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Berms and future storms (editorial)stat (Staten Island Advance [NY] , 06/09/14)
"[N]o one thought a storm that started off as Sandy did could produce such a catastrophe around here. And with climate change, say responsible experts, we can expect more huge tempests....the process of returning former wetland areas that were foolishly developed into residential blocks in the 20th Century back to their natural state has begun."

EDITORIAL: Our View: A cleaner Valley in which to live (Decatur Daily [AL] , 06/09/14)
"President Barack Obama, in an attempt to deal with climate change, wants to reduce carbon emissions ... His plan, expected to be finalized next year, presents challenges to industry and automobile makers that instead of being insurmountable should be an opportunity for innovation. Here at home, the Tennessee Valley Authority is quietly going about reducing emissions at its fossil fuel plants, and appears to be well ahead of the president’s timetable.... The evidence of warming is becoming alarmingly clear with ice melting at the polar caps and temperatures steadily rising. Not only will green energy provide us with a cleaner, healthier environment, it will open new avenues of economic development and research"

Editorial: Time to get serious about greenhouse gases (Lewiston Sun-Journal [ME] , 06/08/14)
"New greenhouse gas rules announced last week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency elicited howls of protest from the South and Midwest.... Maine’s congressional delegates should not only vote against any attempt to weaken or delay the new rules, they should be actively trying to convince members from other states to do the same. The Northeast has led the way on climate change, and led by example. It’s time for the rest of the country to follow."

EDITORIAL: Our view: A livable carbon rule; There will be pushback, but the EPA proposal takes a wise middle course for cutting emissions. (Roanoke Times [VA], 06/08/14)
"Industry lawyers are gearing up for a legal challenge, but public opinion is overwhelmingly on the side of reducing carbon in the air, even if consumers have to pay more for electricity."

EDITORIAL: New carbon rules are essential (Herald [Rock Hill, SC], 06/08/14)
"The Obama administration’s new effort to reduce carbon emissions is an important, sensible and necessary step in reducing threat of global warming. It should serve as an example to other polluting nations around the world.... It’s not only something the American people should accept; it’s what they should demand."

Editorial: The power of competition for electricity (Newsday [NY], 06/07/14)
"The Obama administration took a huge step last week in fighting climate change by proposing regulations to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. We now are on the cusp of a years-long process that could transform the nation's electrical industry, improve the air we breathe and reduce the risk of severe storms."

Editorial: The EPA turns up the heat (Times-Union [NY] , 06/07/14)
"For all the alarmist, partisan noise, the reality is that EPA's proposal was only a modest step toward tackling the threat of global warming. ... A president whose push for cleaner energy has been thwarted by Congress at every turn is to be commended for making good on his threat to use what executive power he has to act on his own."

Editorial: Congress’ absence puts need to act on EPA (Spokesman-Review [Spokane, WA], 06/06/14)
"Whether or not you believe human-caused global warming is an urgent concern, it’s clear from extensive scientific research that it is a problem. So the sooner it’s addressed, the easier it will be to make a difference.... Aside from being politically and scientifically wrongheaded, the do-nothing approach is also legally untenable. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that carbon dioxide is a “pollutant” and thus is subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act. That’s why the ball is in the EPA’s court."

EDITORIAL: Our View: Clearing the air— Coal’s hidden costs must be part of debate (Joplin Globe [MO], 06/06/14)
"There will be costs going forward with new EPA-proposed emissions standards — no question — but the tradeoff will be 20.2 million fewer tons of pollution each year in Missouri....Greenhouse gases are altering our climate in ways that are affecting us all. More severe weather, which scientists say will result from climate change, and the costs and consequences of that have to be factored into the real price of coal."

Editorial: Roses and Raspberries: June 6 (Corvallis Gazette-Times [OR], 06/06/14)
"Fourth District Congressman Peter DeFazio noted the downside: OR-7 needs our help: “This is great news, but the critical federal protections that have allowed OR-7 to start his new pack are in jeopardy. As we celebrate OR-7 and his new family, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is threatening to disregard science and take the gray wolf off the Endangered Species list. If the Service delists the gray wolf, states could declare open season on gray wolves like OR-7, his mate, and these new pups.” We agree with the 160,000 people who have signed their names to a petition asking the USFWS and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to continue protections for the gray wolf."

