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NY court hearing arguments to throw out fracking bans

Source: 
Bloomberg

Arguments in lawsuits seeking to overturn local fracking bans in New York were being heard in the Court of Appeals in Albany Tuesday, Bloomberg reports.

RFF forum on EPA existing power plants carbon rule

Washington, June 5, 2014, 9:00 am

Resources for the Future holds forum on EPA's proposed carbon rule for existing power plants. EPA Clean Air Markets Division Director Reid Harvey among speakers. 

Fight over coal and carbon emissions reminiscent of 90s tobacco battle

Source: 
The New York Times

There are similarities between the current confrontation over carbon emissions from coal and the fight to limit tobacco consumption in the 1990s, The New York Times reports.

On Europe visit, Obama pushes energy security, energy efficiency

Source: 
The Hill

In Poland on the first stop of his European visit this week, President Obama said the Ukraine crisis highlighted the need for greater energy efficiency and energy security on the continent, The Hill reports.

EU tells Bulgaria to suspend gas project

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday told Bulgaria to suspend preparatory work on the Russian gas pipeline South Stream, which will bypass Ukraine to bring supplies into the heart of Europe.

EU Commission spokeswoman Sabine Berger said Tuesday that work on the line should not proceed until the Bulgarian government gives clear answers on antitrust concerns over ownership. She added that "the project should be reevaluated in the light of the EU's energy security priorities."

The standoff over Ukraine has forced the 28-nation EU into a sudden rethink of its energy policies to make it less reliant on Russia and its state-owned gas giant Gazprom.

Carbon standards for reservation plants delayed

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Two of the Southwest's largest coal-fired power plants straddle the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico, one within clear view of the other.

But one of them didn't factor into the Obama administration's plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions across the nation because it is on an American Indian reservation.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it will hold off on emissions standards for four power plants on reservations to talk further with tribes and give them an opportunity to create cleanup plans of their own. If the tribes decline, the federal government will craft plans for them.

Senate Foreign Relations hearing on Ukraine

Washington, June 5, 2014, 10:00 am

Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, "Developments in Ukraine." Expert witnesses.

Obama: US will boost military presence in Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States plans to increase its military presence in Europe by sending in more American troops.

Obama is speaking at a joint news conference in Warsaw with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. Obama says his new initiative will involve prepositioning more U.S. military equipment in Europe as well.

Obama says he's calling on Congress to provide up to $1 billion to support the effort.

Obama plan might help boost climate talks

BEIJING (AP) — President Barack Obama's proposal to curb U.S. greenhouse gas emissions might improve the chances of completing a global climate treaty but is unlikely to defuse demands by China, India and others for Americans to do more.

Governments have set a goal of signing an agreement next year in Paris to curb emissions of climate-changing gases. Unlike the previous 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which exempted developing nations from emissions limits, this deal is supposed to cover every country. Progress has been stymied by conflict over how much of the burden poor countries should bear.

Using 2005 as baseline year for carbon rule helps utilities

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

States and utilities will have slightly less of a challenge meeting the Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon rule proposed for existing power plants in part because the EPA selected 2005 as a baseline year for comparisons, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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