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A quarter of the nation’s electricity would still come from coal in 2030, so it’s hard to view the Obama administration’s proposed Clean Power Plan as the wholesale remaking of the U.S. power sector that the increasingly dire science on global warming would seemingly compel. Nevertheless, a new U.S. Energy Information Administration analysis shows the… Keep reading →

Germany Plans 26 New Coal-Fired Power Plants

The U.S. portfolio of electric power plants will continue to shift in 2015, according to a federal assessment projecting that nearly 16 gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity will retire in 2015. Most of the capacity to be retired this year is coal-fired generation.

Want To Cut Emissions? Go Where The Emissions Are

New Climate Report Names Current Decade As Warmest On Record

If you want to catch fish, go where you know the fish are. That’s our best advice for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as they draw up details to set methane pollution limits for the oil and gas industry, expected later this summer. The agency knows where the “fish” are – they drew a pretty… Keep reading →

Exxon Valdez Oil Disaster-15 Years Later

President Obama has come under criticism over his plans to open up vast, untouched Arctic waters to oil and gas production while pursuing an ambitious plan to fight climate change. “As the first president to seriously tackle climate change, Mr. Obama has proposed aggressive new rules to cut planet-warming carbon emissions from the nation’s power plants… Keep reading →

Energy & Environment Update – May 2015

As Default Deadline Nears, Congress Continues Debate Debt Ceiling Plan

The Senate is in session this week while House members are on a scheduled district work period. While the lower chamber is away, the Senate is likely to consider the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, the Conference Report to the fiscal year 2016 budget, and other measures.

Sun Blankets New York City, Ahead Of Cold Front Returning Despite Start Of Spring

A company’s public statements matter – they can influence consumer choice, sway public policy decisions, and demonstrate leadership on important issues. But in terms of actual change, it’s where a company puts its money that really matters. This week, Bank of America (BoA) spoke with both its voice and wallet: At its shareholder meeting last… Keep reading →

Exhaust rising from the Mitchell Power Station, a coal-fired power plant near Pittsburgh that was shuttered in 2013. The EPA's Clean Power Plan could result in more such retirements.. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama’s assertion last month that climate change will bring more asthma and worse allergies drew a skeptical response in some quarters, but it turns out the president’s signature climate solution – the Clean Power Plan – could come with significant health “co-benefits.” That’s the conclusion of a new study in the journal Nature… Keep reading →

Congress Reconvenes After Midterm Elections

On April 23, 2015, a bi-partisan group of 37 Senators led by Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), John Thune (R-SD), Al Franken (D-MN), and Mark Kirk (R-IL) sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy urging a strong final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker arr

Insight for Industry – FERC Issues Target Date for Oregon LNG Project On April 17, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice of Schedule for Environment Review of the $6 billion Oregon LNG export terminal, setting a final review date of February 2016. The FERC filing is a major step forward for… Keep reading →

The Most Influential, Unimplemented Federal Rule In History

Lawmakers Work On Capitol Hill During The Final Hours Before Federal Budget Deadline

The Clean Power Plan, as proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency last year, would limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants for the first time in history.

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