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.
Oil continues to wash up on some Louisiana beaches four years after the Deepwater Horizon sinking sent oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and a number of area residents remain angry and resentful despite BP paying out billions of dollars in compensation, Reuters reports.
Environmental Protection Administrator and Boston native Gina McCarthy and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will throw out the first pitches at the Red Sox game Tuesday, to mark Earth Day, The Hill reports.
A subsidiary of American Energy Partners, the company run by shale pioneer Aubrey McClendon, is renting seven rigs from his former firm Chesapeake Energy to drill for gas in the Utica Shale, Bloomberg reports.
The total U.S. rig count for the week remained at 1,831, according to oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc., which said that oil rigs declined while gas and miscellaneous rigs increased, Bloomberg reports.
Vermont Yankee owner Entergy has applied to scrap the 10-mile emergency planning zone around it, because of the nuclear plant's closing by year's end, raising concerns from citizen groups, The Recorder reports.
Critics complain that proposals to increase security of the nation’s power grid, drafted by the industry in the wake of an attack on a California substation last year, won’t do enough to stop anyone intent on sabotage, The Wall Street Journal reports.