"January 25 News: Federal Court Won’t Review Decision Striking Down EPA Rule"
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the White House a review of an earlier decision striking down major Environmental Protection Agency rules to cut soot- and smog-forming power plant emissions that cross state lines. [The Hill]
A federal court won’t reconsider a decision that nullified major Environmental Protection Agency rules to cut soot- and smog-forming power plant emissions that cross state lines.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the Obama administration’s request for en banc, or full court, review of an August 2012 ruling that struck down the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.
A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 in August to toss out the rule, and on Thursday the court announced that a majority on a wider panel of judges voted against a full-court rehearing.
“EPA is disappointed that the Court did not grant EPA’s petition for rehearing. The agency is reviewing the decision and will determine any appropriate further course of action once the review is complete,” EPA said in a statement late Thursday afternoon.
According to Munich Re, the world’s biggest reinsurance company, Global crop insurance claims for 2012 were the highest ever due to droughts reducing yields in the U.S., historically the biggest grower of corn and soybeans. [Bloomberg]
At one point yesterday, the price of emitting one ton of carbon under the European Union’s emission trading scheme crashed 40 percent, hitting a record low. [The Guardian]
In light of GOP opposition in Congress, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) put forward a slate of climate change actions yesterday that President Obama could execute under his own authority. [The Hill]
Regulators in the Northeast are forcing utilities to update their electrical grids, communications, and preparations for storms in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. [WSJ]
133 billion to 233 billion barrels of shale oil has been discovered in central Australia, potentially worth trillions of dollars. Though it remains unclear how commercially realistic it will be to actually access the oil. [The Telegraph]