After only a few months on the job as the nation's top pollution regulator, Administrator Gina McCarthy has already come to the conclusion that the Environmental Protection Agency's problem is not the mission, but the message.
"I really want EPA to maintain the stature that it has internationally and it has with the American people, of being the best science agency that knows how to do the science and turn it into real-life improvements for Americans. We are not telling that story," she told an audience at the left-leaning Center for American Progress on Monday.
That stance puts her in line with her boss, President Barack Obama, who exudes a can-do spirit about the actions government can take to right society's problems.
Yet, like him, she has to be careful not to underplay the difficulties in putting into practice a climate plan that is expected to reshape the American energy market and could put coal power on a slow decline.
As China's push for cleaner energy boosts demand for high-grade coal, Chinese energy companies are looking to purchase mining assets in Australia and Mozambique but are waiting for further price decreases, Reuters reports.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is headed to China next month on a bilateral trip to strengthen climate change cooperation with the world's top carbon emitter.
An EPA spokeswoman said specific details of McCarthy's itinerary were not yet available. The trip was revealed by the left-leaning Center for American Progress in an announcement of McCarthy's appearance at its Washington offices on Dec. 2 to talk up U.S-China climate cooperation and President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan.
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said the organization is in the process of figuring out how to shift its target for getting the United States off fossil fuels in the power sector to 2030, 20 years earlier than its current goal of 2050, National Journal reports.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The U.N.'s chief climate diplomat on Monday urged the coal industry to diversify toward cleaner energy sources and leave most of the world's remaining coal reserves in the ground.
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency's air pollution office on Wednesday said the Obama administration has "serious concerns" about the draft of a power plants carbon bill by coal-state lawmakers Sen. Joe Manchin and Rep. Ed Whitfield.
Acting Assistant Secretary for Air and Radiation Janet McCabe said in written testimony published in advance of a House hearing on Thursday that the bill would delay power sector carbon cuts, add regulatory uncertainty to new plant proposals and stall clean energy innovation.
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.
U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland has sided with Pebble Ltd. Partnership in ordering former Environmental Protection Agency scientist Phil North to testify in the company’s lawsuit against EPA, the Alaska Dispatch News reports.
Coast Guard documents show Transocean’s Polar Pioneer, which is involved in Shell’s exploratory well drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer, failed tests with fire and pollution equipment in the months leading up to the Arctic drilling, FuelFix reports.
Oil prices rose Monday over a report from the Energy Information Administration that U.S. crude production has been falling since April and signals that OPEC is finally willing to address the drop in prices. U.S. benchmark crude jumped $2.45 to $47.67 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent rose $2.50 to $52.55, Reuters reports.
Increasing worries about potential fire at a landfill holding waste of barium sulfate from the Manhattan Project since the 1970s has prompted upset St. Louis area residents to pressure the Environmental Protection Agency to accelerate cleanup, The Hill reports.