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Clean Power Plan a Big Step in the Right Direction

President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Clean Power Plan this week, a proposal that would cut carbon pollution from existing coal-fired power plants for the first time.  With power plants being the single largest source of … Continue reading

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IPCC Releases Second Installment of Climate Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the second installment of the fifth climate report in late March.  The first installment was released in September of 2013 with the next installment planned for April, 2014.  The IPCC is “the … Continue reading

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EPA Sets Updated Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new emission and fuel standards for cars on Monday, March 3rd.  The program, Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards, will begin in 2017 and will apply to passenger cars, light-duty trucks, medium-duty … Continue reading

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2014 Renewable Fuel Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new 2014 renewable fuel standards earlier this month.  The EPA is looking for public comment on the standards which address the levels of renewable fuels to be blended into gasoline and diesel.  These new … Continue reading

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EPA Releases Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released greenhouse gas emissions data from large facilities last week.  This is the third report of its kind and details pollution emissions and trends by industrial sector, greenhouse gas, geographic region, and individual facility.  Overall, … Continue reading

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DEP Releases Climate Impacts Assessment

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) has released an updated Climate Impacts Assessment for the state of Pennsylvania.  The report is an update to the findings made in the 2009 reports entitled Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment and Economic Impacts … Continue reading

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EPA Proposes Carbon Standards for New Power Plants

On September 20, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed standards on carbon pollution from new power plants.  In addition to this proposal, the EPA is also initiating engagement with state, tribal and local government, industry and labor leaders, non-profits, … Continue reading

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EPA Issues Final 2013 Percentage Standards for Renewable Fuel

Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the final 2013 percentage standards for certain fuel categories.  The fuels are part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program established by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). The rule … Continue reading

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President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

Last week, President Obama announced the contents of his Climate Action Plan.  The plan has been received both negatively and positively, however many will agree it is an assertive and bold plan. “It is the most aggressive and promising climate … Continue reading

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Energy Benchmarking in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia City Council passed legislation in mid 2012 regarding energy benchmarking for non-residential buildings in Philadelphia.  The bill, entitled the Energy Benchmarking Bill, was created by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and co-sponsored by Councilman James F. Kenney. The bill … Continue reading

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