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EPA Tackles Air Pollution with New Cleaner Fuels Rule

Taking a systems approach to tackle the problem of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, the EPA’s new Tier 3 motor vehicle emissions rule reduces the sulfur content of fuels for passenger cars and trucks, which in turn will improve human and environmental health and sustainability by cutting down on a range of pollutants.

An Uptick in US Greenhouse Gas Emissions as Utilities Use More Coal

Natural gas prices coming off their lows prompted utilities to burn more coal, which in turn led to the first increase in U.S. carbon emissions in three years. Longer term, US greenhouse gas emissions are 10% or more below 2005 levels, a downward trend the U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts will continue.

Keystone XL: First Big Test of President’s Climate Change Action Plan

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would transport liquefied bitumen from massive tar sands deposits in Alberta south through Midwest US watersheds and agricultural areas and on down to the Gulf of Mexico would significantly boost the carbon emissions that fuel climate change and thus fails to meet the criteria set out in President Obama’s recently announced National Climate Change…

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Making Good on Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan, Part 3

This is the third of a three-part series on energy, environment and US law in light of the launch of President Obama’s National Climate Change Action Plan. Here in Part 3, we conclude our discussion regarding US climate change legislation with Robert B. McKinstry, Jr., Practice Leader for Ballard Spahr’s Climate Change and Sustainability Initiative, and move on to discuss…

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Making Good on Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan, Part 2

This is the second in a three-part series on energy, environment and US law in light of the launch of President Obama’s National Climate Action Plan. In it, we continue our discussion¬†with Robert McKinstry, Jr., Practice Leader for Ballard, Spahr’s Climate Change and Sustainability Initiative. In Part 1, McKinstry began recounting the long, arduous path of three major federal initiatives…

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Making Good on Obama’s National Climate Change Action Plan

Bypassing Congress in a bid to set the US firmly on course in developing a low-carbon society and green economy, President Obama on June 25 launched his administration’s National Climate Change Action Plan, a more comprehensive and fully realized version of a climate change strategy that builds on and adds momentum to long-fought-over and hard-won legal and legislative efforts that…

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US Greenhouse Gas Emissions Have Fallen Nearly 7 Percent Below 2005 Levels

US GHG emissions fell 1.6% in 2011 and are down 6.9% since 2005, according to the EPA’s 2013 Greenhouse Gas Inventory. The longer term trend is still upward, however, with total US GHG emissions having increased an average 0.4% per annum since 1990.