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February 10, 2015

GOP avoids showdown over EPA climate change rules

By ELANA SCHOR, Politico  •    •  Posted 2015-02-10 06:49:03

One GOP source with knowledge of the party’s strategy said there is “an obvious lack of enthusiasm among Republican staff, and maybe members, too, to do something on” the power-plant emissions rules that EPA is set to finalize this summer. “There’s not a lot of ‘yay, I’m superexcited’ on this.” In public, however, Republicans vow that they’re committed to fighting what they have long savaged as Obama’s “war on coal.” [ read more … ]

Utility proposes 25,000 EV charging stations on ratepayers’ dime 

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-10 06:49:23

The switch to electric vehicles could get a boost in California if the state’s utility regulator accepts a new proposal from Pacific Gas and Electric Corp. PG&E said today it’s asking the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for permission to build about 25,000 electric vehicle charging stations across northern and central California. If approved, the program would be the country’s largest deployment of EV charging stations, the utility said. [ read more … ]

Gov. Jerry Brown’s fracking problem

By MARK HERTSGAARD, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2015-02-10 06:49:42

California Gov. Jerry Brown has done more to fight climate change than perhaps any other elected official in the United States. So what accounts for the environmentalists heckling him during speeches and planning to confront him Saturday at an Oakland March for Real Climate Leadership? One word: fracking. “I challenge anybody to find any other state” that’s doing as much about climate change, Brown shot back to anti-fracking protesters during his speech at the California Democratic Party’s convention last March. [ read more … ]

Government taking comments on Carolinas wind energy proposal

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-02-10 06:50:01

The federal government holds hearings this week to get public comment on plans to lease hundreds of thousands of acres off the coast of the Carolinas for wind energy development. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has identified three areas in federal waters that could be leased for putting up wind turbines. [ read more … ]

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