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King Kong vs. Godzilla: Does Big Oil Get a Pass Because Big Coal is Bigger?

By David Doniger Policy Director, Climate and Clean Air Program of the NRDC When EPA released the first comprehensive “right-to-know” data on America’s biggest carbon polluters last week, there was a curious reaction from the one of the biggest industries involved. As expected, the 2010 data show that coal-burning power plants are the biggest sources of the carbon […]

January 15th

EPA and Cali Coordinate New Auto Emission Standards

California has long been the pace-setter on fuel emission standards for cars. But unlike the Bush years, when the state actually had to take the Environmental Protection Agency to court to get anything done, now the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are coordinating with California to make things happen. Until today, California had […]

January 24th

Flawed Coal and CO2 Prediction Creates Bitchy Scientist

CO2 emission estimates based on coal and fossil fuel production are pessimistic at best, says new research out of the University of Texas at Austin. A new study by Tad Patzek, chair of the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin, has shown that CO2 emission estimates used for government […]

July 26th

Environmental Impact of Protecting US Oil Should Be Counted

New research out of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln sheds light on the hidden impact of foreign oil on America’s environment. Most statistics concerning the emission of greenhouse gas from the use of oil refers to emissions taking place within the United States. But what is not included are the emissions from the US military operations […]

July 22nd

Senate Fights For EPA’s CO2 Regulation Power

In the midst of a week when climate change finally stole back some of the spotlight that had been hogged by health care reform for months, the Senate fought off a potentially devastating attempt to emasculate the EPA and its recently won power to regulate greenhouse gases.

September 26th

EPA Grants California Fuel Emissions Waiver Request

The Environmental Protection Agency has granted California’s waiver request that will allow the state to enforce strict greenhouse gas emissions standards on cars beginning with the present model year. California first applied for the waiver in 2005, but was denied several years later. Now, the EPA grants the waiver based on the need for California to improve its air pollution conditions.

June 30th

Japan’s Bold New Emissions Target (Note: Not Really Bold)

Japan will attempt to reduce emissions to 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, which is about equivalent to eight percent below 1990 levels. Critics will say that the new targets aren’t remotely bold enough for the world’s second largest economy and fifth largest emitter of greenhouse gases, just as some say the cuts proposed for the US in the Waxman-Markey Bill are off the mark.

June 11th

Waxman-Markey: What the Big Green Guns Are Saying

As discussions open in Congress today surrounding the American Clean Energy and Security Act (the Waxman-Markey Bill), I started to wonder what environmental advocacy groups’ attitudes are about the climate change/green jobs/clean energy/energy independence legislation. Here is a quick rundown of statements from some of the biggest and most influential environmental groups in the country.

May 18th

What is the Carbon Footprint of the President? 41,000 Tons!

The carbon footprint of the President has been estimated at 41,000 tons per year, equal to the annual amount emitted by about 2200 American households. As the new champion of green energy and energy efficiency, should President Obama’s office be looking for ways to reduce his carbon footprint?

April 12th