Affordable?… Clean?… Energy Rule
This week, the Trump EPA finalized its latest gambit to revive dying, coal-fired power plants by issuing the so-called “Affordable Clean Energy” (ACE) rule. The final rule repeals the Obama Administration’s signature climate achievement, the Clean Power Plan (CPP), and replaces it with a rule that allows coal plants to invest in minor heat rate
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 […]
Clean Power Plan Oral Arguments: After All That – Nothing New
Seven grueling hours of questioning and debate later (not to mention overnight camping and hours of line-standing for those trying to attend), it can be said that the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals had studied the briefs carefully and yesterday drained dry the bottle containing all the Clean Power Plan arguments and found no dregs […]
Alive and Well and Doing Better than Ever! — A Boundary Dam Update
Nine months ago on these pages, I reported that the Boundary Dam retrofit carbon capture project in Sasketchewan Canada not only was working to keep literally hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, but was controlling 13 percent more of that climate pollution than would be required of a new […]
A Week of Briefs, in Brief
Public Health and Environmental Groups Dismantle Clean Power Plan Challenges Before the D.C. Circuit Court This week EPA, and environmental and public health organizations, as well as supportive states, power companies, and trade associations, submitted their responses to various hyperbolic challenges to the Clean Power Plan before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Among EPA’s […]
Year One at Boundary Dam 3
Year One at Boundary Dam 3 — Or, You Can Catch Some of the Carbon Most of the Time or Most of the Carbon Some of the Time and Still Do Better than EPA’s New Source Performance Standards for New Coal-Fired Units. On November 9th, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia again questioned EPA’s Clean […]
White House Wisely Rejects the “Categorical Carbon Neutrality” of Biomass—But What Now?
The White House Office of Management and Budget released a Statement of Policy this week detailing the many reasons why President Obama would veto H.R. 2822, a 2016 appropriations bill for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior put together by the Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives. The White House […]
We Can Protect Our Climate and Keep The Lights on Too!
Once again, opponents of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) are raising the specter that electric system reliability will be threatened if power plants are required to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Discussions of system reliability will take center stage beginning this weekend when the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) holds its Winter […]