June 2012

The DC Circuit Locks in USEPA's GHG Regulations - Sort Of

June 26, 2012 23:13
by J. Wylie Donald
It took a little over five years but USEPA's greenhouse gas regulation program is now firmly established - for the moment anyway.  The D.C. Circuit today rejected every challenge by numerous petitioners and intervenors to the whole raft of USEPA rules that followed from the critical Supreme Court decision, Massachusetts v. EPA, in 2007.  In Coalition for Responsible Regulation, Inc. v. Environmental Protection Agency (attached), the D.C. Circuit considered arguments against the validit...

Carbon Dioxide | Climate Change Litigation | Greenhouse Gases | Legislation

Rio+20 Disappoints But Does Renewable Energy Need an International Treaty to Move Forward?

June 23, 2012 17:34
by J. Wylie Donald
Rio+20 wrapped up yesterday.  The moniker derives from the twentieth anniversary of the Earth Summit, the 1992 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which was held in Rio de Janeiro.  This reprise was billed as “an historic opportunity to define pathways to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all.”  The conferees focused on two themes:  “How to build a green economy to achieve sustainable development a...

Climate Change | Legislation | Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Sustainability

The CUNY Solar Summit: Will the Big Apple Become the Big PV Cell?

June 9, 2012 22:48
by J. Wylie Donald
"Now I'm as excited about renewables as anybody. But they're a niche play."  We excerpt this from a terrific interview of Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning by Joseph Rago of the Wall Street Journal (The Natural Gas Skeptic, WSJ, June 9-10, 2012).  It resonated because we spent all day Thursday at the Solar Summit sponsored by City University of New York. New York City is jumping into solar power with both feet, head over heels and at a fever pitch.  It is no longer just the Big App...


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