The Heart of the Matter

powerplantbanner_0The President announced his intention a year ago to cut American greenhouse gases from power plants.  The Climate Action Plan he unveiled in a comprehensive speech on June 25, 2013, was clear about his directive that EPA craft a rule to reduce carbon dioxide from existing power plants.  What’s the burden?  A good one third of our total greenhouse gas emissions come from the electricity sector and 75% of that comes from coal-fired plants.  Nearly one quarter of all American greenhouse gas emissions come from power made from burning coal.  It simply does not have to be that way. Continue reading


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Gina McCarthy at EPA

epa logoLisa Jackson, for my money, is a tough act to follow, but Gina McCarthy is going to be just great.  She’s got absolutely everything you need in an EPA Administrator:  She’s smart, tough, experienced and, most of important of all, she’s got the full faith and credit of the President.  I love this account from the recent NY Times story on her:  “’Why would you want me?’ Ms. McCarthy said she asked the president when he offered her the top job.  The president told Ms. McCarthy that his environmental and presidential legacy would be incomplete without a serious effort to address climate change.  ‘I’m so glad he said that, because if he hadn’t, I wouldn’t have wanted this job,’ she said. ‘It’s an issue I’ve worked on for so many years, and it just can’t wait.'” Continue reading


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“Unambiguously Correct”

Believe it or not, there was another momentous federal court decision in late June other than the one on health care.  The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found that the EPA’s key “endangerment” finding on greenhouse gases and the regulatory regime that it has pursued is not only not, as the petitioners asserted, based on “improper constructions” of the Clean Air Act and “otherwise arbitrary and capricious,” but rather that the finding and the EPA’s program are entirely in keeping with the law.  EPA has been unambiguously correct in its reading of the Clean Air Act and its procedures, according to the court. Continue reading


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