The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday strengthened the Environmental Protection Agency in its drive to cut air pollution, a result critics warned would lead to costly regulations as the agency moves to curb global warming.
Duke Energy Corp., CMS Energy Corp., American Electric Power Co. and other energy companies must face antitrust lawsuits by natural gas buyers alleging they manipulated prices during California’s energy crisis more than a decade ago, a federal appeals court ruled today.
The Obama administration plans to solicit ideas from states on how to cut greenhouse-gas emissions as it seeks to impose standards for carbon dioxide on new and existing electric-power plants, according to people briefed on the plans.
Constellation Energy Group Inc. spent $885 million cleaning up pollution from its coal-fired power plant in Baltimore. Now it’s urging the White House to reject pleas from competitors that they can’t do the same before a 2015 deadline.
President Barack Obama, whose inaugural address made climate change a second-term priority, could bypass Congress and implement much of his environmental agenda unilaterally through regulations and executive action.
The Obama administration proposed cutting air pollution from power plants owned by companies such as Duke Energy Corp. , American Electric Power Co. and Southern Co. in 31 states from Massachusetts to Texas.