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Obama Lays Out New Climate-Change Plan

Obama tried to anticipate and rebut arguments from critics about harm his vision could do to American business.

August 3, 2015
Infrastructure, environment, climate change, Barack Obama, fracking, White House, executive order

Congressman Widens Inquiry Into Fracking Waste In Northeast And Midwest

Meet the congressman who’s taking on the energy industry.

December 11, 2014

Supreme Court Limits EPA Authority On Power Plants

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court, in a split ruling, has blocked the Obama administration from requiring special permits for some new power plants, but upheld them for others. In a dense 5-4 decision Monday, the justices said the Environmental Protection Agency had wrongly stretched an anti-pollution provision of […]

June 23, 2014

Carbon Emissions Rule Relies On A Broad View Of ‘System’

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The coming legal battle over President Barack Obama’s far-reaching climate-change rules will probably turn on the meaning of one word in the Clean Air Act of 1970 — “system.” Under the landmark anti-pollution law, the Environmental Protection Agency is empowered to require states to apply “the […]

June 4, 2014

Climate Change Deniers Push Back On Environmental Regulation

“If we destroy creation, creation will destroy us. Never forget this!” — Pope Francis Last week, weather forecasters once again issued flash-flood warnings for the Deep South’s coastal areas — as governments were still working to repair the damage wrought by flooding a month ago. In California, meanwhile, authorities are struggling to handle the consequences […]

May 31, 2014

EPA Targets Refinery Emissions

By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times Oil refineries would be required to cut emissions and begin monitoring levels of toxic air pollutants at their fence lines with neighboring communities under standards proposed Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The rules would require the nation’s 150 major oil refineries to upgrade pollution controls for storage tanks […]

May 16, 2014

Appeals Court Upholds EPA Limits On Air Toxicity

By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever limits on air toxics, including emissions of mercury, arsenic and acid gases, preserving a far-reaching rule the White House had touted as central to President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of […]

April 16, 2014