Tag: climate policy

Study details health benefits of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Atmospheric CO2 levels measured at Mauna Loa.
Atmospheric CO2 levels measured at Mauna Loa.

Big coal-burning states stand to gain the most

Staff Report

FRISCO — Obama administration officials have said all along that, with cutting heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions, the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan will lead to huge health benefits for states, potentially saving thousands of lives and millions of dollars in health care costs.

A new Harvard-led study confirms those claims after comparing three different scenarios for power plant carbon standards. Under the biggest cuts, the study projected the regs could prevent 3,500 premature deaths in the US every year, with a range of 780 to up to 6100. Continue reading “Study details health benefits of EPA’s Clean Power Plan”

Election intensifies political global warming showdown

Enviro groups gear up for major fight

FRISCO — Climate activists and environmental groups came out with both guns blazing in reaction to the 2014 election, vowing to confront what they describe as the new radically anti-environmental political landscape in Congress.

Of major concern is that one of the Senate’s most vocal anti-science members — Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe — will chair the key environment committee. Inhofe is on record as totally rejecting the idea that the atmopsheric carbon dioxide buildup in the atmosphere is affecting global climate.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is also still on the table, and people on both sides of the issue are busy counting votes in the Senate to see if new fossil-fuel backed leadership can push through approval of the controversial project that would transport tar sands crude oil from Canada into the U.S. heartland.

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Pacific Coast region eyes new carbon policy

Oregon, Washington and British Columbia all support carbon pricing

New carbon policies on the West Coast could help push the rest of the country toward a more realistic stance on carbon pricing. Photo courtesy NASA.

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — The U.S. as a whole may still be a few years away from being ready to enact a carbon tax, but that isn’t stopping the Pacific Coast Collaborative from moving ahead with new ways of addressing the true cost of fossil fuels and accounting for the environmental impacts associated with using fossil fuels that are detrimental to the health and well-being of our communities — and future generations. 

For the first time, the Governors of California, Oregon and Washington, and the Premier of British Columbia, have collectively voiced support for pricing carbon, with a joint announcement coming just as California holds the first auction of its cap and trade program. Continue reading “Pacific Coast region eyes new carbon policy”