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January 25, 2016

Senate package ‘could be next’ on floor — Murkowski

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-01-25 04:42:29

The Senate may begin debating bipartisan energy legislation as early as this week, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The chamber is slated to vote on a motion to proceed to a House-passed bill that would impose new screening requirements on Iraqi and Syrian refugees. The legislation — which stems from mounting fears over domestic attacks from the Islamic State group — easily passed the House in November, but it’s unclear whether supporters can muster 60 votes to clear the procedural hurdle in the Senate. [ read more … ]

EPA foes threaten Supreme Court battle to freeze climate rule

Emily Holden and Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-01-24 09:50:58

Industry opponents of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan vowed Thursday to go to the Supreme Court to challenge a federal appeals court’s refusal to block the climate change regulations. The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied requests by 27 states and numerous trade groups for a stay that would have barred U.S. EPA from implementing the carbon regulations for the electricity sector. [ read more … ]

Appeals court judges represent ‘lucky’ draw for EPA

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-01-25 04:39:04

The Obama administration has chalked up a series of early wins in the behemoth lawsuit challenging its signature climate rule. The latest: scoring a panel of judges that’s widely seen as favorable to the government. “They did get lucky,” said James Rubin, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP and former Justice Department attorney. “It could have been a lot worse.” [ read more … ]

Whitfield, industry play down judges’ refusal to block rule

George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-01-25 04:39:35

Opponents of the Obama’s administration Clean Power Plan downplayed a federal court decision yesterday that failed to block the rule while a legal challenge proceeds, saying they still expect to eventually halt the proposal for curbing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. [ read more … ]

Brown slams deniers, stays course on climate in state address

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-01-25 04:40:40

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) preached a message of fiscal restraint in his State of the State speech last week, warning that global vicissitudes can affect state coffers and that economic recessions are unpredictable and will unquestionably occur again. But he saved the finale for climate change, vowing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through 2050 and continue spreading his message of climate evangelism worldwide. While he didn’t break new ground, observers said he set a steady course for the coming year. [ read more … ]

N.Y. approves $5B infusion into Clean Energy Fund

Abby Kessler, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-01-25 04:37:33

The New York State Public Service Commission approved a 10-year, $5 billion Clean Energy Fund in a move to ramp up state efforts to promote a clean energy economy, address climate change and push down energy costs for residents, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced today. The fund will seek to attract third-party investments to support the state’s goal to transition 50 percent of its electricity needs to renewable sources by 2030. [ read more … ]

FERC’s Clark stepping down, warns of Clean Power Plan costs

Rod Kuckro and Emily Holden, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-01-25 04:36:51

Clark’s departure is now the second since Philip Moeller, who had been the commission’s other Republican member, stepped down in October to work for the Edison Electric Institute. FERC is designed to be a five-member commission. But if the White House doesn’t fill the GOP slots before Clark leaves, the top U.S. regulator of interstate electricity and natural gas will be down to three Democratic members. [ read more … ]

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