Updates

By: Shannon Baker-Branstetter, policy counsel for Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports.

There’s been a lot of political maneuvering and debate in Pennsylvania about the Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce pollution from power plants and expand the use of clean, renewable energy. Amid all of the talk, the program’s true impact on consumers often gets lost: the Clean Power Plan can deliver critical benefits to More

By: Tomás Carbonell, Director of Regulatory Policy and Senior Attorney, EDF

(EDF Attorney Ben Levitan co-authored this post) Two weeks from today, on September 27th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral argument on the Clean Power Plan — our nation’s first-ever limits on dangerous, climate-destabilizing carbon pollution from power plants. Fossil fuel power plants are the country’s single largest source More

By: Frank Knapp, co-chair of the American Sustainable Business Council and president and CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce.

Tackling climate change is a strategy for shared prosperity across the United States — we just need a plan for action. That’s why a large coalition of businesses have entered into the legal process in support of the Clean Power Plan. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Sept. More

By: Frank Knapp, co-chair of the American Sustainable Business Council and president and CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce.

S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson has sued the Environmental Protection Agency, saying we shouldn’t have to comply with the federal Clean Power Plan and that doing so would cripple our economy. The legal argument will be decided by the courts. But the economic argument has already been shown to be wrong. The plan requires that More

Por: Adrianna Quintero, fundadora y directora ejecutiva de Voces Verdes.

Nací y crecí en un suburbio de Los Ángeles. Recuerdo que casi a diario mi padre describía el olor y el color de la “manta espesa” de esmog— como solía llamarlo— que cubría el centro de la ciudad. Esta experiencia, y luego de vivir en Bogotá donde se respiraba hollín cada vez que salíamos a More

By Michele L. Jawando, Esq., Vice President Legal Progress, Center for American Progress

This week marks the 11th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. For many residents of the Gulf Coast, August 29, 2005 was a nightmare. Katrina swept through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, devastating the cities and communities of New Orleans, Biloxi, Mobile and all points in between. Many were left to watch the homes, businesses and communities they More

 

By: Susanne Brooks, Program Director, Office of Economic Policy & Analysis

If someone was tallying up all the benefits of energy efficiency programs, you’d want them to include reducing climate pollution, right? That’s just common sense. Thankfully, that’s what our government does when it designs energy efficiency programs—as well as other policies that impact greenhouse gas emissions. And just this month, this approach got an important More

By: Rev. Dr. Lester A. McCorn, senior pastor at the Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Church in Baltimore, Md

Aug. 28, the world will pause to recognize Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s monumental “I Have a Dream” speech. Nearly 53 years ago, Dr. King stood on the majestic steps of the Lincoln Memorial and imagined the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution as a blank check. Signed by the country’s founders, it More

By: Martha Roberts, Attorney with the U.S. Climate Legal and Regulatory Program at EDF.

The Clean Power Plan oral argument is coming up soon. On September 27, attorneys will present their arguments in front of the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. EPA and the many supporters of the Clean Power Plan have already filed their written arguments – and so has the coalition of coal companies More