Tagged with States

Anthropogenic Warming has Increased Drought Risk in California

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Early online publication March 2, 2015; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1422385112) / by Noah S. Diffenbaugh, Daniel L. Swain and Danielle Touma http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/02/23/1422385112.abstract California is currently in the midst of a record-setting drought. The drought began in 2012 and now includes the lowest calendar-year and 12-mo precipitation, the highest annual temperature, … Continue reading

2014 Integrated Energy Policy Policy Update [Transforming California’s Transportation System to Meet Climate Goals]

California Energy Commission http://bit.ly/1BOLvVm [Green Car Congress] The California Energy Commission adopted its 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update, which outlines, among many things, how the state is working to transform the transportation system to zero- and near-zero technologies and fuels to meet its climate and clean air goals. This report highlights the importance … Continue reading

Draft Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan: Integrated Assessment Report

Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan http://graham.umich.edu/knowledge/ia/hydraulic-fracturing [Detroit Free Press] …Among the policy considerations presented in the report: ■ Michigan could look to make more uniform its regulation of water withdrawals for high-volume fracturing, where more than 100,000 gallons of water — and sometimes millions of gallons — are used. While the state manages other types … Continue reading

License to Dump: Despite Ban, New York Permits Pennsylvania to Dump Radioactive Fracking Waste Inside Our Borders

Environmental Advocates of New York / by Elizabeth Moran http://www.eany.org/our-work/reports/license-dump-february-2015 License to Dump sheds light on the practice of potentially radioactive out-of-state fracking waste getting dumped in New York despite Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ongoing implementation of a ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking). To date, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection reports that at least 460,000 … Continue reading

Clean Power Plan Flexibility Means States Have Many Paths Toward Compliance: White Paper

It’s Not a SIP: Opportunities and Implications for State 111(d) Compliance Planning Regulatory Assistance Project http://bit.ly/1B2eUKP Veteran air quality regulators at the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) see significant opportunity for states to bring new approaches to air quality planning due to the unusual flexibility allowed under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act—the law underpinning … Continue reading

The Transfer of Public Lands Movement: Taking the ‘Public’ Out of Public Lands

Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources & the Environment, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah / by Robert B. Keiter and John Ruple http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2555922 [AP] Utah’s push to wrest control of 31 million acres of federally controlled land would lead to less public access, less public involvement in land-use decisions and more drilling … Continue reading

Decarbonizing Pipeline Gas to Help Meet California’s 2050 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal

Energy Environmental Economics (E3) http://bit.ly/1zmeMUM [Green Car Congress]  A new study by Energy Environmental Economics (E3) consulting suggests that low-carbon gas fuels are a viable option for meeting California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals and can simultaneously help achieve pollution emission reduction targets. Low-carbon gas fuels or “decarbonized gas” refers to gaseous fuels with a … Continue reading