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Russia-US ties alive and well at Iran nuclear talks 1.7.2015 AP Politics
VIENNA (AP) -- Russia-U.S. relations are at a post-Cold War low just about everywhere, except at the Iran nuclear talks....
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Shell drilling plans must allow for walrus protection 1.7.2015 Seattle Times: Local
Shell’s oil-exploration plans in Arctic waters off Alaska will have to comply with U.S. Fish and Wildlife restrictions that require the company to keep oil rigs at least 15 miles apart to protect walruses.
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WorldViews: China’s new climate change plan — in four graphs 1.7.2015 Washington Post: World
On Tuesday, China formally submitted its climate change action plan to the United Nations. The document, which can be viewed here (in Chinese first, and then in English), formalizes the commitment made by President Xi Jinping alongside President Obama last November — to reach a peak in emissions by 2030, and make “best efforts to peak early.”Read full article ...
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TAPI also on the agenda 1.7.2015 Hindu: International
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the five Central Asian countries — Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan — in July is expected to give an impetus to various energ...
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Supreme Court Tosses EPA Rules That Would Prevent Thousands of Asthma Cases 30.6.2015 Truthout.com
The Environmental Protection Agency's rules limiting the amount of toxic pollution power plants can spew into the air would prevent thousands of cases of asthma, birth defects and other health problems, especially in marginalized communities - but the Supreme Court has stopped the rules' implementation. EPA rules limiting toxic air pollution emissions would have prevented thousands of cases of asthma, birth defects and other health problems. (Image: Air pollution via Shutterstock) Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this: They can't be found in corporate media! Make a tax-deductible donation today. The Supreme Court's decision on Monday to throw out the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rules limiting dangerous pollutants from power plants was a big win for the energy industry - and a big loss for just about everybody else, especially anyone living near one of the nation's 600 power plants. Power plants are the No. 1 source of the toxic mercury pollution that can be found in waterways and ...
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China starts construction of gas pipeline to Russia 30.6.2015 New Kerala: World News
Beijing, June 30 : The construction of the Chinese section of the China-Russia East-Route Natural Gas Pipeline has begun, further boosting energy cooperation between the two countries.
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New blow to UK fracking is a delay but not the end of the road 30.6.2015 New Scientist: Living World
Opencast coal mines were once routinely delayed by local councils amid unfounded health concerns. The same is happening with fracking, warns Paul ...
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After mercury ruling, scrutiny of Obama climate rules grows 30.6.2015 Seattle Times: Local
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 Agency. The high court’s ruling undermined Obama administration regulations targeting […]
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Letter to the Editor: Affordable impact 30.6.2015 Steamboat Pilot
When it comes to climate change, I’m neither a denier, an industry apologist nor an ideologue. Even so, I couldn’t help but notice a recent letter touting the benefits of EPA’s Clean Power Plan completely ignored any mention of what those benefits might actually be, instead offering self congratulatory horn-blowing about past successes of the renewable energy lobby in Colorado, and a reminder that we’re fortunate to live in such a progressively trending state. Lost completely on the writer was the notion that regular earthlings might not see the spending of $60 in order to generate 51 cents in savings as a fabulous deal. For those from the planet Renupiter, this sort of economic trade-off is considered great success. For the rest of us, it’s a sad reminder of how economic considerations are no longer weighed seriously when it comes to protecting the environment.  No cost is too high, no perceived benefit is too low. The projected costs of the CPP are astronomical, while the hoped for benefits will be ...
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High court sets back mercury rules 30.6.2015 Durango Herald
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration’s attempt to limit power-plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may be only a temporary setback for regulators.The justices split 5-4 along ideological lines to rule that the Environmental Protection Agency did not...
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The Mercurial Court 30.6.2015 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
The Supremes rebuke the EPA but decline to rein in its abuses.
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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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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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Obama emissions plan blocked 30.6.2015 Telegraph: International
The US Supreme Court today ruled the Obama administration should have considered compliance cost when it decided to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants, a setback for the government that leaves the legal status of the regulation in limbo.
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At Babcock & Wilcox, Big Risks Go Up in Smoke 30.6.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
The split at power-plant builder Babcock & Wilcox shows how U.S. companies are tightening their focuses and scaling back riskier long-term bets in an era of activist shareholders demanding action to boost returns.
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US court blocks key pollution change 29.6.2015 BBC: Business
The US Supreme Court blocks a key government attempt to limit pollution from the country's power plants after industry challenges the changes.
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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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Coal plant operator says Colstrip remains profitable for now 29.6.2015 AP Washington
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- The formation of a new company to run Montana's largest power plant has raised questions among analysts and plant detractors about how long it can keep going, as pollution control costs rise and coal's share of the electricity market crumbles....
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Supreme Court rules against EPA 29.6.2015 Steamboat Pilot

The Supreme Court ruled Monday morning that the Environmental Protection Agency incorrectly interpreted the Clean Air Act by setting limits on emissions from power plants without considering costs to the industry.

Justice Antonin Scalia, one of five supporting the decision, delivered the opinion of the court. Four of the nine justices dissented.

The ruling is a result of the Michigan v. EPA case, where the court considered limits on mercury, arsenic and acid gases emitted by coal-fired power plants, known as mercury and air toxics (MATS).

According to the court, “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.”

The newspaper will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits 29.6.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
The Supreme Court has ruled against federal regulators' attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air ...
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