EPA Reverses Course – Withdraws Appeal of Case Invalidating the Clean Air Mercury Rule

Last week, the EPA filed a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court withdrawing its appeal of an appellate court decision, New Jersey v. EPA, striking down the Bush administration’s Clean Air Mercury Rule.  Background and information on the case and EPA’s decision to withdraw its request can be found here and here.

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Reports Question Projected Costs of California’s Climate Change Regulations

During this economic downturn it appears that groups are more closely analzying the economic impacts of implementing cap-and-trade and other related climate change policies. For example, California recently enacted the most ambitious climate change legislation in the country. Assembly Bill 32 requires California to impose a cap-and-trade policy, which would drastically reduce the state’s levels of […]

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Obama Grants California’s Request to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

  President Barack Obama today ordered the EPA to reconsider California’s petition to set strict automobile emission and fuel efficiency standards. Under Section 209 the Clean Air Act, California has special authority to enact stricter air-pollution standards for motor vehicles than the federal government’s standards. However, California must file a petition with the EPA and meet certain […]

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Study Finds Economy, Jobs Most Important Policy Issue — Global Warming Least Important

  A new study by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that the economy and jobs top all other policy issues. Even more noteworthy was the study’s finding that global warming ranked last.      

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U.S. Senate Committee Proposes Ways to Regulate CO2 Under Clean Air Act

  Further illustrating that climate change regulation will likely come in some form at the federal level, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works released a majority staff report this month outlining ways for the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The report states that, as a result of […]

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Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord Update

The Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord (Accord) held meetings this week in Indianapolis to  continue its quest toward adopting a Midwest cap-and-trade policy, along with other climate change regulations.  In November 2007, nine Midwestern governors and two Canadian premiers signed on to either participate or observe in the Accord. The states that have officially signed on […]

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Energy Issues Ramping Up at the Federal Level

President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Energy Department, Steven Chu, has previously said that coal is his “worst nightmare” and that the U.S. needs to find ways to “boost the cost of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”  However, during his confirmation hearing in the U.S. Senate yesterday, Dr. Chu backtracked a little from those […]

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Congress May Delay Climate Change Legislation

  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) told reporters this week that while Congress has the votes to pass climate change legislation, it may have to wait. Pelosi said she has sufficient backing in the Democratic-controlled House to move a cap-and-trade bill, but will not force the issue: “I’m not sure this year, because I don’t know […]

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Environmental and Climate Change News

  Below are some news stories around the nation relating to climate change and the environment: California announced yesterday that it filed a lawsuit against the Bush Administration over changes it made to the Endangered Species Act. The new rules apply to federal agencies that approve projects on land owned or regulated by the federal government. Under the new […]

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Federal Court Reinstates Clean Air Interstate Rule

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today reversed its earlier decision that struck down the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), and reinstated the rule until the EPA drafts new regulations. In 2005 the EPA issued CAIR, which established an emissions trading program to control nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulfur dioxide […]

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