Maine fight: Lower electricity prices vs. clean energy

Portland Press Herald

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.

Office of Sen. Shelley Moore Capito

Capito bill would void carbon rule, set new EPA requirements

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.

Senate agrees to open debate on Obama's trade agenda

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.

Philly Dems back ‘energy hub’ plan as donations flow in mayoral race


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.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

White House cites sage grouse provision in defense bill veto threat

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.

In a Statement of Administration Policy, the Office of Management and Budget said it would veto the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a section that would block the Interior Department from issuing a decision on listing the Greater Sage Grouse under the Endangered Species Act until 2025 while state plans take effect.

Ignoring veto threat, House approves bill to block EPA water rule

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.

Christie plugs Keystone, crude exports in energy policy

Chris Christie

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.

Senate Democrats block action on Obama's trade agenda

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.

Farmers worry over reach of EPA water rules

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.

Huckabee pushes oil and gas exports, renewables

The Texas Tribune

GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Monday unveiled his energy policy platform that includes lifting the U.S. ban on crude exports and promoting renewables, The Texas Tribune reports.


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