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.
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.
Coming from different sides of the issue, environmentalists and a number of states presented arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s designation of areas that do and don’t meet its 2008 ozone rule, E&E reports.
Tom Steyer is closing in on the $50 million he promised to put into his NextGen Climate PAC in the 2014 election cycle, as the $15 million he added in September – reflected in Federal Election Commission records – brings his total to some $41 million, The Hill reports.
Minnesota Democrats Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Collin Peterson, as well as Michigan Senatorial candidate Rep. Gary Peters, are getting support from ads being run by Fuels America, a biofuels group, which is also lending its support to Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., The Hill reports.
If oil prices dropped to less than $80 a barrel, a third of U.S. production of shale oil would no longer be economically viable, an analyst told Bloomberg, which reports that such a major development would change the global energy picture.
A bigger-than-expected increase in Chinese quarterly gross domestic product numbers sent oil prices higher Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery rose 10 cents as the contract expired, to $82.81 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London December Brent jumped 1 percent, or 82 cents, to $86.22, Bloomberg reports.
Crestwood Midstream Partners says it will start seeking binding contracts in November for its proposed 30-mile MARC II natural gas pipeline in New England, having attracted nonbinding commitments for 700 million cubic feet per day already, FuelFix reports.
California’s big agricultural firms produce almonds, pistachios, melons and tomatoes in the Westlands district with irrigation despite the state’s crippling drought, but they buy and import huge quantities of water to do it, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Russia and the crisis over Ukraine, the fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the advent of cheap shale gas are some of the challenges facing European Union leaders as they meet in a summit to discuss climate change issues later this week, The New York Times reports.