Coal Ash Still Considered Non-Hazardous by the EPA, Despite Evidence to the Contrary

After years of delay, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the first federal regulations for the disposal of coal ash, a toxic byproduct of burning coal at power plants that contains arsenic, mercury, chromium and other substances associated with cancer...

/ December 23, 2014

Florida Regulators Weaken Energy Efficiency Goals for Utilities

The Florida Public Service Commission voted today to gut the state’s energy efficiency goals by more than 90 percent for electric utilities (Duke Energy Florida, Florida Power & Light, Gulf Power Company, and Tampa Electric Company). Combined Residential & Commercial/Industrial Cumulative...

/ November 25, 2014

LEED Green Building Standards Attacked By Chemical and Timber Industries

The chemical and timber industries are working across the country to eliminate energy efficiency standards modeled on the latest version of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the industry standard that is used in over 3.3 billion square feet...

/ November 17, 2014

Arizona’s Energy Efficiency Program Attacked

Last week, Arizona regulators filed a plan to eliminate the state’s energy efficiency program. The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) staff submitted the proposal on Tuesday and the five commissioners will vote on the plan. The ACC adopted the energy efficiency...

/ November 10, 2014

Atlantic Offshore Drilling Plans Continue: Fossil Fuel Front Groups Meet Privately With Federal Agencies

Update March 15, 2016: The Obama administration said it will not auction off drilling rights for Atlantic Ocean waters off the coast of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. However, the Department of Interior will consider the sale of drilling rights in three spots in the Arctic...

/ November 7, 2014

The 2014 Midterm Election Results: Implications for Energy and Environment Policies

The 2014 midterm elections will have implications on a variety of issues across the country and throughout all levels of government. Many people will be analyzing the events and decisions that occurred during the campaign season. But looking forward, numerous...

/ November 5, 2014

Message to Dems: Natural Gas Won’t Save the Climate

Last week, a study published in the journal Nature found that the increase in global natural gas consumption “is not necessarily an effective substitute for climate change mitigation policy.” The study’s conclusion undercuts climate change policies that use natural gas...

/ October 23, 2014