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April 27, 2016

CRS Report: Clean Power Plan: Legal Background and Pending Litigation in West Virginia v. EPA

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April 27, 2016

CRS Report: Judge Merrick Garland: His Jurisprudence and Potential Impact on the Supreme Court

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April 21, 2016

Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works Republicans Release Paper on "Lessons from Kyoto: Paris Agreement will Fail National Economies and the Climate"

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April 2016

Resources for the Future: Carbon Taxes, Trade, and Border Tax Adjustments

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April 2016

Center for American Progress: Proxy Carbon Pricing
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February 29, 2016

Environmental Integrity Project: Greenhouse Gases from a Growing Petrochemical Industry

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February 23, 2016

Draft EPA Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2014

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January 20, 2016

MISO Analysis Says Mass-Based CPP Plan 1/3 Cost of Rate-Based

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November 7, 2015

NERA Analysis of the EPA Final Clean Power Plan

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May 21, 2015

National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) Releases Report on Menu of Options to Implement EPA's GHG Clean Power Plan

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April 21, 2015

DOE Releases its First Installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review - Energy Infrastructure

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April 15, 2015

EPA Publishes 20th Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

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February 17, 2015

The Obama Administration’s Climate Agenda Will Hit Manufacturing Hard: A State-by-State Analysis

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December 16, 2014

House Committee on Energy and Commerce Release Report “EPA’s Proposed CO2 Regulations for Existing Power Plants: Critical Issues Raised in Hearings and Oversight"

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November 2014

CSIS: Remaking American Power – Potential Energy Market Impacts of EPA’s Proposed GHG Emission Performance Standards for Existing Electric Power Plants

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October 16, 2014

NERA Study: Potential Energy Impacts of the EPA Proposed Clean Power Plan

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September 25, 2014

China’s Submission on the Work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Durban Platform for Enhanced Action

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September 22, 2014

The Climate Registry Report: Establishing an energy efficiency registry as a tool for state compliance under U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan

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September 15, 2014

GAO Report: EPA Regulations and Electricity – Update on Agencies’ Monitoring Efforts and Coal-Fueled Generating Unit Retirements

"Power companies now plan to retire a greater percentage of coal-fueled generating capacity and retrofit less capacity with environmental controls than the estimates GAO reported in July 2012."

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September 4, 2014

Republicans on the Committee on Environment and Public Works Report on "Critical Thinking on Climate Change: Empirical Evidence to Consider Before Taking Regulatory Action and Implementing Economic Policies"

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August 29, 2014

EPA Policy Assessment for the Review of the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards

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July 31, 2014

GAO Report: Regulatory Impact Analysis - Development of Social Cost of Carbon Estimates

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July 31, 2014

NAM Study: Assessing Economic Impacts of a Stricter National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone

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July 25, 2014

IHS Report: The Value of U.S. Power Diversity
The report says that the diversity of U.S. power supply could be significantly reduced in coming decades.

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June 2, 2014

EPA Proposes First Guidelines to Cut Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants

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May 28, 2014

US Chamber Report: “Assessing the Impact of Potential New Carbon Regulation in the United States”

The report says the rules will suppress average annual U.S. Gross Domestic Product by $51 billion and lead to an average of 224,000 fewer jobs every year through 2030.

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May 6, 2014

White House Releases its Third National Climate Assessment

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April 15, 2014

EPA's 19th Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

GHG report indicates a 3.4% reduction from 2011 to 2012

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March 31, 2014

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) WGII AR5 Summary for Policymakers

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January 13, 2014

EIA: U.S. Energy-Related CO2 Emissions in 2013 Expected to be 2% Higher than in 2012

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December 18, 2013

Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT) Released a Staff Discussion Draft of a Revenue-Neutral International Tax Reform Plan

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November 26, 2013

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Filed "Technical Support Document" on the Social Cost of Carbon Under Executive Order 12866

"The technical document details changes to the models made since May, which resulted in a lower central estimate, $37 per metric ton of carbon dioxide in 2015, down from $38."

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October 29, 2013

Congressman Whitfield and Senator Manchin Introduce Legislation (Discussion Draft) on EPA GHG Power Plant Rules

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October 23, 2013

EPA Releases Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data from Large Facilities for 2012

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October 21, 2013

EPA Office of Air and Radiation - Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plan

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October 2013

EIA Report: U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions declined 3.8 percent in 2012

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September 26, 2013

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): Fifth Assessment Report

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September 26, 2013

U.S. Department of State: 2014 Climate Change Report

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September 11, 2013

18 Attorney Generals Send Letter and White Paper to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on GHG Regulation

The letter reinforces their very strong view that Section 111 (d) of the CAA gives States the responsibility for developing and implementing performance standards for existing power plants.

