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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 20, 2013

Obama Readying Emissions Limits on Power Plants

By JOHN M. BRODER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2013-06-20 12:22:13

President Obama is preparing regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, senior officials said Wednesday. The move would be the most consequential climate policy step he could take and one likely to provoke legal challenges from Republicans and some industries. Electric power plants are the largest single source of global warming pollution in the country, responsible for nearly 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. With sweeping climate legislation effectively dead in Congress, the decision on existing power plants — which a 2007 Supreme Court decision gave to the executive branch — has been among the most closely watched of Mr. Obama’s second term. [ read more … ]

Obama calls for global emissions pact ‘before it is too late’

John McArdle, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-06-20 12:22:30

In weather so warm that he removed his suit jacket, President Obama delivered a speech at Germany’s historic Brandenburg Gate this morning in which he called for “bold action” by every nation to fight the threat of climate change. “With a global middle class consuming more energy every day, this must now be an effort of all nations, not just some, for the grim alternative affects all nations: more severe storms, more famine and floods, new waves of refugees, coastlines that vanish, oceans that rise,” Obama said. [ read more … ]

Moniz taps Union of Concerned Scientists’ leader for chief of staff

Emily Yehle, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-06-20 12:22:45

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has recruited the president of the Union of Concerned Scientists to be his chief of staff. Kevin Knobloch has headed UCS for a decade, and in a statement today, he said it was a post he would leave only “for a call to public service of this order.” [ read more … ]

Danish firm pledges $200M to Cape Wind

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-06-20 12:23:00

A Danish pension fund has pledged to invest $200 million in the Cape Wind project, a long-delayed, 468-megawatt wind farm off Cape Cod, Mass., that hopes to begin construction by the end of the year. While the investment by PensionDanmark represents less than 10 percent of the project’s estimated $2.6 billion price tag, project owner Jim Gordon called it a “milestone” in the Massachusetts wind project’s decadelong development. [ read more … ]

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