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Don't Like the Clean Power Plan? Try Cap-and-Trade

The Obama administration offers a carbon trading system as an option for states that don't want to comply with emissions cuts.

Aug 5, 2015

If enough states "just say no" to the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, refusing to impose limits on the carbon dioxide emissions of electric utilities within their borders, that could hasten the emergence of an interstate cap-and-trade regime designed by the federal government.

Geoengineering Will Not Save Ocean Life from Acidification, Research Says

Without reducing emissions, carbon removal schemes will not undo the damage climate change is doing to the oceans by increasing their acidity.

By Phil McKenna

Aug 5, 2015

Waiting to tackle ocean acidification caused by climate change through yet-to-be developed geoengineering schemes will be too little too late to prevent mass extinction of ocean life, a new study concludes.

EPA Dangles Carrot for States to Cut Emissions Quicker

Plan to reward states for renewable energy use and efficiency gains was an unexpected addition to the Clean Power Plan.

Aug 5, 2015

One unexpected twist in the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules governing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants is a proposal to create incentives to move more rapidly toward energy efficiency and renewables like wind and solar power.

The feature could help compensate for the agency’s decision to delay by two years, until 2022, the first compliance deadline imposed by the Clean Power Plan regulations, which were published on Monday.

Who Got What They Wanted in the Clean Power Plan

Many groups argued for revisions to the Obama administration's carbon regulations before they 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.