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The Week Ahead: Energy Secretary Moniz Travels to Mexico to Attend International Meetings

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is scheduled to attend two energy and climate meetings in Mexico the week of May 25 that will focus on innovative technologies to help lower energy costs and ways to modernize electricity grids. The meetings also are part of the lead-up to the United Nations climate change talks in Paris in December.


Can Regions, Cities Become 100% Dependent on Renewable Energy? Absurd? Not Anymore

Strides are being taken to move entire regions, as well as cities, to 100 percent renewable energy, according to speakers at the May 13-15 Renewable Cities Forum 2015 in Vancouver.


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Articles for the Week Ending May 15

Coverage of remarks on climate change, by Christine Todd Whitman, former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, was the top energy and climate story for the week ending May 15.


Another Top Emitter Submits Its Climate Commitment Plan. Will it Matter?

On May 15, Canada submitted the tenth Intended Nationally Determined Commitment plan, pushing the total amount of the world’s greenhouse gases covered by such submissions to above 35 percent.


The Week Ahead: Senate to Mark Up Energy, Water Spending Bill, Hold Hearing on Energy Supply Legislation

A fiscal year 2016 energy and water spending bill is expected to be marked up May 19 by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending May 8

Stories on Tesla’s rechargeable lithium-ion storage batteries were among the top five Energy and Climate Report stories for the week ending May 8. Other top stories covered a final rule on the Environmental Protection Agency’s permit process for greenhouse house gas emissions and legislative developments in two states on implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan rule that is expected to be issued this summer.


The Week Ahead: House to Hold Hearing on Obama Administration’s NEPA Guidance

On May 13 the House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on “The Obama Administration’s Council on Environmental Quality’s Recently Revised Draft Guidance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change.”


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending May 1

A final rule allowing states to rescind some greenhouse gas permits was the most read Energy and Report story for week ending May 1. Other top stories covered proposed carbon limits for power plants and a threat by President Barack Obama to veto a $35.4 billion energy and water spending bill.


The Week Ahead: Senate to Hold Hearing on Legal Aspects of Clean Power Plan

The Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety will hold a hearing May 5 on the legal implications of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, under which the Environmental Protection Agency  proposed rules to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.


Here’s the Anti-EPA Bill to End All Anti-EPA Bills

There are anti-Environmental Protection Agency bills and then there is Congressman Sam Johnson’s (R-Texas) anti-EPA bill.


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending April 24

Developments related to proposed standards by the Environmental Protection Agency to limit carbon dioxide from power plants made up the top three Energy and Climate Report stories for the week ending April 24. Rounding out the top five list were stories on how some law firms said they will address sustainability and how the presidential election on the Republican side is shaping up on the climate front.


The Week Ahead: House to Vote on Energy, Water Spending Bill, Senate to Hold Hearing on EPA Budget

The full House is expected to vote the week of April 27 on a $35.4 billion fiscal year 2016 energy and water bill.


The Week Ahead: Energy, Water Spending on House Agenda, Fracking on Committee Agenda

The House Appropriations Committee is slated to markup a $35.4 billion fiscal year 2016 energy and water appropriations bill the week of April 20 that could attract amendments to block a proposed rule aimed at cutting carbon emissions from power plants.


The Takeaway From What May Have Been the Most Nonbinding Climate Vote Yet

Senators cast their latest symbolic vote last week to put the Republican-led chamber on record on climate change and they essentially agreed that global warming is occurring and impacting the U.S.—but once again steered clear of how Congress might address the problem.


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending April 10

A ban by a Wisconsin agency on discussing climate change was the top Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending April 10. The second and the fifth most read stories were on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon dioxide limits for power plants. Other top stories covered a report on sea-level rise in North Carolina and President Barack Obama’s plan to bring attention to the health effects of global warming.

 


The Week Ahead: Court to Hear Oral Arguments on Two Clean Power Plan Lawsuits, Congressional Hearings on Agenda

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral arguments April 16 in two lawsuits seeking to block the Environmental Protection Agency from finalizing carbon dioxide limits for power plants, a key part of President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan.


Oil Refiners, Producers Duking Out Crude Export Battle One Tweet at a Time

The battle over allowing crude exports is playing out in 140 characters or less.


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending April 3

The enforcement of environmental statutes by the federal government were the top two most read stories in Energy and Climate Report for the week ending April 3. Other top stories covered remarks by the head of a Koch brothers group against the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, a Senate budget resolution and a lawsuit over job losses that plaintiffs say will be caused by carbon limits on power plants.


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending March 27

Research into the melting of Arctic ice was the top Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending March 27. Other top stories covered a potential conflict over the selection of a White House adviser, a letter from scientists to museums over climate deniers, and a court case and controversy over the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.


The Week Ahead: Focus Turns to March 31 UN Deadline as Congress Takes Two-Week Break

The United Nations deadline for countries to file greenhouse gas pledges necessary to keep a global climate change deal on track is March 31.


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending March 20

Court arguments and debate over the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to regulate carbon emissions from power plants were the top two most read Energy and Climate Report stories for the week ending March 20.


Climate Change Gets High-Profile Royal Family Boost During Visit With Obama

President Barack Obama met with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, the duchess of Cornwall, the week of March 16 and atop their list of discussion topics was climate change.


The Week Ahead: Energy Budget, Coal Ash, Rail Transportation Among Top Issues in Congress

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development will hold a hearing March 25 on the Obama administration’s fiscal year 2016 budget request for the Department of Energy. DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz and Franklin Orr, DOE's undersecretary for Science and Energy, will testify.


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

A Supreme Court decision regarding interpretive changes to rules by federal agencies was the most read Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending March. 13.


The Week Ahead: House to Hold Hearing on Clean Power Plan, Senate to Focus on Crude Oil Ban

On March 17 the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing , consisting of two panels, on “EPA’s Proposed 111(d) rule for Existing Power Plants: Legal and Cost Issues.”


In Honor of St. Patrick’s Day: How Green is Your Beer?

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up next week, about two dozen breweries are making a commitment to green beer—and not just in color.


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

Compliance by power plants with the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon dioxide emissions standards was the subject of the top and fourth-most-read Energy and Climate Report stories for the week ending March 6.


The Week Ahead: Senate Committee to Get States’ View on Clean Power Plan

On March 11, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing to examine state regulators' perspectives on President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.


Analyses of Clean Power Plan’s Reliability Impact Could Fuel Congressional Criticism

Complying with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan could force up to 49 gigawatts of generating capacity to retire, a grid operator said in a recent report that could fuel criticism of the plan at an upcoming House hearing on the rule.


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Feb. 27

An amicus brief in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s interpretation of the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon emissions from power plants was the most read Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending Feb. 27.


The Week Ahead: Budget Hearings on Agenda, Including Testimony from Top Administration Officials

Several congressional hearings on President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget request for federal agencies are on the agenda for the week of March 2, including those covering the Environmental Protection Agency, Interior Department, Department of Transportation, Department of Defense, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Forest Service.


Q&A With Veteran Negotiator Michael Zammit Cutajar on Prospects for Global Climate Pact

If it were possible for the institutional memory of the United Nations climate negotiation process to be contained in a single person, that person probably would be Michael Zammit Cutajar.


The Week Ahead: Congress to Focus on Agency Budget Requests for FY 2016 Spending

On Feb. 25, House Energy and Commerce subcommittees on Energy and Power and Environment and the Economy will hold a hearing on President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2016 budget request for the Environmental Protection Agency.


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

The Environmental Protection Agency’s approach to enforcement, criticism of the agency’s power plant rule, President Barack Obama’s nominees and drought caused by climate change made up the top stories in Energy and Climate Report for the week ending Feb. 13.


From Geneva: Timing Is Everything in UN Climate Negotiating Process

During United Nations climate talks taking place in Geneva, I asked Christiana Figueres, the UN’s top climate change official, whether there was a chance that some parts of the oversized and cumbersome draft text produced might see some brackets removed or consolidated in negotiations before the talks end Feb. 13.


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Stories for the Week Ending Feb. 6

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan and budget proposal, along with wind farms and the Keystone oil pipeline were among the top five Energy and Climate Report stories for the week ending Feb. 6.


The Week Ahead: Energy Policy Framework to Be Released by House Republicans, Congressional Hearings on Agenda

House Republicans are expected to unveil an energy policy framework the week of Feb. 9 that will focus on modernizing energy infrastructure and the U.S. energy workforce and boosting energy efficiency, among other things.


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

International stories were the most read Energy and Climate Report stories for the week ending Jan. 30, including  those covering developments in Mexico, India, France and China.


The Week Ahead: Obama to Release Budget Request, House to Hold Hearing on the Effects of Energy Markets on Transportation

The Obama Administration is scheduled to release its fiscal year 2016 budget request Feb. 2, which is expected to propose an end to across-the-board spending cuts and fund domestic and defense priorities at levels exceeding sequestration caps.


Q&A: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) on Legislation to Ease Regulatory Burdens; Bar State, Local Internet Taxes

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, spoke to Bloomberg BNA on his plans to move nearly a half-dozen deregulatory bills—to roll back environmental or other regulations seen as overly costly—in 2014 and the prospect of getting a permanent ban on local and state Internet taxes.


Obama Touts Climate Agenda to Skeptical Congress in State of the Union

President Barack Obama on Tuesday night used his State of the Union address to once again push for U.S. action on climate change and tout his success in expanding clean energy, an agenda that faces deep skepticism from a Republican-controlled House and Senate. Obama, who has focused on climate change


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Stories for the Week Ending Jan. 16

A higher price estimate for the social cost of carbon dioxide was the top Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending Jan. 16.


Murkowski Plans Comprehensive Energy Legislation to ‘Refresh’ Current Policy

The chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee unveiled plans Jan. 8 to craft comprehensive energy legislation, saying current energy policy needs to be “refreshed.”


The Week Ahead: Congress to Consider Bills on Keystone, Natural Gas, Federal Rulemaking

The Senate plans to consider legislation (S. 1) to approve the Keystone XL pipeline during the week of Jan. 12 that could also include amendments to undermine Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules to limit carbon emissions from power plants and expedite natural gas exports.


CARB Chairman Nichols Discusses Climate, Air Policies with Bloomberg BNA

Mary D. Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board, spoke with Bloomberg BNA correspondent Carolyn Whetzel in Los Angeles Dec. 16 about the agency's air quality and climate policies.


