Tag Archive: EPA

  • Clean Power Plan Litigation Begins

    | April 16, 2015 | Add a comment

    The first major step in what will likely be a long, drawn-out legal process will begin today, April 16. Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral arguments from 16 states and a handful of energy companies. The two consolidated cases led by … »

  • West Virginia and Arkansas Engage on EPA’s Clean Power Plan

    | March 30, 2015 | Add a comment

    The Clean Air Act notably identifies states as being first among equals to the federal government when implementing environmental regulations. Indeed, the preamble of the Clean Air Act states that “air pollution…at its source is the primary responsibility of States and local governments.” Since state legislatures gaveled into session earlier … »

  • ALEC Weighs in on Proposed Ozone NAAQS Revision

    | March 18, 2015 | Add a comment

    Yesterday, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing significant concern with a proposed revision of the current National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone from 75 parts per billion to a level within a range of 60 to 70 ppb. … »

  • NERA: EPA Ozone NAAQS Regulation Could Cost $140 Billion per Year

    | February 28, 2015 | Add a comment

    In late 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that would further ratchet down national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ground level ozone from the current level of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to a range of 65 to 70 ppb. Notably, the National Association … »

  • New Website Launch: How the EPA’s Clean Power Plan Proposal will Affect the States

    and | February 24, 2015 | Add a comment

    CleanPowerPlanFacts.com, a new website released today by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will help illustrate how the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan will affect electricity generation in the states. The EPA’s Plan would mandate a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from existing … »

  • EPA Climate Regulations Expected to Hit Manufacturing Sector Especially Hard

    | February 18, 2015 | Add a comment

    A short paper recently released by the Heritage Foundation takes a look at the expected manufacturing job losses as a result of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Predictably, they are significant. Using a social cost of carbon (SCC) equal to $37 per ton, the Heritage Energy Model (HEM) was used … »

  • EPA Proposes Its Most Expensive Regulation to Date

    | November 26, 2014 | Add a comment

    The strategy of publicly releasing bad news late on a Friday afternoon in order to avoid significant media scrutiny is well established and commonly employed by a variety of institutions. For example, corporations may elect to bury a bad earnings report or government bodies may release unflattering documents just before … »

  • New Report Assigns Dollar Values to Recent EPA Regulations

    | November 20, 2014 | Add a comment

    Ever since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Clean Power Plan proposal this past June, a number of analyses have been conducted to try and determine the total cost of the regulation to electricity consumers. A report released this morning by Energy Ventures Analysis (EVA), however, goes a … »

  • Polar Vortex Highlights Grid Reliability Concerns

    | October 10, 2014 | Add a comment

    One of the chief concerns about the EPA’s recently proposed Clean Power Plan is the effect that the regulation would have on electric grid reliability. We’ve written before about the roughly 50 gigawatts of installed baseload capacity that the EPA itself acknowledges will be retired by 2020 directly as a … »

  • EPA Proposed Regulation Would Significantly Hurt Access to Electricity

    | September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

    When talking about energy and environmental policy, it is a bit troublesome to watch just how recklessly big-government environmentalists unfairly and erroneously accuse individuals and organizations of the pro-free market persuasion of being “climate deniers.” Instead of engaging in thoughtful, substantive discussion, many of these environmental activists oftentimes resort to … »