Climate & Energy

Our world is warming, with dire consequences to the American West’s communities, lands, rivers, and wildlife.

Approval of gas terminal draws several appeals

Opponents say federal regulators who OK’d the project failed to adequately consider the impacts

Federal regulators received a bevy of challenges Tuesday to last month’s approval of a liquefied natural gas terminal in Coos County and 234-mile pipeline to California.

The state of Oregon, a coalition of local and environmental groups, the National Marine Fisheries Service and one of the project’s developers all filed appeals of the decision.

An Energy Policy That Incentivizes Emission Reductions

By subsidizing low-carbon electricity generation: A practical and more efficient alternative to cap-and-trade?

Santa Clara, CA - A novel approach to greenhouse gas regulation is described in a paper recently published in Energy Policy, titled “A decarbonization strategy for the electricity sector: New-source subsidies”.

Does it make sense to limit emission reductions to a predetermined, politically comprised target?

Drilling leases on hold in MT over climate change


BILLINGS - A federal judge has approved a groundbreaking settlement requiring the government to suspend oil and gas leases on almost 38,000 acres in Montana because potential climate change impacts were not studied prior to leasing.

An attorney involved in the case says it marks the first time the Bureau of Land Management has agreed to go back and consider if a lease sale could exacerbate climate change.

Western Gas Producers Face New Scrutiny of Climate Change Risks


Environmentalists have begun using a new technique to dispute gas development on sensitive public lands in the Rocky Mountains and beyond by accusing federal land managers of ignoring the impact that drilling activity can have on greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.

Oregon, others lead way on auto emission rules


Pushed by Oregon, California and a dozen other states, the federal government set tough new national tailpipe emission standards Thursday for passenger cars and trucks.

By 2016, automakers are required to achieve a fleet average of 35.5 miles a gallon, which is about 10 mpg higher than current regulations allow.

The new rules essentially duplicate the tailpipe standards that Oregon, California and the other states had been trying to get federal permission to enforce since the mid-2000s.

EPA Allows States to Enforce Stricter GHG Tailpipe Emissions Limits

A hard-fought victory for Environmental Groups

In a critical step to combat global warming, the U.S. EPA today granted to California a long-delayed waiver for California's greenhouse gas reduction law for new vehicles.  Today’s action reverses President Bush’s denials of the waiver request in 2007 and 2008.

Environmentalists, Landowners Criticize Federal Decision To Approve Fossil Fuel Project in Oregon

Community groups pledge to challenge decision.

Environmentalists and community advocates today criticized a decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that granted approval to the Jordan Cove LNG import terminal and the accompanying Pacific Connector pipeline in southern Oregon. The groups plan to appeal the decision.  If built, the project would import foreign fossil fuel in the form of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for offloading to be used primarily in California.

Diverse Coalition Files Challenge of Risky Foreign Energy Project

The new LNG terminal and pipeline threatens private property and irreplaceable natural resources.

A coalition of environmentalists, local landowners and fishermen filed a petition for rehearing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding its December 2009 decision to approve the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas terminal and Pacific Connector pipeline.

Pioneering Federal Climate and Energy Lawsuit to Move Forward (press release)

The lawsuit, filed last year, seeks to safeguard the climate by requiring BLM to account for the climate change impacts of its oil and gas leasing decisions.

A Federal Judge has rejected an attempt by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to dismiss a pioneering lawsuit filed by conservation groups. The lawsuit, filed last year, seeks to safeguard the climate by requiring BLM to account for the climate change impacts of its oil and gas leasing decisions.

Federal Court Approves Settlement Agreement Between Conservation Groups and Federal Government in Pioneering Climate and Energy Lawsuit (press release 3.18.10)

Agreement creates opportunity for BLM to consider proven, cost-effective measures to reduce climate pollution from oil and natural gas development.

In a settlement agreement approved by the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana filed between conservation groups and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, BLM has promised the conservation groups that it will take another look at four separate decisions, reached in 2008, to issue 61 oil and natural gas leases covering over 30,000 acres in Montana to evaluate climate change concerns. The oil and natural gas leases would be suspended pending the completion of that review process.

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