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Jewell turns to private sector to fund parks youth corps

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell made a pitch Wednesday for a privately funded youth conservation corps and sought donations for the effort from executives at an outdoor-gear trade show.

Jewell said budget paralysis in Washington has forced her to seek help from the private sector. As she walked the showroom floor of the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, she asked major players for money to put 100,000 youths to work on public lands.

"We're not waiting for Congress to act," said Jewell, a businesswoman who headed retailer Recreational Equipment Inc., or REI, for more than a decade before joining President Barack Obama's cabinet last year. "We want to get started this spring."

Oil

Enviros want pause on Arctic drilling push after court ruling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal appeals court Wednesday ruled in favor of environmental groups that claimed the U.S. government conducted a flawed environmental review before selling $2.7 billion in petroleum leases off Alaska's northwest coast in 2008.

The lawsuit had been filed by 15 environmental or Alaska Native groups, who called for an immediate suspension of drilling until a more adequate assessment is completed on drilling's possible effects on polar bears, walrus, ice seals, endangered whales and coastlines used by Alaska Native subsistence hunters.

"President Obama now has the chance to do right by the Arctic and the planet by keeping oil drilling out of the Chukchi Sea," said Earthjustice attorney Eric Grafe, who represented the groups, in a prepared statement. "It makes no sense to open up the fragile, irreplaceable, and already melting Arctic Ocean to risky drilling for dirty oil that will only exacerbate climate change already wreaking havoc on the Arctic and elsewhere."

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Analysis: Elections shadow Obama's 'Year of Action'

President Barack Obama's energy team has been making the rounds in the runup to the State of the Union address next week -- and making sure to accentuate the positive.

Tough challenges lie ahead, however, during Obama's self-described "year of action," ones that will test whether his balanced approach to energy, as new presidential adviser John Podesta calls it, helps or hurts Democrats at the ballot box this fall.

EPA Deputy Administrator Perciasepe addresses mayors

Washington, January 23, 2014, 11:15 am

EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe addresses U.S. Conference of Mayors 82nd Winter Meeting. Conference continues through Friday.

Center for Regulatory Solutions forum on regulations

Washington, January 23, 2014, 3:00 pm

Center for Regulatory Solutions forum, "The Regulated State of the Union." 

Old pollution law hand helping EPA tweak Clean Air Act

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E&E

Washington veteran Joe Goffman is helping the EPA work out how to use the 1970 Clean Air Act to curb greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, E&E reports.

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Oil

No review of crude export ban now, Moniz says

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Wednesday threw cold water on speculation that the Obama administration will take a fresh look at the ban on most exports of crude oil, which oil companies and a key Republican senator say is outdated.

Asked if the U.S. could export oil without raising domestic gasoline prices, Moniz said the administration is not looking at the ban, despite his comments last month that appeared to signal support for a review in light of flat demand and soaring production.

Kerry tries to resurrect US-India energy talks

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The Hill

Secretary of State John Kerry and India's Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid say they'll work to revive energy talks that were canceled because of a diplomatic dispute, The Hill reports.

Appeals Court not tackling California fuel standard

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Reuters

A U.S. appeals court is leaving in place a ruling backing California's low carbon fuel standard, Reuters reports.

State of the Union: Of pledges, pleas and setbacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Here's a little secret about the State of the Union address that President Barack Obama will deliver next week: He'll give Congress a long list of requests but few likely will be approved. That's just the reality of a politically divided government.

Take a look at what happened after last year's speech. Congress was not in a giving mood, stalling or downright ignoring Obama legislative priorities such as gun legislation, immigration, a minimum wage hike and universal preschool. The president did better with his own to-do list, but even there the administration was still wrapping up some of his pledges just days before his 2014 State of the Union address.

Indeed, when Obama delivers his speech Tuesday before a joint session of Congress, it might sound familiar. Heavy on economic themes, the address will again appeal for action on immigration and the minimum wage, and in the event Congress once again balks, he'll offer narrower programs that he could initiate on his own.

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