Defying a White House veto threat, House Republicans moved forward Wednesday with a plan to block a key element of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change, approving the Ratepayer Protection Act by a vote of 247 to 180.
Lawmakers approved the bill, introduced by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., which would allow states to opt out of the Obama administration's plan to limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants if the state's governor determines it would cause significant rate hikes for electricity or harm reliability of service.
The bill also would delay the climate rule until all court challenges are completed.
The White House on Wednesday renominated two stalled candidates to lead the Environmental Protection Agency's offices of Air and Radiation and Water, tasked with overseeing the most controversial of the agency's regulations.
Obama tapped Janet McCabe, currently serving as acting administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, to serve as full assistant administrator. She was first nominated in 2013.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence threatened to make his state the second to boycott the Obama Administration's pending power plant carbon regulations, unless “demonstrable and significant” changes are made.
In a letter to President Barack Obama Wednesday, Pence, one of the country's most conservative Republican governors, said the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule for existing power plants would “fundamentally change the way electricity is dispatched," sacrificing affordability and reliability for the sake of emissions reduction.
VIENNA (AP) — Western powers are offering Tehran high-tech reactors under a proposed nuclear agreement, a confidential document says, but a defiant speech by Iran's supreme leader less than a week before a negotiating deadline casts doubt on whether he's willing to make the necessary concessions to seal a deal.
The talks, which resumed Wednesday in Vienna on restraining any Iranian efforts to make atomic arms, appeared to be behind schedule judging by the draft document obtained by The Associated Press.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The owners of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation reached a settlement Wednesday with federal agencies over complaints they flouted rules for permits and violated the Clean Air Act, leading to further pollution control upgrades that will cost millions of dollars.
The settlement filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico came after years of negotiation among federal officials, the plant owners and environmentalists who sued over permits. It includes no admission of wrongdoing but resulted in a $1.5 million civil penalty.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — As thousands of gallons of crude oil from a ruptured pipeline spread along the California coast, its operator was unable to contact workers near the break to get information the company needed to alert federal emergency officials, records released Wednesday said.
Personnel for Plains All American Pipeline needed the precise location of the May 19 spill and an estimate of its size before notifying the National Response Center, according to the records released to federal elected officials.
The U.S. power industry isn't sure what to think about the Supreme Court's ruling on mercury emission standards, with some calling the ruling "significant" and others downplaying its importance to utilities that are already complying, Platts reports.
Coal producers, including Arch Coal, Peabody Energy and Alpha Resources, got a boost in stock prices following the Supreme Court's ruled that EPA should have taken cost into account before pursuing mercury emission regulations, Bloomberg reports.
Crude oil prices slid further on Monday as traders looked to avert risks due to bank shutdowns in Greece and the slip in the deadline in nuclear talks with Iran, Reuters reports. Brent crude fell $1.20 to $62.02 a barrel, while U.S. crude dropped $1.30 to settle at $58.33 a barrel.
The Environmental Protection Agency's forthcoming Clean Power Plan may work to exacerbate already tense in-state relations between lawmakers and regulators, as they work together to develop state compliance plans for the rules, E&E reports.
Melting Arctic ice could work to alter ocean circulation patterns that transfer cold and warm water between the poles and the tropics, a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change says, a development that could shift climate patterns in Europe, The Washington Post reports.
Wildfires have burned more than 1.18 million acres across Alaska this month alone, putting the state on pace to exceed 2004, its worst wildfire season on record, where 6.59 million acres were burned, The Washington Post reports.
Cheniere Energy plans to take on as much as $5.8 billion in debt in order to expand its Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas facility, which last week won additional authorization to export gas to countries without free trade agreements, FuelFix reports.
The local government in Lancashire County in England dealt a blow to British efforts to develop shale resources, rejecting a plan from Cuadrilla Resources to use hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas, The New York Times reports.