Posts Tagged ‘EPA’

The Sandusky Register: EPA’s administrator tours solar power plant near Toledo

Friday, January 15th, 2016

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy had solar power and green energy jobs on her mind when she came to the Toledo area Thursday, but she was ready to talk about Lake Erie and harmful algal blooms, too.

McCarthy toured the First Solar plant in Perrysburg Thursday to dramatize how the green energy sector is producing many jobs in Ohio, then told reporters that keeping Lake Erie’s water safe from the threat of harmful algal blooms is an important priority at EPA.

McCarthy took over in July 2013 as the EPA’s administrator. She’s a Boston native who speaks with a Boston accent, as when she told reporters that she is working to cut through the “pahtisanship” in Washington.

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CBS: Obama vetoes anti-climate change measures

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

HONOLULU — President Barack Obama has vetoed two measures that would have blocked steps that his administration is taking to address climate change.

One would have nullified carbon pollution standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA requires the power sector to slash its carbon output by 32 percent by the year 2030.

The second would have voided a set of national standards designed to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas pollution from existing power plants.

In a letter notifying Congress of his decision, the president said climate change is a “profound threat” that must be addressed.

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CNN: House votes to reject Obama climate change regulations

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Washington (CNN) Hours after President Barack Obama pushed for an international agreement to combat climate change, the GOP-led House of Representatives voted to block that effort and demonstrate the President didn’t have support in his own country.

The House passed a pair of resolutions, largely along party lines, that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing rules the administration released earlier this year to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Both measures, already approved by the Senate in October, now go to the White House, which has already vowed to veto them. Democrats maintain Republicans don’t have the vote to override any veto so they denounced the debate as a waste of time.

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Associated Press: Youths across US are suing states, federal government to force action against climate change

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) — They can’t vote yet, but dozens of young people want a say in the planet’s future, so minors nationwide have been suing states and the federal government in recent years to push action on climate change.

They say their generation will bear the brunt of global warming and that government at every level has an obligation to protect natural resources, including the atmosphere, as a “public trust” for future generations.

The Oregon-based nonprofit Our Children’s Trust has been leading efforts to file lawsuits or administrative petitions in every state and against the federal government. Some of the youth-led cases have been dismissed, while others are pending in states including Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Oregon.

“None of them have gotten to the finish line,” said Michael Gerrard, a professor and director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University. “It’s an uphill climb. The U.S. courts have so far not wanted to set climate policy.”

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Chicago Tribune: Smart thermostat program could cut energy bills

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Looking to move energy savings beyond light bulbs, a coalition of utilities, environmental groups and government agencies announced a new Chicago-area heating and cooling program Thursday that they said could lower some electricity and gas bills by more than $100 a year.

The initiative hinges on residential customers buying so-called “smart” thermostats, which are Wi-Fi-enabled devices that automatically adjust heating and air conditioning when people are at home or away. They also allow homeowners to change settings remotely through cellphones and other devices.

“This is a game changer,” Howard Learner, executive director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago, said at a media event to launch the program. “The leap from traditional, manual thermostats to smart thermostats like this is akin to going from telegraphs to 4G. It’s like going from a Model T to a Tesla.”

Learner was joined by consumer advocates, utility executives and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, who has been promoting the Obama administration’s recent actions to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases blamed for warming the world’s climate.

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