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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.

Business Leaders Urge New England and Mid-Atlantic Governors to Strengthen Commitment to RGGI
July 26, 2011
On July 25, over 200 business leaders from across the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions signed a letter to regional governors urging them to support and improve the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), an...

EPA Releases Final Interstate Transport Rule, “Cross-State Air Pollution Rule”
July 7, 2011
On July 6, 2011, EPA released its final Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), also referred to as the “Transport Rule.” CSAPR establishes an allowance trading system to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide...

New Polling Highlights American’s Global Warming Beliefs
June 10, 2011
Half of all Americans believe that flooding, droughts, hurricanes, wildfires and coastal erosion are being caused by or becoming worse due to global warming in the United States. The new findings are available in the...

Comparing Legislative Proposals that Restrict the Regulation of Greenhouse Gases
February 10, 2011
UPDATED: Five proposals have been offered in the 112th Congress to date as part of the budget debate that would limit or eliminate federal agencies’ and states’ authority to regulate greenhouse...

What States Should Know About EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases
January 7, 2011
In the past year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken a number of steps to monitor and regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and other existing authorities. This...

Reid's Decision Leaves Climate Action to EPA and States for Now
July 23, 2010
Citing a lack of bipartisan support Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Thursday that upcoming energy legislation won’t include a cap on carbon emissions or a renewable energy standard. Instead, the...