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US emissions dropped for 3rd year; Duke envisions eliminating coal by 2050

Court orders feds to consider coal extraction alternatives on public land

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management must conduct comprehensive environmental analyses that consider alternatives to exploiting coal before issuing more leases from two field offices in Wyoming and Montana, a federal judge ruled March 23.

Green groups file suit against EPA withdrawal of 'once in, always in' policy

A handful of environmental groups filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's withdrawal of a policy that permanently mandated stricter controls of hazardous air pollutants for facilities that did not meet an initial compliance deadline under the 1990 Maximum Achievable Control Technology standards.

Global emissions climbed in 2017 while U.S. levels dropped for 3rd year: IEA

Global energy related carbon dioxide emissions climbed 1.4% in 2017 even as U.S. levels declined for the third year in a row, the International Energy Agency said in a March 22 report.

EPA chief takes aim at agency use of 'secret science'

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt plans to overhaul the scientific process the agency uses in evaluating the need for and crafting new regulations.

Bipartisan US Senate bill aims to spur deployment of carbon capture technologies

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced a bill March 22 to promote research and development of carbon capture technologies, including through expedited carbon dioxide pipeline permitting. Supporters of the bill say these technologies will be crucial to maintaining demand for coal and other fossil fuels in a carbon-constrained economy.

Democrats ask BLM to get more input before rolling back methane rule

The BLM should take more time to gather public input before deciding how to change the agency's methane emissions rule for oil and gas developers, said House and Senate Democrats representing Western states.

Experts predict China, others may impose carbon import tariffs on US

Countries such as China and Canada that have adopted carbon dioxide emissions pricing regimes may decide to use import tariffs to both pressure the U.S. federal government to follow suit and ensure that those countries' domestic products remain competitive, according to carbon market experts.

States should weigh carbon impacts of time-of-use rates, sustainability CEO says

Jeffrey Eckel, chairman, president and CEO of sustainable investment firm Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital Inc., told state commissioners that shifting power use to off-peak hours can have the unintended consequence of increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

Linking climate change to stranded assets is 'gimmick,' banking official says

The idea that climate change alone could leave companies with stranded assets is a "gimmick" aimed at making businesses and investors think about the issue from a financial perspective but ignores the likelihood that market dynamics and other factors played a bigger role, said a sustainability official at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Duke Energy envisions eliminating coal by 2050 in climate change report

Duke Energy Corp. would need to curb its power plant emissions 72% by 2050, including by phasing out all existing coal generation, under an emissions-constrained future in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the utility said in a new report.

McDonald's to focus on supply chain, energy efficiency in reducing emissions

McDonald's Corp. pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 36% below 2015 levels by 2030 to combat global climate change through the increased use of energy efficiency measures, more sustainable agricultural practices and other efforts across its operations.

DC Circuit affirms US EPA's regional haze rule revisions

In a ruling that may bring on a feeling of déjà vu, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has upheld the EPA's revision to its regional haze rule to reflect the replacement of the Clean Air Interstate Rule, noting that it rejected many of the same arguments in previous cases.