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.
House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing, "EPA’s Regulatory Threat to Affordable, Reliable Energy: The Perspective of Coal Communities." Civic leaders, coal trade group representatives to testify.
Hydraulic fracturing has allowed West Virginia to expand natural gas production, offering the state a chance to boost incomes and long-term resource wealth not offered by coal, National Journal reports.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy has been staging a media blitz to sell President Barack Obama's plan to curb carbon emissions from power plants. This week, the coal industry fights back.
Coal miners and coal companies are taking to Capitol Hill to make their case that Obama's EPA is a threat to their jobs and low electricity costs. They'll be backed by coal-state lawmakers, who will unveil a draft bill to limit EPA powers and will stage their first hearing to air coal country criticism of McCarthy and Obama.
Iraq produced 3.6 million barrels of oil in February, the nation's highest output since Saddam Hussein took power in 1979, but a March pipeline attack and a drop in production highlight the instability of the nation's markets, The Wall Street Journal reports.
An all-week rally against the Keystone XL pipeline, organized by the Cowboy and Indian Alliance and green groups, drew nearly 200 protesters to the National Mall in Washington on Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Canada's Department of the Environment recommended removing humpback whales from its list of "threatened" species months before the government will rule on a pipeline permit that would boost oil shipments through the whales' habitat, Reuters reports.
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, urged the state's supreme court to dismiss a lower judge's ruling that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route was approved through improper means, Bloomberg reports.
Tom Steyer, a climate activist spending millions in the 2014 elections, said his activity differs from that of the conservative Koch brothers because he's pushing the issue of climate change rather than for policies he would benefit from, Politico reports.
The North American energy boom, which is starting to change the global picture economically and strategically, still has the potential to be derailed, particularly if oil prices drop, The New York Times reports.