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.
House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing, "War on Jobs: Examining the Operations of the Office of Surface Mining and the Status of the Stream Buffer Zone Rule." Interior Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Director Joe Pizarchik to testify.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Thursday that coal will continue to play a major role in meeting America's energy needs even as the Obama administration seeks to reduce carbon emissions and combat global warming.
Sales of coal to Asia's big four economies have soared in the last five years, to a quarter of U.S. exports, the Energy Department reported Friday.
The U.S. in 2007 sent just 2 percent of its exported coal to China, India, Japan and South Korea, the Energy Information Administration said. Surging demand by those countries helped set an overall monthly U.S. coal export record in March at 13.6 million tons.
The problems in Ukraine are unlikely to trigger faster action by the Obama administration on natural gas exports, a White House spokesman appeared to indicate Friday, as he noted that supplies in Europe are at higher-than-normal levels because of the mild winter there, according to Reuters.
Public Service Enterprise Group plans to spend $12 billion over five years on capital projects to improve reliability, hoping to increase the earnings of its utility business, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Weather-related rail bottlenecks in Chicago are causing higher prices and lower supplies of ethanol on the East coast, while Midwest plants are cutting production because of a shortage of rail cars, an industry representative told a U.S. Surface Transportation Board panel, Platts reports.
Investors will challenge corporations during the upcoming proxy season to make more environmental commitments, according to nonprofit Ceres, which has compiled a list of resolutions up for votes, E&E reports.
Saying President Obama's proposed "climate resilience fund" will help communities prepare better for severe weather might win it bipartisan support, according to Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, National Journal reports.