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Senate filibuster move could mean easier path for climate regulations

Source: 
The Washington Post

The vote by Senate Democrats to limit filibusters of nominations gives President Obama the chance to appoint federal appeals court judges who are likely to uphold Environmental Protection Agency carbon regulations, The Washington Post reports.

GOP challenges Obama's claim of credit in energy boom

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The Hill

Republican lawmakers, including Sen. Lisa Murkowski and House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings, dispute President Obama's claim that his policies have played a role in surging domestic oil and natural gas production, The Hill reports.

White House urging Democrats to focus on economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to draw contrasts with Republicans, the White House is pushing its economic agenda as it attempts to give Democrats something to talk about other than the troubled health care rollout.

Clinton says sustainability has to be priority

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a gathering of 10,000 advocates for green construction Thursday that sustainability must be one of the country's top priorities.

LCV launches campaign to highlight Democrat clean energy efforts

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The Hill

The League of Conservation Voters has launched $1 million in television advertisements praising five Democratic lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., for their efforts to promote clean energy, The Hill reports.

Democrats vote to curb filibusters on appointees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats eased the way for swift approval of President Barack Obama's current and future nominees on Thursday, voting unilaterally to overturn decades of Senate precedent and undermine Republicans' ability to block final votes.

Senate panel advances Yellen's bid to lead Fed

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel on Thursday advanced Janet Yellen's nomination to lead the Federal Reserve, setting up a final vote in the full Senate after lawmakers return from a two-week Thanksgiving break.

Waxman, Whitehouse to huddle with pro sports leagues on climate change

Source: 
Politico

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., are set to meet with officials from several professional sports leagues today to discuss efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Politico reports.

Turmoil at climate talks as blame game heats up

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Rich and poor nations are struggling with a yawning rift at the U.N. climate talks as developing countries look for new ways to make developed countries accept responsibility for global warming — and pay for it.

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McCarthy heads west to tout EPA ag outreach, water quality

Just days after raising the likelihood that EPA will cut ethanol use in the nation's gasoline supply, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy went to farm country on Wednesday to highlight the Obama administration's support for rural America -- and take some of the sting out of the ethanol plan. 

After touring farms near Fresno, Calif. and driving a tractor powered by biofuels, McCarthy in an EPA blog post held out the chance that EPA would do more for corn growers and ethanol makers when Renewable Fuel Standard levels for 2014 are finalized next spring. 

"It remains incumbent on everyone to comment on the proposal and help EPA develop the best path forward to retain this important program for our farmers who are busy growing the crops that can fuel a nation," McCarthy said.

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