Climate change is often described as a global problem requiring a global solution. The greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change do not originate from any one country or region, but rather are emitted globally. Given this, many have argued that the most effective way to address climate change is through an international agreement requiring… Full Story
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From the KBH Energy Center Blog
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one step closer to regulating power sector carbon dioxide emissions, with a federal appellate court this month dismissing a challenge from major coal-producing states and companies. The challenge sought to enjoin the EPA from finalizing regulations, known as the Clean Power Plan, proposed in June 2014. Emphasizing that… Full Story
On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board announced the findings of its investigation into last year’s deadly gas pipeline explosion in East Harlem, New York. Investigators found that the explosion, which killed 8 people and injured 50 others, was caused by gas leaking from a defective weld on the pipeline. Defective welding was also blamed… Full Story
There has been much debate in recent years about the potential environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for oil and gas. This debate has largely centered around the potential impacts of fracking on water quality. Those impacts are explored in a new report, published last week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA… Full Story
On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed rule limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel power plants. The proposal, known as the Clean Power Plan, is expected to be finalized within weeks. Even before this occurs, however, many states have already vowed to oppose it. The opposition movement… Full Story