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August 1, 2013

"Social Cost of Carbon" (SCC) Amendments to H.R. 367 the "Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act"

- view Representative Tim Murphy’s (R-PA) amendment (prevents EPA from factoring the SCC into rules unless a federal law is enacted)

- view Representatives Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and John Culberson (R-TX) amendment (prevents use of the SCC in energy-related EPA rules covered by the bill unless the EPA promulgates a separate regulation enabling use of the metric)

July 31, 2013

S. 1392, the "Energy Savings & Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013"

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May 2013

CBO Study: Effects of a Carbon Tax on the Economy and the Environment

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May 2013

UNFCCC Meetings, Doha, April 29-May 3, 2013 Report by Brian P. Flannery

(supported by Resources for the Future and The Joint Global Change Research Institute of the University of Maryland and Battelle National Laboratories)

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April 11, 2013

The Heritage Foundation Issue Brief: Boxer–Sanders Carbon Tax: Economic Impact

Heritage analysis of the bill shows that it would increase the cost of energy, reduce incomes, lead to fewer jobs, and have minimal impact (if any) on global warming.

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April 11, 2013

Representative Nick Rahall (D-WV 3) Introduced H.R. 1486, "To prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from devising or implementing a carbon tax"

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March 12, 2013

Representative Waxman and Senator Whitehouse Release Carbon Price Discussion Draft

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March 2013

Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies Report "The Clean Air Act as an Obstacle to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Anticipated Attempt to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Existing Power Plant"

This report illustrates potential legal challenges in using the CAA to regulate GHGs.

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February 26, 2013

NAM Report "Economic Outcomes of a U.S. Carbon Tax"

A carbon tax is being suggested by some in Congress as a way to address climate change. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently released a study that shows a carbon tax could have a devastating impact on manufacturing. The report found that levying such a tax would result in higher prices for natural gas, electricity, gasoline and other energy commodities. Manufacturing output in energy-intensive sectors could drop by as much as 15 percent and 7.7 percent in non-energy intensive sectors.

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February 14, 2013

Summary of Senator Sanders/Boxer Carbon Tax Legislation (S. 332)

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February 12, 2013

Representative Ted Poe (R-TX 2) Introduced H.R. 621, the "Ensuring Affordability Energy Act"

The bill would bar EPA from working on a system to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources and would cut EPA funding for use on any cap-and-trade or related emissions trading program.

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February 7, 2013

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), working with the Alliance to Save Energy Releases Report on “Doubling U.S. Energy Efficiency by 2030"

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February 4, 2013

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) Rolls Out Energy Blueprint

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January 10, 2013

UNFCCC Meetings, Doha, 26 November-7 December 2012 Report by Brian P. Flannery (supported by Resources for the Future and The Joint Global Change Research Institute of the University of Maryland and Battelle National Laboratories)

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December 2012

NRDC Issue Brief on Reducing GHGs on Existing Power Plants

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October 25, 2012

USCPA Presentation on CRS Report "Carbon Tax - Deficit Reduction and Other Considerations"

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September 17, 2012

CRS Report: Carbon Tax - Deficit Reduction and Other Considerations

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August 2, 2012

H.R. 6338 - "Managed Carbon Price Act of 2012"

The bill cuts and puts a price on carbon emissions, while returning some money to consumers and using the rest to reduce the deficit.

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March 1, 2012

Senator Bingaman Introduces S. 2146, The Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012

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January 10, 2012

Regulating Greenhouse Gases from Coal Power Plants Under the Clean Air Act
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December 7, 2011

Abatement Opportunities and Abatement Costs at Existing Coal Generation Unit

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October 24, 2011

H.R. 3242 - "Save Our Climate Act of 2011"

The bill establishes a carbon tax on domestic and imported fossil fuels, as well as carbon content of biomass, municipal solid waste, and any organic material used as fuel.

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March 30, 2011

CBO's Cost Estimate of H.R. 910 - "Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011"

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March 3, 2011

Chairman Upton's Climate Bill H.R. 910 - "Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011"

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March 3, 2011

Senator Inhofe's Climate Bill S. 482 - "Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011"

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August 9, 2010

The American Council for Capital Formation and Small Business and Entrepreneurial Council analysis of Kerry Lieberman Bill

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July 22, 2010

The American Council for Capital Formation Analysis of the American Power Act

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July 16, 2010

EIA's Analysis of the American Power Act

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June 14, 2010

EPA Analysis of American Power Act

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April 20, 2010

CBO Report - Annual Estimates of the Loss in Households' Purchasing Power Under H.R. 2454

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April 12, 2010

CRS Report on Carbon Leakage

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February 2010

Government Accountability Office - Report - Observations on Options for Selling Emissions Allowances in a Cap and Trade Program

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