Tag: EPA

EPA to seek to cut power plant carbon by one-third

The Obama administration on Monday will unveil a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2020, setting in motion one of the most significant actions to address global warming in U.S. history.  More »

Obama’s boldest move on carbon comes with perils

As with other issues, the regulation to limit the pollution blamed for global warming from power plants is a compromise for President Obama, who again finds himself caught between his aspirations and what is politically and legally possible.  More »

Analysis: Celebrities’ Keystone activism outweighs pipeline’s climate impact

Actress Daryl Hannah hasn’t chained herself to the White House fence in support of tougher power plant emissions. Maybe she should.  More »

Obama’s new carbon limits could boost gas demand

The Obama administration’s looming new plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants could help boost electric utility’s demand for natural gas by as much as 45 percent, according to rough calculations from a leading industry trade group.  More »

Chamber study predicts Obama climate rule will kill jobs

The nation’s biggest business lobby says President Barack Obama’s plan to tackle climate change could cost the U.S. economy $50 billion a year. Supporters predict it will create jobs and lower power bills.  More »

Fracking sucks money from wind while China eclipses US

U.S. President Barack Obama says natural gas can be a bridge from coal to a cleaner energy future. Investors are showing it’s more likely a bridge to nowhere.  More »

EPA Proposes new “residual risk” rule for refineries

Cross Posted from Center for Progressive Reform Blog: On May 14, 2014, the EPA proposed new rules to control “residual risk” from hazardous air emissions (such as from benzene) at the nation’s petroleum refineries.     The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to calculate whether or not residual risk to human health exists after […]  More »

Wind giant Texas stands tall as rule change looms

Depending on how the Environmental Protection Agency writes the new rules on power plant emissions, states such as Texas and California that have embraced renewable power or boosted their gas use may not have far to go to meet the mandates.  More »

Obama divides power players with pollution rule utilities accept

The Obama administration’s upcoming greenhouse gas rules are gaining acceptance from an unlikely quarter — power companies — and splitting the energy industry’s normally unified opposition to new limits.  More »

Perry blasts Obama energy policy

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is accusing President Barack Obama of talking up the promise of U.S. “energy independence” while imposing policies that are “strangling the energy industry.”  More »

EPA considers requiring disclosure of fracking chemicals

The agency could require companies to give the government details on what’s being used to break apart shale rock and release trapped oil and gas, according to a notice today on Reginfo.gov.  More »

Texas regulator says no controversy in cutting air quality funding

Bryan Shaw, the head of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, said this week in San Antonio that there’s no controversy over the agency’s decision to cut funding for air quality work in the region. The Alamo Area Council of Governments lost out on funding after  its natural resource director publicly disclosed details of a draft air […]  More »

EPA scales back biofuel mandate to reflect reality

The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.  More »

Illegal dumping of radioactive waste surges with oil boom

Oil fields are spinning off thousands of tons of low-level radioactive trash as the U.S. drilling boom leads to a surge in illegal dumping and states debate how much landfills can safely take.  More »

Study raises new concerns about emissions from shale gas wells

Researchers found higher-than expected emissions of a potent greenhouse gas emanating from Pennsylvania wells, according to a study published Monday that adds to concerns about the environmental footprint of natural gas.  More »