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February 11, 2016

Supreme Court’s Blow to Emissions Efforts May Imperil Paris Climate Accord

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-02-11 06:47:53

The Supreme Court’s surprise decision Tuesday to halt the carrying out of President Obama’s climate change regulation could weaken or even imperil the international global warming accord reached with great ceremony in Paris less than two months ago, climate diplomats say. The Paris Agreement, the first accord to commit every country to combat climate change, had as a cornerstone Mr. Obama’s assurance that the United States would enact strong, legally sound policies to significantly cut carbon emissions. The United States is the largest historical greenhouse gas polluter, although its annual emissions have been overtaken by China’s. [ read more … ]

Court’s stay decision compared to Bush v. Gore

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-11 06:48:26

Supporters of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan are pointing to political motives behind the Supreme Court’s decision to block the rule. After the justices yesterday decided 5-4 to block U.S. EPA’s top effort to limit power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions, several disappointed agency supporters today compared the court’s move to its decision in the Bush v. Gore case. That divided opinion in late 2000 paved the way for George W. Bush to become president. [ read more … ]

Supreme Court’s pause jumbles the political debate

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-11 06:48:59

The Supreme Court’s decision to freeze the Obama administration’s signature carbon rule will likely shape the political debate on climate change on Capitol Hill and in the upcoming presidential elections, lawmakers yesterday predicted. On the one hand, House Republicans may not be as gung-ho about going after the Obama administration’s climate agenda. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), a vocal critic of U.S. EPA, yesterday said that he felt comfortable putting the carbon program on the backburner. [ read more … ]

Obama climate wish list slams into Supreme Court surprise

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-11 06:49:22

Funding for the final piece of President Obama’s climate legacy was thrown into a tailspin late yesterday when the Supreme Court put the brakes on federal power plant regulations. The move by the court’s five conservatives to block U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan introduces new uncertainties to an already-unlikely $4.1 trillion request that reaches beyond Obama’s remaining 11 months in office to a hypothetical future where Congress supports and funds climate change action. [ read more … ]

U.S. high court emissions ruling won’t deter clean energy drive

BY VALERIE VOLCOVICI AND SCOTT DISAVINO, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-02-11 06:49:53

The U.S. power sector’s shift toward burning less coal and using more natural gas and renewable energy will not be derailed by the Supreme Court ruling against the Obama administration’s limits on carbon emissions, state regulators and utilities said on Wednesday. The U.S. Supreme Court decided 5-4 on Tuesday to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon emissions crackdown on coal plants until a legal challenge is resolved. [ read more … ]

AWEA: We can meet the Clean Power Plan and save money

By AWEA  •    •  Posted 2016-02-11 06:50:31

“Today’s decision does not mean the Clean Power Plan has been overturned, to the contrary we are confident that once the courts carefully consider the merits of these cases, the Clean Power Plan will stand. A stay, however is disappointing because it may signal eventual delays in reducing both the carbon pollution that is causing climate change and getting proven, clean, and affordable wind energy to more Americans” [ read more … ]

Renewables to Grow Faster Than Forecast to 2035-BP

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-02-11 06:50:58

Renewable energy will grow more quickly than forecast and provide around 15 percent of world power generation by 2035, oil company BP said on Wednesday. Renewables, including biofuels and wind power, are projected to increase at a rate of 6.6 percent per year, boosting their share of the total primary energy mix to 9 percent by 2035, up from 3 percent now, BP said in its annual Energy Outlook 2035. [ read more … ]

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