Q&A Waxman Reflects on His Legacy and Prospects for Climate Change Action

Congress Over a 40-year congressional career, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has been one of the nation's strongest advocates for pollution prevention legislation and climate change action....


UN's Clean Development Market Mechanism Future in Doubt, Largely Sidelined in Lima

The United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism, a plan to use market forces to curb greenhouse gas emissions that once was hailed as among the most important and resilient parts of the UN process...


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Dec. 12

Remarks by a Harvard law professor, a former Environmental Protection Agency official and a nominee for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over proposed carbon rules for power plants made up...


Delegates in Lima Work on Defining ‘Differentiation' in 2015 Climate Pact

At the Lima climate talks Dec. 9, delegates at the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) negotiating track grappled with determining how countries in various stages of economic development will be divided and how their responsibilities will differ in the global agreement set to be finalized next year in Paris.


Cellulosic Ethanol Exceeds Projections by EPA; Industry Fears Rule Changes

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...


The Week Ahead: Senate to Vote on Keystone, House to Vote on EPA-Related Bills

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 its...


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Nov. 7

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. 


The Week Ahead: Obama, China President to Meet, Climate Change on Agenda; Congress Returns

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...


Need Analysis of Midterm Election Results?

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.


Remarkable Opportunity for Global Economy in Upcoming Climate Change Talks

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.


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Oct. 31

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...


The Week Ahead: Spotlight on How Mid-Term Election Results May Affect Environmental, Energy Issues

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.  


Nuclear Industry Lobbies to Preserve Tax Credit; Opposes Similar Wind Incentive

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.


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Oct. 27

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.


Nuclear Industry Touts Environment Benefits as it Seeks to Stem Reactor Retirements

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.


The Week Ahead: UN Climate Change Panel Expected to Approve Global Warming Report

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. 


Solar Industry Launches Lobbying Effort as Tax Deadline Prompts Canceled Projects

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...


Green Groups Want to Support Republicans but Find Few Candidates to Endorse

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.


Ex-Im Bank Inspector General Investigating Financing of 4,000 MW Coal Project in India

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”...


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Oct. 17

Hydraulic 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...


The Week Ahead: International Energy and Climate Developments Take Center Stage

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.


The Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Oct. 10

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. 


Energy Department Moves Forward With Fossil Fuel Phaseout for Buildings

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...


The Week Ahead: NOAA to Release Its Winter Outlook; California to Address Energy Storage, Taxes

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...


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Oct. 3

The top story for the week ending Oct. 3 covered remarks by the head of the Environmental Protection Agency on U.S. environmental challenges. 


The Week Ahead: DOE Faces Response Deadline for House Committee Request on Proposed Carbon Rule

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. 


Next-Generation Nuclear Power Technology Eligible for $12.6 Billion in Loan Guarantees

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.


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Sept. 26

A court 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...


The Week Ahead: World Leaders to Meet in New York to Advance Action on Climate Change

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."


TransCanada CEO ‘Frustrated’ by Linkage of Keystone Pipeline to Climate Change

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.


Efficiency Advocates Press Senate to Split Up Shaheen-Portman Measure

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...


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Sept. 12

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.


Q&A: Tonko Touts Economic Case for Climate Action

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...


The Week Ahead: House to Hold Votes on Energy, Power Plant Limits, Spending

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...


Rockefeller, Wyden Say Crude-by-Rail Safety Legislation May Be Necessary

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.


Largest One-Year Increase in Carbon Dioxide Recorded in 2013, UN Science Report Says

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...


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Sept. 5

The Environmental 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...


The Week Ahead: Proposed Carbon Limits for Power Plants on Agenda in House, California

The 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 Plan.”   As covered in a...


Critical Facilities Would Be Protected From Power Outages by New Jersey Bank

A 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. ...


Construction Begins on FutureGen Project, But Financing, Other Challenges Remain

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...


The Week Ahead: RGGI to Hold Allowance Auction, Keystone XL in Spotlight

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative will hold its 25 th auction of carbon dioxide emissions allowances Sept. 3. As covered in a June 6 Energy and Climate Report article ,...


Blocked California Bill Would Have Delayed Including Fuels, Natural Gas in Cap-and-Trade

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...


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Aug. 22

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.


Microsoft Leaves Lobbying Group Over Opposition to Renewable Energy

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.

 


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Aug. 8

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.


The Week Ahead: Lisa Feldt to Take Over as Acting EPA Deputy Administrator

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...


Arctic Caucus Formed on Navigation, Commercial Issues Linked to Melting Sea Ice

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...


The Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Stories for the Week Ending Aug. 1

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.


The Week Ahead: African Leaders Summit to Include Ways to Address Climate Change

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.


Republican-Led Senate Would Push LNG Exports, Keystone, Barrasso Says

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.


The Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending July 25

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. 


Citing Potential Cost, Ethanol Industry Opposes Inclusion in Crude-by-Rail Rule

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...


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.


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.


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.


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...


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.


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...


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.


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.


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...


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...


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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...


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.”


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...


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...


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...


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.


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...


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.


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.


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...


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.


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.


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.


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.


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...


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.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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.


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...


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...


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.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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...


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.


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.


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...


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.


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),...


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.


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...


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.


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.


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.


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...


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...


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...


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.


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...


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...


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...


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.


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.


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...


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.


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.


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,...


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.


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.


What is Natural Capital? Find Out What it Means for Some Companies

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.


Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Feb. 21

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...


The Week Ahead: Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Greenhouse Gas Permitting Case

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.


Supreme Court Could Clarify Authority of EPA to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

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...


Which States Have the Most 'Green' Building Space?

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...


Top Five Bloomberg BNA 'Energy and Climate Report' Stories for the Week Ending Feb. 14

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Senate Democrats to Pull All-Nighter to Push for Climate Change Action

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...


The Week Ahead: President to Attend North American Summit; Energy on Agenda While Decision on Keystone Awaits Action

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...


Don't Outsource Carbon Emissions, Labor Leader Says

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...


Top Five Bloomberg BNA 'Energy and Climate Report' Stories for the Week Ending Feb. 7

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...


The Week Ahead: Energy Development Advocate Landrieu Poised to Take Helm of Senate Committee

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 ...


Does the SEC Need to Beef Up Enforcement of Climate Reporting?

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...


Senate Democrats to Ratchet Up Defense of Climate Change Actions

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.


Power Adapters of the Future Will Save Billions, Reduce Carbon Footprint, DOE Says

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...


Top Five Bloomberg BNA 'Energy and Climate Report' Stories for Week Ending Jan. 31

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...


The Week Ahead: EPA to Hold Hearing on Power Plant Rule; Vote on Farm Bill Expected

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.


Hydropower in U.S. Gets Boost from New Laws. Will Congress Do More?

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.


Obama to Congress: U.S. Must Act ‘With More Urgency' on Climate Change

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.


State of the Union: Obama Expected to Tout Progress on Climate, Energy Issues

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.


Top Five Stories for the Week Ending Jan. 24

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.


The Week Ahead: Obama to Give State of Union Address, House Committee to Vote on Power Plant Bill

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.


Q&A: BBNA's Anthony Adragna's Exclusive Interview With Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Climate Change

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.


Top Five Stories for the Week Ending Jan. 17

Here's a look at the top five Energy and Climate Report stories for the week of Jan. 13-17.

  1. 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.


The Week Ahead: EPA Administrator Heads to Davos to Tout U.S. Climate Change Actions

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is scheduled to attend the World Economic Forum Jan. 22-25 in Davos, Switzerland.


Have Senate Democrats Created New Momentum to Tackle Climate Change?

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.


Will Senate Democrats Succeed in Keeping Obama's Climate Action Plan on Track?

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.


Will the Obama Administration Wait Until After Midterm Elections to Make a Decision on Keystone?

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.


Top Five Energy, Climate Articles of the Week (Jan. 6-10)

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...


The Week Ahead: Senate Democrats to Sharpen Focus on Climate Change While House Republicans Seek to Stop Carbon Regulation

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.


White House Puts Chill on Climate Change Skeptics

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.


Q & A: BBNA Reporters Talk to Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) on RFS, Other Top Concerns on EPW Committee Agenda

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.


A Look Ahead: New Year to Ring in New Rules for Power Plants

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.


The Week Ahead: Senate Poised to to Vote on Defense Spending Bill; Restrictions on Use of Biofuels by Military Expected to Be Retained

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."


The Week Ahead: EPA Administrator Travels to China, Congress to Hold Energy, Climate Hearings

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.


The Week Ahead: EPA to Hold Hearing on 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard

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.


Warsaw Talks Close with a Flurry; Heavy Lifting Still to Come

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.


Negotiators Face Difficult Terrain Ahead on Two-Year Road to Paris Climate Deal

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.


Countries Try to Salvage Warsaw Talks, Activists Remain Across Town

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 Week Ahead: Proposal on Airline Emissions Expected to Be Introduced at European Parliament Committee Meeting

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.


Peruvian Minister, President of 2014 UN Climate Talks, Addresses Challenges of Year Ahead

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.


Nongovernmental Groups Take a Hike at UN Summit

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.


High Drama in Warsaw Calls Attention to Shale Gas, Loss and Damage

A day of high drama Wednesday at the United Nations climate talks in Warsaw helped call attention to two key areas.


U.S., Norway, U.K. Pledge Nearly $300 Million to Cut Deforestation

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.


Coalition Touts Goal of Getting 50 Percent of World Energy From Renewables by 2035

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.


Will the UN Ban Participation by High-Polluting Industries in Climate Process? Don't Count on It.

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.


Is There Room for Coal in the Climate Change Debate?

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.  


Philippines Typhoon, Japan's Change to Emissions Targets Dominating UN Climate Talks

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.

 


The Week Ahead: Climate Negotiations Continue in Warsaw; California to Hold Fifth Carbon Auction

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.


Typhoon Haiyan Sparks Sense of Urgency Over Adaptation Efforts as Climate Talks Get Underway

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...


The Week Ahead: First Week of International Climate Talks Begins in Warsaw

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.

 


The Week Ahead: Senate Hearing on Fugitive Methane Emissions

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.


The Week Ahead: House Subcommittees to Hold Hearings on EPA Proposed Carbon Dioxide Limits on Power Plants

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.

 


The Week Ahead: EPA Scheduled to Hold Listening Sessions on Carbon Rules for Power Plants

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.


Supreme Court Decision Reaffirms EPA’s Clean Air Act Authority Over Greenhouse Gases

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.


