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States Should Think Twice Before Refusing Any Response to EPA’s Clean Power Rules
Posted on 14 Apr 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

The date is approaching for EPA to finalize its rules for controlling carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, and states are contemplating their responses to those rules. A number of commentators have recommended that states “just say... Read More

EPA Excludes Carbon Dioxide Waste Streams from RCRA - A (Very Small) Step Forward for CCS
Posted on 30 Jan 2014 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald The Congress may be dysfunctional but the administrative agencies are still moving the ball. A case in point is last month's Christmas present from EPA to the carbon capture and storage community. On December 17 EPA issued... Read More

Challenges to EPA’s Proposed Carbon Rules: What If They Succeed?
Posted on 13 Nov 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Michael B. Gerrard The Clean Power Plan proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency in June is the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s efforts to fight climate change. Coal-fired power plants are by far the largest source of greenhouse... Read More

New CO2 Performance Standard Proposal for New Electric Generators Issued by EPA
Posted on 31 Oct 2013 by Troutman Sanders

On September 20, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a new proposal to limit carbon dioxide (“CO2”) emissions from new coal-fueled and natural gas-fueled electric generating units. The proposal replaces a proposal... Read More

Back to the Future: EIA’s Analysis of EPA’s Clean Power Plan Concludes that Power Sector CO2 Emissions May Drop to 1980s Levels
Posted on 21 Jul 2015 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

In June 2014, EPA issued its proposed Clean Power Plan to regulate CO2 emissions from existing power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this statute: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ]. The Clean... Read More

EPA Proposes First Carbon Emissions Limits for Power Plants
Posted on 11 Jun 2014 by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its Clean Power Plan, which would impose the first federal limits on carbon-dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions from power plants in the United States.[1] The proposed rules, which the EPA published... Read More

Energy Reduction Verification and the UK’s mandatory energy efficiency scheme
Posted on 26 Jul 2010 by Malcolm Dowden

By Malcolm Dowden, Solicitor and Environmental Law Consultant The UK Environment Agency’s CRC Project Executive Andrew Hitchings has confirmed the British Standards Institute’s ‘Kitemark’ scheme for Energy Reduction Verification... Read More

Marten Law: EPA Releases Additional Proposed Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Rules for Three Industry Sectors
Posted on 4 May 2010 by Russell Prugh

By Russell Prugh, Marten Law PLLC "On March 22, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed regulations for mandatory monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in three sectors: oil and natural gas production... Read More

Marten Law: Responding to Limits on Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Three Questions for Companies in the Oil and Gas Industry
Posted on 17 Jun 2010 by Russell Prugh

By Russell Prugh, Associate, Marten Law PLLC “The effects of coming greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation will be felt across a broad spectrum of the oil and gas industry. Exploration, development, production, refining, and transportation face restrictions... Read More

23% of global CO2 emissions were produced in one country to make goods for use in another country
Posted on 19 Jun 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Much attention has been focused on the localized production of CO2, and its contribution to global warming. What is missing from an understanding of CO2 production is the extent to which the generation of CO2 is related to the creation of goods in one... Read More

COP15 will not change climate change reporting requirements for companies
Posted on 28 Apr 2010 by Colleen Theron

By Colleen Theron, Environmental solicitor and consultant. Despite the inconclusive outcome of COP15 and the significant issues facing countries in the coming year to implement a legally binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), a... Read More

Natural gas development poses a risk of enhancing GHG emissions due to "leakage", note new studies
Posted on 11 Apr 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Several prior posts have noted the greenhouse impact of methane (aka natural gas); it has many times the warming effect as carbon dioxide (CO2), which seems to be the focus of so much discussion about global warming. The posts have focused on the numerous... Read More

Movement of corals around Japan provides evidence of global warming
Posted on 27 Jan 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted that in terms of ascertaining evidence of global warming, it may be worthwhile to assess the numerous studies of various potential indicators (e.g., migration patterns, drought, relocation of biota). Add another indicator. A... Read More

Trees damaged by bark beetles slow their uptake of CO2 for up to a century
Posted on 20 Apr 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

As noted in prior posts, bark beetles damage large forest areas, often killing or causing the death of 50% to 80% of mature trees. As these trees decompose, they release CO2, adding to the atmospheric burden of GHG's. New research has identified additional... Read More