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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. 

Uneven state laws require flexibility in EPA climate plan


The Environmental Protection Agency's coming rules to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants will need flexibility to deal with a wide range of state carbon policies, E&E reports.

Natural gas prices could see increase in fall on high demand


A report from BNP Paribas projected natural gas prices would rise in response to an unusually early heating season and higher utility demand, Platts reports.

Manchin meets with McCarthy on coal policies

The Washington Post

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and a group of industry and state officials met with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to lobby for more coal-friendly regulatory policies, The Washington Post reports.


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