The Week Ahead: Climate Change on Agenda for California, Washington State

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.


The Week Ahead: Supreme Court May Decide on Whether to Hear Greenhouse Gas Case

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.


IPCC report sparks strong calls for action but doubts persist on prospects for change

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.


The Week Ahead: Senate to Consider Bill to Implement U.S.-Mexico Agreement Over Oil and Gas Development

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).

 


Southern Co.'s Kemper Plant Comes to the Fore with EPA’s Carbon Dioxide Proposal

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.


Members of Congress Draw Battlelines Over New Power Plant Regulations

Senior Republicans and several coal state Democrats appear poised through legislation to do battle over newly announced carbon emissions limits for future power plants.


The Week Ahead: House Subcommittee Expected to Hold Hearing on Power Plant Carbon Limits

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.

 


The Week Ahead: Senate Expected to Take Up Energy Legislation, House to Address Obama's Climate Change Plan

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.


The Week Ahead: EPA to Hold Conference Calls With Stakeholders on Carbon Standards for Power Plants

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.


The Week Ahead: Moniz to Speak on Policy Issues in New York, State Department Seeks to Hold 'Direct Line' on Small Island Renewables Market

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 Report article , 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." 


USGBC Report Highlights Growth in Green Building Industry

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 Week Ahead: California to Discuss Additional Compliance Options for Cap-and-Trade Program

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.


The Week Ahead: California to Hold Carbon Auction as It Consider Giving More Allowances Away for Free

Greenhouse gas emission allowances will be up for sale in California as the Air Resources Board holds its fourth quarterly auction Aug. 16 as part of its economywide cap-and trade program. As detailed in an Energy and Climate Report article , during the last auction of vintage 2013 allowances that was held May 16, 14.5 million were sold at a settlement price of $14 a ton. The price was up slightly from the Feb. 19 auction's clearing price of $13.62 a ton and the $10.09 settlement price in the initial sale last Nov. 19.


The Week Ahead: Congress Takes August Recess, New York Moves Ahead With Seaport City Planning

While Congress has left Washington, D.C., for its August recess, New York will hold a “pre-proposal session” Aug. 7 on a request for bids for a study on how lower Manhattan can be protected by the impacts of climate change through the development of a “Seaport City.”


Less Costly Energy Efficiency Bill Introduced in Senate

The authors of bipartisan energy efficiency legislation introduced a dramatically scaled-back version of the bill July 30. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) have struck from the bill a title that would have established a program to finance commercial building efficiency improvements "due to late concerns raised."

 


The Week Ahead: House Committee May Consider Drastic Cuts to EPA Budget

A 34 percent reduction in the Environmental Protection Agency's budget in a spending bill that is viewed by Republican sponsors as intended to "serve as a check" on the agency's ability to regulate industry may be considered by the House Appropriations Committee the week of July 29.

As detailed in a July 23 Energy and Climate Report article , while Republicans claim that such spending cuts are necessary to address the federal government's nearly $17 trillion debt, Democrats call the cuts an "industry wish list" in that riders would prevent EPA from moving forward with Clean Air Act regulations to control carbon dioxide emissions from existing and new power plants, along with many other environmental initiatives.


Rep. Shimkus Says Compromise Necessary on Renewable Fuel Standard

Congressional hearings are frequently a matter of theater. Democrats and Republicans hand pick witnesses to bolster the case they choose to make and then try to catch the opposition's experts w ith a series of gotcha questions.   


The Week Ahead: Congress to Focus on Renewable Fuel Standard, Coal, Fracking

Both Houses of Congress are expected to turn their attention in the week ahead to amending or repealing the renewable fuel standard. While the Senate has not set a hearing date as of July 19, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold hearings July 23-24 on "An Overview of the Renewable Fuel Standard: Stakeholder’s Perspectives."


The Week Ahead: Senate Vote on McCarthy Nomination to Head EPA Anticipacted, Committee to Hold Climate Hearing

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The Senate may hold a vote as soon as July 16 on Gina McCarthy, President Obama's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

As detailed in a July 11 Energy and Climate Report article , the date was announced after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed a cloture motion for McCarthy and six other stalled nominees for federal positions.

As he filed for cloture, Reid threatened to move forward with the so-called nuclear option changing Senate rules to allow nominations to be confirmed with just 51 votes-if Republicans try to block the nominations.

Reid took to the Senate floor July 11 complaining that Republican obstructionism has been holding up nominees, including McCarthy, who was nominated by Obama more than four months ago.


The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead blog covering the week of July 8 will not be published. The next blog will be cover the week of July 15.


Obama’s Broad Climate Plan to Regulate Carbon Emissions from Power Plants for First Time

President Obama this week unveiled a broad national plan for addressing climate change that would regulate carbon emissions from both new and existing power plants for the first time.


The Week Ahead: Lithuania to Focus on Energy During European Council Presidency

As Lithuania begins its six-month term July 1 as president of the Council of the European Union, leaders of the Baltic country say ensuring affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy will be high on the agenda.
Holding the Council presidency means setting agendas and steering debates on mainly budgetary, economic, and societal matters for member countries, which will now number 28 after Croatia's ascension, effective July 1.


The Week Ahead: Obama to Lay Out Climate Change Vision June 25; House Committee May Focus on Drastic Cuts to Funding for Renewable Energy Programs

President Obama plans to lay out his vision of what the United States must do to address and adapt to climate change in a June 25 speech at Georgetown University. "We need a national plan to reduce our emissions and prepare our country for the impacts of climate change," Obama said June 22 in a White House video . He said the United States needs to lead global efforts to fight climate change and called for a new clean energy economy.


The Week Ahead: House Committees to Focus on Energy Issues, Senate Homeland Security Committee to Look at Extreme Weather

Energy Department Secretary Ernest Moniz will testify June 18 before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on DOE's science and technology priorities.

As detailed in a May 21 Energy and Climate Report   article , Moniz, who formerly headed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's energy program, said his agenda, among other things, will include promoting "American leadership" in science and clean energy technology innovation.


EPA Official Spars with Republicans over Renewable Fuel Standard

Christopher Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was seeking a little clarification June 5 when Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) insisted that implementing the renewable fuel standard will cause an impending economic “train wreck.”


The Week Ahead: House Floor Vote on Biofuels Bill Expected to Renew Debate, Committee to Hold DOE Budget Hearing

A defense funding bill that includes controversial restrictions on the Pentagon's ability to produce and procure biofuels unless their cost is "equivalent to conventional fuels" is expected to be brought to the House floor the week of June 10.

As detailed in a June 6 Energy and Climate Report article , the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal year 2014 (H.R. 1960) would also prohibit the military from pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) efficiency building standards unless the investment is fully offset by the amount of energy conserved.


A Closer Look at the Draft National Climate Assessment: Low-Lying Islands Face Migration, Hawaii Likely to Lose Billions in Tourism Dollars

[BNA's climate blog has taken a closer look at U.S. regions covered in the draft National Climate Assessment. In addition to Hawaii and U.S Affiliated Pacific Islands, regions covered in the assessment include the Southeast and Caribbean , Great Plains , Northeast , Northwest , Midwest , Southwest , and Alaska and the Arctic .]

Sea-level rise, ocean acidification, and other stressors related to climate change likely will force populations living in low-lying areas in Hawaii and on other Pacific Islands to migrate to higher elevations and continents, according to the draft National Climate Assessment .


The Week Ahead: International Climate Talks Resume, Mexico Set to Unveil Climate Strategy

International U.N. climate negotiations will resume June 3 in Bonn with a goal of establishing a pathway for an agreement in 2015 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The talks, which will run through June 14, are the last formal negotiations before the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP-19) to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change that will take place in Warsaw, Poland, Nov. 11-22.

At last year's COP-18 summit in Doha, Qatar, negotiators agreed to launch two "work streams" on the scope and structure of a global deal that would require all nations to commit by 2015 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement would go into effect in 2020 after ratification.


The Week Ahead: California Energy Commission to Discuss 10-Year Forecast, Other Energy, Climate Events on Agenda

As Congress takes its Memorial Day recess  in the week ahead, the California Energy Commission will hold a workshop May 30 on electricity and natural gas demand forecasts for 2014-2024. The...


New Sustainability Reporting Guidelines Focus on Material Issues

The Global Reporting Initiative, the organization that develops the most widely used sustainability reporting framework in the world, released an updated version of the guidelines May 22. The G4...


A Closer Look at the Draft National Climate Assessment: Impacts Are Already Pronounced in Alaska

[In the weeks ahead, BNA's climate blog will take a closer look at U.S. regions covered in the draft National Climate Assessment. In addition to Alaska, regions covered in the assessment include the Southeast and Caribbean, Great Plains, Northeast, Northwest, Midwest, Southwest, Alaska and the Arctic, and Hawaii and U.S. Affiliated Pacific States.]


The Week Ahead: Keystone Headed to House Floor; Hydropower, Natural Gas on Senate Agenda

House Republican leaders plan to bring a bill to fast-track the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to the floor for a vote the week of May 20 before Congress heads home for its Memorial Day recess.


Enactment of Climate Change Legislation Remains Unlikely in Congress This Year

Despite public pleas from President Obama for legislative action on climate change this year, Congress is not moving quickly on legislation and prospects for passage remain dim in the...


Military Turns to Sustainability as Thirst for Energy Presents New Risks, Costs

The Department of Defense, once known as one of the nation's largest polluters, is turning to sustainability to reduce ballooning energy costs and the logistical risks of transporting fuel in combat zones. 


The Week Ahead: U.N. Climate Negotiations on Agenda, Court to Hear Hurricane Katrina Damage Arguments

This year's first full round of U.N. climate change negotiations will take place April 29-May 3 in Bonn amid hopes that negotiators will make progress toward reaching an international agreement  to reduce greenhouse gas emissions beginning in 2020.


Walmart Sets New Energy Goals, Lacks Water Targets and Comprehensive Electronics Recycling

Walmart added nearly 100 renewable energy projects in 2012 and now has more than 280 globally, a company sustainability executive said April 24.


A Closer Look at the Draft National Climate Assessment: Northwest Faces Challenges, But May Fare Better Compared to Other Regions

[In the weeks ahead, BNA’s climate blog will take a closer look at U.S. regions covered in the draft National Climate Assessment. In addition to the Northwest, regions covered in the assessment include the Southeast and Caribbean, Great Plains, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, Alaska and the Arctic, and Hawaii and U.S. Affiliated Pacific States.]


