Flawed EPA Air Pollution Plan for “Scenic Landscape” States Challenged by Clean Air Advocates

Flawed EPA Air Pollution Plan for “Scenic Landscape” States Challenged by Clean Air Advocates

New federal policy allows some coal-fired power plants to continue spewing haze-causing emissions
January 25, 2013
Denver, CO —

Conservation and public health groups seeking to restore clear skies over some of our nation’s most scenic landscapes filed a challenge today with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver against plans approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that allow coal-fired power plants in Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming to escape federal requirements to reduce their emissions of haze-causing pollutants. The plans create a giant loophole in EPA rules designed to limit sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions, which not only obscure visibility in our most spectacular protected lands, but also contribute to serious illnesses.

Haze in Grand Canyon National Park. (EPA)
Haze in Grand Canyon National Park. (EPA)
Above: A clear day
Below: A hazy day.

EPA’s plans exempt Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming from air pollution rules that would otherwise require them to reduce SO2 emissions from eight coal-fired power plants to decrease pollution in the region’s national parks and wilderness areas, including Grand Canyon National Park. The exemptions are being challenged by HEAL Utah, National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), Powder River Basin Resource Council, and Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice. Continue reading “Flawed EPA Air Pollution Plan for “Scenic Landscape” States Challenged by Clean Air Advocates”

American Lung Association Report Outlines Critical Next Steps for Healthy Air

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American Lung Association Report Outlines Critical Next Steps for Healthy Air

American Lung Association‘s “Healthy Air Agenda” Calls on the Obama Administration to Protect the Air We Breathe

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Lung Association’s new report “Protect the Air We Breathe: The Healthy Air Agenda” identifies the progress made in the United States on improving air quality, despite repeated interference from Big Polluters and members of Congress, and highlights the extensive work still necessary to protect the Clean Air Act and the health of millions of people across the country.

Air pollution remains a pervasive public health threat in the US, with more than 124 million Americans still living in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution. The Lung Association’s “Healthy Air Agenda” details the critical next steps the Obama Administration must take to defend the Clean Air Act and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to ensure all Americans can have air that is safe and healthy to breathe. Continue reading “American Lung Association Report Outlines Critical Next Steps for Healthy Air”

Join the Fight for Clean Air

Last week, Lydia Rojas told her story about her daughter, Steph, who she tragically lost to an asthma attack. Lydia asked us to stand up to the big polluters and to make sure the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hears from the public that we want clean air; we want less soot that can trigger deadly asthma attacks and we want them to save lives.Share Lydia’s story with your friends and ask them to take action against soot pollution.

Thank you to those who have joined Lydia’s fight for healthy air by sending in your comments to EPA, asking them to set the strongest health standards possible to clean up soot pollution. Because of you and thousands of others who also sent in comments, we delivered a strong message to EPA to set the strictest limits on dangerous soot pollution. Continue reading “Join the Fight for Clean Air”

The Candidates on Climate and Energy: A Guide to the Key Policy Positions of President Obama and Governor Romney

 

This voter guide outlines the records and positions of President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney on key climate and energy issues. A side-by-side summary at the top links to more details below.

The nonpartisan guide is based on an examination of the candidates’ actions in office, public statements, campaign materials, news reports, and other publications. It is offered to inform the electorate and contribute to public debate about the nation’s pressing climate and energy issues. As a nonpartisan organization, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) does not endorse candidates.

C2ES is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization promoting strong policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change. Launched in November 2011, C2ES is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Continue reading “The Candidates on Climate and Energy: A Guide to the Key Policy Positions of President Obama and Governor Romney”

UAW Supports Finalized EPA CAFE Rules That Double Mileage Standards- 08/29/12

UAW Supports Finalized EPA CAFE Rules That Double Mileage Standards- 08/29/12

8/28/2012

By Doug Cunningham

The United Auto Workers union is happy about the EPA’s final rules on fuel economy for vehicles and greenhouse emissions. UAW President Bob King says the new standards will propel the auto industry forward. He says the standards provide certainty for manufacturers in planning their investments. The UAW says the new standards cap a remarkable set of achievements by President Obama to save the domestic auto industry and put it on the path of future prosperity. A 2012 Blue Green Alliance study found that these CAFE standards rules will create 570,000 new jobs by 2030, largely because consumers will spend less on fuel and more on other goods and services.

