Regulation

White House partners with industry to tackle greenhouse gas

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The White House on Tuesday announced steps to tackle a potent greenhouse gas used in refrigeration and air conditioning, of which the United States is the world’s largest producer, a week ahead of a major UN summit focused on addressing climate change.

Obama seeks faster phaseout of popular coolant in effort to curb greenhouse gases

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

The Obama administration is preparing to introduce major steps to phase out production of a popular chemical coolant used in refrigerators and air conditioners, citing growing evidence that the substance is contributing to the warming of the planet.

UN climate summit set for major carbon pricing announcement

Read the full story from RTCC.

The huge number of countries and businesses interested in pricing carbon will become clear at the UN’s forthcoming climate summit, according to a senior World Bank official.

Rachel Kyte, the bank’s special envoy for climate change, said the meeting will see a number of states, regions and businesses announcing plans to factor in the costs of burning fossil fuels.

U.S. Aircraft Greenhouse Gas Rulemaking Process

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This information paper describes the rulemaking process in the United States to issue proposed endangerment and cause or contribute findings for the regulation of aircraft greenhouse gas emissions.
The National Journal previously reported that EPA faces a lawsuit to force regulation of airline carbon emissions. The Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Earth delivered a a formal “notice of intent” to sue letter to U.S. EPA on August 5.

Challenges to EPA’s Proposed Carbon Rules: What If They Succeed?

Read the full post at the Climate Law Blog.

The Clean Power Plan proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency in June is the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s efforts to fight climate change. Coal-fired power plants are by far the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, and the EPA proposal would require the states to prepare plans to reduce those emissions.

Members of Congress from states that mine or use a lot of coal are trying to halt this plan, and already three lawsuits have been filed against it. These lawsuits may well be dismissed as premature; ordinarily suits cannot be brought against regulations that are not yet final.

But what happens if any of these challenges is successful?

What do the new climate rules have to do with my kid’s asthma?

Read the full post at Grist.

One of the Environmental Protection Agency’s top selling points for its recently proposed carbon pollution rules for power plants is that they will make immediate improvements to our air quality, in addition to reducing the greenhouse gases that cause climate change. It’s one of those twofer marketing plans (it tastes great and it’s less filling) designed to help make the public more amenable to a new set of rules.

If you’re wondering why the EPA needs public buy-in for rules aimed at the fossil fuel industry, that’s because it’ll take more than just killing off coal to accomplish the agency’s goals. The proposed carbon standards are often billed as regulations on existing coal-fired plants, but that’s somewhat of a misnomer. They actually ask for modifications made across each state, rather than at individual energy facilities.

To understand how this all ties together with the benefit of improving local air, it helps to know a few things about fences.