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Senate, administration set for face off on UN climate talks

Senate Republicans this week are set to grill the State Department’s point man for December’s United Nations climate talks, as the Obama administration seeks to build momentum for a strong international deal.

State Department Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern is scheduled to appear Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy.

The panel is chaired by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., a leading critic of the administration’s climate policy, especially as it relates to his home state coal industry.

Environmental regulations in Rubio’s sights

The Hill

GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., promises to roll back Obama administration environment and climate regulations—including the Clean Power Plan to reduce power plant carbon emissions—in the energy platform he released Friday, The Hill reports.

House bill would maintain transportation spending status quo

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite widespread calls to fix crumbling highways, bridges and rail systems, a House bill introduced Friday maintains spending at current levels — suggesting Congress is unlikely to soon tackle a growing transportation maintenance and modernization backlog.

The bipartisan, six-year bill provides about $325 billion over the next six years, continuing the current spending rate while allowing for inflation, congressional officials said.

Conservative Canadian leader fighting to stay in power

TORONTO (AP) — Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper's nearly 10 years in power could end next week, along with his dream of shattering Canada's image as a liberal bastion.

Harper, one of the longest-serving Western leaders, is seeking a rare fourth term in Monday's election but polls show him narrowly trailing Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, the son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, one of Canada's most charismatic politicians.

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

Inhofe cries foul as EPA, CEQ decline to testify on UN talks

The Republican leader of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is working to corral top Obama administration officials to testify at a hearing on December’s United Nations climate negotiations, and he isn’t buying their excuses for not attending.

Chairman Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., has been rebuffed by the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Council on Environmental Quality in his effort to obtain witnesses to testify on the U.S. climate commitment, at a hearing on the negotiations next Tuesday.

Initially, Inhofe and committee Republicans had planned to have a joint hearing into the negotiations with a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee, but Democrats on the latter committee objected, leading both committees to pursue individual hearings.

Candidate Carson talking energy with Pickens

The Hill

Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson has been discussing energy matters with tycoon T. Boone Pickens, and the two share similar views, the candidate's staff told The Hill.

Kasich pushes for crude exports, more production in energy plan

Dix newspapers

In the first major policy speech of his presidential campaign, Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, said he would open the door to U.S. crude exports, expand oil and gas production and leave fracking regulation to the states, Dix newspapers reported.

Greens wary about energy changes in Maryland

The Baltimore Sun

Gov. Larry Hogan’s shake-up of the Maryland Energy Administration—which includes a move to block paying for efficiency programs by raising customers' utility bills—is worrying environmentalists, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Heritage Action lobbying against House energy reform legislation

The Hill

The House energy reform bill – the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act pushed by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. – interferes too much in the free market operations of the energy sector, lobbyists for the conservative Heritage Action for America are telling lawmakers, The Hill reports.

Let's make a deal: Hoeven suggests pairing crude exports, LWCF renewal

The Hill

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., is suggesting pairing legislation lifting the ban on crude exports with a measure that fully reauthorizes the expired Land and Water Conservation Fund might win support from key Democrats, The Hill reports.


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