Monthly Archives: May 2010

U.S. Senate to Vote on Resolution Blocking EPA's Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has introduced a resolution to block implementation of the EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gases. According to news reports, the resolution is causing concern among environmental groups and the EPA because of the broad support … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change

Study Reveals Economic Impact of California's Climate Change Law

The Wisconsin Legislature recently adjourned without passing controversial climate change legislation, dubbed the “Clean Energy Jobs Act” (CEJA). All of the leading business and agriculture groups in Wisconsin believed the legislation would have significantly increased energy costs by forcing Wisconsin … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change

Obama Administration to Announce New Vehicle Mileage Standards for Large Trucks; Extend Efficiency Standards for Cars

President Barack Obama will announce today a proposal that will require large trucks to increase fuel efficiency. According to TheHill.com:

Posted in Climate Change

Gov. Doyle Signs Bill Expanding Renewable Resource Credits for Electric Providers

Gov. Jim Doyle signed into law yesterday SB 273 (2009 WI Act 406), which creates a new type of credit under Wisconsin’s current renewable energy law. Under current law, electric utilities must provide a certain percentage of their electricity from … Continue reading

Posted in Energy

Court Dismisses Challenges to Air Emissions Construction Permit for Coal-Fired Power Plant

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals, Dist. IV last week issued a decision rejecting three out of four challenges by the Sierra Club to an air pollution permit for the construction of a coal-fired power plant in Weston, Wisconsin. In its … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act

Kerry-Lieberman Climate Change Bill Unveiled

U.S. Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) introduced last week their much anticipated climate change legislation. Dubbed the “American Power Act,” the sweeping legislation covers 987 pages. To view a summary of the bill, click here.  The centerpiece … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act

EPA Publishes Final Rule Regulating Greenhouse Gases

The EPA issued last week its final rule – known as the “tailoring rule” – which sets the thresholds for greenhouse gas permitting requirements for stationary sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA). Specifically, the new rule sets thresholds for … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Air Act

Study Casts Doubt on EPA's Plan to Increase Ethanol Limit

ANew York Times article discusses a new study that finds that a proposed plan by the EPA to allow an increase in the amount of ethanol mixed into gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent would damage cars and increase … Continue reading

Posted in Renewable Energy