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The United States sends an important message with the announcement of its emissions reduction target

U.S. Announces Climate Target, Sends Important Message for COP 21 Talks

The following article originally published in the NRDC Switchboard blog and is republished here with the author’s permission Today the U.S. formally proposed that it would cut its emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. This emission reduction target shows a commitment to strong action from the U.S. to cut its carbon pollution and sends a powerful signal to…

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The EPA proposes new power plant emissions standards

EPA Proposes New Power Plant Emissions Standards

Earlier this week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed plans to limit carbon emissions from power plants. The new rules fall under the Clean Air Act, mandating the EPA to reduce air pollution that harms public health. In the 2007 case Massachusetts v. EPA the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA had authority and obligation to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles….

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Diversified Renewable Energy Base Emerging in the US Northeast

Renewable energy initiatives and investments in the northeastern US are producing results and paying dividends economically, socially and environmentally, according to a report from ACORE, the American Council on Renewable Energy. Northeast region state governments have been at the leading edge of the drive to craft and implement policies to foster development and use of a distributed, diversified mix of…

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Phase-Out of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050 Technically, Economically Feasible

Completely phasing out net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 is not only technically feasible, but could be done at very manageable cost, according to a comprehensive study by Ecofys for the Global Call for Climate Action. “It is technically and economically feasible to reduce emissions to zero for roughly 90% of current sources of GHG emissions with technological options…

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More Wind & Solar Can Reduce Utility Costs and Emissions

Those opposed to spurring development and adoption of renewable solar and wind energy resources continually assert that their intermittent nature not only reduces grid reliability and raises the cost of electricity, but negates the carbon and greenhouse gas emissions reductions that contribute so greatly to their rapid adoption in the first place. While it’s true that bringing greater amounts of…

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Comparison of California carbon emissions by sector from 2008-2011

Head Start Towards 2020: California Reduces CO2 Emissions for Third Year in a Row

California’s CO2 emissions fell in 2011 for the third straight year, putting the state in a good position for meeting its target of reducing carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, according to the California Air Resources Board (CARP) and as mandated by California AB32 (the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006). Since businesses began reporting data in 2008, emissions have steadily…

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A Small Business Solar Energy Success Story…in New Jersey

Trinity Solar’s an example of how technological advances, coupled with government incentives and consumer enthusiasm, is spurring renewable energy growth, job creation and carbon emissions reductions.