August 1, 2014
by Regina Cline
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
by Anthony Adragna
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.
by Ari Natter
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
by Eric J. Lyman
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
by Dean Scott
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.
June 9, 2014
President Barack Obama's plan to curtail carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants was the subject of the five top Energy and Climate Report stories for the week ending June 6, with...
June 6, 2014
Senate Democrats will set aside several hours of floor time June 9 in hopes of enticing their Republican colleagues to discuss climate change issues, one week after the Obama administration unveiled its proposal to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants.
by Michael Kepp
June 5 — Private-sector carbon credit reduction donations have already offset 30 percent of the estimated carbon emissions to be generated by the upcoming 2014 World Cup soccer tournament, an Environment Ministry official told Bloomberg BNA.
June 3, 2014
President Barack Obama's plan to cut nearly one-third of power plant greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 should make the U.S. more ambitious in offering emissions cuts toward a 2015 global climate...
June 2, 2014
Personal liability that corporate leaders could face if they are involved in denying climate change was the top story in Energy and Climate Report for the week ending May 30.
May 30, 2014
On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce a proposed rule to control carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.
May 28, 2014
Carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million in the Northern Hemisphere for the entire month of April, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
May 27, 2014
Upcoming proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations that would curb carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants and might allow facilities to go beyond the fence line to make emissions reductions was the top Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending May 23.
May 23, 2014
On May 29, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hering on "Examing the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Proecess." Witnesses scheduled to testify include...
May 22, 2014
Lisa Jacobson, president of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, talks about the key findings in the 2014 edition of the “Sustainable Energy in America Factbook,” which the Council produced in collaboration with Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a subsidiary of Bloomberg BNA's parent company, Bloomberg LP.
May 19, 2014
Remarks by the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Gina McCarthy over carbon dioxide limits for existing power plants was the top story in Energy and Climate Report for the week ending...
May 16, 2014
A an energy tax incentives bill, which is in limbo after it failed to clear a procedural vote in the Senate May 15, may be revived in by the Senate Finance Committee May 20, the committee's chiar...
May 14, 2014
President Barack Obama views addressing the problem of climate change as a key part of his legacy and remains staunchly committed to implementing as much of his climate action plan as possible...
May 12, 2014
The National Climate Assessment took center stage in the top five Energy and Climate and Energy Report stories ending the week of May 9. 1. U.S. Issues Loudest, Clearest Alarm Bell on Climate...
May 9, 2014
The Association of Climate Change Officers will hold a "Climate Strategies Forum" May 12-14 in Washington. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and John Holdren, who directs the White House Office of...
May 7, 2014
May 6 — Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who is retiring after nearly four decades in the House and was instrumental in getting passage of many key environmental laws, said May 6 that climate change...
May 5, 2014
Speculation on legal challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency's power plant rule to control carbon dioxide emissions was the subject of the top Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending May 2, followed by one covering remarks by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy against those that question the science behind rulemakings.
April 30, 2014
The Energy Department is proceeding with "active review" of an application for a loan guarantee by Cape Wind Associates LLC after a federal court decision in March upholding the Interior Department's approval of the company's proposed $2.6 billion wind farm, the head of the DOE loan guarantee program said.
April 18, 2014
The California Air Resources Board will meet April 25 to consider amendments to the state's cap on greenhouse gas emissions and market-based compliance mechanisms, including the compliance offset...
April 16, 2014
by Carolyn Whetzel
Revenue from California's greenhouse gas emissions trading program would be used as a permanent source of funding for affordable housing, water efficiency projects and a variety of transportation...
April 14, 2014
The first and second of the top five most read Energy and Climate Report stories for the week ending April 11 covered the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon standards for existing power plants.
April 11, 2014
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...
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...
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
by Andrea Vittorio
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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 Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold an oversight hearing March 26 on the Environmental Protection Agency's fiscal year 2015 budget.
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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...
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 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
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
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.
Upton to Try for Renewable Fuel Standard Reform in 2015, Aide Says
Citing Potential Cost, Ethanol Industry Opposes Inclusion in Crude-by-Rail Rule
Republican-Led Senate Would Push LNG Exports, Keystone, Barrasso Says
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