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February 5, 2016

Senate Democrats Block Energy Bill in Impasse Over Flint

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted 2016-02-05 06:44:29

Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked the first bipartisan energy bill in almost a decade after majority Republicans balked over sending hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency aid to Flint, Michigan, to fix and replace the city’s lead-contaminated pipes. The impasse hardened an increasingly partisan response to the water crisis in Flint as Democrats press for swift help for a majority African-American city of 100,000 and point to the past, rapid response of Republicans to natural disasters in Texas and Florida. Republicans maintained that it was premature to send money until Michigan figures out what it needs and wrong to stall the energy bill. [ read more … ]

Senate bill limps on after Democrats’ filibuster

Geof Koss and Hannah Hess, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-02-05 06:45:15

Democrats today blocked a pair of procedural votes to end debate on the Senate’s bipartisan energy bill, buying time to continue negotiations over federal aid to help the town of Flint, Mich., recover from its lead-contaminated drinking water crisis. The Senate rejected cloture on the substitute amendment to the bill, as well as the underlying bill (S. 2012), on 46-50 and 43-54 roll call votes, respectively. [ read more … ]

Obama to Propose a $10-a-Barrel Fee on Oil

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-02-05 06:45:43

President Obama’s budget request to Congress will include a new fee on oil companies, requiring them to pay $10 to the federal government for every barrel of oil they produce, the White House said on Thursday. The money, which could bring in up to $32 billion in new federal revenue annually, would be spent on a variety of transportation and infrastructure projects, including bridges and highways, high-speed rail and research on advanced vehicles such as electric and self-driving cars. [ read more … ]

Obama proposes $10-a-barrel oil tax to pay for clean tech

Ariel Wittenberg, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-05 06:46:31

President Obama will ask Congress to set a $10-per-barrel oil tax to help invest in clean transportation infrastructure, the White House announced today. In a preview of the president’s fiscal 2017 budget, which will be released Tuesday, the White House outlined a plan to make oil companies pay fees that would then be used to invest in enhanced transportation options like low-carbon technologies and intelligent transportation infrastructure. [ read more … ]

EPA urges Supreme Court to deny ‘unprecedented’ request

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-05 06:46:09

The Obama administration yesterday urged the Supreme Court to reject a bid to halt U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, calling the appeal to the high court “extraordinary and unprecedented.” In a document sent to the high court, the administration’s solicitor general, Donald Verrilli, ticked off a number of arguments as to why the justices shouldn’t step in to freeze the regulation aimed at slashing power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions. [ read more … ]

Lawmakers Warn Buffett’s Coal May Hurt California’s Goals

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2016-02-05 06:47:19

California lawmakers expressed concerns in a letter Thursday that allowing a utility of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. to join the state’s power grid may undermine the state’s clean energy goals by connecting it to coal plants. Adding Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s PacifiCorp utility to the grid run by California Independent System Operator Corp. would bring with it states “heavily invested in coal and other high greenhouse gas emitting resources,” according to the letter to California Governor Jerry Brown. It was signed by six state lawmakers including Democratic State Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin De Leon and Speaker-Elect of the State Assembly Anthony Rendon. [ read more … ]

NYC mayor wants to boost solar power capacity five-fold

BY JONATHAN LEMIRE, ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted 2016-02-05 06:47:49

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to increase the solar power capacity of city-owned buildings five-fold from what it is now, mayoral aides said Wednesday. The push comes as part of an ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the country’s most populous city by 80 percent by 2050. De Blasio plans to make the announcement in his State of the City address Thursday in the Bronx.
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