The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Monday threw its weight behind a draft bill by two coal-state lawmakers that would undercut President Barack Obama's ability to curb carbon emissions from power plants.
The open letter to Congress by R. Bruce Josten, the chamber's executive vice president for government affairs, calls on lawmakers to support the bill that is to be formally introduced in the coming days by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., and Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky.
Environmental groups are weighing supporting Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, a supporter of coal and critic of the Environmental Protection Agency, or passing on the race and the chance to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. one of Democrats' top targets next year, Politico reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency's air pollution chief on Friday defended the Obama administration's public engagement on planned climate change regulations in an apparent response to criticism that officials are avoiding contact with coal-dependent states.
"In carrying our President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, EPA is conducting unprecedented and vigorous outreach and public engagement with key stakeholders and the general public," asserted Janet McCabe, EPA's acting assistant administrator for air and radiation, in a posting on the agency's website.
Kentucky's coal production has fallen sharply in recent years, but unlike neighboring West Virginia, the state doesn't have large shale reserves for natural gas development to counteract the economic loss, National Journal reports.
In the latest move on climate policy, the Treasury Department will no longer contribute U.S. funds for coal projects financed by the World Bank and other international development banks, The New York Times reports.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Miners from West Virginia, Virginia and other states are joining 30 members of Congress in Washington, D.C., to rally against regulatory polices they say are killing jobs in coal country.
Count on Coal's Rally for American Energy Jobs is Tuesday outside the U.S. Capitol.
The draft bill unveiled Monday by a bipartisan pair of coal-state lawmakers would not impose an outright ban on Environmental Protection Agency regulation of carbon emissions from power plants. But it would have almost the same outcome in terms of actual carbon reductions, at least in the early going.
The proposal by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., would allow EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to impose only modest initial limits on any new coal-fired plants.
Moves by the Commerce Department to allow Pioneer Natural Resources Ltd. and Enterprise Products Partners LP to export lightly processed crude known as condensate are being “held without action,” sources told Reuters, which says the delay may give the agency more time to put together comprehensive guidelines.
Concerns about the shutdown of the Coffeyville refinery in Kansas after a fire pressured U.S. crude prices, benchmark WTI for September delivery dropped 70 cents to $100.97 while in London Brent crude gained on the announcement of fresh Russia sanctions, up 15 cents to $107.72, Bloomberg reports.
As violence in Libya worsens, shelling between rival militias at Tripoli airport has seen a third fuel storage tank set on fire, while the U.S. has already evacuated its embassy staff, Bloomberg reports.
Commerce Department moves to increase duties on many solar panels coming from China and Taiwan could hurt the industry in the U.S., according to warnings from Canadian companies Canadian Solar Inc. and Trina Solar Ltd., The Wall Street Journal reports.
At least six members of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, which makes policy recommendations to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, have had their financial conflicts of interest waived by the Department so that they can serve, according to documents obtained by E&E through the Freedom of Information Act.
American Electric Power Co.'s failure to reach its 2008 sales figures in the years since is an example of how utilities will have to rethink their traditional assumptions that demand for electricity will increase in the future, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Demand for drilling and production equipment is up at National Oilwell Varco and is likely to stay that way, according to chief Clay Williams, as the company reported a 17 percent gain in profit in the second quarter compared to a year earlier, FuelFix reports.
Canada’s Talisman Energy refused comment on details of its negotiations with Spanish oil giant Repsol, even as the company reported a second quarter loss of $237 million on lower gas prices and higher royalty payments, Reuters reports.
Senate Budget Committee chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Tuesday that long term budgets don’t reflect climate change costs, while Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and Angus King, I-Me., debated over the impact of carbon emissions on climate change, The Hill reports.