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Mar 3, 2014
Mar 3, 2014

Greens take aim at U.S. energy exports as Keystone attack broadens

WASHINGTON, March 3 (Reuters) – As the years-long fight over
the Keystone XL pipeline grinds toward resolution, green groups
are broadening their focus to include the possibility that the
Obama administration will loosen curbs on how much oil and gas
the United States exports.

One such group, Oil Change International, plans to declare
on Monday that lifting the decades-old ban on U.S. crude oil
exports would undercut promises made by President Barack Obama
last summer to protect the climate.

Mar 3, 2014
Mar 3, 2014

U.S. EPA sets new vehicle emission, fuel standards

WASHINGTON, March 3 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Monday announced new fuel and automobile rules to cut soot, smog
and toxic emissions, which it says will help reduce asthma and
heart attacks.

The Tier 3 rules unveiled by the Environmental Protection
Agency have been under development since President Barack Obama
issued a memorandum instructing the agency to develop them in
2010. The rules will cut gasoline sulfur levels by more than 60
percent and should also reduce tailpipe and evaporative
emissions from cars, light trucks, medium-duty passenger
vehicles and some heavy-duty vehicles.

Feb 28, 2014
Feb 28, 2014

Group offers plan to meet new EPA power plant emission rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Swapping power generated from the dirtiest coal plants with that from under-used natural gas plants would help U.S. states meet new regulations for greenhouse gas emissions, according to a plan released by an environmental group on Thursday.

The proposal by the Boston-based Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is the latest to be presented as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prepares new emissions standards for existing power plants, due for release on June 1.

Feb 27, 2014

Domestic climate laws on the rise, a boost for pending UN action

WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – An explosion in the number of
laws passed around the world aimed at confronting climate change
in the last 20 years was hailed on Thursday as a step toward
building support for a United Nations climate treaty to be
negotiated in 2015.

Countries that together account for most global greenhouse
gas emissions have passed nearly 500 laws since the Kyoto
Protocol climate treaty was signed in 1992, with emerging
economies leading many of the recent efforts, according to a
report released by the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE)
and the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of

Feb 27, 2014
Feb 27, 2014
Feb 27, 2014