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February 17, 2016

Scalia’s death boosts legal chances for Obama’s climate plan

BY LAWRENCE HURLEY, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-02-17 06:43:27

“Last week, the Clean Power Plan was basically dead,” said Brian Potts, a lawyer with the Foley & Lardner law firm who represents companies on environmental regulatory issues. “But with Scalia’s death, everything has changed.” Environmental lawyers involved in the litigation who support the regulation told Reuters Monday that even before Scalia’s death they had been hopeful the Supreme Court would ultimately uphold it upon close consideration. But they said the change in the high court bolsters the rule’s chances. [ read more … ]

17 bipartisan governors vow to boost clean energy

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-17 06:43:51

Governors of 17 states today announced a new bipartisan agreement to promote clean energy but steered clear of touching on climate change. Led by California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), the pact is aimed at boosting energy efficiency and renewable energy, modernizing the electricity grid and promoting electric and alternative fuel vehicles. [ read more … ]

How one Midwestern state is plowing ahead with climate rules

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-17 06:44:16

Frank Kohlasch, one of the lead architects of Minnesota’s compliance strategy for the Obama administration’s signature climate regulation, had just arrived at St. Cloud State University last Tuesday when news broke that the Supreme Court had slammed the brakes on the federal effort. St. Cloud State was hosting the first of four statewide public “listening sessions” on U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, where Kohlasch and his Minnesota Pollution Control Agency colleagues expected questions from citizens about what exactly the agency would require of Minnesota’s power plants. But the first query stumped him. [ read more … ]

Moniz touts state’s solar potential at field hearing

Margaret Kriz Hobson, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-17 06:44:53

Visiting this southwestern Alaska city on a cold but sunny day, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz yesterday released a study showing the Last Frontier could become a solar energy powerhouse. Its industry could rank “at least comparable if not favorable to that of Germany, which leads the world in solar PV installations,” he said. [ read more … ]

Sen. Whitehouse to discuss warming’s impact to global security

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-17 06:45:23

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) will attend an annual security conference in Munich this weekend where he’ll also participate in a discussion on climate change. Whitehouse and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) are leading a bipartisan congressional delegation to the Munich Security Conference. The senators have traveled together to previous security conferences in the German city. [ read more … ]

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