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Supreme Court Deals Huge Blow to Obama Green Agenda

June 29, 2015 The Supreme Court Monday struck a blow to a key part of the Obama administration's environmental agenda, overturning the Environmental Protection Agency's rules limiting certain toxic pollutants from power plants. The ruling concerns EPA's first-ever limits on mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from power plants, which have been linked...

Here’s House Republicans’ Plan To Fight California’s Drought

June 26, 2015 House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has called the years-long drought plaguing his home state of California a matter of life and death. And now he's got a plan that he thinks can fix it. The California Republican delegation, along with other key Western lawmakers, today introduced a bill that would...

Environmentalists Fear the FDA’s Trans Fats Rule

June 25, 2015 The Food and Drug Administration may have made a strike against heart disease last week by moving to rid artificial trans fats from processed foods, but green groups are worried the pro-health move may have an environmental dark side. The FDA last week told manufacturers to get rid of partially...

Obama Administration: Climate Plan Will Save Lives, Money

June 22, 2015 Acting on climate change can avert tens of thousands of premature deaths and save billions on electricity and infrastructure costs by the end of the century, according to a report released by the White House today. The White House is aggressively pushing the message that action on climate change can...

House Republicans Will Take Two Swats at the EPA This Week

June 22, 2015 Pope Francis's eminently quotable encyclical on the environment couldn't have been better timed for floor debate this week in the House, as the chamber takes two swats at the Environmental Protection Agency's controversial rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions for existing power plants. The rule forms the tentpole of President Obama's...

Obama Administration Wants to Slash Carbon Emissions From Trucks

June 19, 2015 The Obama administration is stepping up its multisector climate agenda with a proposal that will further crack down on emissions from vans, buses, and heavy trucks. The Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Friday proposed rules that would slash carbon-dioxide emissions through 2027. The rules are expected...

Mitch McConnell Is Attacking the Environmental Protection Agency

June 17, 2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he joined the appropriations subcommittee in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency this year to "fight back against this administration's anti-coal jobs regulations." Looks like he's doing just that. The fiscal 2016 spending bill passed by the Interior and Environment Subcommittee Tuesday includes language...

Driverless Cars Are Coming. Is Congress Ready?

June 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan has seen the future, and it is a driverless Uber. Auto companies are quickly working on equipping cars with software that can connect to each other and to the roads around them, paving the way for, say, traffic lights to respond to traffic in real...

EPA Climate Plan Sent to White House for Review

June 2, 2015 The Obama administration has teed up a busy summer on climate change, with the final review of its tentpole climate rule swinging into action. The Environmental Protection Agency sent its rules on carbon emissions for existing power plants to the White House Office of Management and Budget for a final...

EPA Can’t Shake Its Ethanol Headache

May 29, 2015 After years of delay, the Environmental Protection Agency finally got its ethanol-mandate program back on track. And right on schedule, the outrage poured in from all sides. The EPA on Friday proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline under the Renewable Fuel Standard, while slightly increasing the...