GOP, administration officials face off over emissions policies
Two top administration officials and Republican members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee today faced off over whether President Obama's Climate Action Plan is a down payment on limiting global emissions or an unnecessary cost to the American consumer.
EPA extends comment period for power plant rule
U.S. EPA announced a 45-day extension today in the public comment period for its contentious draft rule for curbing greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, but its top air official said the deadline for finalizing the proposal hasn't changed.
Report argues that climate change-induced wildfires should factor into carbon's social cost
The rising price of wildfires due to climate change should be included in the U.S. government's future estimates of the social cost of carbon emissions. This is the argument in a report released today by New York University's Institute for Policy Integrity, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund.
Bipartisan senators flag GAO report, plant closures as alarm for reliability
Top Senate Democrats and Republicans yesterday flagged a federal watchdog's findings that U.S. EPA rules and market trends are causing a larger-than-expected wave of coal-burning power plants to close as yet another warning on grid reliability.
GAO report shows more power plant retirements than previously projected from EPA rules
A combination of four U.S. EPA regulations and market conditions have spurred utilities to take more coal-fired assets offline than previously predicted, leading to possible localized reliability problems, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.