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EPA carbon rule to send energy prices soaring: Study

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San Antonio Business Journal

Customers will see substantially higher energy prices as a result of the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to curb carbon emissions from existing power plants, according to a study commissioned by coal company Peabody Energy and conducted by Energy Ventures Analysis, which offers a state-by-state breakdown of costs, the San Antonio Business Journal reports.

Americans think climate change will impact elsewhere: Poll

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E&E

Most Americans believe poorer, less developed parts of the world will bear the brunt of climate change, rather than the U.S., according to a survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute and the American Academy of Religion, E&E reports.

Des Moines struggling with nitrates in water

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two rivers that supply water to 500,000 people in the Des Moines area show nitrate levels spiking to levels that make it unsafe for some to drink, a concentration experts haven't before seen in the fall that likely stems from especially wet weather in recent months.

The utility that supplies Des Moines and most of its suburbs had workers blending river water with other sources to lower the nitrate levels, but the situation may be nearing the point at which the city starts a process that costs about $7,000 a day to remove them. If that happens, the utility has threatened to sue the state.

Associated Press

EPA delays 2014 biofuels mandate to next year

Refiners and biofuels groups will have to wait until next year to find out the final 2014 mandate for ethanol use in transportation fuel stocks, following the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to delay action on the Renewable Fuel Standard.

In a Federal Register notice, EPA said Friday it would seek to complete 2014 rulemaking next year, and added separately that it would pursue a three-year rule that would run through 2016.

The delay was welcomed by biofuels groups opposed to the agency's plan to cut required ethanol use this year, but heavily criticized by refiners who have been fighting the RFS.

All said the additional delay, coming more than year after EPA was to have completed its 2014 rule, added new uncertainty to the implementation of the mandate. EPA will also miss the Dec. 1 deadline to complete action on a 2015 proposal, and said it would extend the compliance deadline for 2013 into the new year. 

Toyota recalls nearly 423K Lexuses for fuel leaks

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires.

The recalls affect the 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models.

Oil

Ford's new F-150 to get 26 mpg, tops among pickups

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford said Friday that its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get up to 26 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel efficient gas-powered full-size pickup.

The Ram truck is the current leader among pickups, getting up to 25 mpg on the highway with a gas engine. The Ram gets up to 28 mpg with a diesel engine; Ford doesn't make a diesel version of the F-150.

Giraffes on a plane? Most Wanted list released

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Have you seen a man who loaded live giraffes into a Tanzanian military plane for delivery to Qatar? If so Interpol would like to speak with you.

The international police agency Interpol recently began a Most Wanted campaign of suspects who have carried out such environmental crimes as wildlife trafficking, illegal fishing, illegal logging and trading in ivory.

Report: Grouse needs 3-mile buffer from drilling

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A government report with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says the breeding grounds of a struggling bird species need a 3-mile or larger buffer from oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects.

The study comes as the Obama administration weighs new protections for the greater sage grouse. The ground-dwelling bird ranges across 11 western states.

House defies WH again, over EPA reporting requirements

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The Hill

The Republican-controlled House on Thursday approved H.R. 4795, which would require the Environmental Protection Agency to provide to the public information on the pre-construction permits it issues under the Clean Air Act, The Hill reports, noting that lawmakers passed the measure in the face of a veto threat from the White House.

Halliburton-Baker Hughes merger could dent fracking disclosure

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FuelFix

The step by Baker Hughes to stop using the trade secret designation to avoid disclosing chemicals used in the fracking process could be jeopardized when the company is bought by Halliburton, which has opposed disclosure moves, FuelFix reports.

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