WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate’s top tax
writer unveiled a proposal on Wednesday to change the way the
government promotes clean energy by streamlining dozens of
federal tax incentives for electricity and fuel production.
Senator Max Baucus released a “discussion draft” calling for
simplifying 42 separate energy tax incentives. Left as is and
renewed, these incentives, he said, will cost the government
nearly $150 billion over 10 years.
WASHINGTON, DC, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Fifteen U.S. states have
urged the top environmental regulator to adopt their
carbon-cutting policies as a template for future federal rules
to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, the country’s
largest source of pollution.
Officials from states such as Colorado, Illinois and
Minnesota told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) their
states had cut a fifth from carbon emissions by power plants in
the past seven years, using policies other states could follow.
WASHINGTON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. environmental
regulator argued in court on Tuesday that its rule limiting
mercury and hazardous air pollutants is “appropriate and
necessary,” not an improper interpretation of the federal Clean
Air Act as industry groups and some states contend.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit, the second most powerful court in the country behind
the Supreme Court, heard two cases challenging the Environmental
Protection Agency’s first rules to crack down on mercury from
the country’s fleet of electric generating units.