The Week Ahead: Senate May Hold Vote on Moniz, Energy Bills on Agenda, NOAA to Brief Congress

The Senate may hold a floor vote the week of April 22 on whether to confirm nominee Ernest Moniz to be Department of Energy Secretary. He is expected to be confirmed.

As detailed in an  April 18 Energy and Climate Report article covering his approval by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Moniz said he supports renewable energy as well as the nation's "stunning" boom in domestic natural gas and oil production.

Moniz, who serves as head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Energy Program, said if confirmed, he would help implement a broad review of national energy policy that likely would affect DOE's research and development budget. 

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The Week Ahead: Keystone XL Pipeline Takes Center Stage in House

Legislation to circumvent the need for presidential approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry oil derived from Canadian tar sands to refineries in Texas is expected to be marked up by the House Energy and Commerce Committee the week of April 15.

As detailed in an April 4 Energy and Climate Report  article , the Northern Route Approval Act (H.R. 3) has been put on the fast track, with a floor vote expected before the Memorial Day recess in May.

 


D.C. Circuit Decision Forces Ethanol Industry to Shift Rhetoric on Cellulosic Fuel

The ethanol and petroleum industries have traditionally been at odds over EPA’s renewable fuel standard, but the adversaries found themselves on the same page when they both asked the agency this week to reduce the cellulosic ethanol blending requirement for 2013.


A Closer Look at the Draft National Climate Assessment: More Water Woes, Wildfires to Plague Southwest

Climate change poses a significant risk to water, which is the most "precious" resource in the Southwest, according to the draft National Climate Assessment . The region also will continue to be plagued by an increasing number of wildfires posing increased risks to communities across extensive areas.


The Week Ahead: Senate to Hold Hearings on Nominees to Head EPA, DOE

President Obama's nominees to head the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency will testify April 9 and April 11, respectively, during Senate confirmation hearings.

Ernest J. Moniz, a nuclear physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is slated to replace DOE Secretary Steven Chu.

Gina McCarthy, EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation, was nominated to take over for EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.


The Week Ahead: EPA Faces Deadline for House Energy and Commerce Committee Request

While Congress remains out of session for the second week of the spring state and district work period, the Environmental Protection Agency faces an April 5 deadline set by the House Energy and Commerce Committee to explain what climate change actions it expects to take during the rest of President Obama's second term.


The Week Ahead: Countries to Discuss Control of Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Aviation

With the U.S. Congress out of session on spring state and district work periods until April 8, the energy and climate focus for the week of March 25 will be on a high-level international meeting on  aviation emissions, an Environmental Protection Agency seminar on energy efficiency subsidies, and a meeting in California to discuss sea-level rise.


A Closer Look at the Draft National Climate Assessment: Threats to the Great Plains Loom Large

[In the weeks ahead, BNA’s climate blog will take a closer look at U.S. regions covered in the draft National Climate Assessment. In addition to the Great Plains, regions covered in the assessment...



The Week Ahead: Obama to Give Speech During DOE Visit, House to Hold Energy Hearings, International Developments on the Climate Agenda

On March 14, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold an oversight hearing on “America’s Onshore Energy Resources: Creating Jobs, Securing America, and...


A Closer Look at the Draft National Climate Assessment: The Midwest’s Energy-Intensive Economy

[In the weeks ahead, BNA’s climate blog will take a closer look at U.S. regions covered in the draft National Climate Assessment. In addition to the Midwest, regions covered in the assessment...


Climate Mitigation: Getting Corporate 'C-Level Buy-In’

What’s the "hook" some sustainability professionals at large companies use to get buy-in from c-level executives in support of climate change initiatives? Well for Gwen Migata, vice president of...



A Closer Look at the Draft National Climate Assessment: Southeast Feeling Impacts, Future Predictions Point to Worsening Effects

[In the weeks ahead, BNA’s climate blog will take a closer look at U.S. regions covered in the draft National Climate Assessment. In addition to the Southeast and Caribbean, region, the...


The Week Ahead: Another Budget Crisis Looms Large for Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Department

If Congress fails to reach a deal by March 1 to prevent automatic federal spending cuts, vital environmental and energy programs would be jeopardized, according to Environmental Protection Agency...


The Week Ahead: California to Hold Second Greenhouse Gas Auction

California’s second quarterly greenhouse gas emissions auction under the nation’s first economywide cap-and-trade program will be held Feb. 19. The upcoming auction, and the remaining ones to be held May 16, Aug. 16, and Nov. 19, will offer 56.8 million allowances for sale for use between 2013 and 2020 and another 38.2 million for use beginning in 2016.


The Week Ahead: State of the Union Scheduled, Sen. Boxer to Hold Climate Briefing

President Obama will give his State of the Union address Feb. 12, with many in the environmental arena expecting climate change to be included in his remarks. In the Senate, currently controlled by Democrats, an auditorium-style briefing on climate change will be held Feb. 13, showcasing four prominent climate scientists. A question-and-answer session will follow. On Feb. 12, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will reconvene a business meeting to go over its two-year oversight plan.The panel plans to increase oversight of the Obama administration's efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Plans also call for reviewing climate activities under the Energy Department and other departments, including those to prepare for and respond to weather events and natural disasters in the future.


The Week Ahead: Energy Security to be Discussed by House Energy and Power Subcommittee

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing Feb. 5 on “American Energy Security and Innovation: An Assessment of North America’s Energy Resources.” As...


A Closer Look at the Draft National Climate Assessment: Northeast to Experience More Flooding, Heat Waves; Adaptation Efforts Need to Be Stepped Up

[In the weeks ahead, BNA’s climate blog will take a closer look at U.S. regions covered in the draft National Climate Assessment. In addition to the Northeast, regions covered in the...


The Week Ahead: Blueprint for Energy Legislation Expected to Be Circulated Among Senators

How the United States can increase domestic energy production will be a major component of a "blueprint" for energy legislation expected to be released the week of Jan. 28 by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The blueprint, which will include "concepts for discussion" rather than specific provisions, will be circulated among Republicans for their input, she said. Murkowski's remarks, along with comments over potentially exporting U.S. liquefied natural gas to Japan, are covered in a Jan. 23 World Climate Change Report   article . To overcome partisan gridlock, Murkowski said she has been meeting with committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and House counterparts, including Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, to determine if energy legislation can be approved by both chambers within the next two years.

 


The Week Ahead: Climate, Energy Issues Expected to Gain Renewed Interest Following Presidential Inauguration

With the inauguration of President Obama Jan. 21 and the start of the 113th Congress, the spotlight will likely grow on whether the United States will increase its focus on climate change. As outlined in a World Climate Change Report  2013 Outlook article  on U.S. climate legislation, Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) both pledged action on climate change in the days following the November elections, which appeared to give new life to several approaches, from modest bills to bolster energy efficiency and renewable energy to possible resurrection of a proposal to tax the carbon content of fuel. However, with Republicans maintaining control of the House though 2014, observers do not expect passage of any broad climate legislation.


The Week Ahead: Disasters and the Environment to Be Focus of Conference in Washington, D.C.

Disasters--including drought, hurricanes, andwildfires--and the environment will be the theme of the 13th National Council on Science and the Environment conference Jan. 15-17 in Washington, D.C. A plenary session Jan. 16 will cover climate change, which some observers say may be exacerbating or increasing the likelihood and intensity of such disasters.


The Week Ahead: Sea-Level Rise on Federal, Local Climate Change Agendas

Four possible scenarios of global sea-level rise-ranging from 6 inches to 6.6 feet-that were developed by scientists for the U.S. National Climate Assessment will be discussed Jan. 9 during a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seminar in Silver Spring, Md.


New Year May Ring in Renewed Focus on Climate Change

Climate change issues will become more prominent in 2013 if recent developments are any indication and if efforts at the national, regional, state, and international levels continue to take shape.


The Week Ahead: EPA Administrator Faces House Committee Deadline to Provide Information on Use of 'Secret' Email Accounts

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson faces a Dec. 21 deadline to turn over to a House committee information on the use of secondary email accounts to conduct agency business.


The Week Ahead: Senate Committee to Hold Hearing on Energy Efficiency, House Committee Memberships on Agenda

How to promote energy efficiency through tax reform and federal energy policy will be the subject of a hearing Dec. 12 by the Senate Finance Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure Committee.


The Week Ahead: U.N. Climate Summit in Qatar Draws to a Close

U.N. climate negotiators from more than 190 countries are expected to wrap up two weeks of talks Dec. 7 in Doha, Qatar, with no major action on a 2015 global agreement.


The Week Ahead: 2020 Global Agreement, Fate of Kyoto Protocol in Hands of U.N. Climate Negotiators

Climate delegates from more than 190 nations will begin two weeks of negotiations Nov. 26 in Doha, Qatar, to hammer out a plan for a 2020 agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions and, for countries that remain committed to the Kyoto Protocol, to decide on a second commitment period.

 


The Week Ahead: Clean Development Mechanism Board to Meet; Results of California's GHG Auction Expected

The executive board for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change will meet Nov. 19-23 in preparation for two weeks of international climate negotations that begin Nov. 26 in Doha, Qatar.

 


What a Difference a Storm Makes: Assessing Hurricane Sandy's Damage

A series of aerial photographs showing the Atlantic Coast before and after Hurricane Sandy reveals dramatically changed portions of shoreline extending hundreds of miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.


The Week Ahead: Focus Turns to California Cap-and-Trade Program

California on Nov. 14 will hold its first auction of greenhouse gas emission allowances under its cap-and-trade program.


The Week Ahead: Will Climate Change Influence the Presidential Election?

Hurricane Sandy's blow to New Jersey and New York has sparked renewed debate in the climate change arena, raising questions over whether it will be a factor in the Nov. 6 presidential election. ..


The Week Ahead: Coastal Surges Among Threats Posed by Hurricane Sandy

In addition to heavy rain, high winds, flooding, and tornadoes, coastal surges-which climate experts say are being exacerbated by sea-level rise due to global warming-are among the threats the East Coast faces from Hurricane Sandy in the week ahead.

 


State Legislators Beat Back Efforts to Weaken Renewable Requirements

Efforts to roll back state policies requiring utilities to obtain power from wind, solar, and other renewable sources largely failed in legislative sessions across the country this year, according to information compiled by analysts who track state incentives.


