NewEnergyNews: STATES SUE EPA FOR OIL REFINERY EMISSIONS

NewEnergyNews

Gleanings from the web and the world, condensed for convenience, illustrated for enlightenment, arranged for impact...

The challenge now: To make every day Earth Day.

YESTERDAY

  • Weekend Video: New Energy Means New Jobs
  • Weekend Video: Better Communication About The Climate Crisis
  • Weekend Video: VW Affirms Driving Is Ready To Go Electric
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-The Climate Crisis Is The World’s Biggest Worry – Survey
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Record New Energy Global Growth In 2020
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT WEDNESDAY, April 7:

  • TTTA Wednesday-ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Search For A Successor Solar Policy
  • TTTA Wednesday-Local Governments Still Driving New Energy
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • Monday Study: PG&E’s Plans To Mitigate Wildfires
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • Weekend Video: Denial Goes Oh So Wrong
  • Weekend Video: Solar On Schools Can Pay For Teachers
  • Weekend Video: DOE Secretary of the Solutions Department Jennifer Granholm
  • --------------------------

    --------------------------

    Founding Editor Herman K. Trabish

    --------------------------

    --------------------------

    Some details about NewEnergyNews and the man behind the curtain: Herman K. Trabish, Agua Dulce, CA., Doctor with my hands, Writer with my head, Student of New Energy and Human Experience with my heart

    email: herman@NewEnergyNews.net

    -------------------

    -------------------

      A tip of the NewEnergyNews cap to Phillip Garcia for crucial assistance in the design implementation of this site. Thanks, Phillip.

    -------------------

    Pay a visit to the HARRY BOYKOFF page at Basketball Reference, sponsored by NewEnergyNews and Oil In Their Blood.

  • ---------------
  • MONDAY’S STUDY AT NewEnergyNews, April 12:
  • SoCalEdison’s Newest Plan To Mitigate Wildfires

    Thursday, August 28, 2008

    STATES SUE EPA FOR OIL REFINERY EMISSIONS

    In April, 2007, the Supreme Court changed the course of the fight against global climate change by ruling that greenhouse gases (GhGs) must be considered a pollutant, under the terms of the Clean Air Act, and, therefore, require scrutiny by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their role in climate change.

    The decision came in response to a lawsuit brought by 12 states and 13 environmental groups and argued by the Massachusetts Attorney General.

    The EPA has, since that Supreme Court decision, abdictated its judicially assigned responsibility.

    The Senate committee on environment and public works, chaired by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif), heard explicit testimony from members of the EPA staff describing suppression by the White House of efforts by EPA regulators to submit recommendations for GhG reductions.

    In the absence of any federal action against climate change – despite the landmark Supreme Court decision – a lawsuit against the EPA has been the only weapon left to those who believe GhG regulation is urgently needed.

    Most observers anticipate federal action on global climate change to come in the first 100 days of the next administration, whichever party prevails in the November election. Should fresh leadership fail to produce such vitally needed action, expect an unending stream of lawsuits like the one brought by New York, 11 states, D.C. and the City of New York against the EPA for failing to take action against oil refinery emissions.


    click to enlarge

    12 states sue EPA over refinery carbon emissions
    Timothy Gardner (w/Jim Marshall), August 25, 2008 (Reuters)

    WHO
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); The states of New York (Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General), California, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, the District of Columbia, the City of New York.

    WHAT
    A suit is being brought by Attorney General Cuomo on behalf of New York, 11 states, D.C. and New York City against the EPA for failing to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from oil refineries.

    click to enlarge

    WHEN
    The suit was filed August 25.

    WHERE
    This lawsuit was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

    WHY
    - The EPA’s argument for not regulating GhGs was that Congress should do so.
    - Lawsuits have also been brought by coalitions of states against the EPA on vehicle emissions and power plant emissions.
    - According to this suit, 15% of U.S. industrial GhGs come from oil refineries as they burn oil to refine petroleum into high-octane auto and jet fuels.
    - The suit would force the EPA to regulate and control oil refinery emissions.

    A little conservation might help, too. (click to enlarge)

    QUOTES
    NY Attorney General Cuomo: "The EPA's refusal to control pollution from oil refineries is the latest example of the Bush Administration's do-nothing policy on global warming…Oil refineries contribute substantially to global warming, posing grave threats to New York's environment, health, and economy."

    0 Comments:

    Post a Comment

    << Home