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Climate change is rallying cry against coal exports

Source: 
Bloomberg

Citing climate change fears, Oakland turned its back on a proposed Bowie Resource Partners project despite the economic benefits the coal export operation would have brought to the community, part of a trend across the Pacific Northwest, Bloomberg reports.

EPA cites Hawaiian geothermal plant

Source: 
Hawaii Tribune-Herald

A report released in April by the Environmental Protection Agency cited Puna Geothermal Venture for 14 violations, including failing to perform timely maintenance and testing on its wells, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports, adding that the company wouldn’t comment publicly until it filed its response with the agency.

Ohio House plans vote on tax hike for gas drillers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House is preparing to vote on legislation raising Ohio's tax on oil and gas drilling.

The measure cleared a committee Tuesday by a single vote despite objections from Democrats and anti-tax Republicans. The full House is expected to vote Wednesday.

The bill imposes a 2.5-percent severance tax on horizontal wells, including those extracting resources through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. That tax is less than the 4 percent Republican Gov. John Kasich wanted but more than the industry would've liked.

Massachusetts wants more solar energy projects

BOSTON (AP) — The Patrick administration is hoping to encourage the growth of solar energy projects on landfills, "brownfield" sites, and residential rooftops in Massachusetts.

The initiative is part of a larger program designed to reach 1,600 megawatts of installed solar capacity in the state by 2020.

The program also aims to ensure steady annual growth and control ratepayer costs. The administration said it's accepting applications for the program's second phase.

Keystone debate cools as Senate moves to tax bill

The Senate ended up tied in a partisan knot over a voluntary energy efficiency incentives bill, but the push by Republicans and some Democrats to vote on the Keystone XL pipeline that sidelined that bill isn't extending yet to an $85.3 billion measure to renew expired renewable energy and other tax breaks for two years.

The debate is more likely to feature arguments over the inclusion of the renewable energy production tax credit that primarily helps wind development, which has been in the sights of free market groups who say it distorts electricity markets, a claim disputed by the wind industry. The two-year renewal would be worth $13.3 billion. 

Germany getting academics’ help in green energy moves

Source: 
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Germany has turned to its universities for assistance in its mission to run entirely on green energy by the middle of the century, where some find the challenge to be social and economic rather than resting solely on new technology, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

Climate change real, policies can’t fix it: Rubio

Source: 
The Hill

Clarifying controversial remarks about climate change he made on a Sunday talk show, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said at the National Press Club Tuesday that he does acknowledge climate is changing, but he doubts that making adjustments to energy policy will affect it, The Hill reports.

House Natural Resources field hearing on critical habitat designations

Batesville, Ark., May 14, 2014, 11:00 am

House Natural Resources Committee hearing, "Protecting the Rights of Property Owners: Proposed Federal Critical Habitat Designations Gone Wild." Expert witnesses.

Sanctions violation penalty for BNP Paribas could top $3.5B

Source: 
Bloomberg

Prosecutors in the U.S. are looking to get more than $3.5 billion in penalties from the bank BNP Paribas SA for its dealings with Iran, Sudan and other sanctioned countries, people with information about the situation told Bloomberg.

Office of Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Absent on efficiency bill vote, Murkowski avoids taking sides

The Senate vote Monday that failed to advance the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill revealed a split among its 14 co-sponsors, with three Republican supporters voting against a motion to end a Republican filibuster and move to final passage.

Among the others, 10 voted to stop the filibuster, leaving Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, as the only one of the group to miss the vote. It was unclear which group she would have joined, as she declined on Tuesday to say whether how she would have voted on the motion. 

"I have not said how I would have voted," she remarked in the Capitol.

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