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How revoking the Clean Power Plan will impact Pennsylvania

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday the EPA will formally propose to revoke the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s regulation for carbon dioxide from the electricity sector. The decision could impact what kind of sources Pennsylvania uses to make electricity for decades to come. The Clean Power Plan was the Obama EPA’s attempt to [...]

In Pennsylvania, Trump’s climate order met with anger and relief

Governor Tom Wolf’s administration says it is still committed to combating climate change in Pennsylvania, despite an executive order signed Tuesday by President Donald Trump aimed at undoing the Clean Power Plan– the signature climate initiative of the Obama administration. Department of Environmental Protection Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell called Trump’s action “disappointing,” saying the state [...]

Trump victory seen boosting Pennsylvania’s gas and coal industries

Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry could see more output, fewer environmental restrictions, and more pipelines to take its products to market, while its embattled coal industry may also get more help, following the stunning victory of Donald Trump in the presidential election, analysts said Wednesday. The state’s efforts to comply with the federal Clean Power Plan [...]

PJM says compliance with Clean Power Plan won’t disrupt electric supplies

America’s biggest power-grid operator said electric supplies to a 13-state region would not be disrupted by state efforts to comply with the federal Clean Power Plan, and that wholesale electricity costs would rise only modestly in the drive to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants, thanks largely to low natural gas prices. An analysis [...]

Clinton energy adviser predicts Clean Power Plan will survive high court stay

A future Clinton administration would assume that the U.S. Supreme Court is going to uphold both the Clean Power Plan and the Environmental Protection Agency’s responsibility to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, Hillary Clinton’s energy adviser said on Wednesday. Trevor Houser also said that if the Democratic nominee becomes president, her administration [...]

Trade union says more natural gas use would help state meet CPP goals

A leading trade union is advocating for increased use of natural gas as a way of helping to meet emission-reduction targets under the federal Clean Power Plan for existing power plants and to fill what it says will be an energy deficit when coal-fired power plants are retired. The Laborers International Union of North America launched [...]

Rift grows between Wolf and environmentalists

As Pennsylvania’s July 1 budget deadline looms, Governor Tom Wolf is finding common ground with the Republican-led legislature on bills affecting climate change policy and regulations for the oil and gas industry. But it’s leading to a growing rift between his administration and environmentalists. “He’s caving on the environment” “The environment has historically been the low [...]

Pennsylvania still working on Clean Power Plan, but won’t meet deadline

While President Obama’s initiative to get states to cut carbon emissions — known as the Clean Power Plan — is being challenged in federal court by 24 states, Pennsylvania is still moving forward with its plans. Speaking to members of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning, state Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley said his [...]

Despite legal limbo, Pennsylvania continues work on Clean Power Plan

President Obama’s major climate change initiative, the Clean Power Plan, is currently in legal limbo as federal courts decide its fate.  But Governor Tom Wolf’s administration has decided to keep working on it anyway. The goal of the Clean Power Plan is to cut emissions from existing power plants by about a third over the [...]

What Scalia’s death means for Obama’s Clean Power Plan

The sudden and unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gives environmentalists hope that Obama’s landmark effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has a fighting chance in the courts. “It changes my opinion dramatically,” said Ann Carlson, Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law at UCLA. Last week, Scalia, along with four fellow conservatives on the [...]

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