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August 6, 2015

16 states ask EPA to put rules on hold

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-06 06:48:40

16 states ask EPA to put rules on hold”This request is a necessary first step and prerequisite to confronting this illegal power grab by the Obama administration and EPA,” Morrisey said in a statement. The effort includes predominantly Republican-led states. They are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming and West Virginia. [ read more … ]

Senate Democrats revive effort to target oil, gas subsidies

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-06 06:49:37

Senate Democrats today renewed their attempt to curb oil and gas subsidies and raise billions of dollars as lawmakers search for revenue streams for a host of measures on Capitol Hill, including a transportation extension and a tax extenders package. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), along with 18 Democratic co-sponsors, reintroduced the “Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act,” a bill that would target a variety of deductions for the five largest oil companies — BP PLC, Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Chevron Corp. and ConocoPhillips Co. — and use the revenue for deficit reduction. [ read more … ]

Four Graphs Bolster Bill Gates’s Case for Greatly Boosting Clean-Energy Research

By ANDREW C. REVKIN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-08-06 06:49:07

…If we create the right environment for innovation, we can accelerate the pace of progress, develop and deploy new solutions, and eventually provide everyone with reliable, affordable energy that is carbon free. We can avoid the worst climate-change scenarios while also lifting people out of poverty, growing food more efficiently, and saving lives by reducing pollution. To create this future we need to take several steps: [ read more … ]

Utilities and rooftop solar companies ally to push bill to boost Calif.’s renewable energy goals

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-06 06:49:58

California’s pursuit of ever-more renewable energy is pushing odd partners into a debate over the role of rooftop solar. The past few years have brought bruising fights between utilities and small-scale renewables companies over policies that compensate rooftop solar systems for putting power back into the grid. The two sides have been lobbying against each other in California, Arizona, Florida, Nevada, Utah and other states over claims that rooftop solar doesn’t pay its fair share for using the grid. [ read more … ]

Swing-state voters back Clean Power Plan — poll

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-06 06:50:16

A majority of voters in eight political swing states disagree with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) advice to state officials to buck the newly finalized Clean Power Plan, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey released today. The poll, commissioned by liberal group Americans United for Change, surveyed 4,517 registered voters in Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. [ read more … ]

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