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Measure Passed to Block Federal Energy Standards for Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

Measure Passed to Block Federal Energy Standards for Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

Congress Is Still Fighting Over Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs Bloomberg Politics, July 27, 2017 Congressional Republicans renewed their effort to save the traditional light bulb, passing a measure to block federal energy standards that have come to symbolize government overreach for many consumers but are largely embraced by manufacturers as the cost of the newer bulbs

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Re-classified Regulations Allow Larger Capacity CO2 Systems

Key Japan CO2 regulation lifted r744.com, July 18, 2017 The High Pressure Safety Institute of Japan (KHK) has re-classified CO2 under Japan’s High Pressure Gas Safety Act, opening the door for larger capacity CO2 systems to enter the Japanese market. On 14 July, the High Pressure Safety Institute of Japan (KHK) announced that, beginning 25 July, CO2 would be

China Turns to Energy Efficiency to Improve Air Quality

Industrial Energy Efficiency Can Improve Air Quality The Energy Collective, July 19, 2017 Despite the Chinese government’s extensive efforts to improve air quality per the State Council’s “Ten Measures” Action Plan and implementation of regional air quality control measures, air pollution recently worsened in the Jing-Jin-Ji region (Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei). After months of consecutive improvement last

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Congress Introduces Bill to Combat Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

U.S. Congress introduces bipartisan bill on HFCs and other short-lived pollutants Hydocardons 21, Jun 09, 2017 Yesterday, U.S. Representatives Scott Peters (a Democrat from California) and Carlos Curbelo (a Republican from Florida) introduced the bipartisan Super Pollutant Emissions Reduction, or SUPER Act, into the U.S. Congress to combat short-lived climate pollutants like hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The

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Carbon Tax Decision in Massachusetts is Underway

David Harary, ERS, for Zondits As the clean energy revolution continues, state and local governments are busy leading the fight against climate change. The number one policy initiative advocated by environmentalists and economists alike is to put a price on carbon. In economic terms, achieving total market efficiency means we should account for the negative

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The New Climate Deal Between the Mayors of Pittsburgh and Paris

The Mayors of Pittsburgh and Paris: We Have Our Own Climate Deal Last week, President Donald Trump tried to pit our two cities against each other when he announced, in pulling out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” As the mayors of Pittsburgh

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Transparency of Energy Efficiency Scores in NYC Buildings

Jordan Cohen, ERS, for Zondits New York City residents are largely unaware that energy benchmarking data on the city’s largest buildings is readily available online for public viewing. An update to an existing law may soon require these buildings to publish their energy efficiency scores in a more transparent manner, however. If the bill passes,

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Moving Forward with Climate Change Action

Brian McCowan, ERS, for Zondits President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change is a major disappointment. Reaching agreement in Paris required a massive international effort that resulted in nearly two hundred countries agreeing to work toward common goals. The United States was one of several countries that

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