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 Environmental Protection Agency has sent its suggested blending mandate for the long-delayed 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard to the Office of Management and Budget without dropping hints about what’s in the proposal, which will now be reviewed by the White House and other federal agencies, and Platts suggests a final decision may not even be made public until after the November election.
Even with Russia sending a convoy of trucks into Ukraine Friday, oil prices continued to decline as there’s been no evidence of any disruption in supply. U.S. benchmark crude for October delivery slipped 31 cents to settle at $93.65 a barrel on the Nymex, a drop of 3.9 percent on the week, while in London Brent crude ended 34 cents lower at $102.29, Reuters reports.
The non-profit group Sky Truth has created a global interactive map displaying natural gas flaring – in the U.S. showing concentrated activity in the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Marcellus Shale plays -- while environmental advocate Earthworks has released a report entitled Up in Flames that contains extensive statistics, stating, for example, that flaring in the Bakken increased five-fold between 2010 and 2013, according to National Journal.
Approval for power transmission projects like Gateway West and the TransWest Express is taking the federal government far too long, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority chairman Mike Easley told Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Thursday, The Associated Press reports.
California territory in “severe” drought dropped slightly to 97.5 percent this week due to above normal rainfall in the south, but that hasn’t helped boost low reservoir levels, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Lawyers for the Kurdistan Regional Government appeared before U.S. District Judge Gray Miller Friday, asking him to throw out a previous order from a magistrate -- which had been issued at the behest of the Iraqi government -- allowing U.S. marshals to seize any crude unloaded from a tanker that's been anchored off Galveston for weeks, FuelFix reports.
According to filings with the Federal Election Commission this week, NextGen Climate Action Committee took in $8 million in July but $7.5 million of that came from founder Tom Steyer, Politico reports.
The California Senate approved and sent to Governor Jerry Brown a bill to streamline the solar permit process, intended to make it easier and quicker for homeowners to get solar power installations up and running, according to LBReport.com.
A burdensome approval process and delays in the city’s Department of Water and Power in getting customers hooked up to the grid is putting a damper on solar power installations in L.A., the Los Angeles Times reports.