, Virginia (Reuters) – The Environmental Protection Agency is due to unveil next week the first batch of regulations under President Barack Obama’s new climate action plan – a carbon emissions-rate standard for new fossil fuel power plants.
If standards are as strict as the industry expects, it could be the death knell for new coal plant construction. The recent bankruptcy of Longview, a highly efficient West Virginia coal plant, is an example of the pressures already facing the industry.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When she was the top U.S. environmental regulator, a new email dropped into Lisa Jackson’s inbox every 30 seconds around the clock on average. On Tuesday she told Congress that she didn’t create a second email using her dog’s name to subvert regulations but to survive the extreme overload.
Jackson, who now leads Apple Inc’s environmental efforts from the company’s Cupertino, California, headquarters, was in Washington to field questions about the way she used email accounts as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, a post she left in February.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leaders attending the Group of 20 summit of the world’s biggest economies in St. Petersburg, Russia, agreed on Friday to phase down the use of certain potent greenhouse gases known to damage the climate.
The White House cited the agreement to cooperate on phasing down the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), gases used in refrigerators, air conditioners and some industrial equipment, as one of the “most significant agreements” of the summit.