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September 29, 2016

Congress heads for exits after passing CR

George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-29 06:50:59

Congress passed a stopgap spending bill late last night that averts a government shutdown and sets the stage for lawmakers to hash out a final fiscal 2017 spending package in a post-election, lame-duck session. The House cleared the continuing resolution 342-85 several hours after it easily passed the Senate 72-16. The White House said the president will sign the legislation. [ read more … ]

OPEC agrees to production cuts

Nathanial Gronewold, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-29 06:51:35

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will cut production in an effort to boost prices and shore up members’ economies. The news sent crude oil prices sharply upward. The agreed-to cuts, reported by The Wall Street Journal and other outlets, don’t amount to much of total OPEC output. They total roughly 740,000 barrels a day from current estimated output volumes of over 33 million barrels per day. Rising global offshore production will likely match that volume in a little over a year. [ read more … ]

Analysis: EPA emerges from court battle with the edge

Emily Holden, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-29 06:53:36

Tuesday was a good day for U.S. EPA, observers on both sides of a fierce legal struggle over the future of the Obama administration’s landmark climate change rule conceded as they emerged from federal appeals court. Many thought the agency and supporters of the Clean Power Plan had an edge during the nearly seven hours of oral arguments at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. It quickly became apparent, though, that the agency’s biggest legal hurdle may come from its attempts to make the standards for power plants more flexible, affordable and ambitious. [ read more … ]

Wyoming rejects tax on wind energy that will likely be sold in California

By William Yardley, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2016-09-29 06:54:19

The plan, advanced by an interim joint revenue committee, was to raise the state wind energy production tax – the only such tax in the nation – to help pay for important school construction projects. Yet instead of finding new revenue, lawmakers in the conservative state found controversy and, finally, rejection. Last week, after listening to five hours of testimony from wind companies, business groups and local communities opposed to the tax increase, the revenue committee voted overwhelmingly to kill the idea. By doing so, they pleased wind advocates but made it harder for Wyoming to balance its budget.
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Clinton uses 1st debate to reiterate push for solar, clean energy jobs 

By SNL  •    •  Posted 2016-09-29 06:54:00

In the first of three debates between the two major party presidential candidates, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton on Sept. 26 reiterated her call for renewable energy development, making an appeal for becoming a “clean energy superpower of the 21st century.” “We can deploy half a billion more solar panels,” Clinton said during a discussion on economic development. “We can have enough clean energy to power every home. We can build a new modern electric grid. That’s a lot of jobs. That’s a lot of new economic activity.” [ read more … ]

Clinton’s tenure on Senate EPW: ‘very focused, very diligent’

George Cahlink and Geof Koss, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-09-29 06:52:39

Clinton emerges as a pragmatic policy wonk eager to focus on New York-centric issues and push for environmental justice. It also finds a lawmaker aware of her star power and eager to be seen as working with Republicans. But it also shows a senator who did not often break with Democratic environmental orthodoxy — nor did she author any major green legislation that was signed into law. [ read more … ]

Trump campaign: ‘Global warming is naturally occurring’

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-29 06:52:05

In the wake of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s denials Monday night that he’s called climate change a “hoax” perpetrated by China, his campaign manager reiterated in an interview today that Trump doesn’t believe human activity contributes to changing temperatures. And in a separate interview today, GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence offered an incompatible assessment, asserting the Republican ticket would “follow the science” on climate change while avoiding new regulations. [ read more … ]

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