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California and Quebec Agree to Link Programs that Cap Carbon Pollution
April 21, 2013
On April 19, 2013, The California Air Resources Board (ARB) voted 5-0 to approve a plan to link its greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program with the province of Quebec’s emissions trading system beginning January 1,...

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Dropped 1.6 Percent in 2011
April 17, 2013
U.S. carbon pollution dropped slightly in 2011, according to an annual Environmental Protection Agency report released on April 15, 2013. The report, entitled Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, tracks...

President Obama Proposes Energy Security Trust to Reduce U.S. Oil Dependence
March 17, 2013
In his 2013 State of the Union address and again in a major speech at Argonne National Laboratory on March 15, 2013, President Obama proposed the creation of a new Energy Security Trust Fund, using a portion of...

RGGI Auction Price Rises 45 Percent in First Auction Since Strengthening Its Cap on Carbon Pollution
March 15, 2013
In its first auction since tightening its cap on carbon pollution, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) raised a total of $105.9 million for nine participating states to reinvest in projects such as energy...

RGGI States Propose Lowering Regional CO2 Emissions Cap by 45 Percent
February 8, 2013
On February 7, 2013, the nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) announced they are proposing to lower the regional power plant CO2 emissions cap by 45...

California Trial Court Upholds CARB Authority to Use Offsets in Cap-and-Trade Program
January 27, 2013
On January 25, 2013, a California Superior Court issued a ruling allowing the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to use carbon offset projects as a compliance tool under the state’s economy-wide greenhouse gas...

What Actions Can Obama—And Congress— Take on Climate Change During the Next Four Years?
December 4, 2012

California Launches Cap-and-Trade Market to Cut Carbon Pollution
November 16, 2012
California held the first auction for its cap-and-trade market on Wednesday, November 14, selling allowances under a cap in order to reduce the greenhouse gases that lead to climate change.  The state will release...

Illinois Clean Energy and Economic Development Policies
October 10, 2012
View Other Midwest Clean Energy Policy Approaches Ohio examples Michigan...

D.C. Circuit Upholds EPA Regulations of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
June 27, 2012
On June 26, 2012, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld four EPA rules related to the regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The rules and related actions...