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McCarthy to testify on carbon rule at Senate hearing

For the third time this month, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will be making a public case for the Obama administration’s proposed rule limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants.

McCarthy is set to be the sole witness Wednesday morning at a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, chaired by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., to discuss the regulation, considered by many to be the centerpiece of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

Sage grouse vs energy development

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The New York Times

Energy companies and state governments are hoping their efforts to protect the sage grouse will head off a federal endangered species designation, The New York Times reports.

Obama opens Eastern Seaboard to oil exploration

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor.

Friday's announcement is the first real step toward what could be a transformation in coastal states, creating thousands of jobs to support a new energy infrastructure. But it dismayed environmentalists and people who owe their livelihoods to fisheries and tourism.

US: Can't rule out Russian role in plane downing

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that the United States cannot rule out that Russia helped in the launch of the surface-to-air missile that shot down a Malaysian Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

Power said the U.S. believes the plane was likely downed by an SA-11 missile fired from an area in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. She said Russia has provided SA-11s and other heavy weapons to the separatists.

Puerto Rico to get $60K grant to clear channel

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has pledged $60,000 to help reduce water pollution in an urban wetland in Puerto Rico's capital.

Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi said Friday the grant will be used to create a plan for a new stormwater drainage system for the Martin Pena Channel.

Sheriff: Up to 100 homes lost in Washington fire

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A sheriff estimates that up to 100 homes have been lost in a large wildfire burning in north-central Washington.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday morning that between 80 and 100 homes have burned.

Perciasepe leaves behind legacy of cooperation at EPA

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The Washington Post

When EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe leaves the agency to lead an energy and environment nonprofit, he'll leave behind a legacy of effective cooperation with industry, advocacy groups and state and local governments in both the Clinton and Obama administrations, The Washington Post reports.

Rosneft says sanctions won't push strategy shift

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Bloomberg

Calling new U.S. sanctions "illegitimate," Russia's oil giant Rosneft said it has enough operating cash flow to fund its new projects and make necessary dividend payments, Bloomberg reports.

Negotiations continue to extend Iran talks

Source: 
Reuters

Iran and six world powers are debating the terms of a four-month extension of a July 20 deadline for an agreement on the country's nuclear program, and while diplomats are confident an agreement will be met, they may be forced to work through the weekend, Reuters reports.

Rail safety rules could complicate some oil shipments

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Reuters

Reuters reports that forthcoming Obama administration rules to bolster crude-by-rail safety could upend the current system of carrying crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken formation and may cause problems for one-tenth of shipments to refineries.

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