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April 14, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending April 11

1. EPA Consulted With Hundreds of Groups On Carbon Rule for Existing Power Plants 2. McCarthy Open to Changes on Clean Water Jurisdiction Rule; No Decision on Pebble Mine 3. EPA Weighing...

April 11, 2014

Manchin Calls for Democrats, Republicans to Come Together to Address Climate Change

Sen. Joe Manchin, one of the most moderate Democrats in the Senate, believes both parties need to put aside ideological differences to find a way to address climate change while also protecting the...

April 11, 2014

The Week Ahead: DOE Office to Release First Strategic Plan in 12 Years

The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will likely release the first strategic plan for the office in 12 years during the week of April 14, an EERE official...

April 11, 2014

Energy Efficiency Bill Gaining Momentum in Senate

Senate energy efficiency legislation backed by companies such as the Dow Chemical Co. and investor-owned utility National Grid could be brought back to the floor in May, the legislation's sponsor...

April 9, 2014

How Green Is Your Port?

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to develop a new program to recognize ports for their sustainability efforts, which could ultimately influence multinational corporations' shipping...

April 7, 2014

Top Five Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending April 4

Regulations to control carbon dioxide and methane emissions were among the top four Energy and Climate Report stories for the week ending April 4, while the fifth most read story covered a United Nations climate change report.

April 4, 2014

The Week Ahead: McCarthy, Moniz to Testify Before Senate Appropriations Subcommittees

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will testify April 9 before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment on the agency's 2015 fiscal year...

April 3, 2014

Q&A: IPCC Official Christopher Field Discusses Latest Climate Change Report

After five days of talks, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change presented the Working Group II report March 31 in Yokohama, Japan. The new document, the second of three parts that will combine to become the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report, is the most comprehensive collection of data so far on the impacts and vulnerabilities the world faces from climate change.

March 31, 2014

Top Five Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending March 28

Court actions involving the Environmental Protection Agency made up the top two Energy and Climate Report stories for the week ending March 28. Other top stories covered pollution control costs and a reported 2 degree temperature increase in Colorado.

March 31, 2014

Don't Miss Out! Climate Desk Live to Hold Event April 1

Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee (D) will be the featured speaker at this event on "Climate Action Goes to Washington (State): Energy Solutions in the Pacific Northwest." Sponsored by Bloomberg BNA, in...

March 28, 2014

The Week Ahead: Budgets for EPA, DOE on House Agenda, Senate to Look at Tax Credits for Renewables

On April 2, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency's budget request for fiscal year 2015.

March 28, 2014

California Regulators Hitting Climate Policies Out of Ballpark

March 26 - California's climate policies have been moving forward despite lawsuits challenging programs being implemented under the state's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (A.B. 32),...

March 26, 2014

Netherlands Joins Bid to End Financing for Coal-Fired Plants to Spur Green Growth Investment

The Netherlands joined an initiative of the U.S. and several other nations for a pledge to end the public financing of new coal-fired power plants overseas, as the Dutch prime minister joined with President Barack Obama in reaffirming both nations' commitment to addressing climate change.

March 24, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending March 21

Expressing concern about what it views as stubborn public skepticism regarding the causes and risks of climate change, the world's largest scientific society said March 18 it is stepping more...

March 21, 2014

The Week Ahead: Senate to Focus on EPA Budget, House on Science Budget

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold an oversight hearing March 26 on the Environmental Protection Agency's fiscal year 2015 budget.

March 21, 2014

States Aren't Shying Away From Regulating Carbon Emissions From Power Plants

March 20 —  States have begun preparing a variety of potential approaches for complying with the Environmental Protection Agency's final regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, and panelists at an energy event said people should keep open minds on unconventional ways of meeting the standards.

March 19, 2014

Can Climate Change Skeptics Become Believers?

Expressing concern about what it views as stubborn public skepticism regarding the causes and risks of climate change, the world's largest scientific society said March 18 it is stepping more forcefully into the policy debate and will call directly for cuts in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

March 17, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending March 14

Remarks by top federal officials related to climate change or energy, and the Senate's all-night session to urge climate change action made up the top five "Energy and Climate Report" stories...

