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June 25, 2014

EPA’s first carbon regs nearly unscathed after years of litigation

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-25 06:55:28

In announcing the majority opinion for the Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday on U.S. EPA’s permitting for greenhouse gases, Justice Antonin Scalia — no friend of EPA — gave the agency a pat on the back. “EPA is getting almost everything it wanted in this case,” the conservative justice said from the bench. And — Scalia could have added — that is pretty much how EPA has fared on every legal challenge so far to President Obama’s climate change agenda. The Supreme Court’s ruling closes the curtain on a string of lawsuits spanning several years that aimed to undermine EPA’s first attempts to restrict emissions that contribute to global warming. [ read more … ]

Supreme Court affirms EPA’s authority to regulate CO2, even as it hauls on the agency’s reins

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-25 06:55:50

You’re getting what you wanted, but watch your step. That was the gist of the message delivered by the Supreme Court to U.S. EPA yesterday, as the court ruled for the third time in seven years to affirm the agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act (CAA). In a ruling that split the justices 7-2, the court found that EPA can require certain permits and carbon-control technologies for the majority of stationary carbon-emitting sources in the United States — provided those requirements are triggered not by carbon dioxide alone, but by other, more conventional pollutants. [ read more … ]

Solar, Wind, Natural Gas Dominate New US Power Installations

by Roy L Hales, CleanTechnica  •    •  Posted 2014-06-25 06:56:08

Coal is no longer “king” of America’s energy production either. That title passed to natural gas, which now accounts for 42% of the total. Coal has sunk to the status of America’s #2 energy source, followed by nuclear energy. If the renewable sector is calculated as a group, their combined output is 16.28% and easily passes that of nuclear energy. More than half of that is hydropower. The next large segment is wind energy (5.26%). [ read more … ]

Risky Business’ report from Steyer, allies puts climate costs at many billions of dollars annually

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-06-25 06:56:28

Climate change-induced disasters including sea-level rise, extreme heat and crop losses will cost the country several billion dollars annually in the decades ahead, a report sponsored by wealthy environmental activist Tom Steyer, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) and past Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said today. “Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change to the United States” — an analysis more than a year in the making — projects losses across sectors and by region of the country. It aims to provide what it calls the first-ever “comprehensive assessment of the economic risks our nation faces from the changing climate.” [ read more … ]

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