CATF Statement on GAIN Act Senate EPW Hearing
Today, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) is holding a hearing on the GAIN Act (S. 2662), which would eviscerate the New Source Review (NSR) program of the Clean Air Act. NSR currently requires a major source of air pollution, like a coal-fired power plant, to install best available controls whenever it undergoes
Cleaning up Power Plants by Recovering Oil: The Game-Changing Climate Strategy
Even with the Clean Power Plan fully implemented, coal-fired generation is predicted to make up 22 percent of the U.S. power generation mix and natural gas will be 33 percent in 2030. Because fossil fuel-fired power plants are by far the largest emitters of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is causing dangerous climate change, some control […]
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 […]
Bipartisan Support for Advanced Energy Legislation? Yes, for CCS Incentives!
Question: What policy can significantly reduce CO2 emissions from fossil fuel consumption and at the same time, increase domestic oil production while reducing our oil imports? And, amazingly enough, is supported by environmental groups, the fossil fuel industry, labor, Republicans and Democrats in Congress, and the Administration? Answer: Federal tax incentives to reduce CO2 emissions […]
MATS Isn’t Dead Yet – An Assessment of the Supreme Court’s Michigan v. EPA decision
The death of EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule has been greatly exaggerated by the popular media following the Supreme Court’s ruling Monday in Michigan v. EPA]. In fact MATS is NOT dead, and only EPA’s initial decision that it is “appropriate and necessary” to regulate coal and oil-fired power plants is remanded […]
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 […]
Pens Down on the Clean Power Plan – Now All Eyes Turn to EPA
On Monday at midnight, the comment period for the Administration’s Clean Power Plan closed. Over 1 million comments, including CATF’s, already have been posted on EPA’s ambitious effort to control carbon dioxide (CO2) from the nation’s largest industrial source of that pollution– the existing fossil fueled power sector. The stage is finally set for the […]
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 […]