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September 8, 2015

Lawmakers, state regulators to take fresh aim at EPA rule

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-08 06:24:59

House Republicans on a key environment subcommittee will take aim at U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan this week as critics continue their assault on the controversial regulation. GOP lawmakers on the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Environment are expected to slam the agency’s rule at a hearing Friday titled “How EPA’s Power Plan Will Shut Down Power Plants.” [ read more … ]

California’s Climate Fight Comes Down to Late Negotiations

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-09-08 06:25:40

Gov. Jerry Brown has made climate change the centerpiece of his final tenure by laying out the most aggressive benchmark in North America, which would reduce California’s carbon footprint and boost the state’s renewable energy use to 50 percent in 15 years. Securing legislation requiring that standard in the world’s eighth-largest economy would be a timely win for Brown before international leaders meet in Paris in November for the United Nations climate change conference. Brown is likely to attend the conference, but he has not said so officially. But first, the Democratic governor has to break through a logjam in his own party in the final week of the legislative session. [ read more … ]

Carbon Cuts So Sharp Even California Democrats Are Divided

By ADAM NAGOURNEY, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-09-08 06:26:03

The state has been at the forefront of global efforts to battle greenhouse gases, enacting mandates to force sharp reductions in emissions over the next 35 years. Its environmental record was applauded by Mr. Obama last week, and Pope Francis invited Gov. Jerry Brown to discuss the fight against global warming in the Vatican this summer. But a centerpiece of California’s long-term campaign against emissions — legislation requiring a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use by Jan. 1, 2030 — has set off a fierce battle here, pitting not only a well-financed oil industry against environmentalists, but Democrat against Democrat. The bill easily passed the Senate, but it is faltering in the Assembly because of opposition by moderate Democrats, many representing economically suffering districts in central California. A vote is expected early next week. [ read more … ]

Wind power, booming nationally, grinds to a halt in Wyoming

By Casper Star Tribune  •    •  Posted 2015-09-08 06:26:24

But in Wyoming, one of the breeziest states in the country, no new wind capacity has been added since 2010. Moreover, no new additions are expected in the near term, as projects already on the planning board work their way through a lengthy permitting process. The main constraint facing the industry in the state remains transmission, analysts said. [ read more … ]

OUR OPINION: Power of wind blows across state of Iowa

By Editorial Board, Sioux City Journal  •    •  Posted 2015-09-08 06:26:46

Again today, we applaud MidAmerican for its investments in the economic future of our state, its commitment to our environment through support of clean, renewable energy and its contributions to the goal of energy independence for our nation. Without question, the renewable fuels industry is key to the future of Iowa (the state also ranks first in the nation for production of ethanol and second for production of biodiesel), but the industry is good for the long-term economic, strategic and security interests of America, too. [ read more … ]

Oil industry braces for Obama’s final climate push

By Devin Henry, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2015-09-08 06:27:11

The oil and gas industry is hunkering down to weather the final stretch of the Obama administration. Industry groups and their backers had hoped President Obama would use his trip last week to Alaska to say something about the need for more oil and gas drilling in the United States. Instead, Obama kept his focus on global warming, leaving oil interests in a familiar position: left out and on the defensive. [ read more … ]

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