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December 11, 2013

Ex-Clinton Aide Expected to Join Obama

By JACKIE CALMES, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2013-12-11 07:00:44

President Obama, after a rocky year that leaves him at the lowest ebb of his presidency, is bringing into his White House circle the longtime Democratic strategist John D. Podesta, a former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton. Mr. Podesta, who has agreed to serve as counselor for a year, led Mr. Obama’s presidential transition in 2008 and has been an outside adviser since then. He also has occasionally criticized the administration, if gently, from his perch as the founder and former president of the Center for American Progress, a center-left public policy research group that has provided personnel and policy ideas to the administration. [ read more … ]

Prominent Keystone XL foe set to advise Obama on climate

Elana Schor and Robin Bravender, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2013-12-11 07:01:09

Amid an exodus of White House environmental advisers, greens got reason to cheer late yesterday as Democratic heavy hitter John Podesta, a longtime critic of Canadian oil sands development, signed on as a White House adviser with a focus on climate change. A former chief of staff to President Clinton and founder of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, Podesta is a crucial ally of environmentalists pushing Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. His new job on Obama’s team, confirmed by a CAP colleague and first reported by The New York Times, comes nine days after an anti-KXL forum co-hosted by an arm of Podesta’s think tank. The appointment inspired activists to recirculate a speech he delivered more than three years ago blasting the Canadian oil sands as “polluting, destructive, expensive and energy intensive.” [ read more … ]

Analysis Group’s Tierney says concerns over EPA air regulations are misplaced

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2013-12-11 07:01:33

As U.S. EPA crafts proposed standards for existing power plants, which policy mechanisms hold the most promise in meeting the interests of key stakeholders? During today’s OnPoint, Susan Tierney, managing principal at the Analysis Group, discusses the policy design challenges facing the agency and the market factors that could affect the regulations’ success. [ read more … ]

Wind energy becoming cheaper than natural gas

By John Upton, Grist  •    •  Posted 2013-12-11 07:01:51

“In the Midwest, we’re now seeing power agreements being signed with wind farms at as low as $25 per megawatt-hour,” said Stephen Byrd, Morgan Stanley’s Head of North American Equity Research for Power & Utilities and Clean Energy, at the Columbia Energy Symposium in late November. “Compare that to the variable cost of a gas plant at $30 per megawatt-hour. …” [ read more … ]

Study says wind farms kill more than 300K birds a year

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-12-11 07:02:08

A new study led by government and academic researchers finds new wind farms using the most modern equipment are still killing hundreds of thousands of birds each year in collisions, a finding seized upon by conservation activists. The study published in this month’s Biological Conservation says as many as 328,000 birds are killed each year in collisions with so-called monopole wind turbines that are increasingly preferred by the wind power industry and are in use today. [ read more … ]

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