The new administration has moved quickly to reverse or delay Bush policy on drilling and pollution.
On Monday, President Barack Obama directed the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider a waiver request by California and 13 other states to set standards on auto emissions – including those of greenhouse gases – that are tougher than federal standards.
The president called for tougher fuel-efficiency standards Monday and may let states regulate vehicle emissions of greenhouse gases.
White House hastens to put new regs in place – and out of Obama’s reach, watchdogs say.
The president-elect will issue many executive orders soon after taking office. Experts say he’ll reward traditional party constituencies but tread lightly when it comes to national security.
The US Northeast will obtain oil, gas, and nuclear energy from projects costing $16 billion. But locals fear new initiatives will lead to pollution and negative health effects.
In what is thought to be an unprecedented ruling, a Superior Court judge in Fulton County, Ga., halted the construction of a coal-fired power plant, saying that the plant must limit its emissions of carbon dioxide.
The Washington Post reports that the Pentagon is refusing orders from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up three sites where it dumped chemicals that the EPA says have contaminated soil and drinking water and pose "imminent and substantial" dangers to public health.
Even though legislation fell to defeat, Friday’s debate marked the first time a majority backed a cap on carbon emissions.