By Miro Korenha and Monica Medina Pardon the interruption from the constant conversation about the stock market, impeachment and conflict in the Middle East. We’d like to talk about something completely different. 2020 is the 50th anniversary of the passage of one of our nation’s bedrock environmental laws — the Clean Air Act. This week […]Continue Reading 888 words
Three major automakers announced late Monday that they join the ongoing litigation on clean cars in support of the federal government’s authority to decide whether there should be a single, federally mandated standard fuel economy standard, although the companies stopped short of endorsing the administration’s proposal to roll back fuel efficiency standards for cars.
Why This Matters: The car companies need certainty so that they can plan ahead, cut the cost of regulatory compliance and avoid having to meet numerous different standards for different states. The California clean-car standard is essential for the U.S. to cut carbon emissions. These companies know that California is within its rights under the Clean Air Act to set a tougher standard and they should be working to electrify the fleet not double down on continuing with fossil fuels.Continue Reading 470 words
A three-judge panel that included a Trump appointee held on Tuesday that the EPA needs a better plan for addressing smog that travels across state lines from the midwest to the densely populated Northeast, where states are failing to meet federal air quality standards.
Why This Matters: The EPA is failing to protect the public in the northeast from air pollution that is generated by coal power plants and manufacturing facilities in the midwest that travels with the winds and air currents into northeastern states who then are unable to meet their air quality standards. This problem is EXACTLY why the federal government must be involved — and why the Clean Power Plan the Obama Administration put in place was so important.Continue Reading 498 words
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The Washington Post editorialized yesterday that EPA is “out of control” and abusing its power brazenly to wage a regulatory war against the state of California, and experts argued that EPA had little to back up its accusation. “No self respecting EPA scientist or regulatory staffer is going to claim there’s a direct connection between […]Continue Reading 555 words
Looking to take further action against the State of California, the Environmental Protection Agency under the guise of enforcing the state’s non-compliance with the Clean Air Act (CAA) says it will take away billions in federal funds provided to the state of California to implement low carbon transportation projects. The Sacramento Bee reported yesterday that […]Continue Reading 619 words
Last Friday the state of California (along with 22 other states and the District of Columbia) filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for its attempt to revoke the state’s waiver to set more stringent car emissions standards than that of the federal government (an authority granted to the state through the Clean Air […]Continue Reading 534 words
- Clean Air Act
- climate change
- Environmental Protection Agency
- greenhouse gas emissions
- methane gas
- rule rollback
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to roll back a key regulation put in place by the Obama Administration that had plugged a loophole in the Clean Air Act — under the Trump Administration proposal, methane leaks in the transmission and storage of natural gas would no longer be controlled by the Act.Continue Reading 575 words
The Trump Administration yesterday proposed to replace one of the signature domestic climate change achievements of the Obama Administration — the Clean Power Plan to cut emissions from coal plants — with the “Affordable Clean Energy” or ACE Rule — that essentially gives coal power plants more time and flexibility to cut toxic air emissions, which experts say could give those plants authority to increase their emissions in the short run.Continue Reading 570 words
By Daniel C. Esty Two weeks ago, at the memorial service to President George H.W. Bush, his eulogists celebrated the extraordinary things accomplished during his Presidency on a bipartisan basis – including the passage of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act, a crime bill, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, […]Continue Reading 681 words