EPA is continuing to provide states with the tools and support to reduce their power sector emissions, and many states and utilities have said they will continue their plans to comply with the Clean Power Plan despite the recent stay.
More and more companies are setting science-based emissions-reduction targets. These targets represent a company’s share of the global carbon budget, the amount of carbon the world can collectively emit while hoping to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees C.
Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling to pause implementation of the Clean Power Plan will likely only be a temporary time out. Most states are already laying plans to comply—and indeed, it's in their best interest to do so.
This afternoon, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request to stay the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan sets the first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants and encourages the development of cleaner energy alternatives.
In his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama ranked the importance of a climate change strategy on a par with national security, economic equality and a more effective political process. Here are six steps his administration can take this year to cement its climate legacy.
WASHINGTON (January 7, 2016)– New analysis from World Resources Institute shows that Missouri can place itself in a strong position to meet or exceed its emissions target under EPA’s Clean Power Plan for reducing emissions from the power sector.
WASHINGTON (January 5, 2016)– New analysis from World Resources Institute shows that Michigan is in a strong position to meet its target under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan for reducing emissions from the power sector through its existing energy efficiency and renewable energy policies. These policies have already generated investments, jobs and energy savings in the state.
While the United States has received criticism in the past for lackluster climate action, recent evidence shows the country is ramping up its ambition—progress that will likely last well beyond COP 21 in Paris.
Editor’s Note: WRI Expert Kristin Meek will testify at Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection listening session on Wednesday, November 4
The Clean Power Plan is expected to be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, marking the first time in history existing power plants across the United States will be legally responsible to limit harmful carbon pollution.
HFCs are as much as 12,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide. New HFC-reduction initiatives, combined with existing actions, are expected to cut global greenhouse gases by the equivalent of more than 1 billion metric tons of CO2 by 2025, as much as would be achieved by taking 210 million cars off the road for one year.
The WRI analysis shows that if Virginia achieves its current goals to improve efficiency and increase use of renewable energy while also making more efficient use of existing natural gas plants, the state can decrease carbon emissions from Virginia’s power sector by 43 percent below 2012 levels by 2030 – well beyond the state’s mass-based target of 23 percent reductions required under the Clean Power Plan.
Joshua Ryor and Dana Davidsen break down recent developments, common misconceptions and emerging trends in renewable energy in the United States.
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed its first-ever rules targeting methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors.
WASHINGTON (August 3, 2015)— The Obama administration is expected to announce today historic plans to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants for the first time. The Clean Power Plan would reduce emissions by an average of 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
A new data visualization reveals that only 10 states are responsible for nearly 50 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
The EPA will soon release emissions standards for existing power plants, the single-largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
The Obama administration committed to reduce U.S. emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. A new WRI study reveals how to achieve that target—and go even further—through existing federal policies and state action.
WRI Board member and former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy Sue Tierney explains why April 16th was a remarkable (and remarkably dull) milestone in electric-industry history.
Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases commonly used as refrigerants, are a small but rapidly growing component of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Fortunately, climate-friendly substitutes exist, and some of these alternatives can even create net savings for consumers.