October 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a utility industry challenge to the Obama administration's environmental regulations that would limit greenhouse gases coming from power plants and factories. The justices agreed to rule on whether the Environmental Protection Agency's restrictions involving motor vehicles give the agency the power to impose similar restrictions on “stationary sources that emit greenhouse gases,” which would include everything from power plants and refineries to apartment buildings and factories.
October 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a utility industry challenge to the Obama administration's ability to impose environmental regulations to limit greenhouse gases from stationary sources such as power plants, factories and refineries. In a partial victory for industry, the justices agreed to decide whether the Environmental Protection Agency went too far when it extended its regulatory power over greenhouse gases beyond cars and trucks. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of six groups that challenged the "stationary source" regulation, said the EPA sought to impose "the costliest, farthest-reaching and most intrusive regulatory apparatus in the history of the American administrative state that could touch practically every aspect of every industry across the country.
October 14, 2013 |
National parks from the Sierra Nevada to the Great Smoky Mountains are increasingly being fertilized by unwanted nutrients drifting through the air from agricultural operations, putting some of the country's most treasured natural landscapes at risk of ecological damage, a new study has found. Thirty-eight of 45 national parks examined by scientists are receiving doses of nitrogen at or above a critical threshold that can harm sensitive ecosystems, such as lichens, hardwood forests or tallgrass prairie, scientists found.
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September 30, 2013 |
A South Bay congressman called on the California Energy Commission to reject a controversial proposal to replace an aging power plant near the Redondo Beach waterfront with a new, smaller plant. The fate of the plant, which came online in 1948 and is near homes and the city's popular King Harbor area, has been a point of contention for decades. Many residents consider the facility an eyesore. “We should take this opportunity to permanently retire the power plant in Redondo Beach if it is feasible to do so,” Waxman wrote in a letter to the commission, which launched a review of the project last month and will hold its first public hearing Tuesday.
September 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- In the debate over energy and climate change, the public continues to give support to both sides, according to a a new poll. By more than a 2-1 margin, respondents in a new Pew Research Center poll said they favor building the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from tar sands deposits under Canada's western prairies through the Midwest to refineries in Texas. Republicans in Congress have strongly advocated building the pipeline, while President Obama has given mixed signals on the project, saying he would approve it only if doing so would not contribute to global warming.
September 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The tough restrictions on new power plant emissions proposed by the Obama administration Friday set the stage for the far thornier and significant decision due next year: What will the Environmental Protection Agency do to rein in greenhouse gases from existing power plants? The nation's power plants are the single largest source of heat-trapping emissions. Supporters and critics of the EPA's proposed rule are parsing it, in particular, for clues to how the administration would reduce carbon dioxide from existing plants that burn coal, the biggest source of fuel for electricity.