BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Republican congressman from Montana said Monday that his state's power generation and mining industries would suffer under a Washington state proposal to cut carbon pollution by eliminating imports of coal-fired power.
U.S. Rep. Steve Daines called on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to reconsider an executive order the Democrat signed in April to reduce Washington's greenhouse gas emissions. Inslee's plan includes phasing out electricity generated from burning coal, although no timeline has been established.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of a popular energy savings bill and the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline say they will keep trying to force Senate action on the measures, even after they were defeated amid partisan gridlock in the Senate.
The energy legislation would tighten efficiency guidelines for new federal buildings and provide tax incentives to make homes and commercial buildings more efficient. The pipeline measure would force a decision by President Barack Obama on the long-delayed project to carry oil from Canada to the United States.
Both proposals fell victim to election-year politics Monday night, as a procedural motion to end debate on the energy bill without amendments fell five votes short of the 60 votes needed for approval. The demise of the energy bill also sealed the fate of the pipeline measure. Senate Democratic leaders said the pipeline vote could occur only after Senate action on an unamended energy bill.
Bipartisan energy efficiency legislation failed to advance in the Senate on Monday, as backers were unable to overcome a Republican filibuster.
The 55-36 vote fell short of the 60-vote margin needed to end general debate.
The bill, by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, was expected to die after Republicans said last week they would not agree to an up-or-down vote offered by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. that did not allow them to offer amendments.
The defeat also ends an offer by Reid to hold a separate vote on a Keystone XL pipeline approval bill by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.
Three of the seven Republican sponsors of the efficiency bill voted against the motion to end the filibuster. They were Hoeven, Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, and Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi.
The vote likely means no energy legislation will move in the Senate this year, outside of a bill to renew expired tax breaks that includes incentives for renewable energy production, alternative vehicles and biofuels.
More than half of the planned reforms to Energy Department's controversial $30 billion loan guarantee program have yet to be completed, an internal watchdog reported Monday, even as Secretary Ernest Moniz moves to put billions of dollars behind more renewable and fossil energy projects.
Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman, in an audit report issued Monday, said that just four of 12 changes recommended by White House consultant Herb Allison two years ago are fully in place.
VIENNA (AP) — A once-promising U.N. attempt to probe suspicions that Tehran worked on atomic arms is faltering — and with it, hopes that Iran and six world powers can meet their July target date for an overarching nuclear deal.
With efforts to draft the text of an agreement starting in Vienna on Wednesday, both sides say that meeting the informal July 20 deadline remains possible. The U.S. administration gives it a 50-50 chance, and Iranian Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently said the talks are progressing at an "unexpectedly fast pace."
The United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany want to reduce Iran's present nuclear weapons-making potential. Tehran has been engaging with them over the past six months in exchange for full sanctions relief, even though it insists it has no interest in such arms.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Eight governors were expected to join with local and tribal leaders Tuesday at a two-day event to discuss climate issues.
The Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience meeting will take place at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in Des Moines. Mayor Frank Cownie will host the meeting, which is the third of four such events around the country organized by the White House as part of President Barack Obama's efforts to address climate change.
"The idea is, what are the issues that we all deal with and how do we apply best practices?" Cownie said.
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that the deadline for compliance with the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard – which mandated the blending of 16.55 billion gallons of biofuels into U.S. transportation fuels – will now be 30 days after the long-delayed publication of the final rule on the 2014 standard, Platts reports.
In Pittsburgh, street action appeared to outweigh the testimony inside the Environmental Protection Agency hearing on its rule limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants, as thousands of coal miners rallied against the measure, faced off by a smaller number of climate activists, E&E reports.
The Department of Energy has granted Oregon LNG a 20-year conditional permit to export natural gas to countries that don’t have free trade agreements with the U.S., now it’s up to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve plans for construction of facilities, FuelFix reports.
A project in Freeport, Texas to export liquefied natural gas – which already has a permit from the Department of Energy – has now won approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to start construction, The Hill reports.
Word that a refinery in Coffeyville, Kansas might be shut for up to four weeks following a fire Tuesday has sent crude prices plummeting. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate dropped $2.10 to settle at $98.17 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange Thursday, while in London Brent crude fell 49 cents to $106.02, Reuters reports.
Tax incentives for drilling and capital expenditures mean drillers active in the shale boom are deferring paying billions in income taxes, according to the group Taxpayers for Common Sense, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Hundreds rallied in Boston Wednesday to express their opposition to a Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline proposed to run through northwest Massachusetts, urging Gov. Deval Patrick to pull his support from it, The Associated Press reports.
Increasing taxes on certain forms of energy -– gasoline, in particular -– would encourage people to use cleaner fuel more efficiently, offering health benefits and a leg up in the fight against climate change, according to the International Monetary Fund and its president Christine Lagarde, National Journal reports.
Apache Corp., whose second quarter profit of $505 million was half the amount it earned a year earlier, said Thursday it might look to sell off its international assets to concentrate on drilling in U.S. shale, and that it was already trying to find a buyer for its stake in a Canadian natural gas project, and alternative financing for one in Australia, The Wall Street Journal reports.