FOSSIL FUELS

NASA Launches First Spacecraft Dedicated to CO2 Tracking

NASA has launched a new mission to measure global distribution of carbon dioxide sources and sinks. On July 2, 2014, the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) launched the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) dedicated to study the Earth’s carbon dioxide (CO2) sources and sinks.  The observatory, launched on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from…...

Supreme Court Ruling on EPA Authority to Regulate Stationary Source GHG Emissions

The Supreme Court has ruled that EPA exceeded its statutory authority in interpreting Clean Air Act requirements by requiring permits based solely on GHG emissions. On June 23, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions regulations for new motor vehicles did not automatically trigger permitting requirements…...

DOE Signs $187M Agreement to Develop Carbon Capture and Gasification Technologies

Under a cooperative agreement with DOE, Southern Company will evaluate carbon capture technologies and advanced fossil-fuel conversion systems. On June 12, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it has signed a five-year, $187M cooperative agreement with Southern Company to test advanced carbon-capture and gasification technologies at the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC) in…...

EPA Rule Flexible, Yet Tough For Some Coal-Reliant States

The EPA stressed State flexibility in its Clean Power Plan to reduce emissions 30 percent by 2030. Overview On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed its Clean Power Plan to set carbon pollution guidelines for existing power plants and emission standards for modified and reconstructed power plants. The proposal is key…...