November 28, 2014
by Regina Cline
Delegates from more than 190 nations will begin two weeks of
negotiations Dec. 1 in Lima, Peru, to devise a road map toward an agreement on
a new climate change treaty in 2015 to go into effect...
November 25, 2014
by Andrew Childers
For the first time cellulosic ethanol producers have met and exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency's production predictions as part of the annual renewable fuel standard. The...
November 18, 2014
Protection Agency reaction to Republican comments on curbing the agency’s
regulatory authority was the most read Energy and Climate Report story for the
week ending Nov. 14. The...
November 14, 2014
The Senate is expected to vote Nov. 18 on a bill (S. 2280)
that would authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline without the need
for presidential approval. The House passed
November 10, 2014
Risks to national security posed by a wind farm planned in Maryland was the most read Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending Nov. 7.
November 7, 2014
President Barack Obama and China President Xi Jinping are
expected to talk about climate change when they meet next week following the
Nov. 10-12 Asia-Pacific Summit in Beijing. As covered in...
November 6, 2014
Here’s a video of Bloomberg BNA’s Senior Climate Reporter Dean Scott and Environment Reporter Anthony Adragna discussing how the midterm elections will impact the U.S. environment and energy agenda.
November 4, 2014
by Dean Scott
First elected in 2012, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is among a handful of recent Democratic arrivals to the Senate who have taken various roles in promoting climate action and...
by Eric J. Lyman
Rajendra K. Pachauri is the face of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has been involved with the IPCC for more than two decades, as a lead author, co-chair and, for the past dozen years, as its chairman.
November 3, 2014
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres is the UN's top climate change official. In this editorial, written exclusively for Bloomberg BNA, Figueres describes some of the most pressing near- and long-term challenges the world faces as the UN process enters the home stretch for a universal 2015 global climate agreement.
An interview with newly appointed Environmental Protection Agency Acting Deputy Administrator Stanley Meiburg, who came out of retirement after a 36-year career with the agency was the top Energy...
October 31, 2014
The Nov. 4 mid-term elections—which may result in Republicans taking over the Senate—could energize Congress to roll back environmental regulations, seek approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and end the oil-export ban.
October 30, 2014
by Ari Natter
The nuclear industry is lobbying to preserve and modify a tax credit that could be worth billions of dollars when new nuclear reactors under construction are placed in service amidst efforts by Republicans to end energy subsidies and an upcoming tax reform process that could place the tax incentive at risk.
October 27, 2014
A story covering court action over the Environmental Protection Agency's issuance of permits under the Clean Air Act for greenhouse gas emissions was the most read story for the week ending Oct. 24.
Stung by a drop in electricity demand, low natural gas prices and state renewable energy mandates, the nuclear power industry is touting the environmental benefits of its carbon-free power as it seeks a way to preserve the existing fleet of reactors and compete with lower-priced electricity generators.
October 24, 2014
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is expected to approve a report, designed to present the best scientific and economic analysis to government leaders and policymakers worldwide, the week of Oct. 27 during meetings in Denmark.
October 22, 2014
Solar developers facing a 2016 deadline to complete projects in order to receive a key tax credit are beginning to cancel large projects, prompting the industry to launch an all-out push to extend...
by Anthony Adragna
Environmental advocates would like to support more Republican candidates for federal office, but the party's swing rightward, especially on environmental and energy issues, has made it more difficult to find acceptable candidates to endorse.
October 21, 2014
The Inspector General of the U.S. Export Import Bank is investigating the bank's financing of a 4,000 megawatt coal-fired power plant that environmentalists say is associated with “catastrophic”...
fracturing stories took the number one, three and four spots on the list of top
five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report stories for the week ending Oct.
17. Other stories covered...
October 17, 2014
The focus on energy and climate issues for the week of Oct. 20 will be in Europe, where nations will meet for the last time before a year-end climate summit, the European Union will unveil new greenhouse gas and energy reduction goals and the International Energy Agency will hold an advisory board meeting.
October 14, 2014
Commentary on a case before the Supreme Court that could affect regulatory interpretations by federal agencies was the top Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending Oct. 10. A story on environmental justice took the number two spot, followed by a report on the impact EPA rules could have on electrical generating capacity.
The Energy Department is moving forward with a long-delayed rule that would require new and renovated federal buildings to completely phase out the use of fossil fuels by 2030, a proposal that...
October 10, 2014
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration will release
its U.S. Winter Outlook during a teleconference Oct. 16. The release will
include discussion on the latest forecast for El Nino and...