Editorial: EPA changes are a down payment on a viable planet (Detroit Free Press [MI] , 06/06/14)
"It’s a sensible, long overdue initiative that anyone interested in the next generation’s health and welfare should welcome. The new rules announced by the Environmental Protection Agency would set tougher emissions standards for the nation’s power plants, which generate more than a third of the carbon dioxide emissions most implicated in climate change. ... Any hazards posed by the new guidelines are almost certainly dwarfed by the long-term benefits to Michigan’s physical and economic health."

EDITORIAL: Overdue call to environmental accountability (Tennessean, 06/06/14)
"The Environmental Protection Agency’s new regulations for limiting carbon emissions from electric power plants, announced this week, were sure to be met with criticism since an alarming percentage of the American public still doubts that man-made climate change is occurring, and in fact accelerating.... ennessee and the entire country must do more to reduce carbon emissions — and on a dramatically larger scale than anything we have yet seen....verage Americans are seeing the results of this inaction in severe weather events, and scientists are seeing the long-term damage, as well, in glacier melt, species extinctions and more....his is a nation of 318 million people that must change its habits, and soon."

Editorial: Indiana needs to reduce its dependence on coal (Indianapolis Star [IN] , 06/06/14)
"In addition, there are important health and environmental reasons to move away from such a heavy dependence on coal. Indiana’s air quality, while substantially better than in the past, remains among the worst in the nation. Mercury, a byproduct of burning coal, pollutes many of the state’s waterways. And a strong majority of scientists are pushing for reductions in CO2 emissions in order to slow climate change.... the national trend away from coal is real and likely irreversible. Indiana can’t afford to get left behind in that transition. That means making a strong push for heightened energy efficiency"

EDITORIAL: Our View: Coal rules show true cost; Why it matters: New rules on carbon emissions from power plants change the way we think about the price of energy (Mankato Free Press [MN] , 06/06/14)
"Why it matters: New rules on carbon emissions from power plants change the way we think about the price of energy....The new rules should not be viewed as some onerous new government policy with no relation to reality. They are simply reflecting the realization that carbon emissions are a very real cost that should be factored into the price of our energy."

Inquirer Editorial: Cleaner and cooler (Philadelphia Inquirer [PA], 06/06/14)
"The Obama administration's historic move to rein in carbon pollution from coal plants could help slow climate change, reduce respiratory illnesses, and foster cleaner energy and conservation. Alone, it's not enough to head off the harms of global warming, but it is an important and welcome step....The Obama administration has made the choice that stands to prevent the most damage to our health, safety, and economy."

EDITORIAL: Curbing carbon vs. being reckless (Herald-Review [Decatur, IL], 06/06/14)
"But the evidence of the reality and risks of climate change grows every day. The administration's plan to reduce carbon emissions is an attempt to curb those dangers, primarily by discouraging the use of coal for generating electricity. That should not be terribly hard ... The carbon limits would be worthwhile even if global warming weren't looming in our future."

EPA offers a creative approach to fighting carbon pollution: Editorial (Patriot News [Harrisburg, PA] , 06/05/14)
"Polluters have no right to profit by inflicting their harmful waste products on the rest of us. And thanks to American ingenuity, the nation's air and water can be cleaned up while still having a growing economy. a Those are the two motivating principles behind the EPA's new effort to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from power plants."

Editorial: District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni has proved his mettle, will serve the bench honorably (Republican [Springfield, MA], 06/05/14)
"Hampden District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni is about to step into position of U.S. District Judge in Springfield. In a 92-2 vote of the U.S. Senate Thursday, Mastroianni was confirmed ... Mastroianni will make an excellent judge. His integrity, pragmatism and compassion will serve the bench well."

EDITORIAL: Federal carbon limits / Breathe easier (Press of Atlantic City [NJ] , 06/05/14)
"Now the federal government is taking a harder line on power-plant emissions, and New Jersey residents should breathe easier as a result."

