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The Legal and Economic Case for Obama's Clean Power Plan

April 1 -- The Clean Power Plan—the centerpiece of President Obama’s effort to address climate change—was crafted to make compliance as flexible as possible. To reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants, which account for a third of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, the EPA sought to avoid imposing costly technology-based requirements on individual plants. Instead, it set statewide carbon reduction targets that states can meet through any means they choose: improvements in the efficiency of energy production, increased use of natural gas and renewable energy, programs that help consumers save energy, or any other strategy the states prefer. >>View Article

Don't Derail North Carolina's Clean Energy Boom

April 1 -- North Carolina’s elected officials should stay the course and continue to foster the state’s rapidly growing clean energy economy. In 2013, several legislators led efforts to turn away from clean energy policy. Thankfully, those efforts were rejected by Republicans and Democrats, and the state has been rewarded with new jobs and investment. >>View Article

Republican Texas Bows to Berkeley in Backing Energy Finance Plan

April 1 -- Jim Keffer is Republican state lawmaker in Texas with a permit to carry a concealed weapon and doubts about whether human activity is causing global warming.

Cisco DeVries is the former aide to the mayor of Berkeley, California, whose home has solar panels on the roof and a Nissan Leaf in the driveway. He calls fighting climate change the defining issue of this generation. >>View Article

Continued Burning of Coal an Injustice

April 1 -- New Mexico families across the state are in what people of faith call a Kairos time, a moment of fleeting opportunity where action or non-action impacts the future of our community.

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission recently held a hearing here in Albuquerque on a proposal by PNM to continue burning coal at the dirty, expensive San Juan Generating Station for years to come. >>View Article

Global Wind Energy Installations Grow By 42% In 2014

March 31 -- Navigant Research has published its 20th edition of the annual World Wind Energy Market Update report, and it shows that worldwide wind power installations grew by 42% in 2014.

The report, which covers developments in the wind energy sector throughout 2014, also highlights the importance of China, Germany, and the United States in the global wind industry’s “remarkable comeback in 2014,” thanks to “policy-driven acceleration of installations.” >>View Article

Rich Nations' Fossil Fuel Export Funding Dwarfs Green Spend-Documents

March 31 -- Rich nations provided around five times as much in export subsidies for fossil-fuel technology as for renewable energy over a decade, according to OECD data seen by Reuters.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) figures on export credits are central to a debate on targeting funding ahead of U.N. climate talks in Paris at the end of the year. >>View Article

Will State Policies Adjust to Attract Renewable Energy Investment?

March 31 -- In lieu of consistent energy policy at the federal level, businesses and power providers are increasingly looking to state legislatures for the right signals to invest in energy. The result? States are stepping up, leading to an increase in renewable energy use, particularly by some of America’s largest companies. >>View Article

The EPA Defends the Clean Power Plan

March 31 -- The Environmental Protection Agency has rolled out an ambitious Clean Power Plan to get states to cut their carbon emissions. And it has run up against a chorus of critics charging the agency with vast overreach.

To get an inside look at the fight, Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Gerard Baker spoke with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. Here are edited excerpts of their conversation. >>View Article

Blue-Collar Solar

March 31 -- Green, energy-saving technologies are essentially luxury products. Solar rigs and energy-efficiency upgrades require big upfront investments in equipment that may not pay off for many years. Spend $40,000 on solar panels for your roof, and you won’t get your money back in lower electricity bills for a dozen years or more. You’d have to drive a hybrid car tens of thousands of miles to recapture the extra costs in the form of lower spending on gasoline. As a result, going green has historically only been an option to those who can afford to make conspicuous displays of virtuous consumption—not the 1 percent, perhaps, but certainly the top 25 percent. >>View Article

 

Why is a Liberal Professor Helping Mitch McConnell Fight for Coal Companies?

March 26 -- Mitch McConnell, who is leading the fight to stop the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, pointed out last week that he has a surprising ally: “Iconic liberal constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe — who was President Obama’s constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School — said he agrees.” The lawsuit to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating the greenhouse gas emissions of existing power plants would, if successful, close out the sole realistic channel that might allow the United States to comply with its international climate commitments, and thus likely doom any international agreement to limit the effects of climate change. The endorsement of Tribe, a famous liberal law professor, has become the right’s favorite talking point. Last December, The Wall Street Journal devoted an entire editorial to extolling this smackdown of Obama from an unimpeachably favorable source. “Professor Tribe delivered a constitutional rebuke this week to the Obama Administration,” the Journal gloated, “that is remarkable coming from a titan of the liberal professoriate.” Reason, the Daily Caller, Jonathan Adler, among others, have likewise touted Tribe’s defection to their side. >>View Article

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