Despite the recommendations of prominent climate experts, including retired NASA scientist James Hansen, for environmental groups to embrace nuclear energy as a no-carbon energy source, mainstream advocacy groups haven't budged in their opposition to nuclear power, National Journal reports.
Coal industry allies are seizing on an email exchange between EPA officials and a lobbyist for the Sierra Club as ammunition in their fight against the proposed rule on carbon emissions for new coal-fired power plants, E&E reports.
Another political battle line has been drawn over climate change early in the midterm election year, with a coalition of key environmental groups sending a letter to President Obama urging him to apply a climate test to all important decisions facing his administration, The Washington Post reports.
Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Kerri-Ann Jones met with representatives from five major environmental groups to hear their concerns about the Keystone XL pipeline and the State Department's pending environmental impact statement, FuelFix reports.
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said the organization is in the process of figuring out how to shift its target for getting the United States off fossil fuels in the power sector to 2030, 20 years earlier than its current goal of 2050, National Journal reports.
Despite a recent court decision ordering the Environmental Protection Agency to complete its regulations on coal ash storage, environmental groups are pessimistic that the administration will implement the tough standards they seek, National Journal reports.
Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and other environmental groups criticized Walmart for failing to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but a company representative said carbon growth has slowed and will decline starting in 2020, The Huffington Post reports.
An alliance between tea party groups and environmentalists that started in Georgia with a campaign against utilities' opposition to solar energy has spread to Arizona and North Carolina, Bloomberg reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency's listening session in Washington saw representatives from environmental and coal industry groups square off ahead of the agency's forthcoming proposal to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, National Journal reports.
Environmental groups say their heavy donations to Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, the favorite in today's election, are a preview of what's coming as they plan to make climate change an issue in 2014, The Hill reports.
Less than 8 percent of the crude contracted to flow through the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would come from the U.S, according to another document from TransCanada to the State Department, made public Tuesday, E&E reports.
The crude supply at the Cushing hub dropped 8 percent to 32.1 million barrels at the end of last month, the lowest since Nov. 2011, according to the Energy Information Administration, which says the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline is draining it, FuelFix reports.
Union leaders joined the American Petroleum Institute in publicly renewing their demand that the Obama administration approve construction of the northern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline, unleashing a blast of anger at the president in the process, The Hill reports.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has just one hurdle left to overcome before reaching agreement on the language of a cyber security bill, regarding liability protection, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said at a hearing Tuesday, The Hill reports.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., facing a tough re-election battle this year, stayed away from her party's round-the-clock climate speeches overnight, but got a blast of criticism from the National Republican Senatorial Committee anyway, National Journal reports.
Key bondholder Fidelity Investments may be dragging its heels, but other players involved in trying to get bankruptcy proceedings underway for Energy Future Holdings Corp. are in agreement, and hoping to move quickly on the plans, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
Industry and even backers of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell are getting frustrated with the slow pace of the rollout of her department's new master leasing plans, intended to balance the interests of companies seeking to mine the mineral wealth of federal land against those of hunters, anglers and wildlife supporters, E&E reports.
Activist investors, already successful at pushing Chesapeake Energy and other companies to cut their debt, are likely to keep up the pressure, and lobby firms to fight climate change as well, according to Moody's Investors Service, FuelFix reports.
The power could run out on the Energizing Indiana program at the end of the year, as the state's Senate has voted to join the house in approving a measure to shut it down, although Gov. Mike Pence hasn't yet decided if he'll go along, the Indianapolis Star reports.