration will protect that privilege: President Barack Obama would veto legislation suspending the EPA’s plans to [...]

Water Is Wet, and a West Virginia Senator Opposes Coal Industry Regulations

By: Friday July 16, 2010 2:45 pm

New West Virginia Senator Carte Goodwin opposes any cap and trade legislation before the Senate, CQ reports. It’s behind a paywall, but here’s a brief piece: Carte Goodwin, the former general counsel to Gov. Joe Manchin III, gave his position in response to a question at the news conference in Charleston, W. Va., announcing his [...]

Spill-to-Bill: The Push for Climate Legislation

By: Thursday June 3, 2010 10:09 am

The President made his strongest comments to date yesterday in Pittsburgh about using the tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico as an impetus to fight for climate and energy legislation and price carbon. The Gulf of Mexico oil spill should inspire the U.S. to cut its reliance on fossil fuels, President Obama said Wednesday, issuing [...]

Another Climategate Report, Another Absolution

By: Thursday April 15, 2010 11:01 am

Here we go again. The British House of Commons first delivered a report essentially vindicating the Clinate Research Unit at East Anglia of any manipulation of data in the controversy over stolen emails dubbed “Climategate.” Now a second report has delivered the exact same conclusion. In the second of three investigations of the scandal known [...]

EPA Basically Bans Mountaintop Mining

By: Friday April 2, 2010 7:28 am

The EPA, on the same day that they announced rulemaking on new CAFE standards, issued a set of guidelines that would seriously curtail mountaintop coal mining in the United States. While the EPA would deny this, it represents a reversal from earlier in the Obama Administration, when some permits for mountaintop and surface mining were [...]

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