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.
$12.6 billion is on offer in the latest round of Department of Energy nuclear loan guarantees, this time being made available for uranium enrichment facilities as well as new reactors and upgrades to existing ones, Platts reports.
A drop in RBOB gasoline futures on retirement of the October contract helped crude prices slide again Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate crude plunged $3.41 to $91.16 a barrel on the Nymex -- the biggest single day loss in 22 months and the lowest settlement in 16 months – while in London Brent crude fell $2.53 to $94.67, Bloomberg reports.
The U.S. exported more crude in July – 401,000 barrels a day, mostly to Canada – than it did in June, according to Energy Information Administration statistics, the most since 1957 and almost four times as much as in 2013, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Enbridge’s reversed 9B pipeline should start filling with crude Nov. 1, Platts reports, noting that it will open up a new western Canada light crude and oil sands crude supply option to Quebec refineries.
The Department of Energy will grant a presidential permit for a project to build a 1,000 megawatt power transmission line from Canada into New York City when it publishes its decision in the Federal Register Wednesday, E&E reports.
The U.S. will actively address climate change issues when it takes over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015, said special envoy Adm. Robert Papp at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, declaring that there is a “moral imperative” to protect the area, The Hill reports.
Alberta’s new Premier Jim Prentice –- tackling an improvement of the province’s image in the face of heavy criticism of its oil sands crude –- has won respect from all sides of the environmental debate in the past, Bloomberg reports.