- 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
The Obama administration will unveil a plan Monday to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, according to people familiar with the proposal. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The government has no way of fully knowing which U.S. chemical facilities stock ammonium nitrate, the substance that exploded last year at a Texas fertilizer plant and killed 14 people, congressional investigators say. Outdated federal policies, poor information sharing with states and a raft of industry exemptions point to scant federal oversight, says a new report obtained by The Associated Press.
The report found regulatory gaps in environmental and worker protections and urged broad changes to U.S. safety rules. President Barack Obama pledged to stiffen enforcement following the explosion on April 17, 2013, in West, Texas. Continue reading
BP won 24 new oil tracts Wednesday after a 16-month ban from new federal contracts was lifted from the company.
In the largest fine ever for water pollution permit violations, Alpha Natural Resources, one of the largest coal producers in the nation, agreed to pay $27 million in fines and spend another $200 million to clean up its toxic discharges in five Appalachian states. Gwen Ifill talks to Dina Cappiello of The Associated Press to discuss the EPA settlement. Continue reading
In our news wrap Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized new rules that dramatically reduce the amount of sulfur in gasoline. The EPA disputes an oil and gas industry warning that the rule will drive gas prices up by 6 to 9 cents a gallon. Also, President Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister at the White House in hopes of salvaging an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. Continue reading
The Obama administration is moving forward with a dramatic reduction in sulfur in gasoline and tighter emissions standards for cars, arguing the move will eventually save thousands of lives per year. Continue reading