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EPA Issues Final Rule for Mandatory GHG Reporting Requirements, Extends Initial Report Deadline
December 2, 2011
On November 29, EPA issued a final rule for GHG reporting, including a six-month extension for several industrial sectors that were previously scheduled to begin mandatory reporting on March 31, 2012.  The move...

States and Provinces Form North America 2050 Initiative to Coordinate on Climate Change and Clean Energy
November 30, 2011
A broad group of U.S. states and Canadian provinces have formed the North America 2050 Initiative (NA 2050) to facilitate efforts to design, promote and implement cost-effective policies that reduce greenhouse gas...

EPA Delays Proposal for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Petroleum Refineries
November 23, 2011
On Nov. 21, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will not meet a December 15, 2011, deadline to issue new regulations under the Clean Air Act limiting greenhouse gas emissions from oil...

California, Canadian Provinces Launch WCI, Inc. to Administer Linked Cap-And-Trade Programs
November 20, 2011
The state of California and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba announced on Nov. 17, 2011, that they are launching a new non-profit, Western Climate Initiative (WCI), Inc., to...

Independent Analysis Finds $1.6 Billion in Net Benefits from RGGI
November 15, 2011
An independent report released by the Analysis Group, a private consulting firm, found overall economic gains of more than $1.6 billion from the first three years of the operation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas...

Two New Adaptation Reports Released
November 8, 2011
The Georgetown Climate Center recently released two new reports to help communities adapt to climate change. "Adaptation Tool Kit: Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land Use" explores 18 different land use...

California Air Resources Board Finalizes State Cap-and-Trade Regulations
October 20, 2011
On October 20, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) voted unanimously to adopt a set of regulations that will initiate a state-wide cap-and-trade program. The cap-and-trade program is the centerpiece of the Global...

EPA Postpones Issuance of GHG Rules
September 15, 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has delayed the release of its greenhouse-gas (GHG) performance standards for power plants, previously scheduled for September 30 (after a postponement of the original July 26...

Court Allows California to Continue Work on Cap-and-Trade Program, Agency Proposes to Delay Requiring Compliance Until 2013
August 24, 2011
On June 13, a California Appellate court stayed an injunction issued by a lower court against the California Air Resources Board (ARB), allowing the agency to continue working on its cap-and-trade program. (No. A132165)....

EPA, NHTSA Plan 54.5 MPG Fuel Economy and GHG Standards in 2025; California, Auto Manufacturers Support Plan
August 1, 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a Supplemental Notice of Intent (NOI) on July 29, 2011, announcing plans to require vehicles to achieve an average 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg), or 163 grams per mile of CO2, on a fleet-wide basis in model year (MY) 2025. (76 Fed. Reg. 48,758). The standards, which would apply to model year 2017-2025 light duty vehicles, are projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately two billion metric tons and save four billion barrels of oil over the lifetime of MY 2017-2025 vehicles.