In Wyoming, people care about issues that affect their land and energy resources. A recently announced EPA initiative to cut carbon emissions, the Clean Power Plan, aims to move American electricity generation away from coal — the economic lifeblood for that state. Special correspondent Leigh Paterson of Inside Energy looks at both sides of the fight. Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, at least 37 people were killed when a bomb ripped through the main police academy in Yemen’s capital. Also, search teams found the tail section of a crashed AirAsia jetliner in the Java Sea, with hopes that the black box recorders are inside the tail or nearby. Continue reading
The Obama administration is delaying for months a final rule to control carbon dioxide emissions at new coal-fired power plants. Continue reading
Environmental groups have long pushed for coal ash, a by-product of coal burning energy production that contains toxic contaminants, to be classified as a hazardous material. While the EPA announced new standards for storage and disposal, the agency decided to leave regulation with the states rather than the EPA. Dina Cappiello of the Associated Press joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the new rules. Continue reading
The Environmental Protection Agency today gave the green light to an herbicide designed for use with new genetically modified corn and soybeans.
WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer. Continue reading
- Why the benefits of the EPA’s new carbon rule outweigh the costs for the U.S. — just not by as much as you’ve heard
The EPA’s proposed regulation to cut carbon emissions is the subject of public hearings across the country this week. Environmental economist Robert Stavins weighs in on how the government is calculating the regulation’s benefits, concluding that the benefits do outweigh the costs for the U.S., but not by as much as government estimates say they do. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.
The justices said that the Environmental Protection Agency lacks authority in some cases to force companies to evaluate ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This rule applies when a company needs a permit to expand facilities or build new ones that would increase overall pollution. Carbon dioxide is the chief gas linked to global warming. Continue reading
The 645-page plan, expected to be finalized next year, is a centerpiece of Obama’s efforts to deal with climate change and seeks to give the United States more leverage to prod other countries to act when negotiations on a new international treaty resume next year. Under the plan, carbon emissions are to be reduced 30 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 levels, in what would amount to one of the most significant U.S. actions on global warming. Continue reading