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McDonough to speak on climate effort

Washington, July 29, 2015, 8:00 am

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to join French Ambassador to the U.S. Gerard Araud and others at a Center for American Progress event on international climate action.

McCarthy testifies before House Oversight Committee

Washington, July 29, 2015, 9:00 am

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to hold hearing examining allegations of sexual misconduct and mismanagement at the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and other agency officials to testify.

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Nuclear reactor innovations face setbacks from uncertainty, cost: GAO

The industry developing the next generation of nuclear reactors is facing a series of challenges, including high costs, technical hurdles and an uncertain future for nuclear energy demand, a government watchdog says.

In a report prepared for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the Government Accountability Office said that developing higher-tech reactors is a tantalizing prize for both developers and researchers in the federal government, especially as the U.S. looks to cut back on carbon emissions and diversify energy supplies. 

Group starts process to sue US agency over pipeline plans

DETROIT (AP) — The National Wildlife Federation accused the U.S. Transportation Department on Tuesday of not enforcing a federal law that requires pipeline owners and operators to establish safety response plans for worst-case oil spills in lakes, rivers and other waterways.

Leaders of the conservation organization said it filed the required "intent to sue" notice through certified mail, giving officials 60 days to issue regulations or face a federal lawsuit.

Companies pledge emissions cuts without backing carbon rule

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E&E

Not all of the major corporations that signed on Monday to the Obama administration's call to cut carbon emissions are on board with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, E&E reports.

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Murkowski, Cantwell fight to keep 'poison pills' out of Senate energy bill

The leaders of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee fended off amendments from the right and the left Tuesday as they fought to keep their bipartisan energy reform bill free of hot-button issues during the bill's first markup session.

While praise was unanimous for Chairman Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and ranking member Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and their efforts to develop the first major energy overhaul since 2007, several senators proposed amendments that would make more aggressive policy changes in the final bill. None was accepted—most were quickly withdrawn and a few were defeated.

Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.

At the same time, the court upheld the EPA's right to impose the clean-air standards, rejecting an argument by states and industry groups that the rule was overly burdensome.

House to vote Wednesday on 3-month highway bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans announced plans Tuesday for a quick vote on a three-month highway spending extension, as Congress stared down a deadline to act or see states lose money for road projects during the summer driving season.

The leadership-driven plan would have the House vote on the legislation Wednesday, and then leave town for a five-week summer recess. The Senate would be forced to follow suit or face a lapse in highway programs.

Oil

UAE slashes fuel subsidies, announces 24 percent price hike

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has slashed gasoline subsidies, announcing Tuesday that it will raise the cost of a liter of regular gasoline by 24 percent amid globally low oil prices that have cut into the country's revenues.

Starting Aug. 1, drivers will pay 2.14 dirhams (58 cents) per liter of gasoline at the pump instead of 1.72 dirhams (47 cents), or about $2.21 a gallon instead of $1.78, the government's new fuel price committee said.

Kerry implores Congress to back Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry warned skeptical lawmakers not to nix the contentious nuclear deal with Iran, insisting that it includes strict inspections and other safeguards to deter cheating by Tehran.

"If Congress does not support the deal, we would see this deal die — with no other options," Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday as he testified for the second time in a week, part of the Obama administration's all-out campaign to sell the accord.

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