carbon emissions http://michiganradio.org en Carbon tax finds bipartisan support when funds are delegated to a specific cause http://michiganradio.org/post/carbon-tax-finds-bipartisan-support-when-funds-are-delegated-specific-cause <p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:44:13 +0000 Rebecca Williams 18462 at http://michiganradio.org Carbon tax finds bipartisan support when funds are delegated to a specific cause Small businesses welcome carbon emission regulations http://michiganradio.org/post/small-businesses-welcome-carbon-emission-regulations <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Support is growing within the small business community for tighter limits on carbon emissions, which contribute to climate change.</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:24:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18151 at http://michiganradio.org Small businesses welcome carbon emission regulations Michigan gets ready for EPA's proposed carbon rules http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gets-ready-epas-proposed-carbon-rules <p>On Monday morning, the Environmental Protection Agency released the <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-05/documents/20140602proposal-cleanpowerplan.pdf">federal government’s plan </a>to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The agency's calling it the "Clean Power Plan."</p><p>The EPA says carbon dioxide emissions are the main driver of climate change. The agency is&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">proposing a 30% reduction in CO2 from power plants by 2030. Here's what EPA says about the proposed regulations:</span></p><blockquote><p>Climate change is not just a problem for the future. We are facing its impacts today:</p><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="238.70319430887218" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 180.033px; top: 905.717px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.907962, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">Average temperatures have risen in most states since 1901, with seven of the top 10 warmest years on record occurring since 1998.</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="238.70319430887218" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 180.033px; top: 905.717px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.907962, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="679.1071838088227" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 180.033px; top: 936.517px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.915733, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="679.1071838088227" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 180.033px; top: 936.517px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.915733, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">Climate and weather disasters in 2012 cost the American economy more than $100 billion.</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="8.463999798202513" data-font-name="g_font_21_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 90px; top: 963.675px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.651077, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="191.32319543849948" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 476.083px; top: 1077.17px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.935108, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">Nationwide, by 2030, the Clean Power Plan will help cut carbon pollution</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="23.75439943365097" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 440.283px; top: 1102.97px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.928511, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">&nbsp;from the power sector by approximately 30 per cent from 2005 levels. It</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="240.48799426631928" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 231.033px; top: 1128.57px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.907673, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">&nbsp;will also reduce pollutants that contribute to the soot and smog that make people sick by over 25 percent.</div></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Policymakers at the state level and the state’s major power companies don’t seem surprised by the news.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:50:32 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17836 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan gets ready for EPA's proposed carbon rules DEQ chief wants flexibility to deal with EPA carbon standard http://michiganradio.org/post/deq-chief-wants-flexibility-deal-epa-carbon-standard <p>Governor Rick Snyder’s administration will argue for flexibility to meet proposed new federal standards for greenhouse gas emissions. The rule was made public today by the EPA. It calls for a 30% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, compared to emissions in 2005.</p><p>“We support that goal. We think it’s a legitimate goal. Our issue is – and there’s a lot of detail yet that we haven’t gone through – will the state be given the flexibility, and will it be an orderly transition?” said Dan Wyant, the director of the state Department of Environmental Quality.</p><p></p><p>He says the state is already on a path to meet the 10 percent renewable energy target required by a 2008 state law. But he says future goals should be broader than forcing a transition to alternative fuels.</p><p></p><p>“We know it can be disruptive – reliability and affordability can be impacted if we go too fast, too hard, too soon,” said Wyant. He said, for example, Michigan will ask the Obama administration to count utilities’ efficiency efforts against emissions targets.</p><p></p><p>The final version of the rule won’t be adopted until next year following a public comment period.&nbsp; A legislative workgroup is starting to plot Michigan’s next energy strategy. Michigan is also part of the Midwestern Power Sector Collaborative, which is pondering a regional approach to complying with the new emissions standards. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 10:51:37 +0000 Rick Pluta 17834 at http://michiganradio.org DEQ chief wants flexibility to deal with EPA carbon standard Workgroup starts crafting Michigan’s new energy policy this week http://michiganradio.org/post/workgroup-starts-crafting-michigan-s-new-energy-policy-week <p>State law forces power companies to get 10% of their power from renewable sources, like wind and solar, by next year. It’s a target they’re expected to meet.</p><p>The state issued a report <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-could-get-30-its-energy-renewable-sources">last year that shows companies could get as much at 30% by 2035</a>. But there’s no law that requires that, yet. It’s something a workgroup will consider as it works this summer to update Michigan’s energy policy.</p><p>State Senator Mike Nofs (R-Battle Creek) will help lead the group.</p> Sun, 01 Jun 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17813 at http://michiganradio.org Workgroup starts crafting Michigan’s new energy policy this week Michigan residents would pay $9 less per month for power under efficiency plan http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-residents-would-pay-9-less-month-power-under-efficiency-plan <p>Michigan residents would save around $9 a month by 2020 under a plan to improve energy efficiency. That’s according to <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/air/pollution-standards/state-benefits.asp">analysis released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council.</a></p><p>The group’s plan comes out less than a week before federal regulators are expected to unveil a new plan to drastically cut carbon emissions, which scientists believe contribute to climate change.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 21:25:10 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17804 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan residents would pay $9 less per month for power under efficiency plan 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 Which is greener? A gas grill or charcoal? http://michiganradio.org/post/which-greener-gas-grill-or-charcoal <p><em>(Editor's note: This story was originally published in <a href="http://www.environmentreport.org/story.php?story_id=4552">July 2009</a>)</em></p><p>Neal Fisher thinks he’s an environmentally friendly kind of guy. He and his wife recycle, they use compact fluorescent light bulbs in the house, they walk most places and hardly ever use their car.</p><p>But when it comes to outdoor grilling... it’s charcoal all the way.</p><p>“It may be a little decadent when you’re taking the environment into consideration, but I do it.”</p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 13:40:31 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 8776 at http://michiganradio.org Which is greener? A gas grill or charcoal? Michigan environmentalists to discuss new pollution rules http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-environmentalists-discuss-new-pollution-rules <p>EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Environmental groups that a favor new federal rules regulating<a href="http://www.thecarbonaccount.com/carbonexplained/"> </a><a href="http://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=d5bncppjof8f9_&amp;met_y=en_atm_co2e_pc&amp;idim=country:USA&amp;dl=en&amp;hl=en&amp;q=carbon+emissions">carbon emissions </a>are holding a forum to discuss them. Sun, 27 May 2012 15:49:48 +0000 The Associated Press 7636 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan environmentalists to discuss new pollution rules