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EPA's GHG Regulations Should Be Delayed

clean air act  congress  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  greenhouse gas emissions  over regulation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 2, 2010

In mid-November, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took another step toward its plan to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources starting Jan. 2. It issued documents, commonly known as the Best Available Control Technology (BACT) guidance, for state and local permitting programs charged with regulating GHG emissions under the Clean Air Act. 

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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode - 122 A Milestone for ULSD Fuel

air quality  diesel  emissions  energy policy  environmental protection agency  fuel  gasoline  refinery  ulsd  vehicle  highway travel  oil industry tax rate  truck  ultra low sulfur diesel 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 23, 2010

In today's episode, I interview Patrick Kelly, API's policy advisor for downstream fuels issues, about the completion of the transition from low sulfur diesel to Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel for highway travel.

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EPA's GHG Refinery Guidance Comes Too Late

clean air act  domestic energy  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ghg  greenhouse gas emissions  greenhouse gas regulations  greenhouse gases  climate change policy  emission reductions 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 10, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today took two significant steps toward its proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations for stationary sources. It released guidance to help states and local permitting agencies implement controls on GHGs, and it issued "white papers" to refineries, power plants, pulp and paper mills and other industries outlining the Best Available Control Technologies (BACT) that can be used to reduce GHGs. 

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Proposed Truck Regulations: 'An Empty Suit'

co2  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ghg  ghg emissions  greenhouse gas  greenhouse gas emissions  over regulation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 5, 2010

In another example of overreaching, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have joined forces to produce the first ever greenhouse gas (GHG) emission and fuel economy standards for heavy-duty trucks and buses. 

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EPA and the Election

clean air act  congress  domestic energy  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ghg  ghg emissions  greenhouse gas  greenhouse gas emissions  obama administration  over regulation  ozone standard  senate 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 4, 2010

Pundits and reporters today are speculating on the election results' impact on proposed environmental regulations, including the future of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Clean Air Act. 

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Message to EPA: Haste Makes Waste

carbon dioxide  co2  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ghg  greenhouse gas  greenhouse gas emissions  methane  oil and natural gas  over regulation  waxman-markey 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 26, 2010

The staff at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a whip snapping at its heels. For more than a decade now, the agency has been developing and refining its methodology for a "top down" inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States based on macroeconomic information. With that, the agency's career professionals have been rushing for the past two years to establish a "bottoms up" process for inventorying GHGs, including carbon dioxide and methane, and have ordered large and small facilities all over the country to collect emissions data and file reports. 

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EPA's Regulatory Overreach

e15  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ghg  greenhouse gas  greenhouse gas emissions  over regulation  ozone standards 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 22, 2010

Yesterday API hosted a blogger conference call to discuss several U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposals on the table that could harm the United States' economy. Topics included the agency's premature approval of E15, a gasoline blend containing 15 percent ethanol, as well as the agency's plans to regulate greenhouse gases, toughen ozone standards, and even govern things like farm dust and boilers. As we have noted previously here on the Energy Tomorrow Blog, a recent report by the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI estimates that the proposed ozone standard alone could destroy 7.3 million U.S. jobs. 

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The Keystone XL Pipeline Controversy

access  crude oil  ghg  greenhouse gas emissions  keystone xl  keystone xl pipeline  oil pipeline  oil sands  pipeline expansion  state department 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 22, 2010

The debate over oil sands has taken a new political twist with a U.S. Senator asking whether the State Department will fairly consider a pipeline expansion project that could bring more Canadian crude oil to the United States. 

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EPA and DOE: Ignoring the Science

coordinating research council  department of energy  domestic energy  e15  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ethanol  ethanol blends  fuel  fuel blends  gasoline  over regulation  e20  emissions control equipment 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 14, 2010

Yesterday's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) E15 news release is a classic example of Washington obfuscation. Although it appears to explain the agency's reasons for approving a new fuel blend consisting of 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent ethanol for 2007 and new vehicles, the news release very cleverly avoids many of the key considerations that should have been part of the E15 decision


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