WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The conservative Law and Justice Party, which won Poland's general elections, has tapped Beata Szydlo to become the nation's next prime minister — the second woman in a row to hold the post. Here are key facts about the 52-year-old politician.
In the spring, Szydlo ran the presidential campaign of Andrzej Duda, then a little-known figure who pulled off a shock upset of the widely-favored incumbent.
Republicans this week are set to launch a two-pronged attack against Obama administration regulations, as several members plan to introduce resolutions to overturn the Clean Power Plan and the Senate’s energy committee will grill a top Interior official over a proposed coal mining rule.
With Friday’s publication in the Federal Register of the Environmental Protection Agency’s power plant regulations, Congress will have 60 days to act against the rules via the Congressional Review Act. Lawmakers in both chamber on Friday announced plans to issue resolutions this week.
In the Senate, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., intend issuing a resolution that would overturn EPA’s hard emissions limits for new fossil fuel plants.
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who’s expected to become the next House Speaker, has received recent contributions from a wide variety of energy companies, as well as the American Gas Association and Koch Industries Inc., E&E reports.
With the Environmental Protection Agency's final Clean Power Plan published in the Federal Register, more than two dozen states and and more than a dozen industry groups went to court Friday to overturn the plan, 15 states and two cities vowed to defend it, and lawmakers in both chambers of Congress readied votes to kill it.
The campaign to attack the regulations was met with a forceful response from the agency, which said the power plant carbon rules pass legal muster.
The rule for existing power plants, which require states to submit compliance plans to hit specific carbon reduction targets by 2030, is coupled with a rule setting hard emissions limits for new fossil fuel-fired plants. Combined, their goal is to cut sector carbon emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels.
A coalition of 24 states and a mining industry group on Friday asked a federal appeals court to stay implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan for existing plants and to review its legality.
The lawsuits, in the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, come the same day the agency published its final power plant carbon rules in the Federal Register.
The head of the EPA said she is confident the rule will survive legal review.
The Environmental Protection Agency's publication Friday of the final Clean Power Plan in the Federal Register formally moves the fate of President Barack Obama's signature climate policy to the courts and his successor.
The rules for existing plants, which require states to develop their own plans to reach specific carbon reduction targets, will come under swift legal fire from states and industry groups, which have been waiting to act since the rules were finalized August 3.
With the regulations published, those challenges can proceed, sending the landmark climate policy through a gauntlet of legal battles that’s anticipated to reach the Supreme Court.
Activist Tom Steyer says he’d be “shocked” if his climate action groups didn’t spend as aggressively in the 2016 elections as they did last year, and maintains they are “definitely” part of the process of getting Americans to take the issue of climate change more seriously, The Hill reports.
Pioneer Natural Resources is the second U.S. firm, after Enterprise Products, to begin exploring how to take advantage of the end of the U.S. oil export ban and could begin shipments by the middle of next year, The Hill reports.
Two competing initiatives designed to give Florida residents a constitutional right to rooftop solar energy are running out of time without enough signatures yet to make next November's ballot, the Naples Daily News reports.
SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive joined Sen. Charles E. Schumer in Buffalo this week to call the five-year extension of a federal tax subsidy "super important" to the continued growth of the solar power industry, The Buffalo News reports.
Continued concerns about oversupply forced oil prices downward early Wednesday, nearing an 11-year low already reached once this week. London Brent fell 31 cents to $37.05 a barrel while U.S. crude remained unchanged at $37.50, Reuters reports.
A group of researchers at MIT, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Colorado have developed a new computer microchip that uses optical technology and creates the potential to make future computer data centers more energy efficient, the journal Science reports.
A Japanese court on Thursday rejected safety concerns and approved letting Kansai Electric Power, the country's second biggest utility, restart four nuclear reactors shuttered since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Reuters reports.