October 6, 2014
The top story for the week ending Oct. 3 covered remarks by the
head of the Environmental Protection Agency on U.S. environmental challenges.
October 3, 2014
The Department of Energy faces an Oct. 7 deadline to respond to a House Energy and Commerce Committee request seeking records of discussions between the department and the Environmental Protection Agency relating to proposed carbon standards for new power plants.
October 1, 2014
As much as $12.6 billion in loan guarantees could be extended to help finance the next generation of nuclear energy technologies, the Department of Energy announced Sept. 30.
September 29, 2014
order requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to respond to a lawsuit
seeking to block carbon standards for existing power plants was the top story
in Bloomberg BNA’s Energy and...
September 19, 2014
The United Nation’s Climate Summit will be held Sept. 23 in New York, which is being billed by a top UN official as “the largest gathering of global leaders in history on the subject of climate.”
September 18, 2014
TransCanada Corp. chief executive officer Russ Girling told reporters Sept. 16 he is “frustrated” by critics of the Keystone pipeline who have cast the project as a symbol of increased greenhouse gas emissions and warming.
September 16, 2014
Advocates of a long-stalled energy efficiency bill are pushing the Senate to split the legislation up and act on components of the measure that were passed by the House earlier this year. The...
September 15, 2014
How Environmental Protection Agency regulations are resulting in the use of the dirtiest U.S coal was the top Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending Sept. 12.
Interview with Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Environment and Economy Subcommittee Bloomberg BNA: We're seeing a lot of very...
September 12, 2014
A package of energy and environmental bills that would speed approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and block EPA proposals to set greenhouse gas emissions limits for power plants is expected to be...
September 11, 2014
Legislation may be needed to address shortcomings in the Transportation Department's crude-by-rail safety rule, according to Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and other senior lawmakers.
Scientists recorded the largest single-year increase in carbon dioxide in 20 years in 2013, and total concentrations of the greenhouse gas are now set to cross the 400 parts-per-million mark as...
September 9, 2014
Protection Agency’s plan to issue a methane strategy this fall was the top
Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending Sept. 5. The number two
story covered an...
September 5, 2014
House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing
Sept. 9 on “State Perspectives: Questions Concerning EPA’s Proposed Clean Power
covered in a...
by Andrea Vittorio
new state-sponsored bank in New Jersey soon will provide grants and loans for
making the state's critical infrastructure more resilient to power outages from
extreme weather events.
September 2, 2014
Construction has begun on the stalled FutureGen 2.0 carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project in western Illinois, according to project officials, but major hurdles remain for the $1.65 billion...
August 29, 2014
The Regional Greenhouse Gas
Initiative will hold its 25 th auction of carbon dioxide emissions allowances
As covered in a June 6 Energy and
Climate Report article ,...
August 27, 2014
by Carolyn Whetzel
The head of California's Senate has blocked a bill (A.B. 69) that would have delayed for three years expansion of the state's greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program to include distributors of...
August 25, 2014
Another lawsuit arguing
that the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t have the authority to regulate
carbon dioxide emissions from power plants was the top Energy and Climate
Report story for the week ending Aug. 22.
August 21, 2014
Microsoft Corp. has left the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) because of concerns about the lobbying group's opposition to renewable energy, a coalition of activist investor groups said.
August 11, 2014
The departure of Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe and his replacement, Lisa Feldt, who be in an acting role, took the number one and three spots in the top stories list for Energy and Climate Report for the week ending Aug. 8.
August 8, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency will be beginning the week of Aug. 11 with a new second leader in charge. As covered in a Aug. 7 article, Lisa Feldt, will replace the outgoing deputy...
August 5, 2014
Rep. Don Young (Alaska), a senior Republican on the House Natural Resources and House Transportation and Infrastructure committees, has joined with Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) in launching an...
August 4, 2014
How the Environmental Protection Agency will apply Clean Air Act permit requirements to a facility's greenhouse gas emissions was the top story in Energy and Climate Report for the week ending Aug. 1. Stories on public hearings the agency held on its proposed carbon standards for existing power plants also took center stage, making up the second, fourth and fifth top story, while the third most read story covered a climate change resolution that failed in the Senate.
August 1, 2014
The White House will host a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Aug. 4-6 in Washington, which will include a "signature event" Aug. 4 on climate change, food security and resilience.
July 31, 2014
The Senate would prioritize passing legislation that would expedite the Energy Department's approval process for liquefied natural gas exports and authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline if Republicans win control of the chamber this fall, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) told Bloomberg BNA.
July 28, 2014
The top three stories in Energy and Climate Report for the week ending July 25 covered the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to control carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, while the fourth and fifth top stories covered, respectively, the effects a warming planet may have on water infrastructure and military bases.
