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Transitioning from DOT-111s will take time: Foxx

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The Hill

The Transportation Secretary is defending his department’s proposed rule to improve oil train safety – faced with environmentalists’ demands to pull old DOT-111 tank cars from service immediately, Anthony Foxx said on PBS that the transition away from them will take time given the percentage of them in service now, The Hill reports.

Move to speed LNG exports has wide support: Gardner

Source: 
The Hill

Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who’s challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in a key election contest, said at the Heritage Foundation Thursday that even lawmakers from states that have imposed fracking bans voted in favor of his legislation to push LNG exports, The Hill reports.

Immigration case may signal how SCOTUS would view EPA’s carbon rule

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E&E

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Board of Immigration Appeals last month in a complicated case where the statute in question was ambiguous, which may be a preview of legal challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to limit carbon emissions for power plants based on the Clean Air Act, E&E reports.

China considering adjustable coal cap that may allow more consumption

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The New York Times

Pressure on China to rein in its greenhouse gas emissions has the country looking at a cap on coal use, but The New York Times reports the proposal being considered is flexible and may not cut back consumption.

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LCV takes on Chamber over 'desperate' attack on Obama climate plan

A top environmental group is hitting out in defense of President Barack Obama's move to cut carbon from existing power plants, running $250,000 worth of television ads in four cities. The ads attack a critical economic impact study issued by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce before the plan was revealed.

Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, said the ads target what he called the chamber's "incredibly false report" about the potential impacts of carbon limits on power plants, which came out days before the rule was proposed in June by the Environmental Protection Agency.

A spokesman for the chamber shot back late Thursday, however, accusing the league of taking its study out of context.

Oil

Officials require more supports beneath Straits oil pipes

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Two oil pipelines at the bottom of the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Michigan will get additional support structures to help prevent potentially devastating spills, officials said Thursday.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Dan Wyant, director of the Department of Environmental Quality, said they had put Enbridge Energy Partners LP on notice following the company's acknowledgement it was partly out of compliance with an agreement dating to 1953, when the pipelines were laid in the Straits of Mackinac.

House Science voting session on Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act

Washington, July 25, 2014, 10:00 am

House Science, Space and Technology Committee holds voting session on H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013.

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DOE nominee Sherwood-Randall sails through hearing, faces wait

Senate Energy and Natural Resources chair Mary Landrieu, D-La., on Thursday held out hope that she can bring up conservation and wildfire suppression bills for votes by the panel before Congress leaves town next week for its August recess.

But Landrieu also acknowledged she won't be able to hold a vote on President Barack Obama's nominee for the No. 2 job at the Energy Department, who appeared before the panel on Thursday, until September at the earliest.

EU discussing Russia sanctions to target banks, arms and energy tech

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Reuters

EU governments are considering new sanctions over the Ukraine crisis to limit Russian access to capital markets, as well as energy technology and weapons, Reuters reports, noting discussions are set to continue Friday with no action expected before next week.

Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama is tapping into growing misgivings about tax-driven overseas mergers by U.S. corporations, issuing a new call to end the practice quickly and questioning the patriotism and citizenship of those companies.

The push comes amid a developing trend by companies to reorganize with foreign entities partly to reduce their tax payments in the U.S.

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