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EPA victory – SCOTUS won’t block mercury rules for coal power plants

By Meteor Blades Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of those challenging the Obama administration’s rule establishing its mercury and air toxics standard (MATS). The court majority decided in Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency that the EPA had failed to consider the costs of compliance before it finalized the rule. But the court did not throw out the […]

June 13th

Obama’s clean power plan gets shelved by corporatists on the Supreme Court

By Meteor Blades Not good news. Reuters reports: The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centerpiece of his administration’s strategy to combat climate change. On a 5-4 vote, the court granted a request made by [29] states and […]

February 10th

President Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline

Today, President Obama vetoed the bill that would allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built. The measure has been heralded by the conservative-dominated Congress as a job creator, but many on the other side were concerned about the environmental implications of the pipeline. Although this was only the president’s third veto of his presidency, […]

February 24th

Supreme Court hears one more case on EPA and greenhouse gases

By Meteor Blades The U.S. Supreme Court heard extended oral arguments Monday morning on its third major Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas regulatory case in seven years. You can see the preliminary transcript here. Predictions of Court rulings based on questioning in oral arguments from the justices is always risky. But after winning the previous cases, the […]

February 24th

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water – Court issues lake-killing ruling on acid rain

The Adirondack Council, an environmental organization that has been a national leader in the fight against acid rain, has called on the Obama Administration to appeal the decision of the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit here, which last month overturned the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. The Adirondack Council called […]

September 16th

On the environment, Paul Ryan sucks

So, Mitt Romney is once again trying to nail down his conservative base by selecting Paul Ryan, the medicaid-slashing Congressman from Wisconsin, as his Vice Presidential running mate. You probably already know that Ryan’s signature issue: he wants to eliminate government-run medicaid and turn it into a voucher program for the states (and one that […]

August 11th