Ethanol producers are pushing back against their inclusion in a Transportation Department rule meant to address a fiery spate of crude-by-rail crashes, a decision the renewable fuel industry...
July 25, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency will hold four, two-day public hearings on its proposed carbon dioxide standards for existing power plants in the week ahead. The hearings will be held July 29 and July 30 in Atlanta, Denver and Washington D.C., and July 31 and Aug. 1 in Pittsburgh.
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, plans to take another stab at moving legislation that would alter the renewable fuel standard in 2015, a Republican committee aide said July 24.
July 21, 2014
A law professor's call for the control of fugitive methane emitted by hydraulic fracturing was the most read story in Energy and Climate Report for the week ending July 14. The second and third top stories concerned the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon rule for power plants. Rounding out the top five were stories on a plan by the Obama administration to help communities adapt to climate change and the opening of a public comment period on EPA proposals to control methane emissions from landfills.
July 18, 2014
On July 23, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is scheduled to testify before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during a hearing on "EPA's Proposed Carbon...
July 17, 2014
Legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank may be brought to the Senate floor without a provision that would reverse bank policy limiting the financing of overseas coal projects, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) told Bloomberg BNA July 16.
July 14, 2014
Environmental groups are urging Congress to oppose legislation that would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank amidst a fight over a provision that would reverse bank policy limiting the financing...
The release of guidelines by industry to address public concerns over fracking was the top Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending July 11. Other top stories covered a briefing with senators by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy over carbon rules, the withdrawal by President Barack Obama of his nominee for a top Energy Department post, an EPA rule to curtail the use hydrofluorocarbons and a White House meeting with the insurance industry over climate adaptation.
July 11, 2014
A fiscal year 2015 bill to fund the Interior Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and related agencies is scheduled to be marked up July 15 by the House Appropriations Committee.
July 10, 2014
The Energy Department would continue to be barred from enforcing energy efficiency standards for incandescent light bulbs under an amendment planned for energy and water appropriations legislation...
July 7, 2014
The economic effect of the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon rules for power plants was the subject of the top two stories in Energy and Climate Report for the week ending July 4. Rounding...
July 3, 2014
A $34 billion energy and water appropriations bill (H.R. 4923) is expected to be considered by the House floor the week of July 7.
July 1, 2014
The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) said records it obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show that a regional energy plan among New England governors favors large gas pipeline and electricity transmission line expansion projects at the expense of the environment.
June 27, 2014
While Congress takes its Fourth of July recess the week of June 30, NASA is scheduled to launch its first satellite dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in the Earth's atmosphere July 1.
June 25, 2014
The Senate will vote on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominees Cheryl LaFleur and Norman Bay when the Senate returns from its Fourth of July recess, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told Bloomberg BNA.
June 23, 2014
Defense Department spending on biofuels, electric vehicles, solar panels and other “green energy” programs advocated by the Obama administration would be prohibited under a $570 billion bill funding Pentagon operations for fiscal year 2015 that the House passed June 20.
All the top five stories in Energy and Climate Report for the week ending June 30 covered the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to curtail carbon dioxide emissions from existing power 30 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.
June 20, 2014
The House is scheduled to vote the week of June 23 on a trio of bills that would expand oil and natural gas drilling (H.R. 4899), expedite the review of applications to export liquefied natural gas (H.R. 6) and speed the review of the Keystone XL pipeline (H.R. 3301).
June 19, 2014
The world's nations are now within 500 days of gathering in Paris to hammer out the details of the world's first global agreement designed to confront climate change. But delegates at the...
June 17, 2014
Climate change should not be a partisan issue, Obama said. He cited Republican leaders like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former President George H.W. Bush, who previously urged action to address climate change “before the Tea Party decided it was a massive threat to freedom and liberty.”
June 16, 2014
1. Michigan Farmer Earns First Climate Offsets For Cutting Nitrogen Use in Corn Production 2. EPA Air Official Says Agency Proposed Reasonable State Emissions Targets 3. EPA Power...
June 13, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency's assistant administrator for air and radiation will face skeptical Republicans during a House subcommittee hearing June 19 on the agency's proposed carbon...
June 12, 2014
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) shocking defeat will shake up the chamber’s leadership but is unlikely to impact how Congress approaches issues like climate change and other environmental...
June 11, 2014
Senate Democrats sought this week to draw Republicans into a debate on the chamber floor on the need for congressional action to tackle climate change, but they came away largely empty-handed as all but one Republican declined the offer.