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Podesta defends Obama's climate record from green attack

Source: 
The Washington Post

Senior White House adviser John Podesta wrote a two-page letter to environmental groups defending the Obama administration's record on climate change issues in response to their criticism of his "all of the above" energy policy, The Washington Post reports.

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Lankford would bring conservative energy views to Senate

A successful run by second-term Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., for the Senate this fall would elevate one of the House's conservative voices on energy policy into the national spotlight.

Lankford, 45, who represents Oklahoma City, was given the chairmanship of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's energy panel in 2013. He has been a strong booster of the state's oil and gas industry and a critic of President Barack Obama's energy and environmental policies.

Obama's energy review will have real impact: Holdren

Source: 
National Journal

President Obama's top science adviser told Platts TV that the quadrennial energy review due out next year won't be ignored, because of the wide net the White House is casting for input, National Journal reports.

Ohio declares energy emergency

Source: 
WKYC

In the wake of the recent bitter cold spell, Ohio Governor John Kasich has declared an energy emergency to make it easier to get supplies of heating oil and propane where they need to go in the state, WKYC reports.

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Manchin, Boxer, Rockefeller to push W. Va. spill response bill

States would have to inspect chemical storage facilities as often as every three years under a planned bill to be jointly introduced by West Virginia's senators and Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer.

The bill will be formally unveiled later this month by Boxer, D-Calif. and Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, they said in a statement.

Draft EPA ruling on Clean Water Act jurisdiction not last word: Vilsack

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Bloomberg BNA

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the EPA isn't wedded to the draft of a ruling broadening federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act, which he maintains was leaked, Bloomberg BNA reports.

Oil

Kerry: No rush to decide on Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says he won't be pushed into making a decision on the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, despite pressure from Canada and other pipeline supporters for quick action.

At a joint appearance Friday with Canada's foreign affairs minister John Baird, Kerry said he has not received a crucial environmental report on the $7 billion pipeline, which would carry oil from western Canada to refineries in Texas.

Kerry said "a lot of questions" have been raised on the 1,700-mile pipeline proposed by Calgary-based TransCanada. He said the questions require answers.

Environmental groups throw down the gauntlet to Obama on climate change

Source: 
The Washington Post

Another political battle line has been drawn over climate change early in the midterm election year, with a coalition of key environmental groups sending a letter to President Obama urging him to apply a climate test to all important decisions facing his administration, The Washington Post reports.

Economic woes push EU to ease up on climate change

Source: 
The New York Times

Faced with an economy failing to rebound, the European Union appears to be getting less aggressive in its fight against climate change, The New York Times reports.

UN warns against delayed action on global warming

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Delaying action on global warming will only increase the costs and reduce the options for dealing with the worst effects of climate change, according to a draft report by U.N. experts.

The final draft of the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, says that global warming will continue to increase unless countries shift quickly to clean energy and cut emissions.

It said that despite national policies and international efforts aimed at mitigating climate change, emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are warming the planet grew 2.2 percent per year on average between 2000 and 2010, compared to 1.3 percent per year from 1970 to 2000.

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