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Analysis: Picking a carbon winner in natural gas

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will make the case often in the coming months that proposed new power plant carbon regulations don't represent a war on coal, because no new coal plants were going to be built anyway.

Her critics accuse her of ignoring the cost of complying with EPA's mercury rule that will make old coal plants too expensive to upgrade. But what gives McCarthy confidence is the natural gas boom that President Barack Obama has embraced _ and must continue to encourage _ if he is to achieve his greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Chinese coal demand sinking, putting pressure on industry

The Wall Street Journal

China's once-massive demand for coal appears to be waning as the nation looks to cut pollution and switch power sources, forcing some mining firms worldwide to look into more marketable commodities, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Manchin opposition adds to trouble for FERC nominee Binz

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia on Wednesday became the first Democrat to announce his opposition to President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Manchin, an advocate for coal-fired power, said the day before that he was troubled by the testimony of former Colorado utility regulator Ron Binz during his Senate Energy and Natural Resources confirmation hearing. In a statement declaring he would vote against his confirmation, Manchin said he has "grave concerns" about how Binz would chair FERC, a move that adds new uncertainty to the nominee's confirmation chances. 

Office of Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Murkowski says she is 'not convinced' Binz should lead FERC

The ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday said she cannot yet support President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, putting a question mark over his potential confirmation.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said at the confirmation hearing for former Colorado electricity regulator Ron Binz that she was concerned about his past statements on the role of regulators and about how he would lead FERC. "At this point I am not convinced that your views are compatible with FERC's mission," she said.

Coal, climate take spotlight in Virginia governor race

ABC News

Climate change and the future of coal have become priority issues in the Virginia gubernatorial race between Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, with outside groups making heavy ad investments on both issues, ABC News reports.


Coal, Keystone and climate top week's energy agenda

President Barack Obama's regulatory and climate agendas take center stage in Washington this week with hearings on Capitol Hill and the planned release of his revised proposal to limit carbon emissions from new coal-fired power plants.

First up will be a hearing scheduled Tuesday in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on three nominees, including his pick to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Environmental Protection Agency is set to follow, no later than Friday, with the release of the power plants proposal.

Exxon expects natural gas to overtake coal by 2040


ExxonMobil Corp. projected natural gas would overtake coal as the second-biggest energy source behind oil, dominating 25 percent of the world's energy supply by 2040, FuelFix reports.

Canceled: Senate Energy subcommittee hearing on future of coal

Morgantown, W.Va., September 4, 2013, 9:30 am

Canceled: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Public Lands Forests and Mining Subcommittee field hearing, "The Future of Coal." 

Fossil energy groups seek to put FERC nominee Binz in spotlight


Fossil fuel groups plan to hit President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over his work as Colorado's top electricity regulator, Politico reports.  

Can climate change, coal's carbon revive nuclear power?

The New York Times

The climate change imperative to find an affordable, reliable replacement for coal could mean more reliance on nuclear power, The New York Times reports. 


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