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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 28, 2015

Just 15 votes — but a subtle and important shift for the GOP 

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-28 07:09:38

Last week, 15 Senate Republicans abandoned their party’s tried-and-true “I’m not a scientist” stance to back amendments affirming that human emissions are at least partly responsible for global warming. The shift in message was subtle, and some political experts said it wasn’t a shift at all. There have always been Republicans who acknowledged that human activity has a hand in climate change, they said, and the two amendments to the Keystone XL oil pipeline bill merely gave them a forum to express it. [ read more … ]

Agency’s reviews key to implementing Clean Power Plan — LaFleur 

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-28 07:09:53

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur today said her agency’s reviews of natural gas infrastructure, transmission and evolving markets will underpin implementation of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, despite drawing unparalleled pushback.”Pipelines are facing unprecedented opposition, from local and national groups, including environmental activists,” LaFleur told attendees at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington, D.C. “We’ve got a situation here.”
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Industry, greens air concerns over Obama leasing plan

Phil Taylor and Daniel Bush, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-01-28 07:10:18

Oil and gas officials and environmentalists panned the Obama administration’s move today to open Atlantic and Arctic waters to potential new drilling, a proposal that will leave a lasting mark on the president’s energy and environmental legacy. The Interior Department bid to allow a potential 2021 lease sale in waters from Virginia to Georgia and additional sales in the oil-rich but often perilous waters of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas was blasted by Republicans as too timid and by Democrats as environmentally reckless. [ read more … ]

Comment: Carbon Morality

By David Crane, President and CEO, NRG Energy, EnergyBiz  •    •  Posted 2015-01-28 07:10:40

The societal issue we own, obviously, is climate change, the mother of all social issues. We are as an industry – for the sake only of the casual uninformed reader perusing this issue of EnergyBiz in the dentist’s waiting room – the single largest emitter domestically of CO2, as a result of our overwhelming dependence on fossil fuel-based power generation. We should have seen it coming back in 2007, when the proud and mighty TXU was forced into the hands of private equity because it had ignited a firestorm of controversy by announcing its plans to build 11 new coal plants in the coal-friendly and deeply conservative state of Texas. [ read more … ]

Comment: Offshore wind power means better business, better beaches

By Jackie Savitz, vice president, Oceana, The Hill.com  •    •  Posted 2015-01-28 07:11:01

The push by some politicians and the oil industry to expand offshore drilling to the Atlantic is the wrong way to create jobs and lower gas prices. In fact, offshore wind development off the East Coast could produce twice as many jobs and energy as offshore drilling while alleviating the risk of catastrophic oil spills. [ read more … ]

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