June 23, 2014
BUT IT DID FREE HIM TO APPROVE THE PIPELINE:
Maybe Those EPA Rules Aren't Quite Such a Big Deal (Rebecca Leber, 6/23/14, New Republic)
Posted by Orrin Judd at June 23, 2014 3:13 PM[A] close look at those state numbers shows just easy it will be for some states to meet the proposed EPA targets.There are four states that are already generating more renewable energy as part of their portfolio than what the EPA predicts:Iowa, which has made leaps in wind energy, now produces a quarter of its electricity in renewables - a higher percentage than the administration's standard. This happens because of how the EPA's formulas work: The models plug in a regional average to estimate renewable energy and ignore what states are already doing.According to Natural Resources Defense Council Director of Climate Programs David Hawkins, other states like Michigan are already well ahead of the EPA's schedule on renewable energy and energy efficiency.