5 Stories: Stacking Up The States Under The Clean Power Plan

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Here are five recommended reads for today (8/5/15)

  1. “The Clean Power Plan, officially unveiled by President Obama [Monday], aims to cut CO2 emissions from electric utilities 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. But underpinning the national goal are dozens of distinct state-level goals for reducing emission performance rates,” says Grist.
  2. “After an impromptu and questionably legal airing last week, the  final report of the Senate inquiry into wind farms was tabled in Parliament on Monday, with a lengthy list of recommendations that the clean energy industry says would result in the death of the wind farm sector in Australia,” according to Renew Economy.
  3. “A group of the EU’s largest energy companies – including oil and gas giants Shell and Norway’s Statoil – formed an alliance to lobby against a new EU renewable target according to documents seen by Energydesk,” reports DeSmog Blog. “The lobbying group may surprise few, but comes after it was revealed that Shell started lobbying the EU two years earlier for a policy which favoured gas over renewables, claiming “Gas is good for Europe.”
  4. “The [Clean Power Plan] rules attracted more than 4.3 million comments to the EPA, the most in the agency’s history. Reactions were mixed. Public health advocates, clean energy businesses, faith-based groups and environmental groups applauded the rules as a step in the right direction to tackle climate change. Politicians from coal country, some utilities and the coal industry, however, decried the rule, saying it was illegal and would cost thousands of jobs,” says Inside Climate News.
  5. “In July the transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) came a step closer to reality. Formal talks have been ongoing for two years, but trying to create the world’s biggest free trade zone is no mean feat. Essentially, if passed, the EU and US will be able to trade without each other’s pesky tariffs or regulations getting in the way,” reports The Guardian.
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