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Obama Victory Resurrects Climate Issue, but Carbon Tax Likely to Face Uphill Battle

November 12, 2012 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

President Obama’s re-election and unexpected gains by Democrats in the Senate have environmental groups gearing up on several fronts to push for more U.S. action on climate change, including a possible resurrection of a proposal to tax the carbon content of fuel…

Senate Passes Bill to Shield U.S. Airlines From EU Emissions Trading Program

September 25, 2012 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

The Senate has passed by unanimous consent a bill to bar the European Union from including U.S. airlines in a carbon dioxide emissions trading system…

BNA INSIGHTS: Congress Missing in Action as Courts Back Clean Air Act Curbs on Emissions

Federal rules to limit greenhouse gas emissions are likely here to stay. That, the authors of this article say, is the unambiguous message of the June 26 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upholding Environmental Protection Agency regulations under the Clean Air Act to control greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles, utilities, and industrial sources…

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Proposal Would Provide More Flexibility for Non-Utility Transmission Developers

The FERC July 19 called for public comment on a proposed policy statement intended to provide more flexibility for non-utility developers of transmission projects to negotiate with potential customers…

New York Sets Stricter Limits on Power Plants’ Carbon Emissions Than EPA Proposes

ALBANY, N.Y.—Electric power plants in New York state will face stricter limits on carbon dioxide emissions from new and expanded generating facilities under a regulation (6 NYCRR Part 251) announced June 28 by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulations Upheld in Entirety by Federal Appeals Court Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A federal appeals court June 26 dismissed all challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas regulations in an unsigned opinion that reaffirmed the rules in their entirety (Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA, D.C. Cir., No. 09-1322, 6/26/12).

California Toughens Energy Efficiency Standards for New Homes, Commercial Buildings

LOS ANGELES—The California Energy Commission has adopted stricter energy efficiency standards for new and remodeled homes and commercial buildings.

EPA Issues Second Greenhouse Gas Permit in Texas, Allows Four Natural Gas Plants

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Environmental Protection Agency approved a greenhouse gas emissions permit May 24 for a natural gas facility in Texas, the second permit it has approved in the state.

House Passes Bill That Would Put Limits on Biofuel Purchases by Defense Department

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The House approved legislation May 18 that would sharply limit the Department of Defense’s ability to procure alternative fuels, sending a fight over the military’s use of biofuels to the Senate.

House Passes Spending Bill with Rider to Ease High-Carbon Fuels Prohibition

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The House approved a measure May 10 to ease the federal government’s prohibition on the use of alternative or synthetic transportation fuels that emit more greenhouse gases than traditional fuels.

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