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Election results expected to boost RGGI

Source: 
National Journal

Republican gains in state capitols don’t look set to threaten the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in the Northeast -- to the contrary, the victory for Democrat Tom Wolf, who defeated Gov. Tom Corbett, R-Pa., could expand the carbon trading market by bringing Pennsylvania into the fold, National Journal reports.

Access route over Hawaii lava raises concerns

HAWAII NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii (AP) — An environmental review for constructing an emergency access route along a lava-covered section of a Hawaii road identifies concerns including the spread of invasive species and possible harm to endangered birds.

The National Park Service has agreed to accommodate two-way traffic on an alternate route to Puna to prepare for lava expected to flow over the district's main road.

Report: Africa ivory smuggled on China state visit

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials used a state trip by President Xi Jinping and other high-level visits to smuggle ivory out of Tanzania, an environmental watchdog said in a report Thursday that cast doubt over Beijing's efforts to stamp out the illegal trade that has led to rampant elephant poaching throughout Africa.

China is the world's largest importer of smuggled tusks, and Tanzania is the largest source of poached ivory, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency said. Poaching in Tanzania alone has killed half of the country's elephants in the past five years, the group said in the report.

GOP in charge, eager to move on Keystone XL, taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans' resounding victory gives them an opportunity to push legislation that's been bottled up in the Democratic Senate, from targeting elements of President Barack Obama's health care law to constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to rolling back environmental regulations.

Democrats suffered an electoral drubbing in Tuesday's midterms, and Republicans regained control of the Senate and widely expanded their majority in the House. In command in both chambers in January, Republicans maintained that they have to show they can govern or else voters will show them the door.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Spotlight turns to Murkowski to push GOP energy agenda

The plan by Senate Republicans to pass a Keystone XL pipeline approval bill will put Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska onto the national stage, a role that she has been preparing to take on for more than a year.

Murkowski is in line to become the next chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee under the new GOP majority. The post will take on additional importance with incoming Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell's vow to pass bills to advance the U.S. fossil energy boom and pressure the Obama administration over its environmental regulations.

Boehner holds post-election press conference

Washington, November 6, 2014, 1:15 pm

House Speaker John Boehner holds post-election press conference.

Wilson Center Canada Institute forum on North America energy renaissance

Washington, November 6, 2014, 10:30 am

The Woodrow Wilson Canada Institute holds forum, "The Energy Security Renaissance in North America." EIA senior adviser Shirley Neff, former State Department official David L. Goldwyn among speakers. 

Associated Press

Obama, McConnell gird for fight over energy and climate

Approval of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline and spending language to shut down carbon regulations will be among bills the new Republican majority will send to President Barack Obama next year, Sen. Mitch McConnell said Wednesday, in a move to fulfill two top campaign promises.

Obama sidestepped the threat of the Keystone bill getting to his desk, however. Asked at a news conference if he would veto an approval bill, Obama said only that he won't intervene in the ongoing State Department review of TransCanada's permit application.

NERC pushes delay in carbon rule over reliability worries

Source: 
Bloomberg

The North American Electric Reliability Corp. is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to put off implementing its rule limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants because it doesn’t provide enough time to replace coal-fired generation that would be forced offline, Bloomberg reports.

Texas tops in generating oil field jobs

Source: 
FuelFix

Texas produced 19,000 new oil and gas production jobs last year, more than any other state, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration Wednesday, FuelFix reports.

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