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EPA's McCarthy addresses Georgetown LEAD conference

Washington, October 24, 2014, 9:30 am

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy delivers speech on Clean Power Plan and climate change at Georgetown University 2014 LEAD Conference. 

Friday efficiency meeting for air conditioner standards: DOE

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The Hill

The Energy Department will hold a public meeting Friday on proposed efficiency standards for air conditioners, and another next month for clothes dryers, The Hill reports.

Water supply emergency declared in San Gabriel

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Los Angeles Times

In another sign of the deepening drought in California, the water board in the San Gabriel Valley has declared a supply emergency as levels hit record lows, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Corporate giants funding state ballot initiatives

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters may not know it, but the millions of dollars paying for ads on ballot measures they will consider next month come from large companies and national advocacy groups.

Many of the messages are tailored to defend or expand the business interests of companies such as Coca-Cola, Monsanto and Exxon Mobil, yet few have their names in the ads.

USDA brings indoor plumbing to Alaska village

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A remote Alaska Native village where only half the homes have indoor plumbing is among rural communities nationwide that will receive upgrades to rural water and wastewater systems with $352 million in grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is scheduled to announce the funding Thursday at a convention of Alaska Natives in Anchorage.

India picks up pace on economic overhaul

NEW DELHI (AP) — After months of criticism for not moving aggressively enough on promises of an economic overhaul, India's new prime minister has announced a string of policies designed to kick-start Asia's third-largest economy.

Over the past week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled an overhaul of India's archaic labor laws, freed diesel prices from state control and signed an executive order promising to open India's coal industry to private companies. He also appointed Arvind Subramanian, a respected Washington, DC-based economist, as the country's top economic adviser.

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House Oversight and Government Reform Committee photo

EPA IG Elkins won't yield to Inhofe on fracking review

The Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog isn't backing down in the face of pressure from a prominent Republican senator to drop his review of state and federal oversight of hydraulic fracturing.

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., on Oct. 2 renewed his demand that EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins Jr. suspend the review. He said it duplicated a groundwater impact study already underway by EPA, which was ordered by Congress.

In a response letter to Inhofe dated Oct. 16 that was released Tuesday, Elkins said he would not stop the review.

Manchin, Whitehouse exchange visits to view climate change impacts

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Los Angeles Times

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has cruised waters off the Rhode Island coast to view the impact of climate change on marine life, and now Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., is visiting his colleague’s home state to learn first-hand about the impact of government policy on the lives of coal miners, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Oil

Crude oil exports rise toward record

While debate over the ban on crude oil exports gains momentum, shipments of U.S. and Canadian oil already permitted by law reached the second-highest volume since recordkeeping began in 1920, the Energy Department said Wednesday.

Exports of U.S. oil to Canada and re-exports of Canadian crude to customers overseas reached 401,000 barrels a day in July, the Energy Information Administration said in its weekly petroleum markets report.

Most insurers not ready to cope with climate change effects: Ceres

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The New York Times

Insurance companies are covering less but losing more money as a result of natural disasters, and sustainability advocate Ceres found in a survey that many “show a profound lack of preparedness” when it comes to the impact of climate change, The New York Times reports.

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