States are bracing for the Environmental Protection Agency’s final power plant carbon regulations, but a new analysis from a science advocacy group suggests that many states are well on the way to meeting their first required carbon-reduction benchmarks, including Kentucky and Ohio, which sued the agency over the regulations.
“States of Progress,” an analysis released Wednesday by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a group supporting EPA’s emissions reduction plan, found that 14 states are already on a trajectory to exceed their proposed 2020 interim goals and 31 states are more than halfway there, based on existing policies and upcoming energy mix updates.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Wednesday pushed through an ambitious climate change package to further reduce the state's carbon footprint and boost the use of renewable energy to 50 percent in 15 years.
The state Senate passed proposals to enact Gov. Jerry Brown's call to curb greenhouse gas emissions by setting what the administration calls the most aggressive benchmark in North America over the objection of Republicans who characterized such regulation as coastal elitism that would kill working-class jobs.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, unhappy with the Pope taking a position on climate change, said Monday that “we’re probably better off leaving science to the scientists," WPHT radio reports.
Members of the Senate leadership on Wednesday waded into the battle over the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed standards on ground-level ozone, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling them “devastating”.
McConnell, R-Ky., appeared at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing and pressed for legislation to block the proposed National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone, set to be finalized in October.
The Marshall Islands, a low-lying Pacific chain particularly vulnerable to sea level rise that also plays a key role in international shipping, has caused a stir with a proposal to limit vessels’ greenhouse gas emissions, The New York Times reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says China has made inquiries about potentially joining a Trans-Pacific trade agreement in the future. The agreement now involves the U.S. and 11 other Pacific rim countries and is the central goal of the contentious trade debate now unfolding in Congress.
Obama told American Public Media's "Marketplace" radio show that China has "already started putting out feelers about the possibilities of them participating at some point."
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — City officials accepted a $4 million federal grant to chop down trees in the ritzy Oakland hills, a decision that ignited debate over how best to prevent deadly wildfires in the affluent Northern California region.
The Oakland City Council voted to approve the Federal Emergency Management Agency grant after 2 a.m. Wednesday. The city and its fire department say clearing young eucalyptus trees and other non-native plants would deter another deadly firestorm like the one that whipped through the hills in 1991. That blaze killed 25 people and destroyed nearly 3,500 homes.
Proponents of a carbon tax -– which had been killed on the national level -– are hoping to revive the strategy in state capitals on the back of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, National Journal reports.
Incumbents in swing states – like Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., Mark Kirk, R-Ill. and Michael Bennett, D-Colo. – may have a tough time in their re-election campaigns staking out a position on climate change and the Obama administration Clean Power Plan, National Journal reports.
Regardless of changes made by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to proposed new rules regulating gas and oil drilling, the Conventional Oil and Gas Advisory Committee says it will reject them, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
A study published in Energy Science & Engineering says the techniques used to analyze methane emissions may be substantially underestimating the quantity in the atmosphere because of problems calibrating the equipment, The New York Times reports.
After reaching a six-month low, oil prices rebounded early Tuesday amid continuing concerns about high global production and China's economy. Brent crude rose 79 cents to $50.31 in London, while U.S. crude jumped 75 cents to $45.92 in trading on the Nymex, Reuters reports.
The move by NextEra Energy Partners LP to buy the privately owned pipeline company NET Midstream for $2.1 billion brings the wind and solar power generator the capacity to move large quantities of Texas natural gas, FuelFix reports.
Ameren Missouri is abandoning plans to build a new reactor at its Callaway County nuclear plant, citing frustrations with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a lower assessment for future power demand and falling prices for alternative technologies, Platts reports.
A number of companies that sought to shield themselves from declining crude prices with long-term contracts will start feeling the pinch as those deals expire, and that—combined with more stringent lending standards from banks—will likely see more firms defaulting on their debt in the coming months, according to predictions from Moody’s Investors Services, FuelFix reports.