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Clean Energy for Arkansas Makes Common Sense

8/28/14 - from Glen Hooks - Chapter Director - Press Release
EPA Clean Power Plan is an Opportunity to Transition State Away From Dirty Coal
At a meeting today before the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality’s “Clean Power Plan” stakeholders group, the Sierra Club announced a proposal by which Arkansas can meet the goals of the Clean Power Plan by transitioning away from its reliance on dirty coal power and move the state toward a future fueled by clean, renewable energy ...PRESS RELEASE

EPA Public Hearings: Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule

7/29-30/14 - Rel Corbin - Central Arkansas Group
EPA held public hearings in four locations (Denver, Atlanta, Washington DC, Pittsburgh) for the proposed Clean Power Plan the week of July 28, 2014. CAG's Rel Corbin (who attended the Atlanta hearing) reports: MORE...

Restore democracy

7/24/14 - By Glen Hooks - arkansasonline.com
Earlier this month, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted favorably on an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to give Congress and state legislatures a renewed ability to limit the flood of money into elections. MORE...

EPA's Clean Power Plan Fuels Carbon Debate

7/07/14 - Posted by Marty Cook, arkansasbusiness.com - On June 2 the Environmental Protection Agency announced its Clean Power Plan, a proposed regulation that the Obama administration hopes will reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the United States by 30 percent by the year 2030.

For Glen Hooks, the director of the Sierra Club of Arkansas, the governmental action was welcome and a long time coming. For those in the business of producing electricity from coal-fired power plants, the announcement was greeted with less than cheerful enthusiasm and warnings about the costs associated with such change.

Interested parties have until Oct. 16 to comment on the proposed regulation...
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EPA's Clean Power Plan Fuels Carbon Debate

7/07/14 - Posted by Marty Cook, arkansasbusiness.com - On June 2 the Environmental Protection Agency announced its Clean Power Plan, a proposed regulation that the Obama administration hopes will reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the United States by 30 percent by the year 2030.

For Glen Hooks, the director of the Sierra Club of Arkansas, the governmental action was welcome and a long time coming. For those in the business of producing electricity from coal-fired power plants, the announcement was greeted with less than cheerful enthusiasm and warnings about the costs associated with such change.

Interested parties have until Oct. 16 to comment on the proposed regulation...
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Arkansas begins to grapple with climate change

7/03/14 - New proposed EPA rule could dramatically impact state. By Benjamin Hardy - arkansastimes.com
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Entergy exec: EPA rules dire for coal

6/26/14 - Posted by David Smith - arkansasonline.com
The federal government's plan to lower carbon dioxide emissions across the country is actually a plan to eliminate coal plants, an executive with Entergy Arkansas said Wednesday.
...Arkansas needs to focus on the retirement of some of its older coal-fired plants, said Glen Hooks, senior campaign representative in Arkansas for the Sierra Club. "About 85 percent of the [carbon dioxide] emissions in the state come from our five coal-fired power plants," Hooks said. "And we have three of those five that [were built] in the late 70s and early 80s and are approaching their normal retirement age." MORE...

Utilities, regulators discuss carbon-emissions rules

6/25/14 - Posted by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press - houstonchronical.com
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas utility executives met with state regulators and environmentalists Wednesday to begin organizing a plan for how to address new federal rules that will require the state to cut its climate-warming air pollution by nearly 45 percent by 2030
Glen Hooks, president of the Sierra Club's Arkansas chapter, said there are indirect costs from older coal plants, which he said contribute to asthma, heart disease and other ailments. "Those are costs we all bear," Hooks said. "That's not on your power bill." ...Hooks said he wants coal-fired power plants built in the 1970s and early 1980s shut down, adding they're near the end of their service time anyway. MORE...

Arkansas starts talking about how to address climate change

6/25/14 - Posted by Benjamin Hardy - arktimes.com
On Wednesday morning, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) held a public meeting to solicit preliminary input from stakeholders.
Note that one option is ...retiring coal-fired plants altogether. Glen Hooks, director of the Arkansas Sierra Club, said that should be on the table as well. “About 85 percent of CO2 emissions in the state come from five coal power plants,” he said. “That really is the meat of this discussion.” MORE...