The Week Ahead: Final Presidential Debate in Florida Spurs Experts to Demand Answers on Climate Change

More than 120 experts in Florida on sea level rise want President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney to address climate change during the third and final presidential debate Oct. 22 in...


The Week Ahead: Second Presidential Debate, California Fuel Standard Case on Agenda

Will a question concerning climate change be posed Oct. 16 during the second presidential debate in New York on foreign and domestic issues? Maybe. The debate, to be held in a town-hall format at Hofstra University in Hempstead , N.Y., will feature undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization to ask questions on foreign and domestic issues. Each candidate will be given two minutes to respond.


The Week Ahead: European Union on Path to Reduce Energy Use, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The European Union is expected to endorse legislation Oct. 8 designed to reduce energy consumption and meet greenhouse gas reduction goals. The legislation is part of the European Union’s “20-20-20” plan that calls for a 20 percent reduction in energy use via energy efficiency measures, a 20 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels, and a 20 percent renewable energy target, all by 2020. If approved, the measure would have to be implemented into national legislation by EU countries within 18 months.


The Week Ahead: U.N. to Hold Second Climate Change Financial Workshop

The U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change will host its second workshop on long-term financing of climate change initiatives Oct. 1-3 in Cape Town, South Africa. As detailed in a...


The Week Ahead: Bloomberg BNA to Livestream From 2012 GreenGov Symposium

Bloomberg BNA will livestream the 2012 GreenGov Symposium, organized by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Association of Climate Change Officers, Sept. 24-25, beginning with the opening day plenary session at 8:45 a.m. ET. The symposium, being held in Washington, D.C., will feature officials from government, the private sector, nonprofits, and academia who will discuss opportunities to expand clean energy use, curb pollution, and incorporate other sustainable practices into the federal government's operations.

 


The Week Ahead: Senate to Focus on Law Funding Energy Projects

Five years after enactment, the law that authorized the creation of a federal program that funds the development of technologies in areas not likely to be undertaken by the private sector will be the subject of a Sept. 19 hearing by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. The America COMPETES Act (P.L. 110-69) was enacted in 2007 to fund the Energy Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E). During a hearing of the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation in January, Republicans alleged that some ARPA-E projects had received prior private sector funding for similar work - a possible violation of the law.


Energy Efficiency Appears to Become Politicized

The Republican Party platform for 2012 contains no mention of energy efficiency, leading some observers to conclude that the issue of energy conservation--long considered bipartisan—is becoming increasingly politicized.


The Week Ahead: European Parliament to Vote on Energy Efficiency Legislation

The European Parliament is scheduled to vote Sept. 11 on energy efficiency legislation that would require certain steps to be taken during renovations of public buildings, energy-saving actions to be taken by utilities, and energy audits for all large companies. Discussion also is planned on other energy measures.


The Week Ahead: Climate Talks Wrap Up in Bangkok, Trade Officials Meet in Russia

A final round of U.N. climate change talks in Bangkok before formal negotiations take place at the end of the year are set to end Sept. 5.


The Week Ahead: A Look at Energy, Environmental Issues Republicans May Raise During Convention

With the Republican Convention getting underway in Tampa, Fla., in the week ahead, presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s energy and environmental views likely will be talked about, however, most...


The Week Ahead: U.N. Green Climate Fund to Hold First Board Meeting, Selection of Host Country Expected This Year

The first meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board will be held Aug. 23-25 in Geneva. The fund, launched last year during United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties in South Africa, is intended to raise $100 billion a year by 2020 to help poorer countries cope with the effects of climate change. However, as detailed in an April 11 World Climate Change Report article, some observers doubt that developed nations are prepared to raise that amount of funding.


The Week Ahead: Senate Hearings in New Mexico to Focus on Impact of Climate Change on West

While Congress has left Washington, D.C., for its August recess, the effects of climate change on the West--including record-breaking drought conditions and wildfires--will be the subject of two field hearings by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Aug. 15 and 17 in Santa Fe, N.M.


The Week Ahead: California to Work on Adaptation Strategy, China Expected to Launch Trading Platform

As Congress takes its August recess, climate and energy events in the week ahead include a California adaptation meeting and the launch by China of a rare earth trading platform.


The Week Ahead: U.S. to Host 15 Countries for Emissions Trading Scheme Meeting

The U.S. departments of State and Transportation will host a meeting July 31-Aug. 1 of approximately 15 countries that oppose the European Union's decision to include aviation emissions in its cap-and-trade system.


The Week Ahead: Senate Looks at Natural Gas Vehicles

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week turns its attention to transportation fuels, and more specifically the use of natural gas to power vehicles. Meanwhile, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power again will try to mark up the No More Solyndras Act.


Debate Over Green Building Rating Systems Heats Up

Representatives of a new green building coalition told lawmakers this week that the federal government is creating a monopoly by using a third-party green building rating system.

The General Services Administration's use of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, "effectively creates a monopoly for federal buildings," said Steven Russell, vice president of the plastics division at the American Chemistry Council. Russell testified at a July 19 hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform examining the effect of regulations on business.


The Week Ahead: House Panels to Examine Cost of Solar Loans, GHG Regulations

Assessing the costs of the Obama Administration's commitment to solar energy projects will be the subject of a House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing July 18.

As detailed in a World Climate Change Report article , top Republicans on the committee introduced a bill July 10 - the No More Solyndras Act - which would phase out the Energy Department's clean energy loan guarantee program.


The Week Ahead: House to Mark Up Farm Bill, WTO to Decide on Panel for China Dispute

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The House Agriculture Committee is scheduled to mark up a draft farm bill July 11 that would cut $6 billion over 10 years from conservation programs and save $500 million by eliminating mandatory funding for energy programs and reducing discretionary energy spending for reauthorized programs. Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and ranking member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) described the draft Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM) as a bipartisan bill that saves taxpayers billions of dollars.


The Week Ahead: EU in Spotlight as Cyprus Takes Over Six-Month Presidential Term

Energy, sustainable development, and follow-up on the Rio+20 summit are among the priorities Cyprus said it will focus on during its six-month term as president of the Council of the European Union. Holding the Council presidency means setting agendas and steering debates on mainly budgetary, economic, and societal matters. Cyprus holds the presidency from July 1 through Dec. 31.


Rio+20: On the Same Planet, But Not the Same Page

Why is that we share a common future, but so little common ground? The result from Rio+20 is so lackluster, leaders and their delegates declined to bequeath it one of the grandiloquent titles normally attached to such things. It is not a Rio+20 Declaration, nor even a "roadmap." It is simply, awkwardly, uninspiringly, a "Rio+20 Outcomes Document."


The Week Ahead: Jackson to Testify Before House Committee, Energy-Related Hearings Also on Agenda

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson is scheduled to testify June 28 before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on "Strengthening the Scientific Backbone of EPA: An Examination of Agency Practices and Foundations for Regulations Affecting the American Economy." The hearing comes on the heels of a June 25 deadline for public comments on a proposed Clean Air Act rule that would set new source performance standards for power plants to control greenhouse gas emissions.


The Week Ahead: The Spotlight Turns to South America with Rio+20 and the G-20 Summit

Sustainable development is the theme this week in Rio de Janeiro, as world leaders, NGOs, and private sector representatives gather Wednesday through Friday for the 20th anniversary of the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development, or Earth Summit. 

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he hopes the Rio+20 summit will result in agreement on a text that provides a clear path to advance economic development, expands access to electricity, and increases environmental protection.

A conference that yields a road map for future action would be considered a success, according to many organizers.


How Many Rio+20 Negotiators to Change a Planet?

What might the world get out of Rio+20?

The 3-day U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development kicks off in Rio de Janeiro June 20. If the ambitions of many are met, Rio+20 will put the world on track to agree a suite of sustainable development goals on matters such as energy, water and food security, building on the Millennium Development Goals that expire in 2015.

If many in the finance sector have their way, Rio+20 also will encourage nations to oblige big business to report on environmental factors material to their operations, or explain why they do not.


House Votes to Continue Use of Foam Cups Amid Partisan Battle Over Sustainability

The House has voted to continue using foam cups and other polystyrene products, the latest salvo in a congressional food fight over the sustainability of the Capital's restaurants. The use of disposable foam cups and food containers, along with plastic cutlery, in the House's eateries has been the subject of a long-running battle between Democrats and Republicans. Republicans reversed a ban on the products when they took control of the House in 2011. In the latest skirmish over the House's tableware, a Democratic amendment to a $3.3 billion bill funding House operations that would have effectively banned the use of food service products made of polystyrene failed June 8 by a largely party-line vote of 178-229.


Humans Are Pushing Earth Toward Precipice, Researchers Say

Humans may be rapidly and irreversibly pushing Earth into a new geologic age, according to a paper published in the June 7 issue of Nature.

The new age or epoch, called Anthropocene, may begin within decades to centuries or may already be here, researchers said in the paper, Approaching a State Shift in Earth's Biosphere .

Instead of projecting recent trends into the future or using models to predict the potential impacts of climate change, scientists looked at past "critical transitions," such as the extinction of dinosaurs 65 million years ago, and determined that humans are now "forcing another such transition."


The Week Ahead: Senate to Move Forward on Farm Bill; Deadline for Rio+20 Text Looms

While the House recesses for a constituent work week, the Senate remains in session this week. The Senate Agriculture Committee will consider amendments to a farm bill, and other committees will take up energy issues related to taxes and China. The farm bill would provide more than $1 billion dollars in energy-related spending. Leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee cautioned members against introducing proposals unrelated to the legislation.


Ford, Coca-Cola, Others Partners Aim to Get 100% Plant-Based Plastic Industry Off the Ground

 

The Coca-Cola Co., Ford Motor Co., H.J. Heinz Co., Nike Inc., and Procter & Gamble Co. have partnered to promote technology to make 100 percent plant-based plastic. The partnership aims to speed up the commercialization of 100 percent plant-based PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, for use in beverage bottles, apparel, automotive carpet, and other products.


The Week Ahead: Aviation in EU Emissions Trading to Be Focus of Senate Hearing, House May Vote on Energy Spending Bill

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The inclusion of U.S. airlines in the European Union's Emissions Trading System will be examined June 6 during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing. The United States has opposed the inclusion of U.S. airlines in the EU ETS. Some members of Congress and the airline industry have pressed the Obama administration to bring the dispute before the Convention on International Civil Aviation, also known as the Chicago Convention. As detailed in a World Climate Change Report article , a challenge under Article 84 of the Convention would force the International Civil Aviation Organization and its member nations to address whether the European Union's plan intrudes on the sovereignty of other nations.


