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February 26, 2015

Judges signal more trouble looms for EPA’s cross-state rule 

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-26 06:38:47

U.S. EPA’s effort to curb air pollution drifting across state lines was under siege in federal court again today, and it appeared vulnerable to the challenge from states and industry despite emerging victorious last year from the Supreme Court. More than a dozen states are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to throw out all or part of EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, or CSAPR, a regulatory regime for 28 Eastern states. [ read more … ]

Democrats probe outside funding of skeptical climate change researchers 

Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-26 06:39:11

A senior House Democrat launched an open-ended inquiry yesterday into the finances of seven climate researchers following revelations that Willie Soon accepted $1.2 million from fossil fuel interests before publishing articles related to global warming. [ read more … ]

Clinton’s green team ready for deployment 

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-26 06:39:36

Hillary Clinton hasn’t even announced a presidential bid yet, but key campaign players are already getting in place, fueling speculation about Clinton’s likely cadre of green allies. [ read more … ]

Texas Joins 10% Club for Wind Energy 

By News  •    •  Posted 2015-02-26 06:39:53

Texas has joined the 10% club – the group of states that get more than 10% of their electricity from renewable energy. Last year, wind supplied 10.6% of electricity, up from 6.2% in 2009, according to ERCOT, the grid operator that covers most of the state. The leap is due to a combination of big wind farms coming online and the ability to carry that energy to population centers through a $6 billion investment in an expanded transmission system. [ read more … ]

EPA blog slams Clean Power Plan’s ‘special-interest critics’ 

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-26 06:40:13

U.S. EPA posted a defense on its website today of a draft rule for slashing carbon emissions from power plants that’s been criticized as a threat to grid reliability and affordability. “As with anything EPA does, a handful of special-interest critics are automatically opposed,” spokesman Tom Reynolds said in the EPA blog. [ read more … ]

New climate adviser disses naysayers, vows to play ‘offense’ 

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-26 06:40:33

John Podesta’s replacement in the White House isn’t wasting any time going after politicians who deny the prevailing views on climate science. In his first full week on the job since inheriting Podesta’s portfolio as White House climate adviser, Brian Deese sharply criticized some lawmakers who oppose the Obama administration’s climate and energy policies this morning at a climate conference in Washington, D.C. [ read more … ]

Comment: 5 Reasons Why Colorado Should Increase—Not Roll Back—Its Renewable Energy Standard

By Steve Clemmer, director of energy research, Clean Energy, Union of Concerned Scientists  •    •  Posted 2015-02-26 06:40:51

On February 5th, state Senate Republicans passed a bill to roll back Colorado’s renewable energy standard (RES), which has helped make the state a national leader in clean energy. Rolling back the RES is precisely the wrong direction for Colorado to go at this time. In addition to providing important benefits to Colorado’s economy, increasing renewable energy use is one of the most cost-effective strategies for complying with the EPA’s proposed power plant carbon standards. [ read more … ]

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