June 5, 2014 #1 - arkansasonline.com

(paywall, AR Democrat-Gazette)--FRONT PAGE But for Arkansas, the EPA proposes a 44 percent reduction of carbon emissions by 2030, according to Glen Hooks, a senior campaign representative in Arkansas for the Sierra Club. The EPA calculated that in 2012, Arkansas' five coal plants emitted 1,640 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour, Hooks said. That needs to be reduced to 910 pounds by 2030, Hooks said. "That's pretty significant," Hooks said. "Some states are coal-heavy, like Arkansas, where we have some opportunities to do some more work. A lot of states have newer power plants and less coal, and they've invested in clean energy. We've not done that. So we have a little bit further to go."
Associated Press

June 5, 2014 #2 - sfgate.com

Glen Hooks, chapter director for the Arkansas Sierra Club, said in a statement Monday that reducing carbon pollution was good for environmental and public health. Hooks predicted the switch would create thousands of clean energy and energy efficiency-related jobs.

June 5, 2014 #3 - arkansasnews.com

Glen Hooks, chapter director for the Arkansas Sierra Club, praised the Obama administration’s effort to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. “By cleaning up and modernizing our aging, dirty power plants, we will begin to clean up our air, cut pollution-related illness, and curb the worst effects of climate disruption,” he said. Hooks said 85 percent of the carbon emissions in Arkansas come from five coal-fired power plants — three of which were built more than 30 years ago and could be shuttered as the state turns to cleaner energy sources and reduces demand through conservation. “If the state focuses on those three plants they will readily comply — in big contrast to the doom and gloom and scare tactics put out by the fossil fuel industry,” he said.

June 5, 2014 #4 - arkansasmatters.com

“Sierra Club fully supports the plan to cut dangerous carbon pollution from power plants,” said Glen Hooks, Chapter Director for the Arkansas Sierra Club. “Reducing carbon pollution is good for both our environmental and public health, plus it will create thousands of clean energy and energy efficiency-related jobs right here in Arkansas. We look forward to working closely with utilities and regulators to help clean up Arkansas’s carbon emissions. “Climate disruption is the greatest challenge facing our generation. We are already experiencing the effects of a destabilized climate in the form of floods, severe drought, wildfires, record heat, and superstorms. Dangerous carbon pollution is a major cause of this climate disruption," he added. “By cleaning up and modernizing our aging, dirty power plants, we will begin to clean up our air, cut pollution-related illness, and curb the worst effects of climate disruption. Curbing dangerous carbon pollution from power plants will not only save billions of dollars, it will also save lives.”

June 5, 2014 #5 - The Alice Stewart Show

“Obama seeks 30 percent cuts in power plants' carbon pollution” was the headline today, as President Obama plans to announce a controversial emissions cap on power plants. Joining the show tomorrow to share their thoughts on this include: Congressman Tim Griffin, POLITICO Energy Editor Bob King, Tea Party Nation Founder Judson Phillips, and Arkansas Sierra Club Director Glen Hooks. Plus, State Senator Bryan King as well as Host of Todd Starnes Fox News & Commentary, Todd Starnes, will visit with me as well. Rasmussen Reports Managing Editor Fran Coombs will discuss the Arkansas Senate Poll. Tune in Tuesday from 6-8 AM at 96.5 FM The Voice or listen anywhere at 965thevoice.com.

June 5, 2014 #6 - talkbusiness.net

Likewise, Glen Hooks, spokesman for the Sierra Club of Arkansas, called the new carbon pollution protection “a giant step forward in fighting climate disruption.” “Carbon emissions from dirty power plants cause significant risks to our public and environmental health, and we applaud efforts to combat those risks,” Hooks said. “Power plants in Arkansas emitted almost 41 million metric tons of carbon pollution in 2013, with 85 percent of that pollution coming from just 5 coal-fired power plants. Arkansas can meet its carbon reduction goals by phasing out dirty coal-fired power plants, ramping up our use of clean energy, and focusing aggressively on energy efficiency programs.”

