EPA to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

According to the Wall Street Journal, the EPA is set to rule that carbon dioxide represents a danger to the public and issue regulations curbing the emissions: Carol Browner, special adviser to the president on climate change and energy, said in an interview Sunday that the EPA is looking at a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that requires the […]

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Budget Adjustment Bill Being Debated – Budget Bill to be Introduced by Governor

  The Joint Committee on Finance is currently discussing Governor Jim Doyle’s “stimulus” or pre-budget bill (Senate Bill 62).  The Joint Finance Committee is likely going to pass the bill today (Tuesday).  Both the Assembly and the Senate are expected to take up the bill on Wednesday and send it to the Governor for his […]

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Regional Cap-and-Trade Program Challenged in Court

  A New York-based energy company, Indeck Corinth, has sued the Governor of New York and the state’s Environmental Protection Agency over their decision to enter into a regional cap-and-trade program with nine other Northeastern states without obtaining the Legislature’s approval. The states that have entered into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) are required to cap greenhouse […]

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Company Proposes $10 Billion Transmission Line for Wind Power

  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has an in-depth article today discussing a proposed $10 billion transmission line that would bring wind power to Wisconsin.  According to the article: At 765,000 volts, the lines would carry two to six times as much power as the largest power lines operating in Wisconsin today. Wisconsin’s highest-voltage lines are […]

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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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