Democrats and Environmental Protection Agency air and radiation chief Janet McCabe on Thursday defended the EPA rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, while Republicans attacked it, with subcommittee chair Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., charging that it will give coal a “devastating one-two punch,” The Hill reports.
With a report by his House Oversight and Government Reform Committee alleging serious problems at the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, the panel’s chair, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is pressing for the resignation of CSB chief Rafael Moure-Eraso, National Journal reports.
Tariffs on solar panels imported from China are likely to be imposed later this year, increasing the price by about 14 percent, or 10 cents per watt, which would eliminate the price advantage they enjoy, according to GTM Research, Bloomberg reports.
A number of energy bills -- including funding for the Hawaii Energy Office to back programs for efficiency and renewables, an extension of the barrel tax on oil imported into the state and money for research and development – are due to be signed into law by Gov. Neil Abercrombie Friday, Pacific Business News reports.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Thursday suggested bringing in European and U.S. companies to help operate the strategic pipeline that carries Russian natural gas across the country to Europe.
The move is part of an effort to revamp the pipeline, which is among Kiev's most valuable assets, and ensure Ukraine remains a key transit country for gas to Europe. Analysts say it's also an attempt to defuse potential claims that Ukraine might be siphoning gas intended for European customers.
Focus on the pipeline has intensified since Russia on Monday halted gas supplies to Ukraine after talks over past debts failed. Russia continues to send gas on to Europe through Ukraine's pipelines but there are fears over whether the flow of gas will continue uninterrupted if Kiev and Moscow remain at loggerheads.
Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall has teamed with Sen. Mary Landrieu on a new bill to speed up federal natural gas export approvals, but it was uncertain on Thursday if the bill would move forward.
The measure by Udall and Landrieu, the Natural Gas Export Promotion Act, would require the Energy Department to rule on proposed exports to non-free trade agreement countries within 45 days after environmental reviews are completed.
Landrieu, D-La. and chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said at a hearing on gas exports that she will bring their bill to a vote at a future date. But she was unwilling to say how quickly she would try to bring it up in the committee, where Democrats are divided over gas exports, or whether she could get a vote on the floor.
Two-thirds of those surveyed in a Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll conducted last week supported the proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, The Hill reports.
Despite the growth of the fossil fuel divestment movement – tracked in a report from the Divest-Invest coalition – the totals involved still pale in comparison to the overall money invested in the fossil fuel industry, which is valued in the trillions, according to National Journal.
Environmental campaigners are expressing fears about how possible Republican control of the Senate following the November elections could chip away at important regulations in the sector, The Hill reports.
The now familiar combination of ample supply alongside the expectation of “downbeat” demand weighed on oil prices again Monday. U.S. benchmark crude was down 50 cents to $91.91 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex ahead of the expiration of the October contract later in the day, while in London November Brent dropped 67 cents to $97.72, Reuters reports.
Even if pipeline infrastructure is expanded, and despite increasing concerns about safety, crude-by-rail transportation has become a permanent part of the U.S. energy industry landscape, experts tell The Wall Street Journal.
A new indictment handed down by a federal grand jury Friday adjusts the charges against David Rainey, a former BP executive who faces a March trial over claims he made false statements to Congress about the company’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, The Associated Press reports.
With a Friday filing in bankruptcy court, Energy Future Holdings Corp. started the bidding process for the 80 percent stake it indirectly owns in the Texas transmission firm Oncor, likely to attract interest from NextEra Energy among other companies, The Wall Street Journal reports.