Emissions Control

VW Automobile Assembly

The scope of Volkswagen’s diesel scandal broadened on Tuesday, with the company announcing that 11 million of its diesel cars worldwide were equipped with the same software that was used to cheat on emissions tests in the United States. [The NY Times] Shares of NRG Energy have fallen 8.6% to $16.44 on heavy trading volume, continuing losses from… Keep reading →

The Clean Power Plan’s Winners And Losers

EPA Proposes New Limits On Emissions From Coal-Fired Plants

Citing “immediate risks” to national security, public health and the economy, the Obama administration adopted ambitious regulations and policies to implement its Clean Power Plan.

Boom Goes Bust: Texas Oil Industry Hurt By Plunging Oil Prices

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued two proposed rules lowering the threshold at which landfills must control methane gas emissions.

Air Pollution Attacks Beijing Again

It’s unusual when a documentary film on air pollution becomes a blockbuster hit, but that’s exactly what’s happened with “Under the Dome,” a film produced about energy and environmental issues in China. Released online on Saturday, the 100-minute film has already racked up more than 150 million views on Youku, China’s YouTube equivalent. That’s equal to… Keep reading →

Report Places Los Angeles At Top Of List For City With Worst Traffic And Smog

The Obama administration on Monday proposed a groundbreaking rule on fossil-fuel power plants that it said would lead to a 30 percent reduction in U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels. In introducing the draft rule, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy leaned heavily on the word “flexibility,” insisting that by giving states wide… Keep reading →

Rushing to Regulate

Leaks Found At Illinois Nuclear Plants

Eye-catching headline this week in The Hill: “EPA races to finish Obama rules.” First reaction: Haste makes waste – and when talking about regulation that could affect America’s dynamic, game-changing energy revolution, the goal should be sound policy, not speed. The Hill: Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are racing to churn out new regulations… Keep reading →

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

Today the White House announced its inter-agency strategy for cutting methane emissions from landfills, coal mining, agriculture, and oil & gas systems as part of the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan. “Taking action to curb methane waste and pollution is important because emissions of methane make up nearly 9 percent of all the greenhouse gas… Keep reading →

Waste Fuels Energy Production In Incinerator Plant

A huge coal ash spill was discovered on February 2 at the Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina that has caused significant damage to the Dan River. The spill was caused when a storm drain pipe that runs underneath the 27-acre containment pond sprung a leak and allowed 82,000 tons of ash mixed 27… Keep reading →

OPEC Heads Of State Gather In Saudi Arabia

The oil producers’ cartel will discuss cutting back output at its meeting this Wednesday in Vienna. Iraq’s output continues increasing, Iran could export more barrels as a result of last week’s nuclear deal and non-Opec production has been strong with US output soaring – all bullish supply factors that could put downward pressure on prices… Keep reading →

EPA Declares Greenhouse Gases A Danger To Human Health

Companies often lament regulations that impact their business and tout free markets, but here’s a case of a company applauding tougher regulations that could boost the market for its products. Power Solutions International claims to be the world’s largest alternatively-fueled engine manufacturer and sees pending diesel emissions limits as an opportunity for on- and non-road… Keep reading →