This post was written with my colleague Ben Longstreth. Opponents of EPA’s effort to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants under Clean Air Act Section 111(d) have recently been peddling a nonsensical argument that EPA has no authority to...continued→
David Doniger, Policy Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.
I'm the policy director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) Climate and Clean Air Program, and our chief global warming lawyer. I rejoined NRDC in March 2001 after serving for eight years in the Clinton administration, where I was director of climate change policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and, before that, counsel to the head of the EPA's clean air program. I also served for a year at the Council on Environmental Quality. This is my second stint at NRDC -- I first started here in 1978 and worked on clean air issues for the next 14 years, helping to win the Montreal Protocol to stop depletion of the ozone layer and the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990. Now we're working to cut the pollution that causes global warming here at home, and to reach agreement on global emission cuts.
After a summer of diplomatic progress at the level of presidents and prime ministers, expectations were high that countries would launch negotiations on phasing down the dangerous heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) at meetings of the Montreal Protocol in Bangkok...continued→
Now that the government shutdown is over, EPA is back on the job to carry out President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The central pillar of that plan is using the Clean Air Act to set the carbon pollution standards for...continued→
A lot of people were confused yesterday by the Supreme Court’s decision to review one narrow aspect of EPA’s carbon pollution regulations. Some reporters got it right, but others got mixed up by the spin and swirl of certain Washington...continued→
The Supreme Court today rejected last-ditch efforts by industry and conservative states to block EPA from setting standards to curb the carbon pollution that drives dangerous climate change. The Court’s ruling clears the way for EPA to issue carbon pollution...continued→
The pace of action to phase down the super-potent heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) quickened yesterday when U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced new joint steps towards controlling HFCs under the Montreal Protocol, the treaty...continued→
EPA Launches Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants, First Step in President Obama's Plan to Protect Our Kids and Grandkids from Dangerous Climate Change
The Environmental Protection Agency today launched proposed standards to limit dangerous carbon pollution from new power plants. This is the first big step to implement President Obama’s ambitious Climate Action Plan, announced in June. “The question,” the president told an...continued→
The Senate’s climate-change deniers are trying a new gambit to block the president’s Climate Change Action Plan. At a time when the real costs of climate change are becoming clearer than ever, Republican Senators Barrasso, Blunt, and others are planning...continued→
The world’s biggest countries took new steps at the St. Petersburg G-20 summit today towards an agreement to phase down the super-potent heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The entire G-20 agreed to work together on phasing down HFCs under the...continued→
In a half-hour YouTube video, the Environmental Protection Agency this week kicked off an ambitious drive to engage states, industry, the public health and environmental community, labor, and others in the nuts and bolts of developing standards to cut the...continued→
State and industry groups led by Texas and coal-based power companies lost another challenge to EPA’s carbon pollution standards today, the latest in their string of unsuccessful lawsuits trying to block EPA’s climate protection actions under the Clean Air Act....continued→
Society of Automotive Engineers' Final Report Backs Climate-Friendly Coolant While German Car Makers Flout European Rules
Updating earlier work, an expert panel of automotive engineers issued its final report on June 21st reaffirming the safety of the new climate-friendly coolant for car air conditioners called HFO-1234yf. In December the panel of engineers from eleven auto manufacturers,...continued→
Last Tuesday, President Obama announced a far-reaching Climate Action Plan to cut U.S. carbon pollution, protect vulnerable communities from climate impacts, and reinvigorate international climate cooperation. The centerpiece of the plan a set of actions under existing federal laws by...continued→
Countries made significant progress towards curbs on HFCs – the super potent heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons – in talks this week in Bangkok between parties to the Montreal Protocol. After years of diplomatic gridlock, they began genuine discussions on proposals...continued→
Delegates from around the world have gathered in Bangkok for the summer meeting of the parties to the Montreal Protocol, the 25-year-old treaty that has saved the ozone layer and slowed the pace of global warming. On the table again...continued→
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