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Senate Energy markup on reform bill

Washington, July 28, 2015, 10:00 am

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to hold business meeting to discuss the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, the nomination of John Elkind to serve as assistant secretary of energy for international affairs, and other legislation.

House Energy and Commerce panel roundtable on ozone rule

Washington, July 28, 2015, 2:00 pm

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power to hold roundtable with business leaders and local officials on the potential economic impact of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed ozone rule.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee photo.

Senate to take first crack at bipartisan energy reform bill

With the August recess fast approaching, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is set to devote its schedule to marking up a newly introduced bipartisan energy reform bill this week.

The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, introduced by Chairman Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and ranking member Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., last week, is the culmination of the committee’s work so far this Congress. The panel held several hearings and considered more than 100 pieces of legislation.

Kerry: Agreement on Iran issue only alternative to force

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that if Congress disapproves of the Iranian nuclear deal, it will undermine President Barack Obama's ability to act throughout the world.

It would be a "repudiation of President Obama's initiative and a statement that when the executive department negotiates, it doesn't mean anything anymore because we have 535 Secretaries of State," Kerry said, referring to the number of members of the House and Senate.

Kentucky quietly working to comply with EPA carbon rule

Source: 
The Washington Post

Despite the call from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for states to defy the Environmental Protection Agency’s upcoming rule to limit power plant carbon emissions, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Secretary has said the state can manage to meet its proposed reduction goal, The Washington Post reports.

Mississsippi may opt out of carbon rule

Source: 
The Hill

Gov. Phil Bryant, R-Miss., has sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy warning that his state may refuse to comply with the upcoming EPA rule limiting power plant carbon emissions, The Hill reports.

States make another run at appeals court's carbon decision

Source: 
The Hill

Led by West Virginia, 14 states want another hearing on an appeals court rejection of their challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, and they’re asking all 17 judges on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to weigh in on the matter, The Hill reports.

Montana suit should be thrown out: BP

Source: 
The Associated Press

A lawsuit brought by Montana—alleging BP hid information from the state for years—should be dismissed, lawyers for the company told a judge Thursday, The Associated Press reports.

Stefan Kuhn

Highway bill offers renewal hope for nuclear-backed Export-Import Bank

The nuclear industry's hope for renewal of the Export-Import bank got a little brighter Friday when the Senate set a vote on adding it to the highway funding bill.

The move set off unusual fireworks among Republicans on the Senate floor, with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, accusing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of "a simple lie" for telling him that no vote would be scheduled.

McConnell, who announced the vote, and who opposes re-chartering the bank, was not on the floor when Cruz spoke and avoided responding afterwards.  The Senate could vote for cloture on the amendment, introduced by Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., as early as Sunday.

Oil

Brazilian oil workers go on a 24-hour strike

SAO PAULO (AP) — Tens of thousands of workers at Brazil's state-owned Petrobras went on a nationwide 24-hour strike on Friday to protest the oil company's plans to sell $15.1 billion worth of assets by the end of next year to help pay off a debt of about $120 billion.

Caroline Cavassa, a press officer for the National Oil Workers Federation, said 90 percent of the company's 86,000 workers joined the strike in 12 states. The strike took effect after midnight.

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