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February 12, 2016

Rule’s on ‘very firm’ legal footing — Obama

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-12 06:48:13

President Obama yesterday expressed confidence in the legal underpinning of his signature climate rule. In his first public remarks since the Supreme Court froze the rule Tuesday, the president acknowledged the action by the high court was “unusual” but said that the rule would ultimately survive. “In the last couple of days, I’ve heard people say, ‘The Supreme Court struck down the Clean Power rule.’ That’s not true, so don’t despair people,” he said, according to a White House press pool report from a Democratic fundraiser. “This is a legal decision that says, ‘Hold on until we review the legality.'” [ read more … ]

Obama: ‘Don’t despair’ over Supreme Court halting climate rule

By Devin Henry, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2016-02-12 06:48:40

“One of reasons I want to talk about this is because in the last couple of days I’ve heard people say, ‘The Supreme Court struck down the Clean Power Plant rule,’” Obama said in California. “That’s not true, so don’t despair, people. This a legal decision that says, ‘Hold on until we review the legality.’ We are very firm in terms of the legal footing here. …We need to be investing in the future, not the past. Instead of subsidizing … the oil industry, we should be investing in solar and wind and battery technology — all the things that promise us we can generate enormous power without destroying the planet for our kids and grandkids.” [ read more … ]

World reacts to Obama power policy in limbo

Jean Chemnick and Lisa Friedman, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-02-12 06:49:07

There are driving forces that will allow the United States to meet its commitment outside of the Clean Power Plan rule. Other policies, like the renewable energy tax credits that were extended late last year as part of a budget agreement with Capitol Hill, could help the United States achieve Obama’s promise of cutting greenhouse gas emissions between 26 and 28 percent compared with 2005 levels by 2025, he said. And “ongoing, intense” discussions with U.S. negotiating partners confirmed they understood that.
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McCarthy on rule freeze: ‘It is not going to slow us down’

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-12 06:49:32

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy expressed disappointment yesterday about the Supreme Court’s decision to freeze the Clean Power Plan but vowed before a gathering of state regulators that her agency would forge ahead with actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “It is not going to slow us down,” McCarthy said at a Washington, D.C., workshop on the plan. “Are we going to respect the decision of the Supreme Court? You bet. Of course we are. But that doesn’t mean that it’s the only thing that we’re working on.” [ read more … ]

Bird protections create legal hurdles for Cape Wind

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-12 06:50:00

The long-stalled offshore wind project planned for the coastal waters off Massachusetts could face even more legal roadblocks. Federal appeals court judges signaled skepticism about whether the government had properly determined how to minimize the project’s impact on migratory birds. The Cape Wind project, intended to be the country’s first offshore wind farm, has been beset by legal and financial problems in recent years. [ read more … ]

Calif. refuses to extend lifeline to troubled project

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-12 06:50:34

The state of California has dealt a major blow to a long-proposed utility-scale solar power project, deciding the owners of the planned Palen Solar Electric Generating System missed a deadline to file a revamped plan of development, meaning the new owners must start the permitting process over from scratch. The five-member California Energy Commission voted unanimously in a hearing today to deny a request from a subsidiary of San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy Inc. to extend to June 2017 a deadline to begin construction of the planned photovoltaic solar project [ read more … ]

Finding Beauty in the Darkness

By LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-02-12 06:47:02

WITH presidential primaries in full steam, with the country wrapped up in concern about the economy, immigration and terrorism, one might wonder why we should care about the news of a minuscule jiggle produced by an event in a far corner of the universe.
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