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RGGI States’ Comments on Proposed Carbon Pollution Emission Guide lines for Existing Stationary Sources…

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative States Submitting to the US EPA http://www.rggi.org/docs/PressReleases/PR110714_CPP_Joint_Comments.pdf [BNA] Proposed carbon dioxide standards for existing power plants could achieve even greater emissions reductions than proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative said. The nine Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative states also said the EPA’s proposed carbon dioxide … Continue reading

California Reveals List of Disadvantaged Communities to Receive Cap-and-trade Revenue

California Environmental Protection Agency http://www.calepa.ca.gov/EnvJustice/GHGInvest/Documents/SB535Maps.pdf [San Francisco Examiner]  The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) today announced that it has prioritized disadvantaged communities across the state for projects funded by California’s cap-and-trade program. As a result, more than $200 million of $832 million in cap-and-trade proceeds from the 2014-2015 budget will be earmarked for low-income areas, … Continue reading

Financial Impact of Shale Gas Development on the Provision of Local Services: Duke Study

Oil and Gas Revenue Allocation for Local Governments in Eight States Duke University Energy Initiative / by Richard Newell and Daniel Raimi http://energy.duke.edu/shalepublicfinance [From Press Release] Increased oil and gas production has provided a variety of new revenue sources for local governments, in most cases helping them to cover the cost of increasing demands for … Continue reading

How the EPA Should Modify Its Proposed 111(d) Regulations to Allow States to Comply By Taxing Pollution

Brookings Institution / by Michael Wara, et al. http://bit.ly/1rGCUbZ [From Introduction] The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is exercising its authority under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act to limit U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing stationary sources, beginning with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil-fuel fired electric generating units (EGUs, power plants, … Continue reading

The 2014 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy http://www.aceee.org/research-report/u1408 For the past eight years, the ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard has measured the progress of state policies and programs that save energy while also benefiting the environment and promoting economic growth. Using data vetted by state energy officials, we rank states in six categories—utility programs, transportation, … Continue reading

Drilling in California: Who’s at Risk?

Natural Resources Defense Council http://www.nrdc.org/health/california-fracking-risks.asp [From Press Release]  The report reveals that 14 percent of the state’s population—5.4 million Californians—already lives within a mile of at least one oil or gas well. Of that group, 69 percent—3.7 million residents—are people of color (45 percent Latino/Hispanic, 13 percent Asian, 8 percent African American and 3 percent … Continue reading

Hydraulic Fracturing: Selected Legal Issues

Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43152.pdf …At the state level, hydraulic fracturing tort litigation has raised questions about causation; whether hydraulic fracturing is an abnormally dangerous activity; and whether hydraulic fracturing may constitute a subsurface trespass to land. Also, several municipalities have attempted to ban hydraulic fracturing through zoning restrictions and other local laws, creating … Continue reading

Interactive Map Reveals State and Local Adaptation Plans for Climate Change

Georgetown Climate Center Map version: http://www.georgetownclimate.org/adaptation/state-and-local-plans Textual version: http://www.georgetownclimate.org/node/3324 [From site] States and communities around the country have begun to prepare for the climate changes that are already underway.  This planning process typically results in a document called an adaptation plan. Below is a map that highlights the status of state adaptation efforts. Click on a state to … Continue reading