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Feature: Defending the Clean Air Act

The Clean Air Act has protected Americans and the air we breathe from harmful pollution for 40 years, saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. But some members of Congress are now attempting to dismantle the Clean Air Act and undermine the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to reduce air pollution and safeguard our health.

Since 1970, as scientists and doctors identified additional threats to our health, the Clean Air Act safe-guarded us from deadly pollutants. But now some Senators and House members are threatening to interfere with the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases and enforce the clean up of polluting power plants. Congress should never undermine the Clean Air Act or EPA's ability to hold big polluters accountable for the destructive pollution they release into our air.

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Posted October 6, 2015 by David Doniger

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NRDC and the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD) filed a petition today with the Environmental Protection Agency to end certain uses of the super heat-trapping pollutants known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Safer, climate-friendlier alternatives have emerged for many categories...continued

What We've Learned from the VW Diesel Scandal

Posted September 29, 2015 by Roland Hwang

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The VW diesel scandal has taught us some hard lessons. First, it's very, very hard to catch sophisticated, deliberate cheating. Second, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) can't do its job with one hand tied behind its back and blindfolded. EPA...continued

Living in Another World: Dirty-Energy State Attorneys General Attack Clean Power Plan (Again)

Posted August 13, 2015 by David Doniger

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The attorneys general of West Virginia and 14 other states filed another premature, defective lawsuit today in an effort to stop the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. Nothing new here. Update Sept. 9: The Court of Appeals for the...continued

Critics Wrong Again: Clean Power Plan is Good News for Illinois

Posted August 12, 2015 by Nick Magrisso

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Last week, the United States made history. Under the leadership of President Barack Obama, the U.S. took the biggest step in our nation's history to address climate change by finalizing first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants. The EPA's...continued

Understanding the EPA's Clean Power Plan

Posted August 11, 2015 by David Doniger

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The Clean Power Plan announced by President Obama on August 3rd sets the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's largest source of the pollution driving dangerous climate change. We are already seeing the impacts of climate...continued

Power Companies Respond Positively to EPA's Final Carbon Pollution Standards

Posted August 7, 2015 by Derek Murrow

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This blog was co-authored with Montina Cole This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a historic plan to reduce carbon pollution from the power sector, and power companies across the country are responding positively to this new initiative...continued

Carbon Copy: Senate Report Trots Out Old and Baseless Charges

Posted August 5, 2015 by David Goldston

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Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), the chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and a proud and unrepentant climate denier, yesterday released a staff report accusing the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) of "colluding" with the Environmental...continued

Illinois Is Poised To Lead On EPA's Clean Power Plan

Posted August 4, 2015 by Nick Magrisso

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING Yesterday the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.EPA) finalized first-ever limits on carbon pollution from our nation's electric sector - the single biggest source of climate change pollution in America, accounting for nearly 40 percent. Currently...continued

Clean Power Plan Foes Batting 0 for 6 in the Courts

Posted July 22, 2015 by David Doniger

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It is becoming increasingly clear that foes of the Clean Power Plan have no more regard for our judicial system than for the health and welfare of American families. Since 2012, they have clogged the federal courts with six frivolous...continued

Breaking More Climate Records

Posted July 21, 2015 by Antonia Herzog

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Temperature records are being broken yet again. And these are the type of records we do not want to be breaking. U.S. scientists reported Monday that the first half of this year was the world's warmest first six months ever,...continued


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