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EPA Hears Testimony on New Carbon Pollution Rule

by Erica Peterson on May 24, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the midst of day-long hearings in Washington, D.C. and Chicago on proposed new standards from carbon pollution from power plants.

The speaking lists for both hearings were already near full before they began. The slots were first come, first served, and environmental groups snagged many of them. Representatives from the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council, as well as local environmental groups are scheduled to speak at both events. But the industries are represented too, with speakers from the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Mining Association and various trade groups.

The EPA’s proposed rule would only apply to new power plants, and would limit these plants to 1,000 pounds of carbon pollution per megawatt hour.

Under the rule, coal-fired power plants can still be built. But because of the new limits on carbon dioxide, any company interested in building a coal-fired power plant would be required to install advanced carbon control technologies, like carbon capture and sequestration. [click to continue…]

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Carbon Capture Technology Is Catching On Globally, but not as Quickly in the U.S.

by Erica Peterson October 10, 2011

Carbon capture and sequestration projects are picking up around the world, according to a new report, even as some in the United States have recently been shuttered. According to the Global Institute for Carbon Capture and Sequestration, the technology’s future is bright. CCS, as it’s known, is a process by which carbon dioxide is removed […]

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Study Indicates Switch to Natural Gas May Not Slow Climate Change

by Erica Peterson September 26, 2011

As federal policies make burning coal more expensive, many utilities—including Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities—are transitioning their older coal plants to natural gas. But a new study cautions that natural gas may not be a panacea to stop the effects of climate change. Natural gas is cleaner than coal. When you burn it, […]

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Carbon Capture Tech Makes Progress, But Enough?

by kespeland November 3, 2009

Today (TUESDAY), the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a mark-up session on the Senate climate change bill. Its passage is still uncertain at the moment, but one provision aims to establish widespread, commercial-scale carbon dioxide capture and storage from coal-fired power plants. The technology isn’t entirely out of the laboratory yet, but researchers and industry partners in the Ohio River Valley are working to get it there—regardless of what happens on Capitol Hill. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland Gourlay has the second of our two-part series.

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World's First Carbon Capture & Storage, On the Ohio

by kespeland November 2, 2009

The U.S. Senate has begun hearings on its version of a climate change bill, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act. If passed, it could require a 65 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions—namely carbon dioxide–from the nation’s existing coal-fired power plants by the year 2020. Some high profile lobbying groups are fighting the bill, but some of the biggest emitters aren’t. In the first of this two-part series on carbon capture and storage, we visit an Ohio River Valley power plant that’s flipped the switch on a world first.

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A Good Week for the Atmosphere

by kespeland May 22, 2009

Well, mostly. We did have air quality alerts here on Thursday and today (Friday), caused essentially by too many cars on the roads and high temperatures.

But on Capitol Hill, administrators and legislators alike made progress on curbing the kinds of emissions that can lead to those alerts.

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Green in the Spotlight on Capitol Hill This Week

by kespeland May 15, 2009

The U.S. House of Representatives is shining its legislative spotlight on the environment this week. House Democrats have been hashing out the details of the American Clean Energy and Security Act, a bill sponsored by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Subcommittee Chairman Edward Markey (D-Mass.). The bill is the first climate change legislation to get environmentalists pretty excited.

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FutureGen…Again? Carbon Capture Could be Back

by kespeland March 12, 2009

Plans to build an experimental, near-zero carbon dioxide emissions power plant in Illinois could be back in play. The U.S. Department of Energy cancelled the FutureGen project a little more than a year ago when it determined the project’s cost had doubled. But a new report finds the DOE miscalculated.

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Sniffing Out Carbon Dioxide from Space

by kespeland February 17, 2009

NASA has launched a new satellite that will help identify, in unprecedented detail, where carbon dioxide is being emitted and where it’s being sucked up. The idea is to provide a clearer picture of what has happened, what is happening, and what might happen to all of the CO2 humans have produced since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in 1750.

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Effects of Global Warming Will Last 1000 Years

by kespeland January 27, 2009

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a study showing that even if carbon dioxide emissions were completely halted right now, the world will still feel the effects of global warming for a millenium. And there’s no going back.

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