One Million Americans Lead Grassroots Effort for Clean Energy Agenda

 

Photo by Stefan Falke.

Environmental Working Group

Fed up with the undue influence of the energy companies, utilities, lobbyists and other interests that are making it impossible for Washington to move forward decisively in achieving America’s clean energy future, 36 citizen organizations with more than 1.1 million combined members are joining forces to advance a nine-point “American Clean Energy Agenda” and to push for a serious renewable energy agenda no matter who is the next president or which party controls Congress.

The American Clean Energy Agenda is available online by clicking here.

As crafted by the groups, the new American Clean Energy Agenda calls for a number of bold steps, including: phasing out nuclear power, natural gas, coal and industrial biomass in favor of efficient use of renewable, non-polluting resources; opposition to a “clean energy standard” that includes coal, nuclear, oil, gas and unsustainable biomass; retooling federal “loan guarantees” to make smarter investments in renewable energy; greater emphasis on renewable energy and energy efficiency programs; and avoiding a future in which Americans suffer the consequences of mountaintop mining for coal and fracking of shale gas that is then exported for use in other nations. Continue reading “One Million Americans Lead Grassroots Effort for Clean Energy Agenda”

Eileen Claussen Comments on on the Federal Government’s New Fuel Economy Standards

Statement of Eileen Claussen
President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Aug. 28, 2012

This is a win all around – it saves consumers money, reduces dependence on foreign oil, and is the biggest step ever by the United States aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

While Congress remains utterly gridlocked on energy and climate issues, the Obama administration and the auto industry have proven that real progress is still possible.  Working together, they’ve crafted a common-sense solution that taps technological innovation to benefit both the economy and the environment. Credit also goes to the state of California, for paving the way, and to the regulatory flexibility afforded by the Clean Air Act. Continue reading “Eileen Claussen Comments on on the Federal Government’s New Fuel Economy Standards”

Chevy to the Levee: New Clean Car Standards Mean Less Pollution to Fuel Extreme Weather

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Chevy to the Levee: New Clean Car Standards Mean Less Pollution to Fuel Extreme Weather

Posted August 28, 2012 in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

The Obama administration’s new clean car standards mean you’ll save money at the fuel pump while your car pumps out less carbon pollution to fuel dangerous climate change and extreme weather.

Our cars, SUVs, and light trucks account for 20 percent of America’s heat-trapping carbon pollution – second only to our power plants.  Unrestricted carbon pollution is driving up temperatures and fueling increasingly extreme weather – heat waves and drought, storms and floods – with staggering costs to life, limb, and property. Continue reading “Chevy to the Levee: New Clean Car Standards Mean Less Pollution to Fuel Extreme Weather”

New car rules get it right on energy, the environment and the economy

 Submitted by Judi Greenwald | 08/28/2012

http://www.uaw.org/articles/uaw-applauds-publication-final-rules-regulating-cafe-and-greenhouse-gas-emissionsToday the federal government issued vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards that enjoy broad support from automakers, auto workers, environmental groups, and consumers. Why is everyone so happy, when the idea of regulation is anathema to so many? It’s both because of what the rules do, and how they do it.

As a result of these new standards, we will see the fuel economy of the average new vehicle increase by up to 90 percent by 2025. That will save each car buyer thousands of dollars in fuel costs. We’ll also see greenhouse gas emissions from the average new vehicle decrease 40 percent. Continue reading “New car rules get it right on energy, the environment and the economy”

New Fuel Standards are Good for Drivers, Auto Industry, our Health and the Environment

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New Fuel Standards are Good for Drivers, Auto Industry, our Health and the Environment

NRDC: “Everybody is a Winner Today”

WASHINGTON (August 28, 2012) — The latest vehicles fuel efficiency standards announced today by the Obama Administration is a landmark achievement in more ways than one.

The following is a statement by Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“Everybody is a winner today. Continue reading “New Fuel Standards are Good for Drivers, Auto Industry, our Health and the Environment”