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NEWS UPDATE June 24, 2014

Justices Uphold Emission Limits on Big Industry

By ADAM LIPTAK, New York Times  •    •  Posted June 24, 2014

In a big win for environmentalists, the Supreme Court on Monday effectively endorsed the Obama administration’s efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from sources like power plants, even as it criticized what it called the administration’s overreaching. The decision is one in a recent string of rulings upholding the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to issue Clean Air Act regulations to curb climate change, and the agency celebrated the decision. But the combative tone of Monday’s ruling, along with its rejection of one of the agency’s principal rationales for the regulations under review, suggests that the road ahead may be rocky for other initiatives meant to reduce carbon emissions. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Economy From Global Warming

By JUSTIN GILLIS, New York Times  •    •  Posted June 24, 2014

More than a million homes and businesses along the nation’s coasts could flood repeatedly before ultimately being destroyed. Entire states in the Southeast and the Corn Belt may lose much of their agriculture as farming shifts northward in a warming world. Heat and humidity will probably grow so intense that spending time outside will become physically dangerous, throwing industries like construction and tourism into turmoil. [ read more … ]

Industry group questions refinery’s legal standing to challenge RFS rule

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 24, 2014

The National Biodiesel Board has asked a federal court to review whether a Pennsylvania refinery owned by Delta Air Lines LLC has legal standing to challenge U.S. EPA over last year’s biofuel requirements. The refinery, Monroe Energy LLC, has not shown that throwing out EPA’s rule that set the standards would give the company relief from high compliance costs, the National Biodiesel Board said in a legal petition filed Friday. The biodiesel trade group has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to hold a rehearing in the case. [ read more … ]

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