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Clean Air standards coming for America's biggest carbon polluters

Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. In a big step forward to protect Americans' health and well-being, the EPA announced on Thursday a two-year plan to set clean air standards for power plants and oil refineries, the two largest industrial sources of the dangerous pollution that drives global warming.    Following on the heels of the Obama administration's breakthrough clean car standards, the EPA is now taking the next logical steps under the Clean Air Act and the Supreme Court's landmark global warming decision in 2007. The EPA is doing precisely what is needed to protect our health and …

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Court gives green light to EPA carbon pollution standards

Judge Judy will see you now.Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Big news today from the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, which just gave the green light to implementing the EPA's first carbon pollution standards next January. The court flatly rejected the efforts by America's biggest carbon polluters and the state of Texas to block all of the EPA's efforts to begin curbing the dangerous pollution that causes global warming under the nation's clean air laws. A rogues' gallery of science-denying coal and oil companies, industry lobbyists and trade associations, right-wing advocacy groups, Tea Party funders, and ultra-conservative …

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How an energy bill could fuel more global warming

Cross-posted from NRDC Switchboard. As President Obama and senators consider their options on energy and climate legislation, it’s important to be clear about what will move the country forward and what will move it backward. Will our leaders put us on the road towards the carbon pollution cuts desperately needed to take back control of our economic, environmental, and national security, or will they drive in the wrong direction and make matters even worse? As my colleague Dan Lashof shows here, the Senate can at least get us started towards the economy-wide carbon pollution reductions we need, by adopting a …

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The Copenhagen Accord: A Big Step Forward

The Copenhagen climate deal that President Obama hammered out Friday night with the leaders of China, India, Brazil and South Africa broke through years of negotiating gridlock to achieve three critical goals.  First, it provides for real cuts in heat-trapping carbon pollution by all of the world’s big emitters.  Second, it establishes a transparent framework for evaluating countries’ performance against their commitments.  And third, it will start an unprecedented flow of resources to help poor and vulnerable nations cope with climate impacts, protect their forests, and adopt clean energy technologies.  This was not your ordinary leaders’ summit, where presidents and prime …

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Two moves by the U.S. and China that could unlock the Copenhagen chess game

Co-authored with Barbara Finamore, NRDC’s China Program Director The Copenhagen climate summit is coming to its moment of truth, and all eyes will be on the United States and China. Together these two countries account for 42 percent of world CO2 emissions. One is responsible for the largest share of past emissions; the other for the largest share of future emissions. Other nations, both developed and developing, are looking to them for leadership. If China and the U.S. play their parts, we can forge the global consensus needed to prevent catastrophic climate change. Both the U.S. and China deserve credit …

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The Rest of the Story of Cap and Trade

Recently, we’re hearing another round of questions about the cap and trade approach to curbing global warming pollution. For instance, there’s an entertaining cartoon going around called “The Story of Cap and Trade” questioning whether climate legislation based on cap and trade will do the job.  Scientist James Hansen and economist Paul Krugman offer opposing perspectives on the wisdom of cap and trade in dueling columns in today’s New York Times.  We have enormous respect for Jim Hansen, but NRDC sides with Krugman on this one. Let’s start with clarity about what NRDC is for.  We’re pushing for comprehensive energy and …

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