Environment groups, utility debate report on increasing CO2 emissions as House clips EPA clout

Even as congressional debate revolves around the cost and clout of the U.S. EPA -- particularly in its authority over greenhouse gas emissions -- new numbers on carbon emissions are stoking the argument.

An environmental group released a report Friday that said emissions from power plants in the United States rose 5.56 percent from 2009 to 2010 -- the biggest annual increase since the EPA began tracking emissions in 1995.


Cleaning up the lakes

OF ALL America's bounties, none is of greater importance than its abundance of fresh water. When Congress reconvenes next week, one of its first orders of business should be passing legislation to protect and restore the Great Lakes.

Securing the health of the lakes should not be a partisan issue. As global populations increase, fresh water will become an increasingly valuable resource. The Great Lakes contain some 6 quadrillion gallons of fresh water. That's a six followed by 15 zeroes, about 20 percent of all the surface fresh water in the world.