The Week Ahead: U.S. Climate Assessment Drafts Due, U.N. Climate Technology Center on Agenda

Draft assessments of current and future climate change impacts on the United States are expected to be turned in by 30 teams of expert authors by June 1 to the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee.

The assessments will make up the next  National Climate Assessment, which is due to Congress every four years under the Global Change Research Act of 1990. However, only two reports have been completed since the law passed--in 2000 and 2009.

 


Senate, House Move to Limit Defense Department’s Alternative Fuel Usage As Republicans Criticize Green Military Efforts

Legislation in both chambers of Congress would limit the Department of Defense's ability to buy alternative fuels, reflecting some congressional Republicans' criticism of Pentagon efforts to green the military.


The Week Ahead: EPA to Hold Hearings on Carbon Dioxide Limits for Power Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency will hold two public hearings May 24 in Washington, D.C., and Chicago on Clean Air Act new source performance standards that would limit carbon dioxide...


PepsiCo and Wal-mart Partner with Nonprofits to Protect Amazon

PepsiCo and Wal-mart have entered into a partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development and several nonprofit groups to protect Brazil's Amazon rain forest and other ecosystems. ...


Sun Block: Factoring Protection for the Earth Against Climate Change

Similar to the way a slather of sunscreen can help prevent sunburn, one of its ingredients—titanium oxide—could be injected into the stratosphere to help keep the Earth from overheating,...


Effort to Stall Light Bulb Standards Pits Tea Party Against Manufacturers

The Department of Energy would continue to be barred from enforcing new energy efficiency standards for incandescent light bulbs under a planned House amendment that pits bulb manufacturers against the tea party movement.

The amendment, which Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) has vowed to introduce to an upcoming appropriations bill, would prohibit funding to enforce standards that require the 100-watt light bulb, and eventually other bulbs, to be about 30 percent more efficient.

Bulb manufacturers, who say they have spent millions of dollars retooling factories to comply with the standards, oppose measures such as Burgess's, saying they open the door for imports of cheaper, less efficient bulbs.


The Week Ahead: Senate to Take Up Clean Energy Standard, Climate Negotiators Meet in Bonn

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In Congress, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing Thursday on the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012 ( S. 2146 ), which would promote a range of low- and zero-carbon electricity generation sources. The bill would require utilities to obtain 24 percent of electricity from "clean" sources starting in 2015, increasing 3 percent per year through 2035.


Companies Cut Emissions As Part of World Wildlife Fund Partnership

The Coca-Cola Co., Nike, and more than 30 other companies have cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 100 million metric tons since 1999 under a partnership agreement with the World Wildlife Fund, according to a new report . The reductions are equal to double the current annual emissions of Switzerland.

 


Electronics Makers, Others Reconsidering Value of Energy Star Program

Electronics manufacturers are threatening to drop out of Energy Star , saying recent changes have made participation in the federal government's voluntary energy efficiency labeling program too costly.

Among the chief complaints is a requirement that companies seeking an Energy Star label have their products' energy usage tested in third-party labs. Previously, companies were allowed to conduct the tests themselves after signing an agreement "committing" that their products met Energy Star specifications.


The Week Ahead: House May Vote on Energy Spending Bill, D.C. Court Hears Motions to Dismiss Public Trust Greenhouse Gas Case

A water and energy spending bill could come to the House floor this week. The measure would provide nearly $1.4 billion for the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for fiscal year 2013.

In the courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit is scheduled to hear argument Friday on motions to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to require the federal government to place an immediate cap on greenhouse gas emissions.


Developing Rare Earth Metals at Home? Could Congress Help?

Could Congress pass legislation to speed up rare earth mining here in the U.S.?

According to the April issue of the Materials Research Society Bulletin , a bill may be enacted if mitigating risk of supply chain interruptions remains a priority for Congress.

Concern over the supply chain of rare earth minerals-which are not rare, but are found in small concentrations-heated up when China, which accounts for 97 percent of the world's production, curtailed exports in 2010.

For the growing green tech industry, the 17 rare earth minerals on the periodic table are vital in the production of wind turbines, electric vehicle batteries, fuel cells, and energy-efficient lighting. They are also important in the production of dozens of other high-tech products, like computers, cell phones, and medical equipment. 


The Week Ahead: EPA Takes Comments on Water Management Plan; EU to Submit Goals for Next Kyoto Phase

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The Environmental Protection Agency will take questions May 3 via a webinar  on its draft strategy outlining actions to manage water programs and invest resources aimed at reducing adverse effects of climate change on water resources.

The draft strategy, which builds upon EPA's first climate change and water strategy released in 2008, focuses on five key areas: infrastructure, watersheds and wetlands, coastal and ocean waters, water quality, and tribal programs. The draft strategy also describes geographically based strategic issues and actions.

The agency is accepting comments on the draft water-climate strategy until May 17. 


A Closer Look at U.S Black Carbon Emissions Reveals Some Surprises

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Diesel engines and burning of biomass for fuel are responsible for the lion's share of black carbon emissions in the United States, according to an EPA report to Congress on emissions of the carbon particulates. EPA's report on black carbon--the most effective form of particulate matter, by mass, at absorbing solar energy--holds some interesting facts in regard to the largest U.S. sources.


The Week Ahead: Energy Bill Heads to Full Committee, EPA Panel Meets to Discuss Tailoring Rule Permitting

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The House Appropriations Committee is expected to markup a $32.1 billion energy and water appropriations bill in the week ahead for fiscal year 2013. As detailed in an April 18 World Climate Change Report article , the bill would provide $26.3 billion for the Energy Department, a reduction of $358 million from current funding levels.

Elsewhere in D.C., an EPA advisory workgroup will hold a closed session April 24 to discuss options to streamline the greenhouse gas permitting process under the Clean Air Act.


What's In a Word: EPA E15 Waivers Could Turn on Use of Word 'Any' in the Clean Air Act

Lawsuits challenging EPA's decision to grant two partial Clean Air Act waivers approving use of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) could turn on the placement of a single "any" in the statute.

"It all comes down to one word-any," Judge Brett Kavanaugh said during oral argument April 17.


The Week Ahead: Deadline for EPA Filing on Operating Permit Challenge, Other Climate-Related Events on the Agenda

The Environmental Protection Agency is facing an April 9 deadline to file a response to lawsuits challenging a requirement that states include greenhouse gas emissions in air quality plans.


Whole Foods Latest Grocer to Push for Sustainable Practices Among Its Seafood Suppliers

Whole Foods Market said March 30 it would stop selling unsustainable seafood next month.


The Week Ahead: Another Ruling From Commerce on Chinese PV Imports?

The Commerce Department is expected to issue a preliminary antidumping duty ruling March 27 on whether Chinese photovoltaic cells are being sold at less than fair-market value.


First Statewide Electric Highway to Be Completed in April

The first statewide electric highway will be completed by the end of April, according to the governor of Washington state.


One Year Later, Natural Disasters Still Rattling Supply Chains

Just a little over a year ago, on March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami crippled Fukushima, Japan. According to Kathrin Winkler, vice president of operations and chief energy officer for EMC Corp., the disaster “made us pull out our playbook in how we deal with supply chain disruptions.”


The Week Ahead: Senate Hearing on DOE Loan Guarantees; EPA to Discuss Sustainability

A Treasury Department review that found weaknesses in the Energy Department's loan guarantee program will be the subject of a hearing March 13 by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee meeting.


Kiribati Seeks to Move Residents to Fiji Due to Rising Seas

The island nation of Kiribati is considering purchasing land in Fiji to relocate its population due to sea level rise, according to a FijiTV report March 1.


Belief in Climate Change 'On the Rebound,' Brookings Report Says

The number of Americans who believe global temperatures are rising is "on the rebound," according to a new report by the Brookings Institution.


The Week Ahead; Obama to Release Climate Adaptation Strategy, Budget Hearings on the Agenda

The Obama Administration plans to release its climate change adaptation strategy next week, while Congress continues with budget hearings for various agencies. Meanwhile, state officials in New York will hold public hearings on limiting carbon emissions from power plants.


Down the Rabbit Hole to Empower Employees

One of the most consistent themes heard here at the Climate Leadership Conference is that top executives need to seriously buy into a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for a company to successfully reduce its carbon footprint and implement sustainability measures.


Ford Tries to Close Scope 3 Emission Loops

Imagine trying to determine indirect emissions of greenhouse gases from 1,400 companies that supply parts for one of the Big Three automakers. Supply chain emissions, known as Scope 3 emissions, include greenhouse gases emitted by products and services.


The Week Ahead: D.C. Circuit to Hear Challenge to EPA's GHG Emission Rules

Three federal judges will hear arguments Feb. 28 and 29 challenging Environmental Protection Agency actions under the Clean Air Act to control emissions of greenhouse gases.


U.S. Storms, Sea-Level Rise: Climate Change Predictions Leading to Action

Remember back in August 2011 when Hurricane Irene was bearing down on the East Coast threatening to flood New York City? Here's an example of the response to the hurricane, which was downgraded to a tropical storm before it hit the Big Apple, from an Aug. 26, 2011, New York Times article:  For the first time in its history, New York City planned to shut down its entire mass transit and subway system- the world's largest-beginning at noon on Saturday. At least 370,000 people in the city were ordered evacuated from low-lying areas.


The Week Ahead: International Developments Take Center Stage as Congress Goes on Recess

Two international events concerning airlines and raw materials with implications for climate change and energy are on the agenda in the week ahead as the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives recess for state and district work periods.


Volvo Increases Emission Reduction Goal to 30 Million Tons by 2015

Volvo has agreed to lower carbon dioxide emissions from its construction equipment, buses, and trucks by 30 million tons by 2015, the company said Feb. 17. The commitment builds on a previous pledge to lower Volvo truck emissions by 13 million tons by 2015.


No Chocolate, No Coffee, No Wine? Oh My!

It's Valentine's Day and lots and lots of chocolate will be devoured by lovers of this ubiquitous delicacy. Up to 58 million pounds of it, according to Nielsen , and that was back in 2009.


