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Articles by Dave Hawkins

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

Featured Article

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 plants, the coal industry is embarking, predictably, on its latest disinformation campaign to try to block these desperately needed public health and climate safeguards. New coal plants are dirty, risky, and expensive. No wonder the smart money won’t touch them.

Flacks for the coal lobby have their hair on fire about the rumored content of draft EPA standards that haven’t even been released. They say the standards will kill new coal plants. Haven’t they been paying attention? No one wants to build new coal plants. Except for a handful already underway, no more are planned for the foreseeable future. We don’t know what the EPA draft standards say, but we should all be asking a simple question: Exactly why should the EPA write a standard that is gerrymandered to make room for dirty power plants that the private sector does not want to build?

Let’s look at the facts. Starting about 10 years ago, there were waves of announcements ... Read more

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    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 think it is a good idea to attack the Clean Air Act — the landmark law that Richard Nixon signed and George H. W. Bush strengthened. Yet the hits on […]

  • 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 liberty is no vice.” Maybe so, but extremism in the defense of fantasy is a tougher sell. Still, that doesn’t stop some members of Congress from trying. Exhibit A this […]

  • 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.