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Obama unveils new power plant rules in 'Clean Power Plan'
NPR
President Barack Obama formally unveiled his plan to cut power plant emissions — some two years in the making — calling it the "single most important step that America has ever made in the fight against global climate change." Speaking at the White House, the president said the plan includes the first-ever Environmental Protection Agency standards on carbon pollution from U.S. power plants. Over the next few years, each state will have the chance to create its own plan, he said, adding: "We'll reward the states that take action sooner."
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US nuclear operators try to save plants with carbon emission rule
Reuters
The U.S. nuclear industry has made a last-minute push to urge the Obama administration to protect the country's 100 nuclear units in its forthcoming carbon rule and prevent the early retirement of several plants. Representatives of the Nuclear Energy Institute met on July 21 with White House officials who are currently reviewing the final version of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. The industry contends the original version of the plan, released in mid-2014, fails to encourage states to keep some "at risk" plants from closing.
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EPA: States have until 2022 to comply with pollution regulations
The Green Optimistic
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama Administration had previously proposed legislation requiring pollution-emitters like power plants to begin dramatically cutting their emissions starting in the year 2020. The legislation still has not been finalized, and according to people involved in the planning, the EPA will extend the deadline until the year 2020. However, the environmental agency will also provide incentives for companies who make the switch more quickly.
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WRI study outlines solutions for states in monitoring methane emissions
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New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules that seek to curb methane emissions from new natural gas activity offer U.S. states a chance to achieve deeper emissions reductions and public health benefits, according to the findings of a working paper published by the World Resources Institute.
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Group set to sue US agency over pipeline safety plans
The Associated Press via Fuel Fix
The National Wildlife Federation accused the U.S. Transportation Department on July 28 of not enforcing a federal law that requires pipeline owners and operators to establish safety response plans for worst-case oil spills in lakes, rivers and other waterways. Leaders of the conservation organization said it filed the required "intent to sue" notice through certified mail, giving officials 60 days to issue regulations or face a federal lawsuit.
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Greenhouse gas reductions on the cheap: Solar-aided coal plants
Ars Technica
Though we've made great strides with renewable energy, widespread implementation has proven to be economically challenging, in part due to the existing fossil fuel infrastructure. One promising renewable technology is solar-thermal energy, which harnesses solar energy to generate either heat or electricity. When coupled with a cost-effective thermal storage strategy, it promises to deliver baseload electricity through the existing power grid.
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Refiners retooling plants
San Antonio Express-News
Amid swells of cheap oil and natural gas, refineries are looking to expand and retool although they don't plan to drop the same huge sums of cash that once defined refinery upgrades. Instead of spending $1 billion or more to overhaul plants like they did years ago to process heavy, sour crudes, many independent refiners are eyeing smaller and much cheaper projects. These can be built quickly while helping incrementally grow their ability to process the tidal wave of light oil and natural gas unleashed by the U.S. shale boom.
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Germany breaks renewable energy record
EcoWatch
Germany's transition from coal- and oil-fired power to carbon-free electricity hit a new milestone on July 25 when solar, wind and other sources of renewable energy met 78 percent of the day's energy demand. That beat the old record of 74 percent, made in May 2014, according to Craig Morris, a journalist who has covered Germany's energy scene for more than a decade.
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Reputex finds Australia's big polluters increase emissions under Direct Action
Financial Review
Australia's 20 largest polluters will be able to increase their carbon emissions without penalties under the federal government's direct action policy, a study finds. As the Abbott government prepares to announce post-2020 emission reduction targets, RepuTex​ finds that only 30 of the largest 150 polluters will be required to actually reduce their carbon emissions as part of existing rules.
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Canada fights pollution with new vehicle and fuel standards
Greentech Lead
The government of Canada has adopted new vehicle and fuel standards aimed at mitigating vehicular air pollution. The environment minister of Canada Leona Aglukkaq announced on July 29 that the government was aligning its vehicle and fuel standards with those of the United States.
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