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State regulators have focused on the safety standards of the train cars themselves. They also want to give communities more notice of when trains will be passing through. The volume of crude oil-carrying train cars has increased 40-fold since 2009, and 100 trains per week may eventually be rolling down the Columbia gorge if all the proposed crude oil terminals are built.
A well-designed carbon-pricing plan would help shift costs from the public to polluters and create a powerful incentive to reduce greenhouse emissions.Inslee has a wonderful passion for fighting climate change; unfortunately, that passion has translated into an impulse to bypass politics with decrees. In the absence of public support, decrees don’t persuade; they produce backlash. So let’s have the debate.
The Chinese-backed company plans to build three methanol plants in Kalama, Port of Tacoma and Port Westward in Clatskanie for a total investment of $5.4 billion. Natural gas will be converted to methanol and exported to Asia to make olefin, a component used to produce plastics for many everyday products. Using natural gas is considered a cleaner method than coal, the typical feedstock for olefins in China.
How the EPA rules handle and value renewable generation, natural gas, nuclear and efficiency all changed in the final rule, as well as the timeline for implementation. All those revisions, however, may end up being less important than the federal implementation plan the agency released alongside the final rule. Here’s what you need to know about each.
Gates focused on the need to stimulate clean-energy innovation, both by priming the idea pump through a big boost in government investments in basic research and building demand through some means of raising the cost of dirty energy — so that “the energy market accurately reflects the full impact of emitting carbon.”
A plan to build the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver does not comply with the federal Clean Water Act, and should not be granted a key permit until its impacts are fully addressed, according to a letter the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week. Tesoro and Savage, for their part, believe EPA’s concerns will be addressed during the ongoing state review.
In the final rule, the Obama administration will allow for two extra years for utilities to hit their interim targets of achieving a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gases, with a deadline of 2022 instead of 2020. The EPA also offered up a “reliability safety valve.” But it won’t be all smooth sailing for solar and wind. As an increasing volume of solar and wind come online, they will depress peak power prices.
The president unveiled the plan at the White House Monday, calling it the “single most important step” the U.S. has taken to combat a major global threat. The Obama administration itself estimated the emissions limits will cost $8.4 billion annually by 2030, though the actual price won’t be clear until states decide how they would reach their targets. Republicans cast the measure requiring states to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent by 2030 as unnecessary and costly White House overreach that will raise energy costs for Americans.