March 14, 2014

The Week Ahead: EU Leaders to Meet on Climate, Energy Strategy

European Union leaders will meet March 20-21 in Brussels to discuss an end-of-year deadline for a decision on a climate and energy strategy for 2030. As detailed in a March 12 "Energy and...

March 13, 2014

Should 'Quibbling' Over Climate Change Stop? Yes, According to This Ranking Republican Senator

March 12 — The U.S. has made progress at addressing climate change, but additional technologies are needed to promote the use of abundant energy resources while combating emissions, Sen. Lisa...

March 13, 2014

Q&A: Top UNFCCC Official Thorgeirsson on 2014-2015 Climate Negotiation Priorities

March 12 —  With the first United Nations climate negotiations of the year at their halfway point, negotiators are grappling with many key issues related to the form, scope and ambition of the 2015 global agreement to confront climate change.

March 12, 2014

Florida Sen. Nelson Calls Sea-Level Rise, Climate Change 'Compelling Story,' Announces Hearing

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) told Bloomberg BNA he plans to hold a field hearing April 22 in Miami Beach with members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on the effects of...

March 11, 2014

Senate 'All-Nighter' Suggests Long Road Ahead for U.S Climate Action

One by one, nearly 30 Senate Democrats came to the Senate floor last night in what they touted as an all-nighter on climate change, a mix of policy speeches and political theater that sought to...

March 10, 2014

28 Senators to Hold All-Night Session March 10 to Urge Climate Change Action

March 7 — Nearly 30 Democratic and Independent senators are expected to participate in an all-night session on the Senate floor discussing the need to act to address climate change from the...

March 10, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA 'Energy and Climate Report' Stories for the Week Ending March 7

The top story for the week ending March 7 was on the appointment of a new general counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, followed by three stories related to the regulation of carbon dioxide from power plants and a fifth story on a Defense Department review warning of threats posed by climate change.

March 7, 2014

The Week Ahead: Potential Clash Anticipated Between U.S., EU at Climate Meeting in Bonn

The first international climate talks of 2014 will be held March 10-14 in Bonn during which the U.S. and the European Union may clash over key issues, including the length of a future treaty and how to monitor, report and verify greenhouse gas emissions.

March 5, 2014

Will $1 Billion Help Regions Prepare for the Impacts of Climate Change? Yes, According to President Obama

March 4 — President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget request calls for a new $1 billion climate resilience fund, which the president first announced in February to help coastal...

March 4, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Feb. 28

Oral arguments before the Supreme Court over greenhouse gas emissions made up the top three most read Energy and Climate Report stories, followed by a report that answers common questions on climate science and the urging by the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to keep an open mind on carbon limits for power plants.

February 28, 2014

The Week Ahead: $1 Billion Climate Fund to Be Included in White House Budget Request

A $1 billion package to help communities prepare for the impacts of climate change, as exemplified by severe weather events, is expected to be included in President Barack Obama's Fiscal 2015 budget request to be submitted to Congress March 4.

February 28, 2014

Putting a Social Price on Carbon. Is $37 a Ton Adequate?

Feb. 27 — The models used by a federal interagency working group to determine the value regulators will use to determine the cost of carbon dioxide emissions hasn't been adequately peer reviewed,...

February 26, 2014

Financial Institutions Get Help in Filing With the SEC on Sustainability, Climate Risk Issues

Feb. 25 — A nonprofit standards-setting organization released voluntary guidelines Feb. 25 to help commercial banks, insurance companies and others in the financial sector report on relevant sustainability issues in annual filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

February 25, 2014

Don't Phase Out Fossil Fuels in Federal Buildings Just Yet, Senators Say in Crafting Bill

Senate energy efficiency legislation likely to be reintroduced the week of Feb. 24 will include a measure that would block a requirement that federal buildings phase out fossil fuel use, among other Republican-backed amendments, according to industry groups and others monitoring the bill.

February 25, 2014

What is Natural Capital? Find Out What it Means for Some Companies

Feb. 21 —  Microsoft, Shell, Disney and 38 other companies representing more than $1.4 trillion in revenue have come together to launch an online hub to help make the business case for putting a price on natural resources.

