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  • The Wrong Lessons from China

    When President Xi Jinping of China visits Mar-a-Lago this week, it might not surprise him to learn that his host’s advisors see China and its environmental problems as a cautionary tale. He may be puzzled by their reasoning, though. Backing up a week, the night before Donald Trump joined EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and other

  • Not So Fast, Mr. Trump

    Donald Trump, accompanied by Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke, today signed a comprehensive and sweeping Executive Order purporting to roll back multiple final rules and Executive actions of his predecessor aimed at dealing with the climate and other environmental impacts of developing US coal and natural gas and oil. But even Administrator Pruitt will have […]

  • A Good First Step – But We Have a Long Way to go on Oil and Gas

    Earlier this week USEPA took a long-awaited and critical first step to reduce emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane from the oil and gas industry. Oil and gas is the largest industrial source of methane pollution, and the standards for methane will also reduce pollution that causes ozone smog and emissions of toxic pollutants […]

  • Nationwide Standards are Key to Reducing Emissions from Oil and Gas

    Recently oil and gas industry lobbyists have been excitedly reporting about how the industry has “substantially reduced methane emissions” through voluntary efforts. For example, Energy in Depth, a project of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), has produced an infographictouting reductions in methane emissions from selected oil and gas producing basins since 2011 based […]

  • What I’m Thankful For: EPA’s Strong Resolve to Press for Deep Carbon Pollution Reductions Under the Clean Air Act

    Over the past 43 years, the Clean Air Act has repeatedly demonstrated its extraordinary effectiveness in assuring cleaner air by promoting and securing innovations in pollution control.  You don’t have to take my word for it, you can just compare the air in any major U.S. city to that in Beijing. These pollution control innovations […]

  • Grasping at Straws: A flimsy argument to attack upcoming EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants

    Recently, a number of industry lawyers have been grasping at straws in an attempt to tell EPA it can’t regulate the most significant source of U.S. domestic greenhouse gases — emissions from existing coal-fired power plants – under the Clean Air Act.  Even last week, Sidley Austin attorney Roger Martella’s pre-filed testimony for a House […]

  • Carbon Capture and Storage – Why It’s Essential

    EPA’s move last week to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants marks the beginning of an era of widespread use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in fossil power generation.  Going forward, in the absence of any other technology allowing emissions reductions, all new coal-fired power plants must have systems to capture, transport, […]

  • The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Has Some Excellent Advice for the President on Climate Change

    Two months ago, President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology issued a nine-page open letter to the President outlining six critical, common-sense pathways for the Administration to address global climate change during his second term. Released without much fanfare, the letter appears to have disappeared from public view, and review. Too bad, as […]