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.
The power substation in San Jose where a sniper attack last year raised concern about the security of the country’s grid has been breached again, according to Pacific Gas and Electric, which said thieves cut through a fence and stole some equipment, The New York Times reports.
A corn ethanol plant at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon, which Valero Energy Corp. bought in March, has restarted, FuelFix reports. It is expected to boost the company’s output to 1.3 billion gallons a year, making Valero the country’s third-largest ethanol producer.
Oil looks set to finish out the week higher in the wake of another positive piece of data on the U.S. economy, news of an unexpected rise in consumer confidence. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery was up 66 cents to $95.21 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude settled 35 cents higher to $102.81, Bloomberg reports.
Fighting in Tripoli may have been escalating, but in the east of Libya, the key oil port of Es Sider is once again getting a flow of crude from oilfields after exports there resumed last week following a one-year hiatus, an official told The Wall Street Journal.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., listed her parents’ home in New Orleans as her address in filing last week to qualify for the ballot in Louisiana, prompting some critics to question her residency status, The Washington Post reports.
Clean Air Act violations for the release of phosgene, methyl chloride and oleum at a West Virginia facility between 2006 and 2010 will cost DuPont $1.3 million in fines, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department said in announcing a settlement, The Hill reports.
A project to build a big $25 billion water tunnel system in Northern California poses water quality problems to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and a possible threat to smelt and salmon, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter accompanying comments posted online, the Los Angeles Times reports.