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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The controversial Waters of the U.S. rule has won approval from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board, in a review released Thursday that said the proposed measure had “strong scientific support,” according to The Hill.
Reports that Saudi Arabia supplied less oil to the global market in September than it did the month before helped to push oil prices higher Thursday. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery jumped 2 percent, gaining $1.57 to settle at $82.09 on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude picked up $2.12 to finish at $86.83, Bloomberg reports.
Companies that provide equipment and services for oil drillers could lower their fees to maintain market share in the face of falling crude prices, Occidental CEO Stephen Chazen told a conference call Thursday, following an announcement that his company’s profits dropped 24 percent in the third quarter, Bloomberg reports.
Already a big wind farm operator, Warren Buffett could push his investment into renewables up to $30 billion as he continues pouring more money and looking for more acquisitions for Berkshire Hathaway Energy, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Michigan’s clean energy production -- encouraged by the 2008 Clean, Renewable and Efficient Energy Act -- is dominated by wind power, according to a brief from the Pew Charitable Trusts, MLive.com reports.
Stanford University professor Rosemary Knight is using electrical resistivity tomography, or ERT, to study the extent to which salt water has been replacing fresh water that’s pumped out of the ground for drinking and agriculture along the central California coast, E&E reports.
During Wednesday night’s gubernatorial debate in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the study on the health impacts of fracking, which was started back in 2012, should be completed before the end of the year, WIXX reports.
With workers on strike at French nuclear power plants -- which are all operated by EDF -- the country had to import electricity instead of exporting it, as capacity was cut by 6.5 gigawatts early Thursday, Platts reports.