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C2ES forum on Clean Power Plan compliance

Washington, April 15, 2015, 9:00 am

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions to host a panel featuring state regulators and policy experts on market-driven approaches to compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.

House Science hearing on United Nations climate committment

Washington, April 15, 2015, 10:00 am

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee to hold full committee hearing on the Obama administration's carbon reduction commitments submitted ahead of United Nations climate talks.

Senate EPW hearing on 2016 NRC budget

Washington, April 15, 2015, 10:00 am

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to hold full committee hearing on the 2016 budget proposal for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Full commission, led by Chairman Stephen Burns, to testify.

House Natural Resources panel hearing on federal land acquisition

Washington, April 15, 2015, 9:00 am

The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands to hold hearing on the local and environmental impacts of federal land acquisition.

House Natural Resources panel hearing on offshore energy plan

Washington, April 15, 2015, 10:00 am

The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources to hold hearing on the Obama administration's offshore energy plan. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Abigail Hopper to testify.

House Appropriations panel markup of energy, water budget

Washington, April 15, 2015, 10:00 am

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies to mark up appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016.

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Opposing McConnell, liberal senators urge states to comply with carbon rule

Striking back at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s call for states to reject compliance with forthcoming power plant carbon regulations, several liberal senators are urging states to ignore his advice.

In an open letter to all 50 states, submitted to the National Governors Association on Tuesday, the group, led by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., called on states to instead heed institutions in the Republican’s home state of Kentucky that are taking action on climate change.

IMF cuts forecast for US economy, upgrades Europe and Japan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund, citing the consequences of a strong dollar, is downgrading its outlook for the U.S. economy but raising its forecast for Europe and Japan.

The IMF predicted Tuesday that the American economy will grow 3.1 percent this year and next — a performance the fund characterized as "robust." But the U.S. outlook was down from the IMF's January forecast of 3.6 percent growth in 2015 and 3.3 percent growth in 2016. The American economy advanced 2.4 percent last year.

The IMF expects the world economy to grow 3.5 percent in 2015, barely up from 3.4 percent last year and unchanged for its January forecast. It raised the outlook for global economic growth in 2016 to 3.8 percent, up from a January forecast of 3.7 percent.

White House indicates Obama will sign compromise Iran bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama bowed to pressure on Tuesday and agreed to sign legislation giving Congress the right to reject any nuclear agreement with Iran.

The White House conveyed the president's decision shortly before Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved a compromise version of the measure on a 19-0 vote. It was a sign that Congress would not back down on its insistence that lawmakers must have a say if any final deal with Iran involves the eventual lifting of crippling economic sanctions that Congress levied on Tehran.

The bill is now likely to clear both houses in the Republican-controlled Congress.

Sage grouse, methane emissions among issues looming large for Jewell

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E&E

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell plans to spend her final 21-months in office deciding federal protections for the sage grouse, cutting methane emissions from drilling on federal land and working on encouraging Americans to connect more with the outdoors, she told E&E in an interview.

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