March 10, 2014
by Anthony Adragna
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...
by Regina Cline
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
by Dean Scott
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.
February 28, 2014
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.
by Andrew Childers
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
by Andrea Vittorio
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
by Ari Natter
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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 ...
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is scheduled to attend the World Economic Forum Jan. 22-25 in Davos, Switzerland.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 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
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 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
by Eric J. Lyman
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
A day of high drama Wednesday at the United Nations climate talks in Warsaw helped call attention to two key areas.
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.
November 19, 2013
A coalition of solar, wind, and other renewable energy associations said Nov. 19 that renewable sources could provide as much as half of the global energy needed by 2035, arguing that such ambitious growth is one of the few options for halting rapidly escalating global temperatures while meeting increasing energy demand.
Several groups Tuesday called for the UN to ban organizations representing high-polluting industries from lobbying during or sponsoring multilateral climate change or environmental negotiations. But the organization's secretary-general nipped the idea in the bud.
November 18, 2013
Christiana Figueres, the UN's top climate change official, told the World Coal Association's annual meeting in Warsaw Nov. 18 that coal companies should "rapidly and radically" remake their business model to be part of the solution as the world seeks to lower greenhouse gas emissions and keep a rise in global temperatures to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) compared to pre-industrial levels.
November 15, 2013
A one-two set of blows from Asia has dominated the United Nations climate talks in Warsaw as they approach Saturday's halfway point--Japan's lowered target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the typhoon in the Philippines.
United Nations climate negotiators from more than 190 countries are expected to wrap up talks Nov. 22 in Warsaw aimed at crafting a treaty to be signed in 2015 in Paris that will limit greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The deal is meant to come into force in 2020.
November 13, 2013
International negotiators have begun meeting in Poland in hopes of making progress on a global climate change agreement, even as a devastating typhoon in the Philippines triggered renewed calls...
November 8, 2013
Delegates from more than 190 nations will begin two weeks of negotiations Nov. 11 in Warsaw to come up with a road map for finalizing a climate agreement in 2015 in Paris to go into effect in 2020.
November 1, 2013
The Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Oversight
will hold a hearing Nov. 5 on "Fugitive Methane Emissions From Oil and
Gas Operations." As covered in a May 3 Energy and Climate Report article,
industry and 13 states urged the Environmental Protection Agency in a
letter to forgo regulations on methane emissions from oil and gas
facilities. The letter claimed the EPA has historically
issued standards under the Clean Air Act for only criteria pollutants
such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and lead.
October 25, 2013
How will carbon dioxide regulations proposed by Environmental Protection Agency impact jobs in coal-dependent states and how technology to capture carbon is evolving are among the questions House subcommittees will hold hearings on the week of Oct. 28.
October 18, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to hold two listening sessions Oct. 23 in New York City and Atlanta on a proposed rule to regulate carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act from existing power plants that are expected to be proposed in June 2014.
October 15, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Oct. 15 to review the Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas permitting requirements also affirmed the agency's fundamental Clean Air Act authority to address climate change.
October 11, 2013
The California Air Resources Board will hold a public workshop Oct. 15 in Sacramento to solicit input on its strategy to achieve the state's greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals that calls for a new round of climate and clean air policies and regulations in all major industrial sectors.
October 4, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court may decide as soon as Oct. 7 whether it will hear challenges raised by states and industry groups over greenhouse gas emissions rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.
September 30, 2013
Whatever doubts may have existed among members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that the world’s changing temperatures are related to human activity have virtually disappeared, according to a final draft report released Sept. 30 by an IPCC working group.
September 27, 2013
The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing Oct. 1 to consider a bill that would implement an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico to allow for the development of oil and gas reservoirs that cross the international maritime boundary between the two countries in the Gulf of Mexico (S. 812).
September 23, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to require new coal-fired power plants to install carbon capture systems as part of its carbon dioxide new source performance standards threw a spotlight on Southern Co.’s Kemper power plant project.
Senior Republicans and several coal state Democrats appear poised through legislation to do battle over newly announced carbon emissions limits for future power plants.
September 20, 2013
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power is expected to hold a hearing the week of Sept. 23 on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule issued under the Clean Air Act to control carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants.
September 13, 2013
The Senate is expected to continue its consideration of an energy efficiency bill Sept. 16. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1392) was stalled last week over Republican efforts to block health provisions of the Affordable Care Act, largely referred to as Obamacare.
September 6, 2013
While the Senate pushes aside floor consideration of an energy efficiency bill the week of Sept. 9 to debate military action in Syria, the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to use the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants will take center stage on the energy and climate front.
August 23, 2013
President Obama's Climate Change Plan will be among the issues Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will discuss Aug. 26 in New York at an event hosted by the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. Moniz, in remarks covered in a May 22 Energy and Climate Reportarticle, said addressing climate change will be one of the Energy Department's top priorities. “Moving forward on climate, I think, is enormously important and, frankly, was in some sense the clincher for me certainly to want to come back [to DOE] and be part of advancing the agenda,” he said. “Clearly, this department is in the middle of it.”
August 16, 2013
The growing green building industry in the United States is projected to account for more than half of all commercial and institutional construction by 2016, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) said in a new report.
The capture of methane from mines and the cultivation of rice to offset heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions will be discussed Aug. 19 at a California Air Resources Board workshop in Sacramento. Under CARB's economywide cap-and-trade program, offset credits may be used by companies to meet greenhouse gas remission caps through reductions occurring outside their facilities.
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