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Obama stakes final 2 years on climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just two years left in power, President Barack Obama is elevating his efforts to combat global warming above almost all else as he seeks to leave an imprint on the world that will endure after he's gone. It's a strategy rooted not only in Obama's long-stated support for such efforts, but also in political reality.

Two weeks ago, Obama watched his prospects for realizing his goals on education, wages and immigration all but evaporate as voters handed his party a stinging rebuke in the midterms, putting Republicans in full control of Congress for the remainder of his presidency. But on a trip last week to Asia and Australia, Obama sought — and found — fruitful opportunities to make a lasting difference on global warming.

Christie to visit Canada

Source: 
NJ Advance Media

Energy issues will play a key role when Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., travels to Canada in December, his spokeswoman said, a trip taking place three months after the potential presidential candidate went to Mexico and declared that the Keystone XL pipeline should “be done today,” NJ Advance Media reports.

Ohio sat on green jobs report during energy debate

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The Columbus Dispatch

While Ohio lawmakers were debating changes to the state’s green energy policy, the Ohio Development Services Agency failed to release a survey it had commissioned on clean energy jobs, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

FERC: Neither tools nor responsibility to figure warming impact of LNG projects

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E&E

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, facing criticism from environmentalists for too easily approving natural gas projects including pipelines and LNG export terminals, says it has no formula for measuring the cumulative impact of greenhouse gas emissions from individual projects, E&E reports.

Michael Bonfigli/The Christian Science Monitor

No WH retreat on environmental agenda, officials warn

Top administration officials vowed Monday that they won't back down from President Barack Obama's regulatory agenda on climate and air pollution in the face of the new Republican Congress.

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, told reporters she will issue a new ozone air pollution proposal by Dec. 1 that will rely on the recommendations of scientific advisers, who called for a lower standard. She also said EPA is considering regulation of methane emissions.

Separately, Obama's counselor John Podesta said Republicans won't be able to stop new power plant carbon rules, repeating a statement he first made back in May.

Wildlife groups sue over imperiled lynx's habitat

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates sued the federal government Monday after it declined to designate some areas in the West as critical habitat for the imperiled Canada lynx.

WildEarth Guardians and three other groups assert that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service improperly excluded the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico and Colorado from 39,000 square miles of protected habitat for the elusive, forest-dwelling wild cat.

Oil

Petrobras to create department to fight corruption

SAO PAULO (AP) — The head of Brazil's Petrobras vowed Monday to use a widening corruption scheme to improve governance at the state-run oil giant, in part through creation of a compliance department aimed at stamping out corruption.

In her first public remarks since the arrests of around two dozen people including a top company executive late last week, Graca Foster told a conference call with investors, "We want to turn this difficult moment into something better."

DOE hosts Minorities in Energy Initiative forum

Arlington, Va., November 18, 2014, 9:00 am

Energy Department hosts Minorities in Energy Initiative one year anniversary forum. Energy Secretary Earnest Moniz, National Urban League President Marc Morial, API President Jack Gerard, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Rep. Bobby Rush to speak.

C2ES media webinar on Lima climate meeting

Washington, November 20, 2014, 10:30 am

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions holds media webinar on upcoming UN climate conference in Lima, Peru. 

CSIS forum and report release on EPA carbon rule

Washington, November 18, 2014, 1:30 pm

Center for Strategic and International Studies and Rhodium Group hold forum and report release, "Remaking American Power: The Energy Market Impacts of EPA's Clean Power Plan." 

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