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Power restoration in N.J. slow for days after the storm 30.6.2015 Philly.com News
The number of South Jersey residents left without power following a brief but forceful storm last week slowly dwindled Monday - ending for some a six-day inconvenience that included hotel stays, pricey generator purchases, and spoiled food.
After mercury ruling, higher scrutiny of Obama climate rules 30.6.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection ...
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California GOP benefits from redistricting decision as bigger case looms 30.6.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Supreme Court blocks EPA's air pollution rules for power plants 30.6.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Britain needs to extend policies to reduce emissions - adviser 30.6.2015 World
By Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - The British government needs to extend policies and funding to reduce carbon emissions into the next decade to avoid increasing the cost and impact of global warming, Britain's climate change adviser said on Tuesday. The government has a legally binding target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050 to limit the effects of climate change and the committee's role is to advise it on the best way of doing so. Britain's emissions are currently 36 percent below 1990 levels.
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California officials praise Supreme Court ruling on independent redistricting commissions 30.6.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the kind of independent redistricting commissions used in Arizona and California to prevent partisan gerrymandering.
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New York State's Fracking Ban is Official 30.6.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Kate Sinding, Senior Attorney, New York City: It's official! New York State has taken the historic step of banning high-volume fracking throughout the state. I know, you may have thought that had happened back in December. In fact, while Governor Cuomo - through his Commissioners of Environmental...
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Supreme Court Rules In Industry's Favor. What's EPA's Next Move? 30.6.2015 NPR: All Things Considered
Monday's decision from the high court technically only applies to the Clean Air Act's standards on mercury emissions from power plants. But it could affect future EPA regulations, legal experts say.
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Environmentalists Remain Hopeful After Supreme Court Emissions Ruling 30.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- While the Supreme Court's Monday ruling on mercury standards was a setback for the Obama administration's drive to regulate emissions from power plants, it's not necessarily a death blow for the rules. Environmental advocates say they have two reasons to be hopeful: The lower court could still allow the rules for mercury and air toxics to go forward while the Environmental Protection Agency readjusts them in response to the Supreme Court's decision, and the decision doesn't necessarily have negative implications for the rest of the administration's sweeping power plant standards. "We could have gotten hosed, and we didn't," said John Walke, a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council. "This decision was just about as narrow as it could be." The Supreme Court's decision found that the EPA had failed to properly consider the costs of compliance when it issued regulations on the emission of mercury and air toxics from power plants. The court's liberal justices, in their dissent, ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - America Makes 'You're Fired!' Joke, Is Pleased With Self 30.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Supreme Court handed down so many rulings today, you’d think it was sentencing people to jail for nonviolent drug offenses. The justices OK’d use of unreliable drug cocktails for lethal injections, transforming capital punishment into the human equivalent of squeamishly dropping a lobster in a pot of boiling water, yelping, covering one's ears, and scampering away. And with rulings for gay marriage and Obamacare not going Antonin Scalia’s way, you’d think the guy would be having a miserable week; then you’d remember he got to kill a bunch of poor people slowly so it’s probably a wash for the guy. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, June 29th, 2015: MERKEL'S MAYHEM - Europe's ego and idiocy hasn't dragged the world into senseless misery for a few decades now, but Germany is ON IT. Daniel Marans: "If Greece leaves the eurozone in the coming days, it will be the result of decisions made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, more than any other institution or leader. Although Greece has been negotiating with ...
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Meet the Lawyers Who Pushed the Supreme Court to Block Toxic Power Plant Rules 30.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the last announced decision of its term, the U.S. Supreme Court today, by a 5-4 vote and an opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia, struck down the Environmental Protection Agency's carefully crafted rules to limit the emission of mercury and other toxic pollutants from oil and coal power plants. Justice Scalia concluded that the EPA failed to meet its duty to consider the financial costs of the regulations. But as Justice Elana Kagan documented in her dissent for four justices, Scalia's opinion failed to acknowledge that the agency did in fact repeatedly consider costs and essentially substituted five justices' expertise for that of the agency, in violation of long-standing precedents. Kagan noted that the EPA found that benefits of the rule included 11,000 fewer premature deaths per year, along with many more avoided illnesses. A brief filed by a group of nonprofit organizations that intervened in the case -- including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Lung Association, the NAACP, the ...
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Without Climate Protections, the Ex-Im Bank Shouldn't Continue 30.6.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Senators National Energy Policy Vision Leads to a Hopeful Future 29.6.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Peter Lehner, Executive Director, New York City: Forty-five senators have just sent a letter to the nation's 50 governors with forward-thinking principles about what America's energy future could look like. These senators argue that national energy policies should spur investment in our energy infrastructure to provide all...
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US Supreme Court Backs Coal Profits Over Public Health 29.6.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Supreme Court Rejects Obama's Drive To Cut Mercury Emissions From Power Plants 29.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against an Environmental Protection Agency regulation limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants, undermining the Obama administration's drive to cut pollution from electricity generators. The case looked at the EPA's regulation of mercury and other emissions from power plants under the Clean Air Act, which Republicans have attacked as a "war on coal" and an example of presidential overreach. The EPA interpreted the law "unreasonably" when it failed to consider the costs of compliance with the new regulations, the court ruled 5-4 in an opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia. "EPA strayed well beyond the bounds of reasonable interpretation in concluding that cost is not a factor relevant to the appropriateness of regulating power plants," concluded the majority. Justice Elena Kagan, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor, wrote a scathing dissent that argues that the EPA did consider the costs of ...
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The Supreme Court Just Stopped the EPA From Making the Earth a Safer Place 29.6.2015 Mother Jones
On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down sweeping regulations that would limit emissions of mercury and other pollutants from power plants, extending a debate that has started and sputtered for nearly 20 years. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that the EPA's refusal to consider costs to energy companies in its decision to regulate emissions was an unreasonable interpretation of the Clean Air Act. "The agency gave cost no thought at all," wrote Justice Antonin Scalia, who penned the majority opinion joined by the Court's more conservative justices, adding that the EPA had strayed far beyond its bounds to interpret the language of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The ruling reversed a 2-1 decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit and remanded the cases for further legal proceedings. The high court heard Michigan v. EPA with two related cases that pit the EPA against a group of 21 states and trade groups representing the power plant and coal-mining industries. The plaintiffs charged that the EPA had ...
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Supreme Court’s Arizona Redistricting Ruling a Major Victory for Voters 29.6.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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US Supreme Court rejects EPA mercury emissions limits 29.6.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
The US Supreme Court on Monday rejected federal environmental regulations requiring power plants to limit emissions of mercury and other pollutants, in a defeat for the Obama administration. In a 5-4 decision split along conservative and liberal lines, America's top court sided with 23 states and industry groups who had protested the cost of standards imposed in 2012 by the national Environmental Protection Agency ...
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Supreme Court Blocks Obama Administration Plan On Power Plant Emissions 29.6.2015 NPR News
In a 5-4 ruling, the court says the Environmental Protection Agency should have taken into account the costs of complying with regulation.
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How Marco Rubio turned political star power into a soaring personal income 29.6.2015 Washington Post
Marco Rubio was 28 when he was elected to the Florida legislature. He was about to become a father and was struggling to balance the financial demands of a growing family with his political aspirations. Read full article ...
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