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March 30, 2016

EPA allies assail ‘meritless’ legal challenges

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-30 06:42:50

U.S. EPA’s allies in state governments, the environmental community and industry are urging federal judges to reject the onslaught of legal challenges against the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. Tuesday marks a deadline set by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for some of EPA’s backers to file their briefs as judges weigh the fate of the contentious regulation to curb power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions. [ read more … ]

Pennsylvania Governor vetoes bill against Clean Power Plan, citing GOP ‘intrusion’

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-30 06:43:38

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) vetoed a bill that would have allowed the Republican-controlled Legislature to hold sway over the state’s Clean Power Plan compliance strategy. H.B. 1327, which was passed by lawmakers with the state budget earlier this month, included language granting either chamber of the General Assembly the ability to disapprove of the state Department of Environmental Protection’s efforts to meet federally required emissions cuts in the power sector. [ read more … ]

Gore, state AGs beef up ‘fraud’ probe

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-30 06:44:10

Former Vice President Al Gore and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today accused fossil fuel companies of committing fraud by lying about climate change science while they announced a multistate effort to hold companies accountable. Schneiderman (D) convened a coalition of state attorneys general here today, where they announced a multistate effort to tackle climate change, including further investigations into whether fossil fuel companies lied to investors and the public about the impacts of climate change.
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Exxon swings back at ‘politically motivated’ probe

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-30 06:44:32

fter a roster of leaders from different states peppered Exxon Mobil Corp. today with allegations of climate change fraud, the company shot back, saying politics were fueling those claims.
“The allegations leveled against Exxon Mobil again today are politically motivated and based on discredited reporting funded by activist organizations,” said Suzanne McCarron, Exxon Mobil’s vice president of public and government affairs. “We are actively assessing all legal options.” [ read more … ]

Harvesting Sunshine More Lucrative Than Crops at Some U.S. Farms

Bu Je Ryan, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2016-03-30 06:45:12

For more than a century, Dawson Singletary’s family has grown tobacco, peanuts and cotton on a 530-acre farm amid the coastal flatlands of North Carolina. Now he’s making money from a different crop: solar panels. Singletary has leased 34 acres of his Bladen County farm to Strata Solar LLC for a 7-megawatt array, part of a growing wave of solar deals that are transforming U.S. farmland and boosting income for farmers. [ read more … ]

Okla., Kan. wind helped drive record CO2 reductions — study

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-30 06:46:09

Consumption of U.S. wind energy helped offset 6 percent of all the carbon dioxide emitted by the U.S. power sector last year, according to data released this morning by the American Wind Energy Association. AWEA officials, using a modeling tool developed by U.S. EPA, found that increased production of wind power, especially in the Southern Plains and Midwest, led to a record 132 million metric tons of CO2 reductions directly attributable to wind power.
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