Daily Archives: October 28, 2015

Catholic Church Leaders Issue Appeal on Climate Change – The New York Times

by ELISABETTA POVOLEDOOCT. 26, 2015

The Vatican on Climate Change

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, India, expressed the catholic leaders’ appeal for a climate change agreement. By REUTERS on Publish Date October 26, 2015. Photo by Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters. Watch in Times Video »

VATICAN CITY — Roman Catholic cardinals, patriarchs and bishops from around the world on Monday appealed to climate-change negotiators to approve a “fair, legally binding and truly transformational climate agreement” when they meet at a widely anticipated United Nations conference in Paris next month.

Representatives of the church from five continents signed the appeal in Vatican City. They said it was inspired by Pope Francis’ sweeping encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si,” issued in June, which forcefully calls for action to stem environmental destruction and climate change.

The prelates’ appeal calls for a “major breakthrough in Paris” that puts “the common good ahead of national interests,” and advances a 10-point policy proposal “drawing on the concrete experience of people across the continents, and linking climate change to social injustice and the social exclusion of the poorest and most vulnerable of our citizens,” they wrote.

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How critics plan to torpedo Obama’s prized climate rule | TheHill

By Devin Henry – 10/28/15 06:00 AM EDT

Opponents of President Obama’s climate rule for power plants are uniting behind a legal strategy aimed at blocking the contentious regulations from taking effect.

Since a wave of nearly two-dozen lawsuits hit the Clean Power Plan last week, critics of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule have grown increasingly optimistic that they can convince a federal court to issue a stay.

A win on that front, however temporary, would complicate both the rule’s implementation and the Obama administration’s bid for an international deal at climate talks in Paris later this year.

The rule’s supporters say the litigants have a steep hill to climb in making the case for a stay, projecting confidence that they’ll win the first skirmish of what will likely be a years-long legal battle over Obama’s signature climate policy.

“Blocking rules midstream, before a court hears the merits of the case, is an extraordinary and rarely successful remedy,” Joanne Spalding, a senior managing attorney at the Sierra Club, said last week. “There is a high bar to getting a stay, and in most cases, litigants don’t even ask, and when they do, most stay requests are denied.”

Those lining up against the plan include states, businesses and commodity groups. Many have said they want a panel of federal judges to block the rule while the underlying case against it moves through the courts.

Such stay requests must overcome a series of legal hurdles, including a test of eventual success in the underlying case and evidence of harm it will cause if it’s not paused while the matter is resolved.

The first standard involves judges’ interpretations of the broader legal issues surrounding the Clean Power Plan. But officials suing to stop the rule said they expect to be able to demonstrate its potential harm.

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Global Climate Change
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Environment Justice

Charles Koch Whines About The Monster He Created

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Near-Armageddon: Asteroid to swing by earth on Halloween

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Native America before European Colonization

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Freedom House: World Internet Freedom Keeps Eroding

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At What Age Should I Apply for Social Security Benefits?

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