April 18, 2014
by Regina Cline
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
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
by Anthony Adragna
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...
by Ari Natter
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
by Eric J. Lyman
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
by Dean Scott
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.
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
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
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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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
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.
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