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Who Got What They Wanted in the Clean Power Plan

Many groups argued for revisions to the Obama administration's carbon regulations before the were finalized. Who won?

Aug 4, 2015

After more than a year of public hearings, stakeholder meetings and an unsuccessful pre-emptive court challenge, the Environmental Protection Agency released the final version of the Clean Power Plan this week.

Enbridge and EPA Agree to 6-Month Extension for Penalties on 2010 Spill

As pipeline company braces for huge fine, EPA has more time to determine damages for Kalamazoo River disaster.

Aug 4, 2015

Enbridge, Inc. and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have agreed to a six-month extension on fines the company expects will be imposed as punishment for a 2010 pipeline rupture that sent more than one million gallons of oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. The fines are expected to be the largest ever for a oil pipeline spill, perhaps as much as $100 million.

Landmark Paper Underestimated Methane Leaks from Gas Production, Study Says

Since 2003, a commonly used methane detector has been underestimating leak rates that feed into the national greenhouse gas registry.

Aug 4, 2015

A dispute between two environmental scientists is creating a controversy over how much methane is leaking from natural gas production and is contributing to global warming.

More Journalism Awards Go to Two InsideClimate News Projects

The fracking investigation "Big Oil + Bad Air" and the feature story "Meltdown" are honored by the Society of Environmental Journalists.

By InsideClimate News

Aug 3, 2015

Two InsideClimate News projects were honored by the Society of Environmental Journalists, with the collaborative series "Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale: Big Oil + Bad Air" winning top honors for outstanding in-depth reporting for a large market. "Meltdown," about a polar bear attack on humans in the Arctic, was awarded second place in the outstanding feature story category.

Did the EPA Bulletproof the Clean Power Plan?

By making the Obama administration's landmark climate rules more workable and more stringent, Gina McCarthy may have strengthened their legal footing.

Aug 3, 2015

Gina McCarthy, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has learned two lessons from her long career in the regulatory martial arts: adversity can be a source of strength, but a sure way to hurt yourself is to build strength without flexibility.

EPA Postpones Enbridge’s Day of Reckoning for Kalamazoo Spill

The fine for calamitous pipeline rupture could exceed $100 million, but may take another year or more to decide.

Aug 2, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Enbridge, Inc. have agreed to extend the deadline for fines in connection with the massive 2010 spill that sent highly toxic oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. The penalty is expected to be one of the largest ever for an oil pipeline spill, perhaps exceeding $100 million. 

Greenpeace Activist Talks About Arctic Drilling Protest -- While Hanging From the Bridge

In an interview during the 40-hour standoff in Portland, Luke Strandquist describes what it’s like on the front line of standing up to Shell Oil.

Jul 31, 2015

Cloaked in early morning darkness, 13 Greenpeace volunteers climbed over the edge of the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Ore. on Wednesday and rappelled down climbing ropes so they could hover 100 feet above the Willamette River. Their goal: blocking a Royal Dutch Shell ship en route to support the company’s drilling in the Arctic.

Obama's Clean Power Plan Gets a Jolt of Support from Corporations

Hundreds of corporate giants have rallied to urge governors to see the upcoming regulations as a boost for the economy.

Jul 31, 2015

Three hundred sixty-five companies and investors sent letters on Friday to more than two dozen governors supporting the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to significantly reduce carbon emissions from power plants, urging even the most recalcitrant states to recognize the economic and environmental benefits of the new rules.

Koch-Linked Group Floats Unlikely Scheme to Derail Obama Carbon Regulations

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is proposing an interstate compact to defy federal law and "shield" states from the EPA's imminent Clean Power Plan.

Jul 30, 2015

With the Obama administration poised to issue its sweeping rules to cut carbon pollution from power plants, a Texas-based conservative think tank is making a far-fetched bid to quash the new regulations.

Before the Time of Global Warming, Data Shows Spring Sprung Later

Records of the flowering of plants, the arrival of migrating birds, and the onset of frog mating calls show spring is arriving as much as 14 days sooner.

By Phil McKenna

Jul 29, 2015

If actions do indeed speak louder than words, plants and animals are telling us in no uncertain terms that human-caused climate change is changing their lives—with potentially dire consequences for the ecosystem.