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December 9, 2014

Wyden maintains narrow hope for longer extenders bill 

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-12-09 06:47:05

Pointing to Friday’s positive jobs report for November, which showed that the economy had added 321,000 jobs, the largest one-month addition in nearly three years, Wyden said a longer extenders package would build on that progress. But he acknowledged that it was a long shot, given the limited amount of time remaining in the year. “I’ve made it clear that it’s hard to see a procedural path forward,” Wyden said. “But if you take a look at the economic news of last week, where things were starting to pick up a little bit, it’s clear if you provide some predictability and certainty that it would be possible to encourage the kind of investment that would cause those more encouraging numbers to grow.” The Senate is scheduled to adjourn Thursday and still has to act on yet-to-be-released legislation to fund the government past then and the annual defense authorization bill, which contains a massive and controversial package of public lands bills. [ read more … ]

Report: Oregon could produce enough wind energy to power 9 coal plants if growth continues

By Kelly House, The Oregonian  •    •  Posted 2014-12-09 06:47:41

If wind turbines continue to spread across the Oregon landscape at their current rate, within 15 years the state’s wind could produce as much energy as nine coal plants. Those figures come from an analysis released Thursday by Environment Oregon, a group that advocates for renewable energy. [ read more … ]

White House to appeal controversial demand response ruling 

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-12-09 06:48:05

The Obama administration signaled Friday that it will ask the Supreme Court to review a controversial court ruling that left a high-profile federal demand response program in disarray earlier this year. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli in a letter asked the Supreme Court for an extension through Jan. 15 to file a petition for a writ of certiorari to review a federal court’s ruling that scrapped the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s demand-response program. [ read more … ]

Liberal legal icon Tribe slams EPA’s ‘fatally flawed’ power plant rule 

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-12-09 06:48:26

EPA has argued that the so-called legislative “glitch” is an ambiguity and their interpretation should be granted deference under the 1984 Supreme Court precedent, Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council. Tribe disagreed. He said that an “ambiguity” that qualifies for Chevron deference is the “existence of more than one possible meaning in the language” of a law. EPA’s argument that it may choose which version of 111(d) it wants is an “entirely novel” argument, he said. “Because of these constitutional questions,” Tribe wrote, “EPA is not entitled to deference under Chevron.” [ read more … ]

Attorneys general, energy companies work hand in hand — report 

E&E  •    •  Posted 2014-12-09 06:48:43

Some of the nation’s largest energy firms have formed tight relationships with Republican attorneys general, using the offices to bring credibility to industry advocacy against Obama administration pollution rules. While attorneys general are elected as legal representatives of state residents, many are using the positions to advocate for powerful corporate energy interests, documents show. When Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) wrote to U.S. EPA to argue the agency was overestimating the amount of air pollution generated from natural gas wells in his state, he used a three-page letter written by Devon Energy that he presented as his own. [ read more … ]

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