EDITORIAL: Our view: Emissions rules? Ho-hum for Minnesota (Duluth News Tribune [MN] , 06/05/14)
"You don’t have to be completely convinced of a coming climate-change Armageddon to feel fairly comfortable with the federal government’s plans, released this week, to slash carbon-dioxide emissions, especially at coal-fired power plants. Particularly in Minnesota."

Editorial: Positive move on emissions (Carroll County Times [MD], 06/05/14)
"A plan laid out this week by the Obama administration to cut pollution from power plants already is facing stiff opposition, but for states like Maryland, which has already cut emissions considerably in recent years, holding other states accountable serves to level the playing field and increase the overall effectiveness of national pollution control efforts.... Ultimately, we need to continue to find ways to reduce pollution, protect our national resources and preserve our planet for future generations."

EDITORIAL: Minnesota leads in reducing emissions; New EPA policy would catch up to this state’s healthy pace. (Minneapolis Star Tribune [MN] , 06/05/14)
"Increasingly, Americans recognize that the climate changes caused by greenhouse gas emissions are a threat to their way of life and that reducing those emissions from their largest categorical source — aging coal-fired power plants — is essential to bending the climate trend lines in a more positive direction....Increasingly, Americans recognize that the climate changes caused by greenhouse gas emissions are a threat to their way of life and that reducing those emissions from their largest categorical source — aging coal-fired power plants — is essential to bending the climate trend lines in a more positive direction."

Editorial: EPA moves needle on greenhouse gases (Recorder [Greenfield, MA], 06/05/14)
"What the EPA draft regulations represent is not a dictatorial stance by the Obama administration but an effort to work together with all interested parties to achieve cleaner air."

Editorial: Cutting carbon (Gainesville Sun [FL] , 06/05/14)
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has put Florida on notice that it's finally time for the Sunshine State to tap the full potential of solar power and other renewable energy sources....The consensus among an overwhelming majority of climate scientists is that warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities. Rather than continuing to waste time on that debate, it's time for action....Florida should instead fully embrace energy efficiency, solar power and other renewable fuels. The result would be a brighter future for the Sunshine State in which residents benefit from jobs in growing fields."

Editorial: We can’t afford to trash our backyards (Reno Gazette-Journal [NV] , 06/05/14)
"In some ways, the Indian Ocean, like the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, too, is a big dump. Each has numerous dead zones, areas where accumulating detritus has made it impossible for them to support life ... That’s a lesson worth remembering in the coming months as we debate the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut back on the pollution that the nation’s power plants pour into the air, another seemingly infinite resource that could have a significant impact if we continue to use it as a receptacle for our trash. The good news for Nevada is that it already is ahead of the game."

Editorial: Carbon emissions proposal gives U.S. a leadership role (Knoxville News Sentinel [TN] , 06/05/14)

EDITORIAL: Stop fouling our own nest (Burlington Free Press [VT] , 06/05/14)
"The proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation is a long-overdue move by Washington to reduce greenhouse gasses spewing from the nation’s dirtiest power plants.... Washington for too long has dithered on climate change, hampered by aggressive obstructionists who question the validity of the data and analysis, or are unwilling to bear the cost of dealing with our past sins."

EDITORIAL: California leads way in efforts to cut reliance on fossil fuels (Fresno Bee [CA] , 06/05/14)
"Aimed at slashing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the new rules -- like the EPA's recent California-based fuel economy standards -- have the larger mission of curbing greenhouse gases....Arguments about jobs and burdened families also are specious."

EDITORIAL: EPA rules overdue (York Dispatch [PA] , 06/04/14)
"President Obama's pledge to address climate change was welcomed by the large majority of Americans who care about what kind of planet we leave future generations. This week he made good on that promise."

EDITORIAL: EPA goal will help drive change (Wisconsin State Journal, 06/04/14)
"[R]efusing to act on the serious threat of climate change is far too risky for our economy and health.... Wisconsin should have set a more aggressive clean energy goal years ago....The EPA rules move our state and nation in the right direction. Reducing our use of dirty coal can ease the worst effects of climate change for future generations."