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Georgetown Climate Center Submits Questions to Support EPA Engagement with States on Carbon Pollution Standards
September 20, 2013

On August 23, the Georgetown Climate Center submitted a list of questions to EPA urging the agency to seek input on a range of issues as it begins engagement with states and other stakeholders on carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. These questions were developed through discussions with state officials responsible for administering clean energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction programs. 

Fact Sheet: Opportunities for States Under EPA Carbon Pollution Standards
September 19, 2013

The Georgetown Climate Center has developed a document highlighting the opportunities for states under forthcoming EPA carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. Clean Air Act Section 111(d) provides states a significant role in regulating carbon pollution from existing sources, and President Barack Obama has called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to build on the leadership that many states, cities, and companies have already shown in reducing carbon pollution from the power sector.

Georgetown Climate Center Polling Shows Strong Support for EPA Action on Climate Change from Republicans and Democrats
June 24, 2013

Days before President Obama announced his climate action plan, the Georgetown Climate Center released polling data that shows strong public support for taking action to cut carbon pollution.

Summary of the Federal District Court’s Order Enjoining California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
January 19, 2012

On December 29, 2012, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California granted partial summary judgment to the plaintiffs in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Goldstene, holding that California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) violated the dormant Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.  The court also granted the plaintiffs a preliminary injunction, prohibiting enforcement of the LCFS until the litigation is completed. 

GCC Summary of RGGI Economic Benefits Analysis
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 Initiative, a regional greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and-trade program implemented by 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Georgetown Climate Center summarized key findings from the report.  

Issue Brief: EPA's Forthcoming Performance Standards for Regulating GHG Pollution
September 20, 2011

EPA’s forthcoming regulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from power plants will reduce greenhouse gas pollution and drive cleaner generation in the electricity sector. The flexibility provided to states may also provide an opportunity for states to design programs that address their clean energy goals. This pre-proposal brief provides background information about the law and existing regulations and raises issues that states may want to consider in evaluating EPA’s proposal. States should look to the proposed rule for more information, as EPA’s approach to the regulations remains to be seen.

Comparing Legislative Proposals that Restrict the Regulation of Greenhouse Gases
April 1, 2011

Five proposals have been offered in the 112th Congress to date that would limit or eliminate federal agencies’ and states’ authority to regulate greenhouse gases. The Georgetown Climate Center has developed a side-by-side comparison of all five. Update: None of these proposals were adopted during the budget process.

What States Need to Know About EPA Climate Actions
January 7, 2011

This issue brief (pdf) summarizes recent regulatory actions, notes potential obstacles to EPA's efforts, and discusses the role that states will play in the regulatory programs under development.

Overview of Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Accountability Act
July 28, 2010

This overview of the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Accountability act is focused on its impact on states. 

The bill aims to reform offshore oil drilling regulation, strengthens tools to prepare for and respond to an oil spill, creates rebate and incentive programs for natural gas vehicles and electric vehicles, creates a national energy efficiency building retrofit rebate and financing program (Home Star), and funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

American Power Act Summary
May 18, 2010

Outlines the roles for states under the American Power Act. The 15-page summary outlines all provisions that affect states in the 987-page bill, including issues such as preemption, allowance allocation, treatment of state and regional allowances, transportation, adaptation, and other issues important to states.