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Hawaii move to end net metering draws mixed response

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Pacific Business Journal

While some solar companies are sanguine about the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission decision to close net metering programs to new customers, the head of the local Sierra Club chapter slammed the move, Pacific Business News reports.

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On eve of methane hearings, oil industry touts GHG investments

The oil industry is seeking to highlight its investments in greenhouse gas emissions reductions as the Environmental Protection Agency begins soliciting public input on regulations to cut methane emissions by as much as 45 percent over the next decade.

In a report released Tuesday, the American Petroleum Institute touted $90 billion in total industry GHG mitigation investment from 2000 to 2014. The investments included renewable energy technology, efficiency upgrades, methane and carbon capture efforts and increased use of cleaner-burning fuels.

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Greens to Obama: Cut off new fossil fuel leases

President Barack Obama could send a strong message to the international community on climate change and short-circuit some of the most controversial energy debates currently raging if he moves to unilaterally block new fossil fuel development on federal land, a coalition of environmental groups argues.

In a letter set to be sent to Obama Tuesday, the signers—who include leaders of the Sierra Club, 350.org, and the Center for Biological Diversity—argue that he has the “clear authority” to immediately block new leases.

Environmental groups appeal $225 million Exxon settlement

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Four environmental groups want an appeals court to let them intervene in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil over contaminated sites across the state.

New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel said Monday the groups are seeking additional natural resources damages.

Pollution problems at NRG coal plant in Texas, says Sierra Club

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FuelFix

According to a Sierra Club study, NRG Energy’s W.A. Parish coal-fired plant violates federal sulfur dioxide pollution standards, putting the health of area residents at risk, FuelFix reports.

Sierra Club pushes companies to leave NAM

Source: 
National Journal

The Sierra Club has sent a letter to Microsoft, Verizon and other corporations urging them to quit the National Association of Manufacturers because of the group’s lobbying against rules lowering ozone levels, National Journal reports.

Green groups take aim at GOP senators

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The Hill

Four environmental groups plan to launch a multi-million-dollar ad campaign against four Republican senators up for reelection in 2016 who opposed carbon regulations: Rob Portman of Ohio, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, The Hill reports.

Vegas-area coal plant owners to pay $4.3M to settle lawsuit

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Owners of a soon-to-close coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas are agreeing to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighboring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution.

Some $1.5 million of the funds from NV Energy and the California Department of Water Resources are earmarked for a community health wellness center on the nearby Moapa Band of Paiute Indians reservation, attorney Robert Wiygul said Thursday.

Greens cheer EPA settlement to phase out coal at most Alliant Iowa plants

The federal government and a Midwest utility on Wednesday announced a Clean Air Act settlement that would phase out coal use at five plants in Iowa and prevent the restart of a sixth, a development that environmentalists celebrated as marking the 200th coal plant closure nationwide since 2010.

The proposed settlement between the Environmental Protection Agency, the Justice Department and Interstate Power and Light, an Alliant Energy subsidiary, would have the company install pollution controls at its two remaining Iowa coal-fired plants, pay a $1.1 million penalty, and invest $6 million in environmental mitigation projects.

Green groups turn on Sen. Mark Kirk after carbon vote

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The Hill

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., once seen as an ally for his vote in favor of cap-and-trade, is now among the top electoral targets for environmental groups in next year's election after he voted to block EPA carbon rules in a Senate funding bill, The Hill reports.

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