Tag Archive: energy

  • Paris Climate Change Talks: What Might an Agreement Look Like?

    | October 26, 2015 | Add a comment

    The Paris climate convention expected to take place later this year represents the culmination of more than 20 years of work by thousands of international delegates. Since the adoption of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1992, the UN has attempted to develop a legally binding … »

  • Clean Power Plan Published in Federal Register

    | October 23, 2015 | Add a comment

    Almost three months after being finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the much anticipated Clean Power Plan has been published in the Federal Register.  Today’s publication means a couple different things. First, states and other impacted organizations can now file lawsuits challenging the legality of the rule, the … »

  • Paris Climate Change Talks: How Did We Get Here?

    | October 19, 2015 | Add a comment

    The United Nations (UN) has been trying to address the climate change issue for the better part of 20 years now. In some respects, the Paris summit will be the culmination of at least two decades of work. However, as will be explored further next Monday, many suggest Paris is … »

  • Paris Climate Change Talks: A Primer

    | October 16, 2015 | Add a comment

    Later this year, the eyes of the world will turn to Paris for two weeks as delegates from the international community gather at the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference (COP 21/CMP 11).[1] Running from November 30th through December 11th, the conference will seek to achieve for the first time … »

  • Projected Ozone Nonattainment Areas

    | October 2, 2015 | Add a comment

    Following yesterday’s news that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will lower the current National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone from 75 ppb to 70, here is a map showing what sections of the country will be most affected by the revision. Areas shaded in red are counties … »

  • EPA Releases New Smog Rule

    | October 1, 2015 | Add a comment

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a long-awaited rule targeting ground-level ozone, a respiratory irritant derived from the burning of fossil fuels as well as other industrial activities. Ozone is not directly emitted into the air, but is instead created by a photochemical reaction between nitrogen oxides (NOX) … »

  • New Models from the Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force

    | September 24, 2015 | Add a comment

    Earlier this summer, members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) gathered in San Diego for the organization’s 42nd Annual Meeting. In addition to hearing from three presidential candidates and networking with like-minded legislators and business leaders,  the nine ALEC task forces gathered to discuss policy ideas and, in some … »

  • Ed Markey’s Energy Hypocrisy?

    | September 23, 2015 | Add a comment

    Last week National Journal held a forum in Washington, D.C. where three members of the U.S. Senate discussed the prospect of lifting the current ban on crude oil exports from the United States. Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and John Hoeven (R-ND) both expressed support for easing the restriction, while Senator … »

  • Oil and Gas Industry Now in EPA’s Crosshairs

    | August 21, 2015 | Add a comment

    EPA’s Regulatory Train Wreck continues. Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a new rule seeking to slash methane emissions from new sources in the oil and natural gas industry by 40 to 45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025. The proposal – a part of President … »

  • Clean Power Plan Released

    | August 3, 2015 | Add a comment

    John At a press conference earlier today, President Obama and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy released the agency’s final Clean Power Plan, unquestionably the most consequential and far reaching environmental regulation of this administration. We’ve written extensively in this space about the many concerns with the proposed version … »