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May 9, 2016

Senate not likely to advance energy bill on third try

George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-09 05:54:29

A bid to get the fiscal 2017 appropriations process back on track in the Senate by reviving the energy and water spending bill will likely come up short this evening. Senate Democrats plan to once again band together against a procedural vote to wind down debate on the $37.5 billion bill because of a proposed amendment related to Iran. Before last week’s recess, the Senate voted 52-43 against invoking cloture, leaving the energy and water bill short of the 60 votes needed to move toward final passage. [ read more … ]

Clinton agenda eyes executive powers, not Hill — advisers

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-09 06:00:12

Her priorities include safeguarding U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, completing a review of fuel efficiency standards and making gains on methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said. “I still hold out the hope that Congress will become a real partner with any president when it comes to climate action,” Podesta said, “but the prospects of that, particularly I think in the House, are undeniably still some years off, and this is simply too important to wait for Congress to get with the program.” [ read more … ]

Energy secretary: U.S. must be energy independent

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2016-05-09 04:11:15

Energy security remains a top concern, even with growing U.S. supplies of oil, natural gas and renewable energy, said U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, kicking off a public forum on energy policies, electric markets and the grid in Des Moines on Friday. “Energy security for the United States is not simply a national issue but an international issue,” Moniz said. “The insecurity of our friends in Europe, for example, directly influences what we can do. [ read more … ]

Iowa wind boom highlights transformation in Midwest

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-09 06:49:08

But with all of the opportunities that go along with the transformation of the grid, there also remain plenty of challenges. Some of the most pressing challenges highlighted Friday include state policy battles over how to deploy rooftop solar energy systems; local disputes over siting of transmission projects; cooperation among grid operators; and ensuring reliability of the power grid as older, less efficient coal plants are phased out.
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EPA Chief: US Quickly Phasing Out Coal for Clean Energy

By Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-05-09 04:13:37

The top official at the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday the ongoing legal fight over regulating carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants won’t delay the nation’s accelerating shift to cleaner sources of energy. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke at Climate Action 2016, a conference in Washington on efforts to curb global warming. Seeking to reassure her international audience, McCarthy said the United States will absolutely meet its obligations to cut carbon emissions as agreed to in the landmark climate treaty signed in Paris last December. [ read more … ]

Congressional research shop releases litigation summary

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-09 04:12:52

Congress’ in-house research shop has drafted a summary of the complicated legal battle over the Obama administration’s climate regulations. The Congressional Research Service late last month released a backgrounder in the case, West Virginia v. U.S. EPA, where nearly 160 parties are challenging EPA’s Clean Power Plan. [ read more … ]

Moniz says Paris goals already achievable, but more cuts needed

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-09 04:12:25

The United States can reach its Paris climate goals with current and emerging technologies and today’s suite of policy signals, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said. Speaking at an event hosted by the European delegation to the United States, Moniz said the Climate Action Plan that President Obama introduced three years ago could deliver on the U.S. pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions between 26 and 28 percent compared with 2005 levels by 2025 when coupled with technology improvements that are already in the pipeline. But new laws will be needed to put the United States on a path to contribute to Paris’ goal of keeping warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius.
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Exxon case launches ‘novel and creative’ era of litigation

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-09 04:13:59

Investigations and potential future litigation against Exxon Mobil Corp. over its alleged past misinformation about global warming are just the beginning of a new era of climate change legal pursuits, several attorneys predicted this week. New legal maneuvers could feature the government, consumers, investors and insurance companies as plaintiffs, said the attorneys, who spoke at the Climate Action 2016 summit in Washington, D.C. [ read more … ]

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