EPA proposes crackdown on emissions from new gas, coal-fired power plants

By Kristen Lombardi

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George W. Bush":

"… this,” added Holmstead, who headed the EPA's air office under President George W. Bush. “If EPA says, ‘This is the standard,’ there will be litigation.” …"

Rail industry, utilities boost 'clean coal' coalition

By Michael Beckel

Norfolk Southern, CSX among companies to voluntarily reveal payments to the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity":

"… enue Service. Adam Wollner contributed to this report.     …"

"… at the flow of corporate money into this nonprofit trade association. The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, which spent $1.7 million on federal lobbying last year alone, is organize …"

"… g purposes. Many additional corporate contributions go undisclosed to the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, which raised $47 million in 2011, according to its most recent annual rep …"

'Retail exemption' shields some fertilizer facilities from stringent safety inspections, rules

By Chris Hamby

An exemption carved out two decades ago allows some fertilizer and other chemical facilities to skirt stricter rules and inspections.

EPA rules threaten older, coal-fired power plants

By The Associated Press

Coal plants servicing more than 22M houses will be shut down, likely raising electric bills

Town divided over major employer's permission to pollute the air

By Howard Berkes and Sarah Harris

Community in turmoil over cement plant's permission to exceed emissions of hazardous waste incinerators — all perfectly legal

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… acilities considered "high priority violators" of the Clean Air Act by the Environmental Protection Agency. Nor is it one of the facilities on an internal EPA "watch list" obtained …"

Republicans score another symbolic defeat for EPA — this time over toxic coal ash

By Alexandra Duszak

Lack of federal oversight of coal ash cleanup continues with recent House legislation

Decades after Clear Air Act, most smokestacks still lack scrubbers

By Keith Epstein

Industry that resists new climate change rules sometimes lacks long-required pollution controls, too

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New oil refinery in South Dakota says it will use alternative to toxic acid

By Chris Hamby

The company planning to build the nation’s first new major oil refinery in 35 years will use a safer technology as a substitute for a highly

Stimulus recipient, polluter gives Dems $10 million credit line

By Kristen Lombardi

The White House is taking on dirty sources of energy like coal. But the presidential convention could be financed from an unlikely source —

Excerpts from this story referencing "CEO":

"… e a $100,000 limit on individual and corporate contributions. And Duke’s CEO, James Rogers, is leading the effort to raise $36.6 million to underwrite …"

"… .Observers say the company often gets what it wants because of Rogers, its CEO. Rogers served as co-chair of the Charlotte 2012 organizing committee that …"

"… something he says Rogers referenced at a December 2010 meeting between the CEO and Indiana opponents of the company’s controversial new “clean coal …"

Regulatory flaws, repeated violations put oil refinery workers at risk

By Jim Morris, Chris Hamby and M.B. Pell

The nation’s refineries are plagued by equipment failures and sometimes-fatal accidents that in many cases could have been prevented.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Petroleum":

"… can be corrected before a higher consequence event occurs,” the American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry’s main trade association, notes in a 2010 gu …"

"… an, data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics show. The American Petroleum Institute reported spending $6.75 million on federal lobbying last year, t …"

"… ipe that failed were below structural minimums established by the American Petroleum Institute. A spokesman for the company declined to comment.Throughout the …"

"… materials, high temperatures and high pressure equipment,” the American Petroleum Institute said in a written statement. Officials at the institute did not …"

The EU's billion-Euro bet

By Brigitte Alfter

How Europe ended up paying industry for carbon capture and storage

Excerpts from this story referencing "Copenhagen":

"… ope, which supports journalists in using freedom of information laws.  …"

"… you also favor CCS.”Brigitte Alfter is a freelance journalist based in Copenhagen who specializes in European affairs. She is the founding director of the E …"

Shake-ups at high-profile coal industry group

By Marianne Lavelle

With its hefty bankroll and polished messaging, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity looked like a juggernaut going into the cl

Excerpts from this story referencing "producer":

"… oal on the Ohio River and its tributaries; and International Coal Group, a producer in Central Appalachia and the Illinois Basin, all have joined ACCCE’s me …"

The ‘clean coal’ lobbying blitz

By Marianne Lavelle

They’ve brought coal above ground. They’ve put the black rock on billboards in the swing states, and they’ve splashed it on full-page ads i

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mining":

"… es to pay federal royalties. R&R’s variety of work with the National Mining Association also made it a natural for the “clean coal” drive.But is t …"

Coal-fired plant under attack, but may still have some important backers

By Josh Israel

On the eve of a protest planned for March 2, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have offered new support to environm

Big coal's big-time lobby

By Matthew Lewis

Convention-goers in Denver and St. Paul won’t be able to miss the $2 million advertising blitz planned by businesses promoting “clean coal”

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… But among the group’s first acts was working to stop a bill sponsored by Virginia Republican Senator John Warner and Connecticut Independent Senator Joe Lie …"

The politics of energy: Coal

By Bill Dawson

WASHINGTON, December 3, 2003 — At the first meeting of President George W. Bush's cabinet in 2001, then-Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill dist

Excerpts from this story referencing "Natural Resources Defense Council":

"… g air quality official in the Clinton administration and now works for the Natural Resources Defense Council, or NRDC.A day after Barbour’s memo was sent, The Washington Post report …"

The politics of energy: Coal

By The Center for Public Integrity

When George W. Bush was inaugurated on the Capitol steps in January 2001, the coal industry, which had contr

Excerpts from this story referencing "renewable energy":

"… to switch from coal to other energy sources, like natural gas, nuclear or renewable energy. Two weeks later, the administration withdrew from the Kyoto treaty (in 19 …"