February 24, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Feb. 21

1. Supreme Court Could Clarify Authority of EPA to Regulate Greenhouse Gases This Feb. 19 story previews oral arguments heard by the Supreme Court Feb. 24 in a lawsuit challenging the...

February 21, 2014

The Week Ahead: Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Greenhouse Gas Permitting Case

On Feb. 24, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act for stationary sources.

February 20, 2014

Supreme Court Could Clarify Authority of EPA to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

Feb. 19 —  The U.S. Supreme Court won't address the Environmental Protection Agency's fundamental authority to regulate greenhouse gases during oral arguments Feb. 24, but lawsuits challenging the...

February 19, 2014

Which States Have the Most 'Green' Building Space?

Illinois led the nation in 2013 with the most building space per capita certified to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building standard, according to a ranking...

February 18, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA 'Energy and Climate Report' Stories for the Week Ending Feb. 14

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February 18, 2014

Senate Democrats to Pull All-Nighter to Push for Climate Change Action

Feb. 14 — Senate Democrats appear poised to take their first action to raise the national profile of the issue of climate change and urge action with an all-night floor session sometime in...

February 14, 2014

The Week Ahead: President to Attend North American Summit; Energy on Agenda While Decision on Keystone Awaits Action

President Barack Obama will travel to Mexico on Feb. 19 to meet with the president of Mexico and the prime minister  of Canada and discuss trade and investment issues. Meeting of National...

February 11, 2014

Don't Outsource Carbon Emissions, Labor Leader Says

Feb. 10 — Labor leaders are among those urging significant federal investments in water, energy and waste infrastructure as a way to promote job creation and protect from the impacts of climate...

February 10, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA 'Energy and Climate Report' Stories for the Week Ending Feb. 7

The top Energy and Climate Report stories for the week of Jan. 3-7 revolved around highly controversial Clean Air Act new source performance standards the Environmental Protection Agency...

February 7, 2014

The Week Ahead: Energy Development Advocate Landrieu Poised to Take Helm of Senate Committee

In the week ahead, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is expected to become chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. As detailed in a Feb. 6 Energy and Climate Report , article ...

February 7, 2014

Does the SEC Need to Beef Up Enforcement of Climate Reporting?

Feb. 6 —  The Securities and Exchange Commission isn't doing enough to enforce its requirement for corporate reporting on climate risk, according to a Ceres report. The new report said the majority...

February 5, 2014

Senate Democrats to Ratchet Up Defense of Climate Change Actions

The Senate climate change caucus formed, in part, to defend President Obama's climate plan, and efforts to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will offer some insights into its strategy next week, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) told Bloomberg BNA Feb. 4.

February 4, 2014

Power Adapters of the Future Will Save Billions, Reduce Carbon Footprint, DOE Says

Feb. 3 — Energy efficiency requirements for external power supplies used by cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles and other electronics will increase or be set for the first time...

February 3, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA 'Energy and Climate Report' Stories for Week Ending Jan. 31

The top five most read stories in Energy and Climate Report for the week of Jan. 27-31, listed below, cover ways President Barack Obama can or should address climate and energy issues, a hefty fine...

January 31, 2014

The Week Ahead: EPA to Hold Hearing on Power Plant Rule; Vote on Farm Bill Expected

The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a hearing Feb. 6 in Washington on proposed new source performance standards that would limit carbon dioxide from new power plants.

January 30, 2014

Hydropower in U.S. Gets Boost from New Laws. Will Congress Do More?

A pair of bills signed by President Obama to streamline the approval process for small hydropower facilities has led to an increase in project investment and calls by proponents for more legislative fixes.

January 29, 2014

Obama to Congress: U.S. Must Act ‘With More Urgency' on Climate Change

President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address Jan. 28 stood firmly behind his plan to set carbon limits for power plants and other steps to address climate change, adding that “the debate is settled” over whether human activity is warming the planet.

January 28, 2014

State of the Union: Obama Expected to Tout Progress on Climate, Energy Issues

As President Barack Obama prepared to deliver his State of the Union address, advocates of greenhouse gas reductions urged the president to turn up the pressure on Congress to pass climate change legislation while demonstrating his willingness to act alone in the face of congressional inaction.

