US House Democrat proposes carbon tax to fund infrastructure
U.S. Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., introduced a bill to create a tax on carbon emissions that could generate $1.2 trillion over 10 years to help rebuild the nation's infrastructure.
Wood Mackenzie: New policies, investments needed to reach Paris Agreement goals
New governmental policies, including carbon pricing, as well as increased investments in renewables and technologies are essential for the world to meet emission reductions and climate goals outlined in the Paris Agreement on climate change, consultancy group Wood Mackenzie said in a new report.
US Senate lawmakers introduce bill to codify EPA water rule rollback
Two GOP lawmakers in the U.S. Senate introduced a bill to create a new definition of federally protected waters and codify the Trump administration's efforts to rescind the Obama-era Clean Water Rule derided by many energy producers.
US EPA proposes to formalize guidance relaxing air permitting for power plants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Aug. 1 released a proposal that would ease permitting requirements for power plants and other industrial facilities under a key Clean Air Act program that can trigger the need to install modern pollution controls.
Environmental racism, just transition among highlights of 2nd Democratic debates
Top Democratic presidential hopefuls in their second set of debates in late July emphasized that climate change is not an isolated issue but rather has ramifications across many aspects of the nation's economy. Several of them also discussed the need to rectify what they called environmental racism and to ensure a just transition for communities and fossil fuel workers.
Former US energy secretary unveils 'Green Real Deal' climate action framework
Former U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz unveiled a plan for taking "pragmatic actions" on climate change, a strategy he said offers a more detailed path for lowering carbon emissions than the sweeping Green New Deal proposal backed by some progressive U.S. lawmakers.
US EPA proposal would ease rules for coal ash piles, 'beneficial use' projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a proposal July 30 that would ease federal rules for the safe storage of coal ash and relax environmental requirements for projects that reuse the material as a recycled product.
Clean energy and other ESG-type provisions abound in newly enacted NY law
With the recent enactment of energy legislation, New York joins several other leading states, including California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia, that have set ambitious targets for clean energy.
'Dirty' water opens door to fresh investment opportunities in water services
A $20 billion annual market is developing out of the need to dispose of the massive amounts of "dirty," or "produced," water that comes from the production of shale oil and gas, Raymond James analysts said.
Climate change poses new threat to US cities' long-term creditworthiness
Amid projections of increased climate-related disasters and worsening chronic issues such as flooding, U.S. cities' adaptation efforts are increasingly being looked at as a factor in creditworthiness.
Senate panel passes highway bill with funding for EVs, climate change adaptation
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on July 30 passed a $287 billion bipartisan surface transportation bill that included funding for electric vehicle infrastructure and to help states and localities adapt to the impacts of climate change and reduce transportation-related emissions.
Xcel Energy CEO: Gas is 'avenue to get us there' in transition away from coal
Xcel Energy Inc. CEO Ben Fowke said Aug. 1 that natural gas-fired generation will play a crucial role in the utility's exit from coal in the Upper Midwest by 2030 as the company works to achieve a 100% carbon-free system by midcentury.
Duke Energy vows to continue coal ash excavation appeal
Duke Energy Corp. on Aug. 2 vowed to continue its appeal of an order that would require the company to excavate all of its North Carolina coal ash sites after an administrative law judge sided with state environmental regulators.