Jun 27, 2016

U.S. EPA Prepares to Defend White House Clean Power Plan

Within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision halting the Carbon Dioxide Standards implementation under the Clean Air Act (the “Act”), the U.S. EPA began to prepare their public defense of the plan.  EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a February e-mail to all staff, the day after the Supreme Court issued its stay, that “the rule fits squarely within the four corners of the Clean Air Act – a statute we have been successfully implementing for 45 years.”  Other internal e-mails from senior EPA officials have expressed surprise at the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, but have quickly emphasized that… Read more

Dec 7, 2015

Opposition Mounts to EPA Clean Power Plant

A majority of states have now joined in opposition to the proposed EPA carbon dioxide standards for power plants.  In addition to opposition from state governments, the Senate has proposed resolutions to overturn the Clean Power Plan (Plan).  Opponents of the Plan claim that the establishment of a cap and trade system for carbon emissions from power plants should have been authorized by Congress and not by executive action from the White House and the EPA.  Both Congress and the Senate are expected to take up the proposed resolutions blocking the Plan in the next few weeks. For more information,… Read more