January 27, 2014

Top Five Stories for the Week Ending Jan. 24

The following Energy and Climate Report stories related to carbon capture and storage technology, greenhouse gas regulations and statements by EPA officials regarding climate change were the top five for Jan. 20-24.

January 24, 2014

The Week Ahead: Obama to Give State of Union Address, House Committee to Vote on Power Plant Bill

Will President Barack Obama highlight clean energy and climate issues during his State of the Union address Jan. 28? It appears likely, given the urgency he cited in unveiling his Climate Action Plan in June of last year.

January 22, 2014

Q&A: BBNA's Anthony Adragna's Exclusive Interview With Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Climate Change

Bloomberg BNA reporter Anthony Adragna sat down with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) in his office Jan. 17 to discuss the climate change agenda in the coming year. According to Whitehouse, forthcoming EPA regulations on power plant emissions could open a new window for action on carbon legislation. He also said some Republican senators believe in climate change but are afraid to speak publicly for fear of reprisal, and the U.S. has been the “weak link” in negotiating an international treaty.

January 21, 2014

Top Five Stories for the Week Ending Jan. 17

Here's a look at the top five Energy and Climate Report stories for the week of Jan. 13-17. EPA Assertions on Carbon Capture Viability Sparked Concerns by White House Officials This Jan. 10 article covers concerns by White House officials over the Environmental Protection Agency's assertions that carbon capture and sequestration technology is a "viable technology" for new power plants to install to meet greenhouse gas emissions limits in a proposed new source performance standard.

January 17, 2014

The Week Ahead: EPA Administrator Heads to Davos to Tout U.S. Climate Change Actions

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is scheduled to attend the World Economic Forum Jan. 22-25 in Davos, Switzerland.

January 17, 2014

Have Senate Democrats Created New Momentum to Tackle Climate Change?

Senators on a new caucus that aims to push for action on climate change and defend President Barack Obama's efforts on the issue met for the first time Jan. 16 to discuss strategy, including some possible legislative initiatives.

January 15, 2014

Will Senate Democrats Succeed in Keeping Obama's Climate Action Plan on Track?

In a bid to shore up their defense of President Barack Obama's efforts to put limits on U.S. power plant greenhouse gas emissions, 17 Democrats and two independents launched a new Senate caucus this week to begin the long journey to resurrect climate legislation.

January 14, 2014

Will the Obama Administration Wait Until After Midterm Elections to Make a Decision on Keystone?

Analysts are divided over how an administrationwide review of energy policy that will focus on energy infrastructure might affect the Obama administration's decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

January 13, 2014

Top Five Energy, Climate Articles of the Week (Jan. 6-10)

1). White House Adviser Takes on Skeptics, Says Rising Temperatures Make Cold Spells Likely This Jan. 8 Energy and Climate article covers White House Office of Science and Technology Policy...

January 10, 2014

The Week Ahead: Senate Democrats to Sharpen Focus on Climate Change While House Republicans Seek to Stop Carbon Regulation

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will testify Jan. 16 before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the agency's efforts to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and implement other policy initiatives to carry out President Barack Obama's climate change action plan.

January 9, 2014

White House Puts Chill on Climate Change Skeptics

The top White House science adviser posted this video Jan. 8 pushing back against climate science skeptics who argue that this week's cold spell proves that global warming is a hoax.

December 20, 2013

Q & A: BBNA Reporters Talk to Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) on RFS, Other Top Concerns on EPW Committee Agenda

Bloomberg BNA reporters Dean Scott and Anthony Adragna sat down with Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) in his office Dec. 19 to discuss his new compromise to revamp the federal renewable fuel mandate.

December 20, 2013

A Look Ahead: New Year to Ring in New Rules for Power Plants

Climate change will be high on the Environmental Protection Agency's agenda in 2014, while adaptation efforts will take on more urgency, emissions trading will cross North American borders and countries will continue to work toward a global climate agreement.

