Backers of clean energy in Maine are fighting GOP Gov. Paul LePage's proposals to lower energy prices, charging that they would undo policies supporting efficiency and renewables, the Portland Press Herald reports.
Senate Republicans on Wednesday proposed to kill the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan and erect a series of strict roadblocks to future regulation of carbon emissions from power plants. Opponents quickly condemned the bill as "a big polluters' wish list" that would "eviscerate the Clean Air Act.”
The bill, introduced by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., would revise the Clean Air Act to prevent the agency from using section 111(d) of the law to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants. The plants are already regulated for toxic emissions under Section 112.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators reached a deal Wednesday to move forward on President Barack Obama's trade agenda only one day after Democrats embarrassed him by blocking it.
Lawmakers said roughly a dozen Senate Democrats agreed to let full-blown debate begin after both parties' leaders consented to tweak the package that failed on a procedural vote Tuesday. Those Democrats' votes were the difference between blocking the agenda and letting it move ahead.
Most of the Democratic candidates for Philadelphia mayor support creating an energy hub in the city to take advantage of cheap Marcellus Shale gas, reflecting the same views as the energy industry that is providing them campaign donations, NPR’s StateImpact Pennsylvania reports.
The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto the House version of a national defense authorization bill for fiscal 2016, pointing to provisions that would restrict administration use of the Endangered Species Act and make other changes to energy and environment policies.
The House on Tuesday night approved legislation to block a controversial Environmental Protection Agency rule aimed at clarifying what waters it may regulate, defying a White House veto threat.
The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015, which would require the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw its Waters of the U.S. rule and rewrite it after taking more industry, state and stakeholder input, passed the House by a vote of 261-155.
In a policy vision laid out in an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal, likely presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., calls for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, the lifting of the ban on crude exports, more energy research and more fairness in regulating the industry.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats dealt President Barack Obama a stinging setback on trade Tuesday, blocking efforts to begin a full-blown debate on his initiatives.
The president's supporters said they will try again, possibly starting in the House. But they were unable to sugar-coat a solid rebuke of a major Obama priority by members of his own party, some of whom served with him in the Senate.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government rules to clarify which streams, tributaries and wetlands should be protected from development and pollution are fueling political anger in the country's heartland.
The Environmental Protection Agency rules proposed last year have become a top issue of concern for many farmers and landowners who say there are already too many government regulations that affect their businesses.
Memos from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers complaining about the Environmental Protection Agency’s consultation failures involving the Clean Water Rule were made public by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Thursday, The Hill reports.
In addition to offering states more time to comply with its rules limiting power plant carbon emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to give them credit for cuts already made and for nuclear power generation, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Lawyers tell E&E that in states refusing to cooperate with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan limiting power plant carbon emissions, the regulations likely will target the electricity generators themselves.
Shell's 2015 Arctic operations have formally gotten underway, as the company has started drilling in the Chukchi seabed to make room for a blowout preventer where it won’t be disturbed by passing icebergs, FuelFix reports.
The Bayou Bridge pipeline being built by Phillips 66 – alongside Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics Partners – will bring crude from terminals in Nederland, Texas, to a market hub in St. James, La., FuelFix reports.
Remarks from the Secretary General indicating that OPEC would maintain its production levels to retain its market share pushed oil prices lower early Friday, Reuters reports. U.S. benchmark crude fell 90 cents to $47.62 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent lost 70 cents to $52.61.
Shell takeover target BG Group responded to the drop in oil and gas prices with a big increase in production, which brought its second quarter results in above analysts’ expectations with earnings of $1.372 billion, Reuters reports.