Automakers face big fines in Europe for missing CO2 targets

Smokestacks pollution air qualityAs global leaders meet in Poland to hammer out details about how to meet Paris Climate Accord targets, a new study shows that European automakers aren't introducing electric cars nearly fast enough to meet European standards—and the delay could cost them. The European Union has set the strictest limits on carbon-dioxide emissions from cars...

Latest climate study says it’s already too late

Hurricane Florence approaches U.S. East Coast Sept. 12, 2018Sit down before you read this. Good. With all the dire warnings about climate-change coming from the most recent studies—from the Fourth National Climate Assessment released on Black Friday to an October report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which showed that catastrophic effects could hit by 2040—the latest news...

Black Friday report shows climate change already very expensive in U.S.

Hurricane Florence approaches U.S. East Coast Sept. 12, 2018A long-awaited climate report that the Trump administration released on Black Friday reportedly in an attempt to bury the news, shows that climate change is already having a dramatic effect on life in the U.S., and that among the things it will damage is the American economy. The report anticipates that if significant steps aren't taken to reduce...

At climate talks, Trump team plans to promote coal

Smokestacks pollution air qualityAt climate talks scheduled for next month, where nations are expected to set up rules to follow to meet targets set out in the Paris Climate Accord in 2015, the Trump administration is planning a sideshow to promote fossil fuels. President Trump notoriously announced six months after taking office that he would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris...

Oil interests lobby against carbon tax before it even gets proposed

Smokestacks pollution air qualityThose who make big money off oil interests are wasting no time nipping a new carbon tax in the bud. Before such a proposal ever reaches Congress, a coalition of conservative and energy interests—including the American Energy Alliance, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute—sent a letter to House Republican leaders on Tuesday decrying...

Pruitt’s EPA emission rollback reasoning may well fail in court

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]Despite the sturm und drang around the announcement by embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt that he will relax emission limits for 2022 through 2025 vehicles, not much will happen immediately. His determination last week that the Obama administration was "incorrect" and that the limits on those vehicles weren't needed kicks off a lengthy process of...