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February 22, 2016

Fight over Obama pick could tie Senate in legislative knots

George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-22 06:23:54

An early bellwether of the legislative outlook will be if the Senate returns this week to a broad energy bill that was sidelined earlier this month in a partisan dispute over attaching federal aid for the water crisis in Flint, Mich. Thus far, there is no sign of a deal on Flint, with Democrats seeking a far broader response than Republicans. A compromise on Flint would signal that not all bipartisan efforts have been sidetracked by the court fight. “I don’t think that energy legislation would be singled out for retribution in any way, but it could just be the case that everything that is discretionary gets submerged in the tsunami” of a court fight, Dorgan said. [ read more … ]

Scalia’s death ‘puts all the action’ in D.C. Circuit

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-21 04:33:09

When Supreme Court justices ruled to freeze the Obama administration’s climate rule earlier this month, many viewed it as a sign that it would ultimately be rejected by the high court (Greenwire, Feb. 9). But with the possibility now that the court could split 4-4 on the case — upholding a lower court’s opinion — all eyes are on what’s happening in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. [ read more … ]

Scalia and Chevron: It’s complicated

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-21 04:35:27

“Administrative law is not for sissies,” he told the Duke audience. Scalia went on to tout the so-called Chevron doctrine, holding that if Congress has been silent or ambiguous about how to tackle an issue, the courts should defer to an agency’s reasonable interpretation of the law.
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Why Clean Energy Needs National Action

By BEN DEJARNETTE, Pacific Standard  •    •  Posted 2016-02-22 04:49:20

In December, San Diego became the latest (and largest) city in the United States to pledge to move entirely to renewable energy; in January, New York governor Andrew Cuomo launched a $5 billion clean energy fund; and this spring, lawmakers in Oregon are expected to vote on a measure banning the use of coal power. Increasingly, U.S. states and cities are choosing to go out ahead of the Feds on climate action. But according to research published last month in the journal Nature Climate Change, building a sustainable green-energy future might still require Congress’ help. [ read more … ]

Nev. poses heightened climate test for Dems

Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-22 04:49:44

The candidates will find a Latino population in Nevada that’s substantially more concerned about the impacts of global warming than the average voter. About 54 percent of Hispanics say that climate change is extremely or very important to them personally, compared to 37 percent of non-Hispanic whites, according to a national poll conducted last year by The New York Times and Stanford University.
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In Britain, a Green Utility Company Sees Winds of Change

By STANLEY REED, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-02-22 04:50:05

The owner of the wind farm, the British electricity company SSE, has been betting big on turbines as well as other renewables for years, with multibillion-dollar investments that have made the utility the country’s leading provider of clean power. In theory, last year’s United Nations climate accord in Paris should have been a global validation of the company’s business strategy. But instead of doubling down, the utility is rethinking its energy mix, reconsidering plans for large wind farms and even restarting a mothballed power plant that runs on fossil fuel. [ read more … ]

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