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October 14, 2015

Energy-Related Excerpts from Democratic Presidential Debate

By THE NEW YORK TIMES  •    •  Posted 2015-10-14 16:37:23

QUESTION: As a young person, I’m very concerned about climate change and how it will affect my future. As a presidential candidate, what will you do to address climate change?
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Climate change emerges as a central campaign theme for Democrats

Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-14 16:37:48

The Democratic hopefuls for president vowed to embrace forceful measures to combat climate change in their curtain-raising debate last night without explaining how they would enlist the help of Republican lawmakers needed to enact their ambitious plans. Four of the five candidates raised the climate issue in their opening statements, marking a clear contrast to the 2012 presidential election, when President Obama largely avoided the topic. One analyst described the debate as a symbol of growing Democratic confidence that climate change can win primary votes while also exposing Republicans to vulnerabilities in the general election. [ read more … ]

Industry lobbyist mum on possible exports-for-renewables deal

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-14 16:38:49

The head of the American Petroleum Institute today repeatedly declined to offer an opinion as to whether the group would support a legislative compromise to lift the crude oil export ban in exchange for extending key renewable energy tax incentives. API President and CEO Jack Gerard told reporters he was “heartened” by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s August comments that the Nevada Democrat was open to talks of lifting the ban if more tax credits for renewables are on the table. Reid’s comments echoed a sentiment expressed by other Senate Democrats, who have argued that a boost for the oil sector should include help for renewables. [ read more … ]

Justices question regulators’ reach in fight over energy rule

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-14 16:38:27

Supreme Court justices yesterday probed whether federal regulators overstepped legal limits with a rule incentivizing energy conservation. At issue is the scope of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s power in a case on a demand-response rule that required that power users be paid for committing to scale back electricity use at times of peak demand. A lower court threw out the rule last year, agreeing with power generators and other challengers that FERC — charged with regulating wholesale electricity sales — had overstepped its authority by wading into the retail electricity market. Retail power sales to businesses and residential customers legally fall under states’ jurisdiction. [ read more … ]

Moniz touts rules, smart grid as boon to U.S. climate goals

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-14 16:39:11

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz pledged today that his department will spend the next 15 months doing everything it can to improve U.S. energy efficiency, both by promulgating rules and by modernizing the power grid. “We are scheduled to roll out more than 20 additional efficiency rules in the remainder of this administration, kind of driving the system to the breaking point,” Moniz told a Washington, D.C., hotel ballroom full of smart grid experts. “But we think it’s really important to go there.” [ read more … ]

D.C. judge a formidable foe for Obama’s environmental agenda

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-14 16:39:45

A Republican operative-turned federal judge has emerged as one of the most powerful critics of President Obama’s environmental rules. Judge Brett Kavanaugh — a 50-year-old George W. Bush administration appointee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit — has pounded the administration in a series of legal opinions rebuffing some of its most high-profile air pollution rules. And because he’s widely seen as an influential voice with Supreme Court justices and a leading contender for a GOP nomination to the high court, Kavanaugh’s legal moves are being closely watched by those on both sides of the environmental debate. [ read more … ]

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