Dave Hawkins

Dave Hawkins is the director of Climate Programs at the NRDC.


Market forces, not EPA standards, killing new coal plants

Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepares the first-ever national standards for carbon pollution from new fossil-fuel power …

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Why does Congress have Clean Air Act phobia?

Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. It’s a sad state of affairs when members on both sides of the aisle in Congress seem to …

if only it were that easy

Republican congressmen vote away scientific facts

Rep. Upton wrote the bill with his trunk.Photo: Eric MolinaCross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Barry Goldwater famously said, “extremism in the defense of …

Let EPA be EPA

An open letter to Michael Morris, CEO of American Electric Power

An open letter to a utility executive asking him to rethink his opposition to EPA climate regulations.


40 years of clean air progress

I attended the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Clean Air Act at EPA this past week. It was a breath of fresh air (sorry) to hear so many speakers from industry as well as health groups and from across political divides to give concrete examples of how much good this landmark law has delivered for Americans. I arrived in Washington as a newly minted lawyer in 1970 and I have personally seen this progress happen.

Carbon capture and storage: A piece of the puzzle

In his recent blog, David Sassoon calls President Obama’s creation of a task force for a Carbon Capture and Storage Strategy a big victory for …