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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.

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.

A national report calls on Congress to extend the production tax credit to allow wind energy continued growth and benefit for the economy and the environment

National Wind Power Report Details Economic, Social, Environmental Benefits in US States

With a December 31 deadline looming, Congress remains sharply divided over extending the federal wind power production tax credit (PTC), which grants wind power producers a tax credit of 2.2 cents/kilowatt-hour (kWh), and the federal wind power investment tax credit (ITC). The US wind energy market and industry has been one of the few bright spots in an economy whose…

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