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.
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.
Release of the Interior Department’s mountaintop mining stream buffer rule is to come in April instead of December, and the Security and Exchange Commission’s rule on mandatory foreign disclosure won’t be published until October 2015, according to latest edition of the Unified Agenda, which lays out a timeline for Obama administration regulations, The Hill reports.
Saying the Texas regional clean air plan doesn’t go far enough to reduce haze, the Environmental Protection Agency is ordering 15 coal-burning generating units at eight power plants in the state to do more to limit sulfur dioxide emissions, The Dallas Morning News reports.
With investors uncertain about whether OPEC will agree on production cuts at this week’s meeting, oil resumed its decline Monday. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery lost 1 percent, down 73 cents to settle at $75.78 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent fell 68 cents to $79.68, Bloomberg reports.
Even as the Environmental Protection Agency delayed a decision on the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard, scientists and ethanol producers are moving ahead with efforts to produce more of the fuel from agricultural waste, the Los Angeles Times reports.
In a campaign against extending the wind energy Production Tax Credit, Americans for Prosperity has published ads in the hometown districts of 15 Republican lawmakers urging readers to contact them and suggest they oppose any reauthorization, The Hill reports.
A scientific analysis released by the World Bank finds that climate change impacts will harm the most vulnerable countries around the globe by mid-century even if an international accord is reached limiting greenhouse gas emissions, because of the effect of what’s already been released into the atmosphere, E&E reports.
American University’s board may have decided Friday against fossil fuel divestment, but major pension funds in Sweden and Norway have taken the step, and New London, Conn. is among 36 cities and countries that have done so, E&E reports.
Jerrel Hancock, 24, was the man who died in Thursday’s blast in the Gulf of Mexico, according to officials in Louisiana, in an explosion that took place when he and other employees of Turnkey Cleaning Services were working on a heater-treater on a platform operated by Fieldwood Energy, FuelFix reports.
The battle in U.S. court over the ownership of a tanker full of Kurdish crude has been continuing, with attorneys for Kurdistan arguing Friday that the case shouldn’t be decided in the American judicial system, FuelFix reports.