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February 10, 2016

Is Obama’s signature climate rule doomed?

Amanda Reilly and Robin Bravender, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-02-10 06:47:08

It’s unclear now whether the rule — which the Obama administration leaned heavily on in recent international climate negotiations in Paris — will ever be revived. The high court blocked it at least until a federal appeals court weighs its legality and potentially until the Supreme Court decides whether to uphold the rule, which could conceivably take years. [ read more … ]

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Obama’s Efforts to Regulate Coal Emissions

By ADAM LIPTAK and CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-02-10 06:47:41

The 5-to-4 vote, with the court’s four liberal members dissenting, was unprecedented — the Supreme Court had never before granted a request to halt a regulation before review by a federal appeals court. [ read more … ]

Supreme Court blocks Obama’s signature climate rule

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-10 06:48:21

Today’s decision marks a big victory for critics of President Obama’s signature climate change rule. By granting the unusual request — which the administration called “extraordinary and unprecedented” — the high court has signaled that the regulation may not withstand its scrutiny. [ read more … ]

Obama Vows to Press Ahead on Clean Power Plan After Setback

By Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-02-10 06:48:49

The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved. Tuesday’s surprising move by the court is a blow to Obama and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents, who call the regulations “an unprecedented power grab.” [ read more … ]

Tapping the Power of the Great Plains to Light Up Faraway Cities

By Brian Eckhouse and Joe Ryan, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2016-02-10 06:49:28

Renewable energy advocates say long-distance transmission will tap the wind and solar potential of the Great Plains and Sun Belt the way pipelines opened up once-inaccessible oil fields in Alaska and Siberia. These projects are seen as essential to helping states comply with President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which requires them to reduce emissions from power plants, and will help the U.S. meet its goals of getting 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. “It doesn’t take a genius to say that the challenge is on the transmission side,” said Michael Skelly, president of Houston-based Clean Line. “That would enable a lot of renewable energy projects.” [ read more … ]

Senate bill’s fate up in the air

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-10 06:49:54

Senators are huddling with their respective caucuses this to try to sort out a path for salvaging the chamber’s bipartisan energy package, after overnight negotiations on aid for Flint, Mich., appear to have failed to clear the chief hurdle to finishing the bill. Aides from both parties said this morning it was unclear what’s next for the Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s package (S. 2012), which remains stalled over Democratic demands for assistance to help Flint residents cope with their lead-contaminated drinking water. [ read more … ]

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