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Poll finds Americans back presidential action on climate

Source: 
The Hill

Although support among Republicans is low, an ABC News-Washington Post poll finds that overall 59 percent of Americans want the next president to take action over climate change, The Hill reports.

Arizona lawmakers vote to ditch local bag bans

Source: 
The New York Times

Legislation approved in Arizona and sent to the governor would block any local authorities from banning containers including plastic bags, as well as forbidding them from requiring reports on business energy use, The New York Times reports.

Obama's quest for Iran deal set to collide with Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (AP) — After securing a surprisingly broad and detailed framework agreement with Iran, President Barack Obama must now subject his signature foreign policy pursuit to the gauntlet of partisan American politics.

A blueprint finalized Thursday after marathon negotiations in Switzerland did little to ease the standoff between Obama and some lawmakers over Congress' role in a final accord. The president has vowed to veto legislation giving Congress the ability to approve or reject a deal, and he made a fresh appeal for lawmakers to give the U.S. and its international partners space to hammer out a comprehensive agreement ahead of a June 30 deadline.

Eyeing Iowa, Paul seeks to back ethanol without supporting RFS

Source: 
National Journal

An opponent of renewable fuel mandates, likely presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has introduced a measure to block Environmental Protection Agency restrictions around ethanol, hoping the move will give him traction in Iowa, National Journal reports.

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Senate Republicans step up pressure on EPA's climate science

Senate Republicans are giving fresh scrutiny to the science the Environmental Protection Agency uses in crafting regulations, demanding the agency’s chief turn over data on climate models and projections.

Four Environment and Public Works Committee members, led by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., sent a letter Wednesday accusing Administrator Gina McCarthy of evading questions on climate forecasts at a budget hearing last month.

Cliven Bundy, supporters rally before Nevada lawmakers

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who garnered national attention a year ago when he and armed supporters engaged in a showdown with federal authorities, came to Carson City Tuesday with scores of allies to rally behind a bill seeking to reclaim land from the federal government.

A bus from Phoenix and another from Las Vegas brought more than 100 people, according to Bundy's son, Ammon Bundy, and others came on their own to fill several legislative hearing rooms. Many wore shirts and carried signs that read "the land belongs to the people."

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McConnell tells other nations Obama can't fulfill emissions reduction pledge

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned the international community Tuesday to "proceed with caution" in negotiating a climate deal with the United States because the country could not make good on its commitment to reduce emissions by more than 25 percent over the next decade.

McConnell's statement came just hours after the U.S. government submitted its pledge to the United Nations ahead of the December climate talks in Paris. The Obama administration promised to cut carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent by 2025, relative to 2005 levels. 

Uncertainty for UK energy investors ahead of election

Source: 
Platts

Monday’s official kickoff of the campaign season in the U.K., leading up to general elections May 7, brings a period of uncertainty for investors in the country's energy sector, Platts reports.

Presidential ambitions seen in Christie’s shift on wind power

Source: 
The Washington Post

Gov. Chris Christie's shift from supporting wind power may have something to do with his moves to run for president in 2016, The Washington Post reports.

Reid departure a blow for environmentalists

Source: 
National Journal

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the man most likely to succeed departing Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada as Senate Democratic leader, does not have the same track record of supporting environmental causes, National Journal reports.

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