Sage grouse numbers surged in '14 and '15 -- report
Greater sage grouse numbers in the West have grown by nearly two-thirds since 2013, marking what could be a significant rebound to the bird's previous several years of decline, according to scientists in Western states.
'Building Block 4' cut seen as pre-emptive move for high court
At least one change U.S. EPA made to its Clean Power Plan before finalizing it was clearly aimed at a specific audience: the Supreme Court's nine justices.
The long, hazy and winding political path that brought the Obama admin to the Clean Power Plan
Climate change was riding an updraft in 2008. More Americans than ever before -- or since -- saw it as a troubling issue. And President-elect Obama had just pledged in his campaign to do something about it. So did his Republican opponent. Nearly seven years later, Obama is ready to partially fulfill that promise.
Clean Power Plan changes appease many concerns, but coal lobby promises a fight
Far-reaching rules that form the backbone of the U.S. commitment to cutting global greenhouse gas emissions do much to "help ease the pain" to states and the energy industry, as one state regulator described. But coal industry representatives said the new plan is a "change without a difference" and vowed to fight it until the bitter end.
Political battle lines drawn on EPA power plant rule
U.S. EPA's final Clean Power Plan rule is set for release today, but the flow of millions of advertising dollars aimed at elevating the measure's importance in a series of competitive Senate races began months ago and is expected to steadily grow ahead of next year's Election Day.
White House toughens clean power targets, tweaks CCS terms
The Obama administration will compel the nation's power fleet to cut nearly one-third of its carbon emissions by 2030, deepening reductions and increasing incentives for renewable power.
The final Clean Power Plan that President Obama will unveil tomorrow afternoon at the White House will require today's power fleet to cut CO2 emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 -- an increase from the initial target of 30 percent in the draft rule issued in June 2014. It assigns states' reduction responsibilities based on three building blocks: heat-rate improvements at coal plants, a shift from coal to natural gas use and renewable energy.
White House axes efficiency from state clean power targets
U.S. EPA's final Clean Power Plan will no longer base state targets, in part, on estimates about how much they could boost energy efficiency, an administration official said. President Obama on Monday will release the final rule for existing-power-plant carbon emissions that does not include the draft version's "building block 4," the official said, reconfiguring the way states are assigned emissions reduction responsibilities.