The Climate Bill Isn’t Perfect, but It’s Still a Major Victory

There may be better ways to slow global warming, but this legislation is a big step forward.

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When There’s Arsenic in the Water, but ‘We Have Nowhere to Go’

The Environmental Protection Agency found that water at a mobile home park that mostly serves agricultural workers contained almost 10 times the allowable limit of arsenic. But housing alternatives are hard to find.

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A Wilting Climate Response

As another heat wave descends, the U.S. federal government is pulling back from the climate fight. What now?

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How Inflation Upended Biden’s Climate Agenda

Rising prices, party infighting and the aftershocks from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have hurt the president’s plans to speed an energy transition.

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Biggest Cryptominers in the U.S. Use as Much Power as Houston, Findings Show

The findings, by a congressional investigation, highlight how the surge in activity has caused consumers’ electrical bills to rise and makes it harder to fight global warming.

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Is It an Embryo, a Fetus or an Unborn Child?

Readers discuss the question of when life begins. Also: The E.P.A. ruling; a doctor’s advice to President Biden; sanctions against Russia.

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The Supreme Court Dealt a Terrible Blow to Children’s Health

We are now learning that climate change and air pollution can act together to increase health effects.

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E.P.A., Curbed by Supreme Court, Falls Back on a Piecemeal Plan for Climate Change

Last week’s ruling took away a major tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Many regulatory options still remain, but the path will be more difficult.

#air-pollution, #carbon-dioxide, #coal, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

Republicans Have Set Themselves Up for a Showdown With the Supreme Court

Two conservative critiques of the administrative state are in contradiction with each other.

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How to Protect Bristol Bay’s Salmon for the Long Haul

E.P.A. action, legislation and land conservation together can permanently protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay, the salmon and a way of life.

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It’s July 4, 2022, and Somehow We Are Still Talking About Trump

Biden can’t possibly like the chatter about him, either.

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Supreme Court’s E.P.A. Ruling Shifts More Power Away From Congress

What was once a dialogue between the branches has become almost entirely one-sided, with the justices accumulating clout at lawmakers’ expense.

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The E.P.A. Ruling Goes Beyond Coal Regulation

The decision issued a warning shot across the bow of the administrative state.

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With Climate Agenda Stalled at Home, Biden Still Hopes to Lead Abroad

The United States has demonstrated international leadership on climate change in the past, but recent setbacks are presenting new challenges for President Biden.

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The Court vs. the Climate

The Supreme Court seems unconcerned with climate change.

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The Supreme Court’s E.P.A. Decision Is More Gloom Than Doom

The most profound effect of West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency may ultimately be cultural.

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The Single Best Guide I’ve Heard to the Supreme Court’s Rightward Shift

The legal scholar Kate Shaw walks me through the Supreme Court’s decades-long conservative counterrevolution.

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Supreme Court Limits E.P.A.’s Ability to Restrict Power Plant Emissions

The case considered the Environmental Protection Agency’s powers under the Clean Air Act.

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What Does the West Virginia vs. E.P.A. Ruling Mean?

The Supreme Court’s ruling in a case involving the E.P.A. could mean many other types of regulations might now be harder to defend.

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The climate math just got harder

The Supreme Court has said the E.P.A. can’t broadly regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. We look at what it means.

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Court Decision Leaves Biden With Few Tools to Combat Climate Change

A Supreme Court ruling, combined with an energy crunch and intraparty politics, makes it nearly impossible for President Biden to achieve his climate goals.

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The Supreme Court Case That Could Doom U.S. Climate Goals

The government’s power to tackle pollution is not the only question at stake in a potentially far-reaching lawsuit.

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Republican Drive to Tilt Courts Against Climate Action Reaches a Crucial Moment

A Supreme Court environmental case being decided this month is the product of a coordinated, multiyear strategy by Republican attorneys general and conservative allies.

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Musk to Attend Twitter All-Hands Meeting

Musk will attend a virtual all-hands meeting as his $44 billion acquisition of the company moves ahead, despite his hand-wringing about bots.

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This Is No Way to Run a City (or a Country)

Congestion pricing in Manhattan should have happened years ago. The reason it hasn’t is instructive.

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The Supreme Court May Rein In Efforts to Protect the Climate

The court’s conservative majority seems intent on pursuing an agenda that would limit the government’s ability to shield the planet.

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Scott Pruitt ‘Endangered Public Safety’ by Forcing His Drivers to Speed

An internal report validated whistle-blower allegations that Scott Pruitt repeatedly forced his security detail to drive at dangerous speeds on routine trips because he was running late.

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E.P.A. to Block Pebble Mine Project in Alaska

The E.P.A. said it would ban the disposal of mining waste in the Bristol Bay watershed, a decision that very likely means the end of the Pebble Mine project.

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EPA opens applications for its $5 billion clean school bus program

The Thomas C2 Jouley is a popular electric school bus.

Enlarge / The Thomas C2 Jouley is a popular electric school bus. (credit: Thomas Built Buses)

Although much of President Joe Biden’s plans to fight climate change have died thanks to obstruction from the Senate, he did manage to squeeze in a few sops to our ever-warming planet. Among those is a $5 billion program to replace dirty diesel school buses with more environmentally friendly options.

