ALEC gunning for green energy in its legislation plan


Homeowners who install their own solar panels and the EPA are among the targets appearing on the American Legislative Exchange Council's agenda in the coming year, according to documents being reported on by the Guardian.

American Energy Alliance targets Rahall, claiming carbon tax support

The Hill

The free-market group American Energy Alliance launched a television advertisement claiming Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., supports a tax on carbon emissions, citing his vote for a budget that included the measure, The Hill reports.

Obama to feds: Boost renewable power 20 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying the government should lead by example, President Barack Obama is ordering the federal government to nearly triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.

Jindal takes on EPA regulations, plans more energy speeches

National Journal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, criticized the Environmental Protection Agency's regulations as a threat to the economy, and aides say he plans to give more energy-related speeches in the future, National Journal reports.

House panel approves bill to reimburse states for opening parks during shutdown

The Hill

The House Natural Resources Committee approved a proposal to reimburse states that used their owns funds to open national parks during the government shutdown, The Hill reports.

Boehner refutes 'do-nothing' charge, citing energy bills

McClatchy News

Speaker John Boehner, seeking to rebut charges of presiding over a "do-nothing" Republican-run House, cited passage of energy and Keystone XL pipeline bills as legislative achievements, McClatchy News reports.

Drowned polar bear scientist gets $100k settlement

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska scientist whose observations of drowned polar bears helped galvanize the global warming movement has retired as part of a settlement with a federal agency he says tried to silence him to protect its political goals.

Chamber launches ad touting McConnell's coal support

The Associated Press

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will spend $180,000 on a Kentucky-wide television ad that touts Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's support for the coal industry, as faces a Republican primary challenge next year, The Associated Press reports.

Conservative, green alliance spreads to mining, endangered species


Alliances between some conservative and environmental groups have expanded beyond solar power advocacy in Georgia, with groups joining forces to oppose mountaintop removal mining and collaborating on endangered species protection plans, Politico reports.

Steyer hosting anti-Keystone summit today

The Hill

NextGen Climate Action, founded by billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer, will co-host hold a summit in Washington today to make the case that the Keystone XL pipeline will not meet President Obama's standards on carbon emissions, The Hill reports.


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