Today in Cleantech

In the grand tradition of saving bad news for Fridays, I’d like to recap some of the anti-green moves we’ve seen occurring at the federal and state level this week. First of all, at the federal level, noted climate change denier and U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla) joined two other Republican senators in filing a brief with the Supreme Court asking it to overturn a lower court ruling that opened the way for states and environmental groups to sue utilities over their greenhouse gas emissions. It’s part of a full-court press to bar government action against carbon emissions — last week, the same three senators introduced legislation that would take away the EPA’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, which is also being challenged by business groups and the state of Texas. On the state level, this week also saw efforts emerging by state lawmakers in Colorado, Missouri, Montana and Minnesota to overturn renewable portfolio standards that set goals for solar, wind, geothermal and other green energy resources. Given that a federal RPS will be hard to get through a Republican-controlled House of Representatives, state-by-state RPSs are seen as one of the main providers of market certainty in a very uncertain clean power market.

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