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 [...]

Ten Old Power Plants, Mostly Coal-Fired, to Shut Down

By: Thursday March 1, 2012 9:35 am

Sometimes it’s hard to find progress in public policy, especially in the energy sector, where a natural gas boom and new nuclear plant construction have been the big stories of late. But I am nothing if not a striver. So I’ve found the genuinely good news that ten more old, dirty coal-fired power plants will [...]

EPA Delays Greenhouse Gas Regulation for Power Plants

By: Tuesday May 17, 2011 8:10 am

The discussion of energy and the environment has become entirely a discussion about gas prices. Every day you’ll see a hearing about oil subsidies or a letter about price fixing or market speculation or the need for increased drilling. Gas prices obviously have a political sensitivity, although with the speculative bubble popping I should remind [...]

WI State Senator Chris Larson on Budget Repair Bill, Gov. Walker, Assault on Public Employees

By: Tuesday February 22, 2011 7:55 am

Chris Larson, one of the 14 Wisconsin State Senators currently in Illinois as the battle over public employee rights plays out, wants to bring attention back to the legislation at hand. “There are provisions in there attacking worker rights, allowing no-bid contracts, putting Medicare at risk,” Larson said in an interview. “There are over 200 [...]

In Budget Bill, Wisconsin Gov. Walker Pushing for No-Bid Sales of State-Owned Power Plants

By: Monday February 21, 2011 9:00 am

Andy Stern frames the debate in Wisconsin correctly as a 15-state power grab to take away worker’s rights. Under the cover of a fiscal crisis created by Wall Street and a deep economic recession, right-wing politicians in Wisconsin and elsewhere are trying to pin the blame on public employees and strip them of their bargaining [...]

EPA Sets Long Process for Greenhouse Gas Regulation

By: Thursday December 23, 2010 8:23 am

The EPA has announced two timelines for the regulation of greenhouse gases at utilities and refineries. The timelines will not set final rules for regulation until May 2012 for power plants, and November 2012 for refineries, delaying the mandated reduction of greenhouse gases for up to two years. These two stationary sources – power plants [...]

EPA Sets Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations

By: Thursday November 11, 2010 10:33 am

The EPA has actually been moving forward on greenhouse gas emission regulations, mindful that they are the last defense for any legitimate reduction in carbon over the near term. Yesterday, they issued a guidance to power producers preliminary to the new rules. While they emphasized that their future decisions would include cost and feasability, they [...]

EPA Begins Power Plant Regulation

By: Wednesday July 7, 2010 7:55 am

In a harbinger of what could result from effective regulation to power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions, the EPA announced yesterday a set of regulations for other power plant pollutants. The targets of EPA’s proposed rule are not greenhouse gases, but two unhealthy toxins released into air when coal is burned — sulfur dioxide (SO2) and [...]

Down to Power Plant Emissions on Carbon Cap Already

By: Monday June 21, 2010 3:00 pm

Nothing has been decided on the extent or scope – or the very existence – of the cap and trade program at the heart of any energy and climate bill moving through the Senate this summer. But industry-wide cap and trade does look unrealistic for now. The White House has already backpedaled to a power-plant-only [...]

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