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June 21, 2016

Senate: Conference vote possible this week — Murkowski

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-21 06:23:34

The Senate this week could vote to go to conference with the House on energy legislation, Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said yesterday. “I’m really hopeful that we’re going to be able to have a vote on it this week,” Murkowski told E&E Daily last night, saying she was encouraged by the meeting of the six House and Senate lawmakers who will play a key role in reconciling the chambers’ competing bills. [ read more … ]

House: Upton, Bishop offer conference committee assurances

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-21 04:49:56

Two top House chairmen yesterday pledged to work with wary Democrats in conference committee talks to produce a final energy bill that President Obama would sign. In a joint statement, Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) said they were committed to working with members from both parties on both sides of the Capitol to sort out the thorny differences between the chambers’ competing energy bills. While brief, the joint statement released yesterday afternoon addresses a key concern by Democrats, which has stalled the launch of formal negotiations. Members of the minority worry about Republicans pushing poison pill provisions [ read more … ]

How ‘Brexit’ imperils climate and energy policy

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-21 04:48:05

“As Obama told them very clearly, you’re going to be a midsized economy in the middle of the Atlantic, and you’re not going to have the leverage you had as the 28 when you’re a one,” said Michelle Egan of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. “And I don’t think they realize that the other 27 have no reason to be nice in the negotiation.” [ read more … ]

Governor vows to fight on after court blow to clean energy law

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-21 04:48:43

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) says his pursuit of policies “to protect the quality of air that our citizens breathe” will not be undone by a recent federal court ruling that struck down key elements of the state’s landmark clean energy law. The nearly 10-year-old law, called the Next Generation Energy Act, suffered a second strike last week as the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis affirmed a lower court ruling that the law involves “extraterritorial regulation” of energy markets in neighboring North Dakota. [ read more … ]

Critics look to tamp down green push in FAA extension

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-21 04:49:08

Americans for Prosperity is once again urging lawmakers not to extend a key renewable tax break in upcoming legislation that would extend the authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration beyond next month’s July 15 expiration. In a statement issued Friday, the group reiterated its opposition to extending the investment tax credit for wind, geothermal, fuel cells, and combined heat and power facilities for five years in the FAA extension, expected before the summer recess. [ read more … ]

Harvard study finds $38 billion of public health benefits from carbon reduction rule

By Greg Alvarez, AWEA  •    •  Posted 2016-06-21 04:49:30

A new report finds carbon reduction rules create billions in public health benefits. While the Clean Power Plan (CPP) works its way through the court system, researchers continue to look into what it could mean for consumers. The results of a new Harvard study show there’s nothing to fear: using a model that resembles the CPP, researchers found net benefits of $38 billion a year. Because wind power’s costs have fallen 66 percent in the last six years, it’s the biggest, fastest, cheapest way to cut carbon pollution, making it responsible for a big portion of these benefits.
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Dems seek to tie fossil fuel companies to Big Tobacco

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-21 04:50:30

House progressives are planning to hold a forum this week to argue that the oil and gas industry is taking its cue from Big Tobacco in its attempts to thwart investigations on climate change. The planned gathering Wednesday afternoon, called “Oil Is the New Tobacco,” will bring together members of Congress, climate researchers and environmental activists.
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