The Week Ahead: Administration to Release Budget Monday

Obama is scheduled to release his 2013 budget request Feb. 13. Late in December 2011, President Obama signed into law the roughly $1 trillion omnibus spending package, a move that closed the wrenching fiscal year 2012 appropriations process, which was wrought with short-term stopgap funding measures and threats of government shutdowns.


New York Registers First Benefit Corporations

New York Feb. 10 began registering benefit corporations, a new class of companies required to create positive impacts for the environment and society as well as shareholders.


The Golden Age of Gas Could Curtail Renewables; Will States Come to the Rescue?

Some economists say the shale gas boom, which has resulted in cheaper natural gas, has the potential to delay the market for renewable energy by up to 20 years without regulatory policies like a renewable portfolio standard for utilities.


U.K. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Resigns Over Controversy; Replacement Named

U.K. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne has stepped down amid allegations of wrongdoing and has been replaced by Ed Davey, a former business minister.


The Week Ahead: Sustainability Council to Hold First Meeting

Members of a sustainability initiative launched by IBM, Coca-Cola, and other corporations will hold their first meeting Feb. 7-8 in Orlando Fla.


Coca-Cola Releases Sustainability Report for 2010-2011

The Coca-Cola Co. released its sustainability report (http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/sustainabilityreport/) for 2010 and 2011 on Monday, revealing that it is on track to be water-neutral in its direct operations by 2020.


The Week Ahead: U.S., Global Energy Supplies, EPA Regulatory Reform on Congressional Agenda

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing Jan. 31 on the “U.S. and Global Energy Outlook for 2012.”


More Companies Report Profiting From Sustainability, MIT Study Says

Almost one-third of companies say they are profiting from sustainability practices, according to a survey by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Boston Consulting Group.


USAID Administrator Calls for Investment in Climate-Related Projects

More investment to help developing countries cope with the impacts of climate change will increase national and global security, according to Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.


The Week Ahead: Congress to Focus on Keystone; President to Deliver State of the Union

Congress is back in session this week with the Keystone XL pipeline high on the agenda.


The Week Ahead: Western Climate Initiative to Hold Update Meeting, Financiers to Gather in New York

Stakeholders in the Western Climate Initiative will be updated on program developments Jan. 12 in San Francisco.


The Week Ahead: Climate Leadership Award Finalists to Be Selected

With the holiday season upon us, climate and energy events have taken a backseat, but a few items of interest are on the agenda this week.


Missed Deadlines are Common in the UN Climate Change Process, but This One Was a Doozy

Even for a process accustomed to missing deadlines, this was a big deal: the final gavel was sounded on the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP) meetings here at 6 a.m. local time on Sunday, precisely 30 hours after the scheduled end to the meetings.


Fake Negotiating Document Further Slows Durban Talks, Already Latest on Record

The climate change summit here has already gone over schedule longer than any previous U.N. climate negotiations. Originally scheduled to conclude Friday, as of 6 p.m. local time Saturday there was no end in site. That’s later than the 2:30 p.m. Saturday finish in Bali, Indonesia in 2007, the previous record for a late finish.


The Week Ahead: Another Government Shutdown Looms, Senate May Approve Nominee to Be Energy Undersecretary

Once again, the Democrats and Republicans are debating over spending legislation.


Protesters Inside Durban Conference Center Halt Process for 30 Minutes

For a second consecutive day, protests erupted Friday at the U.N. climate change summit here. This time they were peaceful, but they nonetheless interrupted most negotiating tracks because they took place inside the conference facility.


Kyoto-Skeptic Canada Wants New Agreement by 2015

Nearly two weeks after Canada grabbed the spotlight at U.N. climate change negotiations here based on reports that it would pull out of the Kyoto Protocol, the country’s environment minister said Thursday that a new treaty should be drafted to replace Kyoto no later than 2015.


U.S. Senators Press Obama Administration for Ambitious Deal

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) and more than a dozen other senators this week pressed the Obama administration in a letter to work toward an “ambitious outcome” in U.N. climate talks here, including steps to ensure global temperatures do not rise more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.


Protests Outside Durban Climate Talks Turn Violent

Protests decrying a lack of action at U.N. climate talks turned violent Thursday, with at least three protesters hospitalized and about two dozen carted away by police.


U.S. Negotiator Calls for Strong, Credible Outcome to Durban Talks

With climate talks here headed toward their final day, the top U.S. negotiator Thursday urged other high-level delegates to “secure a strong and credible outcome that builds on” climate finance and other agreements reached at last year’s summit in Cancun.


Low Expectations Mean Low Turnout From U.S. Congress

A decidedly smaller number of U.S. congressional and Obama administration representatives have made the trip to this year’s U.N. climate change talks compared to previouse years, reflecting the relatively modest expectations for progress here.


Translators Take Center Stage in China Position in Durban

It could be argued that the group most central to the climate change summit here was not elected to any government or appointed to any delegation--instead, it’s the Mandarin-to-English translation team.


World Food Program, Italian Utility Launch African Project

Italian utility giant Enel SpA has teamed up with the World Food Program in a pilot initiative aimed at improving health, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and making lifestyles more sustainable in parts of Africa.


Durban Turns to Zulu Tradition of 'Indaba' to Help Bridge Gaps in Climate Talks

In a highly technical process filled with more than its share of acronyms and specialized lingo, COP-17 President Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on Friday introduced a new term to the U.N. climate talks: “Indaba.”


Greenpeace says Canada’s Possible Kyoto Withdrawal Could Save the Country $6.7 Billion

Speculations that Canada could withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol some time before the end of the year sent ripples through the United Nations climate change talks here. And now environmental lobby group Greenpeace says it has calculated how much the move may save the Canadian government: $6.7 billion.


The Week Ahead: High-Level COP-17 Negotiators Face Challenges Agreeing to Post-Kyoto Strategy

As climate negotiators in Durban, South Africa, enter their second and final week, hopes are low that an agreement can be reached on a second compliance period to extend the Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end of 2012.


The Week Ahead: Fate of Kyoto Protocol Takes Center Stage as Climate Talks Begin in South Africa

Climate delegates from more than 190 nations will begin two weeks of negotiations Nov. 28 in Durban, South Africa, with the major-emitting countries still divided over whether and how to extend the Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end of 2012.


The Week Ahead: Super Committee Failure? California to Answer Questions Over GHG Standards for Motor Vehicles

As the week of Thanksgiving begins, the Congressional "super committee" looks set to announce its failure to come up with a plan to cut at least $1.2 trillion from the federal deficit or risk automatic spending cuts. The formal deadline for an agreement is Nov. 23, but any agreement would have to be completed Monday, to give the Congressional Budget Office time to score the deal.


The Week Ahead: Proposed CAFE Standards Expected; IPCC to Report on Managing Climate Risks

A proposed rule that would set fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2017–2025 is expected to be released next week by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


The Week Ahead: Cap-and-Trade Vote in Australian Senate

Australia's Senate is expected to vote this week on a carbon trading scheme that would require facilities emitting 25,000 metric tons or more of carbon dioxide-equivalent annually to purchase units to cover their emissions. The carbon price is expected to be about A$23 ($23.40).


The Week Ahead: House Expected to Move Ahead With Regulatory Reform

Legislation intended to reduce burdensome regulations will be the subject of a hearing by the House Committee Oct. 25.


The Week Ahead: California's Cap-and-Trade Set for Final Vote

The California Air Resources Board is expected to vote on final rules for the state's greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade-program during a meeting in Sacramento this Thursday and Friday (Oct. 20-21).


The Week Ahead: Congress to Focus on EPA Spending, Jobs, While EU Contemplates Future of Kyoto Protocol

Congress will continue to scrutinize spending cuts for the Environmental Protection Agency in the week ahead, with the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations holding a hearing Oct. 12 as part of its line-by-line review of the federal budget.


The Week Ahead: Congress Focuses on Spending; U.S. Airlines Await Opinion on Inclusion in EU ETS

The spending saga in Congress will continue this week as the House is expected to vote Oct. 4 on a resolution (H.R. 2608) that would fund the government through Nov. 18.


The Week Ahead: CAFE Standards Expected, EU to Unveil Calculation for Aviation Emissions

EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are expected to propose new corporate average fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards by Wednesday.


The Week Ahead: House to Focus on EPA Rules, Spending While Scrutiny on Loan to Solyndra to Continue

The House is expected to vote on a bill during the week of Sept. 19 that would set up an interagency panel to study the cumulative costs of nearly a dozen Environmental Protection Agency rules concerning air, water, waste, and climate change.


The Week Ahead: Biden, Reid, Chu to Attend Energy Summit in Nevada

Energy issues related to consumers, electricity delivery in the West, and security will be covered at a "Natonal Clean Energy Summit" Aug. 30 in Las Vegas, sponsored by Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the Center for American Progress, the Clean Energy Project, and MGM Resorts International.


The Week Ahead: California Considers Alternatives to Cap-and-Trade Program

The California Air Resources Board will consider five alternatives to the state's proposed cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions during an Aug. 24 meeting.


The Week Ahead: National Climate Assessment Committee to Discuss Work on Adaption, Mitigation Report

A federal advisory committee for the National Climate Assessment will hold a public meeting Aug. 16-17 in Washington, D.C. The commitee is reviewing draft material for the third assessment, due to Congress by June 2013. The report is expected to focus on climate change adaptation and mitigation.


The Week Ahead: Obama to Announce Rule on Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Heavy-Duty Trucks

President Obama is scheduled Aug. 9 to announce final standards to limit greenhouse gas emissions from medium and heavy-duty trucks.


The Week Ahead: Debt Deal Denouement

If the debt ceiling deal reached Sunday by the White House and congressional leaders is approved by legislators, possibly as soon as tonight, attention in the weeks ahead will turn to work by a super-committee that will seek $1.5 trillion in savings—on top of an initial $900 billion—by Nov. 23.


The Week Ahead: House Floor to Begin Debate on EPA Spending Bill

The House is expected to begin debate Monday on a spending measure that would fund the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Interior, and other agencies in fiscal year 2012.


Changing Skins: D.C.'s Football Team Goes Green

As players in the first stadium to earn an LEED certification, the Washington Nationals certainly made a homerun in the drive for sustainability. Now, D.C.'s football team appears to be following suit with plans to install solar panels over one of its stadium parking lots.


The Week Ahead: Senate Committee to Hold Hearing on Natural Gas, while DOE, WCI to Hold Energy, Climate Webinars

A report released last month by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Future of Natural Gas, will be the topic of a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources July 19.


