Clean Power Plan on Solid Legal Ground

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This post, written by David Baake. summarizes his forthcoming article in the Environmental Law Reporter. Last June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the Clean Power Plan, an initiative to cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent from 2005 levels. By any metric,...
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An Unconstitutional Attempt to Roll-back Public Health Protections

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By Bill Funk, Center for Progressive Reform Senator Rounds (SD-R) has introduced a proposed concurrent resolution to establish a Joint Select Committee on Regulatory Reform to address the alleged “regulatory overreach that is so prevalent in all sectors of the U.S. economy” by, among other...
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Congress Should Not Block Federal Flood Protection Standard

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By Rob Moore, Natural Resources Defense Council Flood damages are increasing throughout the United States. Rising sea levels and changing precipitation patterns due to climate change are part of the reason. Another reason is we continue to build in areas that are vulnerable to flooding, a...
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EIA Analysis Shows the EPA’s Clean Power Plan Is Affordable, Renewable Energy Makes a Key Contribution

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By Steve Clemmer, Union of Concerned Scientists A new Energy Information Administration (EIA) analysis shows that renewable energy sources make the biggest contribution to achieving the EPA’s proposed emission reduction targets for existing power plants across a wide range of scenarios, while...
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“No” to Fast Track – Secret, Undemocratic Trade Deals Are Not About Trade

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By Scott Klinger, Center for Effective Government These Deals Are About Giving Big Corporations New Tools to Circumvent National, State, and Local Protections A decade ago, U.S. trade negotiators began to discuss a sweeping international agreement between the United States, China, Japan, and...
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4 Ways “Fast Track” Is a Bad Deal for Science

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By Celia Wexler, Union of Concerned Scientists Soon, members of the House of Representatives will cast a vote that could affect every American family for years to come. The vote is on Trade Promotion Authority, or fast-track, legislation that would give not only the current President but also a...
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USTR Won’t Let Public View TPP Text!

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By Teamster Power Teamster members and some 200 other fast track opponents were denied entry to the U.S. Trade Representative’s office in Washington Tuesday after they demanded to see the text of the still-secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Union members were joined by House...
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Senator Portman’s Extreme Approach on Public Health and the Environment

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By Pete Altman, Natural Resources Defense Council Balance. That’s the word Senator Portman’s recent op-ed uses several times in its attempt to present his actions on public health and the environment as reasonable and moderate. But in order to sound balanced, the op-ed cherry-picks...
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States Sue the EPA Over Clean Power Plan, Disprove Their Own Argument with Existing Efforts to Reduce Carbon Emissions

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By Jeff Deyette, Union of Concerned Scientists The near-term timeline and trajectory for states to make cuts in power plant emissions under the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) is achievable, according to a new UCS analysis released today. In fact, a majority of states (31) have already...
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Department of the Interior Unlawfully Sells Arctic Ocean Lease to Oil Companies…Again

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By Marissa Knodel, Friends of the Earth In February 2008, the Department of the Interior offered nearly 30 million acres of pristine, sensitive Arctic ecosystem in the Chukchi Sea for oil and gas leasing, known as Lease Sale 193. The agency’s environmental impact analysis failed to properly...
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Republican Senators Push 3 Bills to Weaken Clean Air Health Protections

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By John Walke, Natural Resources Defense Council The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing today on three Republican bills bent on weakening basic Clean Air Act protections and making the air less safe to breathe. Each bill takes us backwards by forcing...
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The Surprising Facts About the Clean Power Plan: Most States Are Already on Track to Meet 2020 Benchmarks for Reducing Carbon Emissions

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By Jeremy Richardson, Union of Concerned Scientists A new analysis released today by UCS shows that most states are already making progress toward cutting carbon emissions from power plants by shifting from coal-fired power to cleaner generation sources like renewable energy, energy efficiency,...
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