carbon dioxide http://michiganradio.org en Michigan challenge to EPA greenhouse regulations to be heard by U.S. Supreme Court http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-challenge-epa-greenhouse-regulations-be-heard-us-supreme-court <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The EPA says greenhouse gases are pollution. The Supreme Court has agreed. But Michigan sued the EPA saying you can’t regulate that pollution from smokestack industries because it would hurt the economy.</span></p><p>The Supreme Court has already ruled the EPA has the authority to regulate the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. The agency found CO2 emissions from fossil fuels endanger the public health and the environment. That was regarding a case involving cars and trucks. But whether that pollution comes from a tailpipe or a smokestack, it’s the same pollution.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 15102 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan challenge to EPA greenhouse regulations to be heard by U.S. Supreme Court EPA chief will speak in Ann Arbor today http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-chief-will-speak-ann-arbor-today <p>The new chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvlipZRF8h0#t=60">Gina McCarthy</a>, will be speaking at a conference being held at the University of Michigan&#39;s Law School this evening.</p><p>It&#39;s part of a three-stop tour for the new EPA Administrator who has the tall task of leading the Obama Administration&#39;s efforts to control carbon emissions.</p><p>Here she is talking about their proposed efforts to curb emissions (can you tell she&#39;s from Boston?):</p><p>http://epa.gov/adminweb/multimedia/newscontent/2013-9-20-oa/audio/2013-09-20_carbon.mp3</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From an EPA&nbsp;</span><a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/171675597CCB343285257BF0007C12EB" style="line-height: 1.5;">press release</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(21, 21, 21); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">...Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will begin a three-day trip where she will speak to students, businesses and other stakeholders on EPA&#39;s recent carbon pollution standards proposal for new power plants, and President Obama&rsquo;s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution.</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(21, 21, 21); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">The EPA has <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/2013-proposed-carbon-pollution-standard-new-power-plants">proposed carbon pollution standards for <strong>new</strong> power plants</a>, and the agency is <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/questions-state-partners">hoping to work with states</a> to develop standards for <strong>existing </strong>power plants.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(21, 21, 21); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">The EPA&#39;s authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions was supported by a <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/06pdf/05-1120.pdf">2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision</a>. The intense political pressure and complexity around power plant carbon dioxide regulations has slowed the process for putting power plant regulations in place.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(21, 21, 21); font-family: Arial; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 18.99147605895996px;">It&#39;s been more than six years since the Supreme Court ruling.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:30:20 +0000 Mark Brush 14600 at http://michiganradio.org EPA chief will speak in Ann Arbor today Retrofitting a 112-year-old house with solar panels http://michiganradio.org/post/retrofitting-112-year-old-house-solar-panels <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recently scientists issued a statement indicating the world's atmospheric carbon dioxide level had reached 400 parts per million. Prior to the industrial revolution the level was 280 parts per million.</span></p><p>For those concerned about climate change, this is an alarming threshold. We don’t know yet what it will mean in the coming decades, but the last time the CO2 level was this high in the atmosphere about two and a half million years ago, the Earth was a much warmer, much different place.</p><p>Those who have been concerned about climate change have been talking about this and some have taken action. One of those people lives here in Michigan.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:11:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 13214 at http://michiganradio.org Retrofitting a 112-year-old house with solar panels Valentine's Day approaches, are you ready? http://michiganradio.org/post/valentines-day-approaches-are-you-ready <p>Pssst... don't forget. Valentine's Day is Monday... four more shopping days (five if you count the actual day as a shopping day).</p><p>Judging by my colleagues here at the station, a couple of us are prepared, some are waiting for the weekend, and some will wait until that last minute.</p><p>Are you ready?</p><p><script language="JavaScript" src="http://w.sharethis.com/button/buttons.js"></script><script language="JavaScript">stLight.options({ publisher:'18355ba4-a04c-4a33-a76f-847aadfc0f80', onhover:false });</script><script language="JavaScript" src="http://www.micropoll.com/a/MicroPoll?id=396476"></script></p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 21:48:05 +0000 Mark Brush 1245 at http://michiganradio.org Valentine's Day approaches, are you ready?