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O’Malia quits CFTC, effective early August

Source: 
Platts

In an abrupt move, Scott O’Malia, a Republican on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, has tendered his resignation to President Obama effective Aug. 8, after spending more than four years as a CFTC regulator, Platts reports.

Speculation mounting around who McCarthy will pick to be EPA deputy

Source: 
E&E

The replacement for the departing Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe at EPA could come from the ranks of the agency’s regional administrators, according to E&E, with enforcement chief Cynthia Giles another possibility.

Many firms vague about how they’re spending lobbying money

Source: 
National Journal

Even companies complying with the Lobbying Disclosure Act by filing the right forms don’t always provide much specific information about their targets, National Journal reports.

Sunday shows talking more about climate change: Report

Source: 
The Hill

An analysis by the group Media Matters found more air time on Sunday talk shows was devoted to climate change issues during the first half of this year than in the last four combined, The Hill reports.

Northwest wildlife refuges to phase out pesticide

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Federal wildlife refuges in the Northwest and Hawaii will phase out a class of pesticides that are chemically similar to nicotine because they pose a threat to bees and other pollinators key to crop growth.

The region covering Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Hawaii is the first in the agency to ban neonicotinoids. There is room for exemptions, but the goal is to phase out the pesticides by January 2016, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman Miel Corbett said Monday.

Senate Democrats

Reid backs climate bill push in Senate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday said he wants to bring up climate  legislation after the mid-term elections this fall, though he made no firm pledge.

"I sure hope so," Reid, D-Nev. said when asked by a reporter during a conference call if a bill to put a price on carbon or otherwise address climate change was possible between the November elections and the end of the current Congress in early January.

Ukraine: Train with plane crash bodies leaves rebel town

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — A refrigerated train carrying Malaysia Airlines victims' bodies pulled away Monday from a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine, one small step forward in easing the agony of their grieving families.

In an emotional inspection hours earlier, Dutch experts had called for a full forensic sweep of the Flight 17 crash site and told the armed separatists controlling the area that the train must be allowed to leave as soon as possible.

Obama voices concern about casualties in Mideast

CAIRO (AP) — President Barack Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Middle East with low expectations but still making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

Voicing fresh concern about civilian casualties, Obama reaffirmed his belief that Israel has the right to defend itself against rockets being launched by Hamas into Israel. Yet he contended that Israel's military action in Gaza had already done "significant damage" to the Hamas terrorist infrastructure and said he doesn't want to see more civilians getting killed.

Mexico’s Senate OKs measure creating legal framework for Pemex, CFE

Source: 
Yucatan Times

The Mexican Senate, voting 89-27, has approved a measure creating a legal framework that restructures the country’s power company CFE and oil company Pemex, part of the move toward reforming its energy sector, the Yucatan Times reports.

Energy revolution to help end capitalism, says author Rifkin

Source: 
E&E

In “The Zero Marginal Cost Society,” author Jeremy Rifkin writes that the revolution that has upended traditional models in the energy industry -– most evident in Germany at the moment –- will contribute to the end of capitalism as a whole. He explains his concept to E&E in an interview.

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