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EPA’s New Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards Now Open for Public Comment

After a three-month delay, the EPA has published its proposed new carbon and GHG emsissions performance standards for new power plants in the Federal Register. Staunchly opposed by coal, fossil fuel and utility industry interests, the proposed new performance standards conform with “EPA’s original factual and legal rationale for selecting CCS (carbon capture and storage) technology as the basis for the emission standards.”

2014: The Year of Impact Investing

This is shaping up to be the year of impact investing — the year when impact investing ceases to be a buzzword or a niche play and when mainstream investors start to recognize the opportunity presented by this growing investment thesis.

It’s the Numbers, Stupid! Data-Driven Policies Will Lead to Tomorrow’s Smart Cities

From the first cities in ancient Mesopotamia to modern metropolises, urban locales have served as cultural and commercial hubs for societies across the globe. As of 2008, the world’s urban population finally surpassed that of the rural — and this trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. By 2050, it is estimated that 70 percent of the 9 billion people then-living on this planet will reside in cities.

What is Wall Street’s Frat Boy Culture Doing to Our Planet?

There has been a longstanding urban legend about Wall Street being a good ole boys’ club, sexist and exclusive with a cornucopia of decadent rewards for those on the inside, rewards that a recent blockbuster film has done much to sensationalize. A Bloomberg article last week revealed that much of this is indeed, factual, and is directly linked to college fraternity culture.

Lawmakers Act to Raise European Carbon Price

An approval of the EU Parliament to temporarily reduce supply in the EU carbon market marks a turning point for the scheme. Lawmakers in the EU have taken the first step towards systemic change of the carbon market. Following similar moves in other carbon markets, this measure reflects an intention of policy makers to guide carbon prices towards desired levels.

Ted Cruz Coloring Book Remains a Top Seller

Did you forget to buy the politically charged present your kids really wanted this year? Luckily, it’s not too late to pick up a copy of “Ted Cruz to the Future,” a 24-page coloring and activity book detailing the “life, principles, values and mission” of the Texas senator.

EU Drafts New Ban of Some HFCs

Last week, the European Union joined the US and China in pushing for a limited ban on the use of appliances that rely upon hydroflurocarbons (HFC), or “super greenhouse gases.” It’s a controversial move, and one that might just encourage other countries to take stronger steps toward HFC phase-down.

Delta Air Lines Joins Oil Industry Groups to Fight EPA Biofuel Mandates

Delta Air Lines recently joined other oil industry trade groups to fight the U.S. biofuel mandate that requires refiners to meet an annual biofuel quota, either through production or through the purchase of credits.

The airline filed a lawsuit through its year-old refiner, Monroe Energy, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that challenges the EPA’s 2013 renewable fuel requirements, according to FuelFix.

Under the EPA policy, refiners generate renewable identification numbers (basically, compliance credits) for every gallon of biofuel they incorporate. Monroe’s status as a “merchant refiner” that sells unblended products to wholesale marketers means it must always purchase credits. The refiner, in its Oct. 4 federal court petition, claimed this forces it to spend millions of dollars to acquire compliance credits at what it says are “artificially inflated” prices.