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July 25, 2014

The Week Ahead: Public Hearings on EPA's Proposed Power Plant Rule, Congressional Hearings on Agenda

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.

July 25, 2014

Upton to Try for Renewable Fuel Standard Reform in 2015, Aide Says

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

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending July 18

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

The Week Ahead: EPA's McCarthy to Testify on Carbon Rules for Power Plants

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

Ex-Im Bank Bill May Be Brought to Floor With Separate Vote on Coal, Boxer Says

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 Oppose Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization Bill Over Coal Policy Tweak

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...

July 14, 2014

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

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

The Week Ahead: EPA Spending on House Agenda, Senate to Vote on FERC Nominees

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

Amendments on Light Bulb Standards, Gas Exports Offered to Energy Appropriations Bill

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

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending July 4

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

The Week Ahead: Spending Bills on Agenda, Hearing on State v. Federal Policy Issues to Be Held

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

Records Show New England Energy Plan Favors Industry, Law Foundation Says

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

The Week Ahead: NASA to Launch Satellite to Measure Carbon Dioxide

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

Reid Says FERC Nominees to Get Vote When Senate Returns From July 4 Recess

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

House-Passed Defense Bill Prohibits 'Billions' in Green Energy Spending

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.

June 23, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending 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 Week Ahead: House to Vote on Trio of Energy Bills, Congressional Hearings on Agenda

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

Countdown to Paris: Q&A With UN Climate Change Official Halldor Thorgeirsson

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

Obama Slams Congressional Republicans for 'Wrong' Attitudes on Climate Change

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

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending June 13

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 Week Ahead: EPA's McCabe to Testify on Power Plant Rule, Senate Committee Vote on Keystone Expected

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

Lawmakers Say Cantor’s Defeat Unlikely to Affect Climate, Environmental Policy

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

Democrats' Hopes for Climate Session Fall Flat as Republicans Largely Avoid Debate

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

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending June 6

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

The Week Ahead: Senate Democrats Invite Republicans Again to the Floor to Discuss Climate Issues

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.

June 6, 2014

Carbon Credit Donations for World Cup Offset 30% of Event's Emissions So Far

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

U.S. Reduction in Power Plant Emissions Fuels Hope for Clinching 2015 Climate Deal

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

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending May 30

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

The Week Ahead: EPA Set to Release Proposed Carbon Rule for Existing Power Plants

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

Will Carbon Dioxide Levels at 400 ppm Serve as Another 'Wakeup Call?'

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

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending May 23

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

The Week Ahead: House Committee to Examine the Inner Workings of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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

Q&A: Lisa Jacobson, President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Discusses Factbook

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

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending May 16

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

The Week Ahead: Senate May Try to Revive Production Tax Credit, Include Climate Change in Reauthorization for Water Projects

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

Is the White House Worried About a Possible Republican President Overturning Obama's Climate Legacy?

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

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending May 9

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 Week Ahead: Production Tax Credit on Senate Agenda, Energy Efficiency Bill Appears Doomed

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

Q&A: Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) Looks Back on Nearly 40 Years in Congress—and the Unfinished Business of Climate Change Legislation

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

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending May 2

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

DOE Proceeds with Review of Cape Wind Loan Guarantee After Favorable Court Ruling

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 Week Ahead: Sea-Level Rise on Miami Coast on Sen. Nelson's Agenda

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

California Shows Residents the Greenhouse Gas Money

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

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

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

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.