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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.

SolarCity Aims to Power Nation's Smaller Businesses

With households and large companies turning to solar, SolarCity moves to make its power accessible for the smaller commercial market.

Jul 28, 2015

In a move to accelerate the spread of solar power in the United States, the nation's largest residential solar installer launched a new offering Tuesday aimed at the underserved  small- and medium-sized business market.

SolarCity has grown quickly with a boost from new financing options for residential  installations that have removed or significantly lowered the up-front costs.  Now the company hopes to do the same thing for smaller commercial customers.

Exxon's Deal for Arkansas Pipeline Spill Leaves Water Vulnerable, Groups Warn

Groups opposed to the $5 million ExxonMobil settlement are worried that drinking water for 750,000 Arkansas residents isn't protected.

Jul 28, 2015

ExxonMobil's $5 million settlement for polluting water during the Pegasus oil pipeline spill may be final as soon as this week. But many Arkansas water agencies and cities are blasting the penalty and other requirements in the pact as being too weak and too reliant on struggling federal pipeline regulators to keep the 1940s-era pipeline from failing again.  

Hillary Clinton's Climate Policy Ambitious, but Falls Short of Bold

Clinton's platform on climate and energy made headlines this weekend, but it did not break much new ground.

Jul 27, 2015

With solar power and wind electricity booming, Hillary Clinton promises to double down on them if she is elected president.

With polls indicating swing state voters believe human activities are causing climate change by a 2-1 margin, her new platform on climate change mocks Republican right-wingers as being out of touch with reality.

New Climate Treaty Draft Still a Tangled Mess, but Growing Clearer

With just five months until Paris, document manages to clarify guiding principles, but the most critical issues are still far from resolved.

Jul 27, 2015

If diplomacy is the art of keeping one's options open, then the negotiators of a new Paris climate change treaty must be consummate diplomats.

And if using brackets in a draft text is the equivalent of a diplomatic emoticon—one that signals [uncertainty] [dispute] [intransigence]— then the talks must have gone into a peculiar form of emoji overdrive.

Put forth by the co-chairs of the Paris process on Friday, a new 83-page treaty draft remains a tangle of bewildering brackets sandwiched among opaque options highlighting areas of disagreement.

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