December 13, 2013

The Week Ahead: Senate Poised to to Vote on Defense Spending Bill; Restrictions on Use of Biofuels by Military Expected to Be Retained

The Senate is expected the week of Dec. 16 to consider a compromise Defense Department authorization bill approved by the House that retains restrictions on the military's use of biofuels. As covered in a Dec. 9 Energy and Climate Report article, the National Defense Authorization Act codifies DOD policy that biofuels purchased in bulk by the Pentagon "have to be bought at competitive prices."

December 6, 2013

The Week Ahead: EPA Administrator Travels to China, Congress to Hold Energy, Climate Hearings

On Dec. 9, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will begin a four-day visit to China to discuss U.S.-China cooperation on climate change, air quality and other environmental challenges. As covered in a Dec. 5 Energy and Climate Report article, McCarthy's agenda includes leading a meeting of the China-U.S. Joint Committee on Environmental Cooperation, launched in 2005.

November 29, 2013

The Week Ahead: EPA to Hold Hearing on 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard

The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public hearing Dec. 5 in Arlington, Va., on its proposed renewable fuel standard for 2014. As detailed in a Nov. 19 Energy and Climate Report article, the standard, proposed Nov. 15, would require petroleum refiners to blend 15.21 billion gallons of renewable fuels into their products in 2014. That is down from the 18.15 billion gallons required by the Energy Independence and Security Act.

November 23, 2013

Warsaw Talks Close with a Flurry; Heavy Lifting Still to Come

With a flurry of activity in a 24-hour overtime period, the Warsaw climate talks managed an outcome COP President Marcin Korolec declared a success. But it will have to be a qualified success.

November 22, 2013

Negotiators Face Difficult Terrain Ahead on Two-Year Road to Paris Climate Deal

Climate negotiators from more than 190 nations may still be far apart at the Warsaw talks that aim to lay the groundwork for a final 2015 Paris deal. But some are already looking ahead to traversing increasingly more difficult terrain over the next two years, including deciding exactly when nations have to essentially make an opening bid on how deeply they can cut greenhouse gas emissions after 2020.

November 22, 2013

Countries Try to Salvage Warsaw Talks, Activists Remain Across Town

WARSAW--Negotiators arrived Friday for the final day of two-week climate talks staring at a chasm of issues that still split developed and developing countries but none more pressing than the billions of dollars poor nations want now for the loss and damage already suffered due to climate change. Whether the Nov. 11-22 UN talks will end in Warsaw tonight is anyone’s guess—they have spilled past the final Friday of the negotiations into the weekend for years now. But the halls between negotiating rooms were eerily quiet today after a walkout yesterday by 800 or so members of environmental and trade union groups over what they see as indifference by developed nations to the damages caused mostly by their greenhouse gas emissions, which are the bulk of what is now in the atmosphere.

November 22, 2013

The Week Ahead: Proposal on Airline Emissions Expected to Be Introduced at European Parliament Committee Meeting

The European Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will meet Nov. 27 in Brussels during which European Union lawmaker Peter Liese plans to propose changes to a draft law on greenhouse gas emissions from airlines to shorten the period in which curbs on international carriers are limited to the bloc's airspace.

November 22, 2013

Peruvian Minister, President of 2014 UN Climate Talks, Addresses Challenges of Year Ahead

The president of the next UN climate summit, Peruvian Minister of Environment Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, says the fate of the planned 2015 global agreement on climate change will depend largely on what is accomplished next year at the Conference of the Parties in Lima. He spoke to Bloomberg BNA about the challenges ahead on the sidelines of the Warsaw talks on Friday.

November 21, 2013

Nongovernmental Groups Take a Hike at UN Summit

Another day at the Warsaw climate talks, another walkout. More than 800 representatives of nongovernmental groups walked out of the United Nations climate talks Thursday to protest a lack of progress on key issues since the summit started Nov. 11.

November 20, 2013

High Drama in Warsaw Calls Attention to Shale Gas, Loss and Damage

A day of high drama Wednesday at the United Nations climate talks in Warsaw helped call attention to two key areas.

November 20, 2013

U.S., Norway, U.K. Pledge Nearly $300 Million to Cut Deforestation

The U.S., Norway and the U.K. have pledged a total of nearly $300 million to cut greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and support more sustainable agriculture.