EPA

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    What nation on Earth has reduced its carbon emissions more than any other?

    Our Mitch Kokai recently interviewed climatologist Pat Michaels about the Trump administration’s move to step back from the Paris climate agreement and the move by Mr. Trump’s EPA to nix the Clean Power Plan, which was sold as a way to address climate change. It’s a great interview — and …
    Donna Martinez, November 14, 2017
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    At long last, EPA moves to repeal ‘Clean Power Plan’ rule

    EPA's move to repeal the CPP would avert staggering costs on the economy, on business and industry, and on poor ratepayers. Meanwhile, all century long energy-based emissions have been falling in the U.S. and North Carolina.
    Jon Sanders, October 11, 2017
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    EPA might not be able to overregulate traditional energy sources out of existence after all. Renewable energy is therefore imperiled again.

    Would you believe it? North Carolina’s renewable energy industry, which regularly boasts its amazing strength while at the same time warning how it’s one unfavorable government decision away from utter annihilation, is on the brink again, thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling today against the EPA. The Triangle’s…
    Jon Sanders, June 29, 2015
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    Is Obama’s EPA power grab in jeopardy?

    Cato thinks so in light of today’s Supreme Court ruling: In a 5-4 decision today, the Supreme Court struck down the Obama Administration EPA’s signature “Mercury and Air Toxic Rule,” which regulates emissions by fossil-fuel-fired power plants. Before regulating, EPA was obligated to decide whether regulation under one the Act’s…
    Jon Sanders, June 29, 2015
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    A Heavy-Handed EPA

    I saw this headline over the weekend: Study: EPA influence over states grows.  According to a new study, the EPA’s influence over state environmental policy has grown dramatically during the Obama presidency.  It found that the EPA had rejected state’s policies for complying with federal regulations – like…
    Julie Tisdale, July 1, 2013
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    REINS Act: Restoring Accountability to Lawmaking

    Yesterday, the United States House passed the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS Act, H.R. 10)) by a 241-184 vote.   No Republican voted against the bill, while only 4 democrats voted for it. Congress often delegates significant power to government agencies.  As a result,…
    Daren Bakst, December 8, 2011
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    “Green” schools push by feds

    According to an eSchool News report, The U.S. Education Department (ED) created the Green Ribbon Schools program to recognize schools that are creating healthy and sustainable learning environments and teaching environmental literacy. The new awards program will receive support from the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and…
    Terry Stoops, May 17, 2011