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Why “Just Say No” is Just Plain Wrong: the Sound Legal Basis for the Clean Power Plan

By Tomas Carbonell   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon finalize the Clean Power Plan — a suite of historic Clean Air Act standards that will establish the first nationwide limits on carbon pollution from America’s fossil fuel-fired power plants. Rigorous carbon pollution standards for the nation’s power sector will yield immense benefits for the health of our families and communities, for the American economy, and for a safer climate for our children. Yet in the months leading up to the release of the Clean Power Plan clean air standards, coal companies and other entities that oppose reasonable limits on carbon pollution have lobbed a series of flawed and failed lawsuits directed at stopping EPA from finishing… Read More

Risky Business stands out in growing sea of climate reports

By Gernot Wagner Receding beach on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Source: FEMA/Tim Burkitt (This blog originally appeared on EDF Voices) This blog post was co-authored by Jonathan Camuzeaux. Put Republican Hank Paulson, Independent Mike Bloomberg, and Democrat Tom Steyer together, and out comes one of the more unusual – and unusually impactful – climate reports. This year alone has seen a couple of IPCC tomes, an entry by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the most recent U.S. National Climate Assessment. The latest, Risky Business, stands apart for a number of reasons, and it’s timely with the nation debating proposed, first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from nearly 500 power plants. Tri-partisan coalition tackles climate change The… Read More

Saving Billions While Cutting Climate Pollution

By Jason Mathers More fuel efficient, lower emission heavy trucks are good for business, good for consumers, and good for combating climate change. By deploying existing and emerging technologies to improve truck efficiency, the U.S. can save billions in fuel expenses while cutting harmful climate pollutions by millions of tons. EDF is calling on the Obama Administration to set new fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for heavy trucks that cut fuel consumption by 40 percent compared to 2010 levels. These standards would apply for freight trucks and heavy-duty work trucks, such as box delivery trucks, bucket trucks, beverage delivery trucks and refuse trucks. Analysis by leading environmental and energy efficiency advocates, including EDF, demonstrates that bold heavy truck… Read More

EPA Hands Over the Keys with Clean Power Plan, California Already on Cruise Control

By Derek Walker EPA’s Clean Power Plan, proposed today, is a roadmap for cutting dangerous pollution from power plants, and as with any map, there are many roads to follow. For this journey, states are in the driver’s seat and can steer themselves in the direction most beneficial to their people and to the state’s economy, as long as they show EPA they are staying on the map and ultimately reaching the final destination. As usual, California got off to a head start, explored the territory, blazed a lot of new trails, and left a number of clues on how states can transition to a lower carbon future, and California’s successes are one proven, potential model for other states to follow.… Read More

Hundreds of Thousands Support Standards to Ensure a Healthy Low-Carbon Future

By Mandy Warner This is a fact that always stuns people: There are currently no national limits whatsoever on carbon pollution from U.S. power plants, the single largest source of this pollution in the country. But last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposal that could change that fact for future power plants. EPA’s proposal would set America’s first-ever national carbon pollution standards for future power plants – a major victory in the fight against climate change. The Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants are an absolutely necessary, common sense step toward limiting the pollution emitted through our country’s power generation. These standards will help protect our children from harmful smog, curb respiratory problems, and shield our… Read More

6 key insights from the latest IPCC climate report

By Ilissa Ocko (This post originally appeared on EDF Voices) Since 1990, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a series of reports that assess the latest data and research on climate change. The reports are issued approximately every five years. In September 2013, the IPCC issued its newest round of reports by sharing the latest science, concluding with more confidence than ever that humans are responsible and that weather will likely get even more extreme, along with many other key findings. The newest report, released today, looks at impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. Next month comes the thirdreport in the 3-part series that makes up the IPCC’s 5thAssessment Report (IPCC AR5); it focuses on mitigation—that is, actions to limit the magnitude and… Read More

Arctic Melting – a Business Opportunity, but Also a Dangerous Climate Risk

By Peter Sopher The Obama Administration recently released a plan to cope with a warming Arctic. Climate change has increased warming in that region at a striking rate, and it has extended the ice melting season by about two weeks per decade. As a result, the Arctic–which was inaccessible to commercial shipping as recently as 2008–saw 71 vessels cross last year. Speedy Arctic development, however, is an indisputably risky business. The Threat Over the past three decades, warmer temperatures have caused Arctic sea ice to lose half of its area and three quarters of its volume. Even with a slight increase in ice this winter, the Arctic’s sea ice last December was still the fourth lowest on record. In the summer of 2012… Read More