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March 5, 2015

Major financing deal puts R.I. project on track to be nation’s first offshore wind farm 

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-05 07:05:54

It is now all but certain that a 30-megawatt pilot project in Rhode Island state waters will be America’s first offshore wind farm. Deepwater Wind, the Providence, R.I.-based developer behind the Block Island project, announced this week that it had closed on more than $290 million in financing from American and French backers. [ read more … ]

EPA administrator races to finish landmark climate rules

By Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2015-03-05 07:06:17

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ran his reelection on a promise to dismantle as many pieces of those and other EPA regulations as he possibly could, looking to attach riders to energy packages or spending bills. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack put it bluntly last month, saying, “I wake up every morning, I say my prayers and I’m thankful I’m not the EPA administrator.” [ read more … ]

McConnell Urges States to Defy U.S. Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gas

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-03-05 07:06:51

Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and majority leader, is urging governors to defy President Obama by refusing to implement the administration’s global warming regulations. In an op-ed article published Wednesday in The Lexington Herald-Leader with the headline, “States should reject Obama mandate for clean-power regulations,” Mr. McConnell wrote: “The Obama administration’s so-called ‘clean power’ regulation seeks to shut down more of America’s power generation under the guise of protecting the climate.” He added, “Don’t be complicit in the administration’s attack on the middle class.” [ read more … ]

McConnell to states: Don’t comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan 

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-05 07:07:05

The Senate’s top Republican waded into state regulatory policy today, urging state officials in an newspaper op-ed to not let themselves be “bullied” into complying with U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky wrote in the Lexington Herald-Leader op-ed that state lawmakers and officials have little to fear from EPA if they don’t comply with its draft rule for power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions. Compliance, he said, could make states legally vulnerable. [ read more … ]

Europe Unlikely to Meet Climate Goal, Study Finds

By MELISSA EDDY, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-03-05 07:07:23

The European Union will fail to meet an ambitious goal of significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 unless it takes more aggressive measures to limit the use of fossil fuels and adopts new environmental policies, according to a report scheduled for release on Tuesday. Although European countries are on track to meet, and even surpass, the goal of reducing 1990-level greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020, existing policies are not robust enough to ensure that the 2050 targets are met, the report said. Those targets, scientists have said, are critical to forestalling the most catastrophic effects of climate change, which are linked to carbon emissions caused by human activity. [ read more … ]

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