Posts Tagged ‘Coal Plants’

Overwhelming Support for Climate Action at EPA Listening Sessions

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Last week, I rode a bus from Indianapolis to Chicago for one of eleven listening sessions on the carbon pollution standards being proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. When we arrived in Chicago, I took to the stage to help rally the 500-person crowd (video here), calling on the EPA to put forward strong, just standards for the number one source of the pollution that is wreaking havoc with our climate – power plants.

Let me tell you, it was inspiring.

The volunteers who rode that bus with me, and the thousands more who rallied at listening sessions around the nation, were there for a host of reasons: faith leaders who see climate change as the biggest moral issue of our time, high school and college students worried about their future, business people concerned about the costs of inaction, parents and grandparents terrified about the future for the kids they love.

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Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to E.P.A. Rules on Gas Emissions

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a major case challenging Environmental Protection Agency regulations of greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources like power plants. The justices declined to hear a variety of related attacks on the agency’s authority to address climate change.

The case is a sequel to Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, a 2007 decision that required the agency to regulate emissions of greenhouse gases from new motor vehicles if it found they endangered public health or welfare. Two years later, the agency made such a finding, saying that “elevated concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere” pose a danger to “current and future generations.” It set limits on emissions both from new vehicles and from stationary sources like power plants.

States and industry groups challenged the regulations on several grounds. They said the agency’s conclusions about the dangers posed by greenhouse gases were not supported by adequate evidence, that the so-called tailpipe regulations were flawed and that the agency was not authorized to regulate emissions from stationary sources.

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E&E TV: Learner Discusses Shift in Midwest Power Market

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

HAL-EETVHow will the Midwest respond to the U.S. EPA’s proposed changes to coal plant pollution standards? Listen to this E&E TV interview with ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner. Watch video.

EPA Proposes Standards for Power Plant Pollution

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Power plants are the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States, contributing to global warming and harming public health. In March 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed the nation’s first limit on carbon pollution from power plants. The recommended standards aim to reduce carbon pollution through cleaner technologies that power companies are already investing in for future plants. Though it does not apply to existing power plants, this proposed standard is an important first step forward.

Chicago Tribune Editorial by Howard Learner: Mercury Pollution Reduction Standards Protect Children’s Health and the Great Lakes

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

In the Chicago Tribune‘s lead editorial on Dec. 28th, ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner discusses why the EPA’s recently announced federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standard is good for public health, the environment and the economy. Illinois enacted strong state standards in 2006 and has proven that it’s possible to control pollution from coal plants. The new federal rules will level the playing field among coal plants in all states. Read the editorial.