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Pew: Economy, Jobs Are the Top Priorities

domestic energy  epa  ghg 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 26, 2010

With the legislative agenda apparently changing in the U.S. Senate, it appears that climate legislation proponents are looking for ways to enact a greenhouse gas (GHG) measure by adding it to a jobs bill. According to the Houston Chronicle today, the Senate is expected to take up a jobs-creation package soon, following the House's passage of a $154 billion measure last month.

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New NO2 Standard Based on Politics, Not Science

energy policy  epa  over regulation  no2 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 25, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a new national air quality standard for nitrogen dioxide (NO2). According to EPA's news release, the new one-hour standard of 100 parts-per-billion (ppb) will "reduce health threats for millions of Americans"--particularly in urban areas near major roadways. 

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Murkowski Says EPA GHG Regulations Are an "Economic Train Wreck"

clean air act  domestic energy  energy policy  epa  ghg  smal business administration 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 22, 2010

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) yesterday introduced a bipartisan disapproval resolution to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) under the Clean Air Act. 

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New GHG Rules Could Lead to Fewer Jobs

clean air act  epa  ghg 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 21, 2010

Here's an excellent example of how duplicative regulations can cause problems for the economy and American consumers. At issue is the EPA's new authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) under the Clean Air Act

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Concern about Jobs Trumps Climate Worries

domestic energy  energy policy  epa 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 11, 2010

With the unemployment rate standing at 10 percent, concerns about the economy are trumping support for climate legislation. News reports from around the country indicate a growing unease with legislation or regulations that are aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions due to their potential impact on jobs.

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EPA Ozone Standards Based on Politics, Not Science

epa  over regulation  ozone 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 7, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed to tighten U.S. ground-level ozone standards to protect people as well as plants. Under the new guidelines, the "primary" standard aimed at protecting public health would be reduced to 0.060 and 0.070 parts per million (ppm) measured over eight hours from the 0.075 ppm level set in March 2008.

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The Low-Carbon Fuel Folly

epa  over regulation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 7, 2010

In a move that should raise eyebrows across the country, the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) last week agreed to adopt a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from vehicles and possibly from home heating-oil furnaces. Although on the surface this agreement might sound environmentally friendly, it's likely to do more harm than good.

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Clean Diesel in Your Tank

air quality  environmental protection agency  epa  fuel  gasoline  ulsd  ultra low sulfur diesel 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 5, 2010

The most massive fuel transition ever attempted in the United States has been occurring quite smoothly over the past few years without so much as a hiccup. It is the slow and steady movement from Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel to Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel that started in 2006 and will continue through 2014.

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Job Losses Reduce Driving

energy policy  epa  over regulation  prices 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 4, 2010

American motorists drove fewer miles in 2009, in part due to unemployment. As reported in The Wall Street Journal, Trilby Lundberg, author of the Lundberg Letter, says commuting to work--one of the most important reasons for driving--has been "hit in the guts" by unemployment.

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Op-ed: Carbon Creep

energy policy  epa  ghg  over regulation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 14, 2009

There's more talk of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) endangerment finding and the agency's related efforts to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in a Forbes article authored by Brian Wingfield. 

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