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What can climate negotiations achieve in Cancun?

This post is written by World Resources Institute Climate Director Jennifer Morgan, and is reprinted courtesy of WRI. Why does Cancun matter? Unlike Copenhagen, this year’s climate meeting in Cancun, COP-16, is not expected to result in a comprehensive legally binding agreement. However, countries could use the meeting to make significant progress toward change on the ground. In order to achieve this, countries need to move past their current negotiating positions and find solutions. They will also need to map a process to finalize any decisions, and decide the eventual legal form of the agreement. If Cancun does not bring …

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For EPA regulations, cost predictions are overstated

Research shows that environmental regulations end up costing far less than both industry and the EPA predict. Cross-posted from the World Resources Institute. This piece was written by WRI Senior Fellow Ruth Greenspan Bell for a WRI series on the EPA regulations. When the EPA promulgates regulations, industry often expresses concern that the regulations will cause extreme economic hardship. Now this argument is being made regarding EPA regulation of carbon pollution using existing legal authorities like the Clean Air Act. In fact, there is extensive literature showing that the costs of environmental regulations are more than offset by a broad range of …

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The EPA, the Clean Air Act, and U.S. manufacturing

Cross-posted from the World Resources Institute. This piece was written by WRI Senior Associate James Bradbury for a WRI series on the EPA regulations. The Clean Air Act (CAA) would spur energy efficiency upgrades, boosting competitiveness for many U.S. manufacturers. Members of Congress who are committed to helping industry save energy and become more globally competitive should think twice about undercutting existing federal laws that have the potential to spur efficiency upgrades at domestic manufacturing facilities. As we await final details of new regulations designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from major U.S. sources, despite criticism from industry representatives, …

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What are the limits on the EPA? The Clean Air Act holds answers

Photo: Nick HumphriesCross-posted from the World Resources Institute. This piece was written by WRI Senior Fellow Franz Litz and WRI Senior Associate Nicholas Bianco for a WRI series on the EPA regulations. With climate change legislation stalled in Congress, all eyes have turned to the Environmental Protection Agency for emissions reductions. According to our recent report, "Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Using Existing Federal Authorities and State Action," the EPA can make significant progress to reduce emissions through implementation of measures under the existing Clean Air Act. Yet the prospect of EPA action has caused some in Congress and industry to …