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September 9, 2015

No Easy Passage Seen for California Climate Change Bills

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-09-09 06:34:43

California lawmakers negotiated frantically behind the scenes on Tuesday over the fate of several proposals to dramatically reduce the state’s use of fossil fuels and slash the amount of greenhouse gases that legally could be emitted. The measures, part of an environmental agenda championed by state Senate Democratic Leader Kevin De Leon, aim to require public utilities in California to use renewable resources for half the energy they provide by 2030, and mandate a 50 percent cut in the use of petroleum in cars and trucks by the same year.
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Cheap gas slows electric car sales as trucks and SUVs break records

Benjamin Hulac, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-09 06:35:30

Consumers in the United States bought automobiles in the four months from May through August at the fastest clip in more than a decade, propelled by strong appetite for trucks, sport utility vehicles and crossover models and by low gas prices. Light-vehicle sales for August surpassed 17 million units for the fourth month in a row, measured at an annualized, seasonally adjusted rate, according to automotive data company WardsAuto. The last time that happened was 2000, the firm said.
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Protesters launch hunger strike at FERC

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-09 06:36:13

Protesters angry about the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of infrastructure related to hydraulic fracturing are kicking off a monthlong fast in front of the agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters today. Members of Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE), a group known for disrupting FERC’s monthly meetings and picketing the agency in clown costumes, are aiming to occupy the sidewalk in front of FERC’s building through Sept. 25 to demand a stop to the approval of all gas-related infrastructure. [ read more … ]

Coal group warns Clinton on climate rule

Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-09 06:36:36

One of the coal industry’s top lobby groups is warning candidates — particularly Democrat Hillary Clinton — against supporting President Obama’s climate agenda. The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity today released a memo and video calling U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan a “carbon copy” of failed greenhouse gas cap-and-trade legislation. The industry group warns that politicians who support EPA’s rule may suffer the same consequences as those who voted for cap and trade.
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G.E. Gets European Regulators’ Approval to Buy Alstom Power Unit

By DAVID JOLLY and JAMES KANTER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-09-09 06:37:01

General Electric on Tuesday overcame the last big hurdle to the largest acquisition in its history, a $13.5 billion deal for the power business of Alstom of France, as European officials agreed that the American company had adequately addressed their antitrust concerns. For General Electric and its chairman and chief, Jeffrey R. Immelt, the proposed deal is part of the company’s renewed emphasis on industrial businesses after a risky diversification into finance by his predecessor, Jack Welch. [ read more … ]

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