The Obama administration's first-term deal with automakers to raise mileage standards presents a "game plan" the Environmental Protection Agency will use to cut power plant greenhouse gas emissions, Administrator Gina McCarthy said Tuesday.
In her first major speech since winning Senate confirmation and since President Barack Obama laid out his climate change plan, McCarthy avoided specifics about what EPA will propose by June of next year. But she stressed that EPA will look to states' carbon reduction programs, including renewable energy mandates, and industry input.
In an interview with The New York Times, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy dismissed the alleged "war on coal," contending the agency is following its mission to reduce pollution, The New York Times reports.
Electricity generators used more coal in the first half of 2013 compared to last the same period last year, but large stockpiles prevented price increases, the Energy Department said Friday.
Higher natural gas prices and greater electricity demand drove up coal consumption 13 percent during the first four months compared to a year earlier, the Energy Information Administration said, with that trend expected to extend through June. Weekly coal spot prices remained mostly flat, however, as utilities chose to use up existing inventories.
House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing, "War on Jobs: Examining the Operations of the Office of Surface Mining and the Status of the Stream Buffer Zone Rule." Interior Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Director Joe Pizarchik to testify.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Thursday that coal will continue to play a major role in meeting America's energy needs even as the Obama administration seeks to reduce carbon emissions and combat global warming.
Sales of coal to Asia's big four economies have soared in the last five years, to a quarter of U.S. exports, the Energy Department reported Friday.
The U.S. in 2007 sent just 2 percent of its exported coal to China, India, Japan and South Korea, the Energy Information Administration said. Surging demand by those countries helped set an overall monthly U.S. coal export record in March at 13.6 million tons.
The budget proposal introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., includes a provision to approve an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico to cooperate on offshore drilling along their maritime border, The Hill reports.
The American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a legal brief against the Environmental Protection Agency in their lawsuit against the agency, alleging it has ignored several legal deadlines, The Hill reports.
The International Energy Agency boosted its forecasts for next year's daily oil consumption to 1.2 million barrels a day after the U.S. posted its highest consumption levels in the last five years, Bloomberg reports.
A White House aide said Center for American Progress founder John Podesta, an opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline, will recuse himself from any decision on the project when he begins his tour as special adviser to President Obama, Politico reports.
An inspector general report found that the Environmental Protection Agency was made aware that former senior executive John C. Beale, who recently pleaded guilty to stealing $900,000 posing as a CIA agent, was collecting unauthorized payments, The Washington Post reports.
Mississippi utility regulators rejected a proposal to merge Entergy Corp. and ITC Holdings Corp., arguing the deal could boost electricity rates by $300 million over the next three decades, The Associated Press reports.
The Mexican Senate gave general approval to an energy reform package endorsed by President Enrique Pena Nieto that would open the nation's oil sector to outside investment. After debates conclude, final approval is expected today, Reuters reports.
U.K. Committee on Climate Change Chairman John Gummer, the nation's top adviser on global warming issues, said a plan to cut carbon emissions in half is attainable and should be pursued despite increases in energy costs, Bloomberg reports.