It’s called the Clean School Bus Program, and it’s administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, which began formally accepting applications this past Friday.

Specifically, the EPA is aiming to replace older (model year 2010 or older) diesel-powered school buses, which must be scrapped in order for a clean bus to be bought to replace them. Oh, and the old bus has to be fully functional—this isn’t intended as a way to make the government pay for broken junk to be replaced with shiny new buses.

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Justice Dept. Tries to Shift Environmental Justice Efforts From Symbolic to Substantive

The agency has announced a series of policies intended to elevate those efforts, including the creation of an office meant to address the “harm caused by environmental crime, pollution and climate change.”

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Enough About Climate Change. Air Pollution Is Killing Us Now.

The best reason to stop burning fossil fuels is that air pollution is a threat to our health.

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Gas Prices Force Biden Into an Unlikely Embrace of Fossil Fuels

President Biden has had to walk a careful tightrope on energy and climate change in the weeks since U.S. sanctions on Russian oil and gas sent energy prices soaring.

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Who cares about climate change? Biden brings back E15 gas

Who cares about climate change? Biden brings back E15 gas

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The US looks set to use so-called “E15” gasoline throughout the summer. On Tuesday, President Joe Biden will announce that the US Environmental Protection Agency will issue a national emergency waiver allowing the use of the ethanol-gasoline blend between June 1 and September 15 as Americans complain about high fuel prices. Currently, the use of that fuel is illegal because of smog regulations.

Ethanol-gasoline blends became popular during the 2000s as a potential panacea for solving US energy dependence on the Middle East as well as a way to clean up the climate. It also always played well in the Iowa caucuses, as it gives us something to do with our immense corn surplus.

E85 fuel—a mix of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline—rapidly fell out of favor. But 98 percent of US gas stations offer E10, a blend of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. At this concentration, the ethanol oxygenates the fuel and increases its octane rating; it also stretches the country’s supply of gasoline by diluting it.

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Biden to Allow Higher-Ethanol E15 Gas to Be Sold All Summer

The White House estimated that the move would shave 10 cents off every gallon of gasoline purchased at the approximately 2,300 stations in the country that offer the blend known as E15.

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Supreme Court Revives Trump-Era Environmental Regulation

The regulation, which was welcomed by industry groups, limited the role of states in enforcing the Clean Water Act.

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E.P.A. to Propose Restrictions on Asbestos

The agency aims to ban the manufacturing and import of a type of asbestos that is used in brake pads, gaskets and other automotive products and is linked to cancer.

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How war has upended life for climate activists in Russia

“It’s kind of difficult to be afraid all the time that someone might knock down your door,” one said.

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As Gas Prices Soar, Biden’s Climate Ambitions Sputter

Rising costs at the pump, war in Ukraine, an emboldened fossil fuel industry and stalled legislation have imperiled President Biden’s climate agenda.

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E.P.A. Decides Against Limiting Perchlorate in Drinking Water

Drinking water for as many as 16 million Americans may be contaminated with perchlorate, a chemical that can harm the development of fetuses and children.

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Biden Restores California’s Power to Set Stringent Tailpipe Rules

The state is expected to write strict auto pollution standards designed to significantly speed the transition to electric vehicles and influence new federal rules.

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E.P.A. Plans Tighter Tailpipe Rules for Trucks, Vans and Buses

For the first time since 2001, the government is setting more stringent limits on pollution from trucks, vans, and buses that harms human health.

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Supreme Court Considers Limiting E.P.A.’s Ability to Address Climate Change

Members of the court’s conservative majority voiced skepticism that Congress had authorized the agency to decide what they said were major political and economic questions.

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The Supreme Court Confronts Climate Change

Coal companies and Republican-led states are trying to limit the E.P.A.’s authority to limit greenhouse gas emissions in the electric power industry.

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California Returns as Climate Leader, With Help From the White House

The Biden administration is restoring the state’s power to set its own limits on tailpipe pollution and is largely adopting the state’s rules regarding heavy trucks.

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White House Takes Aim at Environmental Racism, but Won’t Mention Race

Communities of color bear a disproportionate burden from pollution, research shows. But using race to allocate federal help could result in legal problems.

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The Post Office Is Buying Gas-Powered Trucks, Despite Biden Climate Order

The president wants an electric federal fleet, but Postmaster Louis DeJoy is spending billions on gas-powered vehicles. That’s prompted scrutiny and calls for his resignation.

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Biden Administration to Reinstate Mercury Pollution Rules Weakened Under Trump

The E.P.A. will resume enforcing limits on the release of mercury, a neurotoxin linked to developmental damage in children, from coal-burning power plants.

#air-pollution, #coal, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #mercury-metal, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #respiratory-diseases

E.P.A. Chief Vows to ‘Do Better’ to Protect Poor Communities From Environmental Harm

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday will announce stepped-up enforcement and monitoring to help disadvantaged communities struggling with polluted air and water.

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Even Low Levels of Soot Can Be Deadly to Older People, Research Finds

The four-year air pollution study, which followed 68.5 million older Americans, was the first of its kind.

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Sometimes, Life Stinks. So He Invented the Nasal Ranger.

For Chuck McGinley, an engineer who devised the go-to instrument for measuring odors, helping people understand what they smell is serious science.

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