June 5, 2014 #7 - UALR Public Radio

Glen Hooks with the Sierra Club of Arkansas says it will be an important first step toward improving air quality in the state. "For the first time, some of our older, dirty plants will actually have to take in consideration the amount of carbon dioxide that they're pumping into our air. Currently there are no limits on that," Hooks said. "Power plants can do as much as they need to do and we're seeing those effects on climate disruption. So power plants in Arkansas, especially dirty coal-fired plants will have to begin limiting that."

Sierra Club Applauds Plan to Curb Carbon Pollution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 2, 2014
Contact:
Glen Hooks, (501) 744-2674,
glen.hooks@sierraclub.org
Sierra Club Applauds Plan to Curb Carbon Pollution

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposal for the first-ever national protections from dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants. Carbon pollution causes climate disruption and is already costing American communities billions of dollars from flooding, wildfires and extreme heat.

This new standard, which is part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, will clean up the industries that create the lion’s share of carbon pollution in our country. The new protections will also help reduce other life-threatening air pollution including mercury, soot and smog.

In 2013, Arkansas power plants released nearly 41 million metric tons of carbon pollution—with nearly 85 percent of that coming from just five dirty coal-fired power plants. Three of these older plants (Entergy’s White Bluff and Independence Plants, and SWEPCO’s Flint Creek plant) were constructed in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

“Sierra Club fully supports the plan to cut dangerous carbon pollution from power plants,” said Glen Hooks, Chapter Director for the Arkansas Sierra Club. “Reducing carbon pollution is good for both our environmental and public health, plus it will create thousands of clean energy and energy efficiency-related jobs right here in Arkansas. We look forward to working closely with utilities and regulators to help clean up Arkansas’s carbon emissions.

“Climate disruption is the greatest challenge facing our generation. We are already experiencing the effects of a destabilized climate in the form of floods, severe drought, wildfires, record heat, and superstorms. Dangerous carbon pollution is a major cause of this climate disruption.

“By cleaning up and modernizing our aging, dirty power plants, we will begin to clean up our air, cut pollution-related illness, and curb the worst effects of climate disruption. Curbing dangerous carbon pollution from power plants will not only save billions of dollars, it will also save lives.”

Obama administration moves to reduce carbon emissions

Posted by Max Brantley on Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 10:21 AM
The Obama administration has proposed an EPA regulation to sharply reduce carbon emissions at coal-burning power plants. It could be transformative, if it survives the legal and legislative process. MORE...

Arkansas Prepares For New Law
Limiting Power Plant Emissions

5/28/14 - Next week the Environmental Protection Agency is to release a first draft of rules to limit carbon emissions for existing power plants.

Glen Hooks with the Sierra Club of Arkansas says it will be an important first step toward improving air quality in the state.

"For the first time, some of our older, dirty plants will actually have to take in consideration the amount of carbon dioxide that they're pumping into our air. Currently there are no limits on that," Hooks said. "Power plants can do as much as they need to do and we're seeing those effects on climate disruption. So power plants in Arkansas, especially dirty coal-fired plants will have to begin limiting that." MORE...

Arkansas’ Energy Producers, Regulators
Await New EPA Emission Rules

5/28/14 - No one knows exactly how the Environmental Protection Agency’s “dirty air” rules will shake out next week, but Arkansas stakeholders are anxiously waiting to hear the details of President Barack Obama’s controversial proposal to reduce carbon emissions.

The EPA is expected to issue its long-awaited, wide-ranging proposal to reduce greenhouse gases from existing power plants on Monday (June 2). The controversial plan to cut pollution at many of the nation’s older coal-fired plans, under the federal Clean Air Act, is a key part of Obama’s overall Climate Action Plan. MORE...

In the News last updated 08/28/2014



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