Paul Krugman in this morning's New York Times argues that "the choice in 2016 is starker than ever before." Okay, people say that every year, but Krugman argues that the chasm between the parties on climate change — and the potential for the next president to determine whether "the ongoing revolution in renewable energy" continues — means that the stakes for the planet in the 2016 election are "deadly serious."
A coalition of environmental and community groups is expressing frustration with the "finding of no significant impact" by federal agencies regarding C&H Hog Farm, the 6,500-hog facility located near a major tributary of the Buffalo National River.
Even as the state has been fighting EPA carbon regulations in court, it's been quietly laying the groundwork for eventual compliance, just in case. This is nothing but a good thing — but it shows how spurious Arkansas's claims about the damaging effects of the Clean Power Plan really are.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency won a victory in the D.C. Court of Appeals today on its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. On a political level, that's probably outweighed by a slapdown offered yesterday by a congressional watchdog agency concerning another regulation, the Waters of the United States rule. Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge is in the middle of both fights.
The University of Arkansas announced today it's recommitting to a pledge on reducing greenhouse gas emissions as part of the landmark agreement on climate change that was reached by most of the world's nations in Paris over the weekend.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced this morning that she's joined the executive committee of a multistate investigation into Volkswagen. The German automaker is facing legal repercussions and plummeting stock value after revelations that it installed software in millions of its diesel vehicles that is designed to evade emissions standards.
Good news from the Arkansas Public Service Commission: It will allow the Sierra Club to intervene in a pending Entergy rate case. Among others, both Entergy and the Arkansas attorney general's office, now more of an advocate for business interests than ratepayers, had objected.
Talk Business reports that Arkansas Public Service Commission staff have recommends denial of a request by the Sierra Club of Arkansas to intervene in Entergy Arkansas's request to increase rates on electricity consumers for the purpose of making improvements to its infrastructure.
"I think religion ought to be about making us better as people, less about things [that] end up getting into the political realm," Jeb Bush said in response to Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change. He didn't always think that way...
Last week, Central Arkansas Water, the utility which manages Lake Maumelle and provides water service to Little Rock and other communities, announced it would fight the incorporation. Now, the Sierra Club and the Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods are also urging Pulaski County to deny Little Italy's petition and asking the Little Rock City Board to adopt a resolution in opposition.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has filed a motion in federal court requesting that the state be allowed to intervene in the settlement of a lawsuit between the Sierra Club and the Environmental Protection Agency over a clean air rule.
HB 1885, a bill sponsored by Rep. Warwick Sabin to promote renewable energy and distributed generation (producing smaller quantities of power closer to the point of consumption) was killed in the Joint Energy Committee today when Rep. Jim Sorvillo moved for immediate consideration of the bill, which was voted down without hearing from eight citizens present to testify for the bill.
Take a minute and read Ernest Dumas' column this week. It explains who Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is really representing when she fights EPA clean air rules — railroads and coal miners.
Dumas explains the history of regulation of coal-burning power plants — Arkansas is home to two of the dirtiest — and also explains why fixing them or looking for alternative energy supplies closer to home is actually good for the economy, not bad.
A rule to limit future hog feeder operations in the Buffalo River watershed is up for review by legislative committees this morning. Environmentalists view the rule as vital to protection of the river.