The Week Ahead: House to Consider 2012 Spending Measures, California to Discuss Changes to Cap-and-Trade

The House is scheduled to continue work this week on spending legislation for fiscal 2012 for the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, and others. Legislation addressing spending for EPA also would curb the agency's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.


The Week Ahead: House to Mark Up Spending Bill, EU Court to Hear Case Filed Over U.S. Airline Emissions

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on July 6 will mark up a measure that would fund the Environmental Protection Agency and a host of related agencies for fiscal year 2012.


The Week Ahead: Poland to Assume EU Presidency as Bloc Eyes Greater GHG Reductions

Poland on July 1 will succeed Hungary as president of the Council of the European Union at a time when the bloc ponders whether to raise its 2020 goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


Do Consumers Push For Global Warming Action Through Their Purchases?

If you meet the usual commercial standards of quality and price and “then add environmental value, I think you win. Big. Because consumers get all that they hope for and a lot more....Earnest will never become sexy [but] consumers will begin to see it less as preachy and more as normative.”


The Week Ahead: House to Hold Hearing on Energy Bills; NOAA Events Highlight Climate Change

The House will focus on spurring the development of renewable energy June 23, as the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources holds a hearing on four bills that would speed permitting and ease reviews.


The Week Ahead: House Appropriations Committee to Mark Up Energy, Water Bill, While UNFCCC Wraps Up Talks in Bonn

The House Appropriations Committee is expected to mark up a $30.6 billion fiscal year 2012 energy and water measure June 15 that represents a $5.9 billion reduction from President Obama's request.


Bonn Climate Talks in `Stalemate' As Two Main Bodies Fail to Agree on Agenda

The U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bonn remained stalled in its fourth day June 9, as the two main bodies negotiating technical aspects of confronting climate change were unable to agree to an agenda.


Climate Talks Open in Bonn; Parties to Talk About Regulatory 'Gap' After Kyoto Expires

Christiana Figueres, the United Nations' top climate change official said Monday that even if the upcoming climate change summit in Durban South Africa somehow yields a complete and enforceable post-2012 agreement on confronting climate change, it still would be impossible to avoid a gap after the expiration of the Kyoto Protocol’s 2008-2012 compliance period.


The Week Ahead: UNFCCC Meets in Bonn, RGGI Holds 12th Auction

International developments will take center stage this week as the UNFCCC meets in Bonn to begin two weeks of talks. In the U.S., RGGI will hold its first auction since New Jersey announced it was leaving the regional emissions trading program.


The Week Ahead: House to Hold Hearings on Burdensome Regulations, Energy Spending

This week, the House is expected to hold a hearing on the Obama Administration’s plan to review burdensome regulations that prevent economic growth and another hearing on spending for environmental and energy programs.


The Week Ahead: Senate May Mark Up Bills that Support Electric Vehicles, While Japan Will Detail Its New Energy Plan

In the midst of high gas prices, the Senate may mark up two bills this week that would expand the use of electric vehicles nationwide.


The Week Ahead: Senate to Hold Energy-Related Hearings, Numerous Energy, Climate Events on the Agenda

This week members of the House will be in their districts for a constituent work period, while the Senate is scheduled to hold energy-related hearings and likely will continue debate on the repeal of oil and gas tax subsidies for large companies.


The Week Ahead: Top Officials to Be in the Climate Change Forefront

Secretary of State Hilliary Clinton and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change executive secretary Christiana Figueres are scheduled to make separate appearances at climate-related events this week.


The Week Ahead: Congress Reconvenes With Debt Ceiling, Environmental Regulations, Tax Subsidies in the Spotlight

As Congress reconvenes May 2 after a two-week recess, a host of climate and energy-related issues are expected to be addressed by lawmakers in the weeks ahead.


The Week Ahead: Congress Remains Out of Session, Senate Committee to Hold Field Hearing in New Mexico, Other Climate, Energy Events Planned

While Congress remains out of session for spring recess until May 2, a Senate Committee field hearing related to climate change in New Mexico is among a number of climate and energy events planned for the week ahead.


Happy Earth Day! What Can I Sell You?

Happy Earth Day! Hopefully, this April 22nd will be kinder to the planet than last year's. On this day, one year ago the BP-run oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico sank, two days after the initial explosion. At a news conference on April 22, 2010, David Rainey, Vice President of Gulf of Mexico exploration for BP, said "It certainly has the potential to be a major spill."


The Week Ahead: Supreme Court to Hear Greenhouse Gas Nuisance Case, EPA Panel to Discuss Black Carbon, Other Climate, Energy Events Planned

With Congress out of session until the end of April for spring recess, the climate spotlight will turn to the Supreme Court April 19 when it hears oral arguments on whether greenhouse gases emitted by six energy producers constitute a nuisance under federal common law.


Science Roundup: Good News, Bad News Edition

This week's science roundup might read like a good news, bad news routine.


Congress to Flesh Out Spending Agreement for Remainder of Fiscal Year; Obama to Announce Deficit Plan

In the week ahead, lawmakers are expected to agree to a spending bill to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, after President Obama signed a stop-gap measure (H.R. 1363) April 9 that keeps the government running until April 15.


The Week Ahead: Government Shuts Down, House to Focus on 2012 Budget, Senate to Hold Energy-Related Hearings, World Bank to Meet

The House is expected to vote on their proposed fiscal year 2012 budget blueprint the week of April 11 that includes trillions of dollars in spending and tax cuts over the next 10 years.


Bangkok Talks Close With Agenda for 2011, but Rich-Poor Divide Remains

The year's first set of U.N. climate change negotiations concluded Friday in Bangkok with an agreement on a broad set of priorities for the rest of the year, but the talks failed to do much to heal the rift between rich and poor countries that had stalled negotiations for two of the six days of talks.


Rich-Poor Stalemate in Bangkok Continues; Delegates Say Cancun Progress at Risk

2011 04 07  Tensions between rich and poor countries remained high at United Nations sponsored climate change talks in Bangkok on Thursday, the penultimate day, with some delegates telling BNA they feared some of the


Bangkok Talks Slow Amid Post-2012 Concerns From Developing Countries

The latest round of U.N. climate change talks nearly ground to a halt Wednesday over one of the oldest issues in the climate change debate: the future of the Kyoto Protocol.


In Bangkok: Eyes on Japan's Plans for 2020 As It Grapples With Impacts of Earthquake, Tsunami

Participants in the latest round of U.N. climate change negotiations, under way in Bangkok, say they are eager to know if Japan’s targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions will change in the wake of the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami that crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex.


U.N. Climate Talks Get Underway in Bangkok, Amid Calls for Action, Protests

The latest round of United Nations climate change talks began Sunday in Bangkok amid both protests that rich countries were doing too little to satisfy their responsibility for past greenhouse gas emissions and calls from the U.N.’s top climate change official to build on the progress made at December’s climate change summit in Mexico.


Scientific Integrity or Political Manipulation?

The nonprofit watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility continues to scrutinize efforts by the Obama Administration to minimize political interference in scientific reports and policy decisions.


Another Stop-Gap Spending Bill Set to Expire as Senate May Vote on Bills to Curtail EPA’s Ability to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The expiration of a continuing budget resolution and the potential for the Senate to vote on proposals targeting Environmental Protection Agency rules on greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be in the spotlight the week of April 4.


Scientific Integrity or Political Manipulation—What Gives?

The Obama Administration’s attempt to overcome Bush era restrictions on what critics claimed resulted in political interference in scientific reports and policy decisions continues to face scrutiny by the nonprofit watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.


Science Roundup: Into the Darkness Edition

Saturday night was the World Wildlife Fund-backed "Earth Hour." At 8:30 p.m. local time March 26 , participants turned off all of their "non-essential" lighting. The event is mostly symbolic, participating cities in past years have seen at most minimal drop in energy usage for the hour, if anything. The effort lasts only an hour, and the biggest emissions don't come from powering household lights. Heating and air conditioning systems are unaffected by the event, as are large manufacturing plants, vehicles, and refineries.


The Week Ahead: Measures to Restrict EPA Authority on Greenhouse Gases Expected to Be Topic of Senate Debate, Congressional Hearings Scheduled

Upon their return from a week-long recess, Senators are expected to debate measures this week that would restrict or delay Environmental Protection Agency regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions.


Science (and Activism) Roundup: Plunged Into Darkness Edition

Tomorrow night is the World Wildlife Fund backed "Earth Hour". At 8:30 p.m. local time March 25 , participants will turn off all of their "non-essential" lighting. The event is mostly symbolic, participating cities in past years have seen at most minimal drop in energy usage for the hour if anything. The effort lasts only an hour, and the biggest emissions don't come from powering household lights. Heating and air conditioning systems are unaffected by the event, as are large manufacturing plants, vehicles, and refineries. Critics have questioned whether events like this one end up triumphing feel-good symbolism over substantive changes, an issue organizers hope to address through their "beyond the hour" campaign.


The Challenges of Communicating Climate Change

Though a preponderance of scientific evidence points to the existence of climate change and the related effects of greenhouse gas emissions, vocal climate skeptics--and perhaps their allies in Congress--apparently have been relatively successful in convincing voters that there is little, if any, cause for alarm or action.


The Week Ahead: Congress to Recess, Task Force to Meet on EPA-Texas Permit Dispute, International Items in Spotlight

While the House and Senate will be in recess the week of March 21, a task force formed by one congressman will hold its first meeting to address complaints concerning the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Air Act permit requirements for greenhouse gas emissions.


What's in a Name?

Speaking at the International Emissions Trading Association on March 14, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) told the audience that, despite repeated failures to get a bill passed, he still believes that cap-and-trade is the best way to control greenhouse gas emissions.


Bill to Block GHG Regulation Heads for Committee Vote, Another Deadline Looms for Government Spending, Other Climate-Energy Events Planned

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is expected to vote March 15 on a bill—the Energy Tax Prevention Act (H.R. 910)—that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. A two-day markup of the bill is planned, with opening statements scheduled for March 14.


The Week Ahead: Budget Battle to Continue, Energy Committee Hearing Scheduled, Forest Service to Hold Forums

During the week of March 7, Democrats and Republicans in Congress are expected to increase their debate over federal spending and the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.


The Week Ahead: Government Shutdown Possible, EPA 2012 Budget to Be Subject of Hearing, Other Climate Events Scheduled

The focus in Washington, D.C., the week of Feb. 28 will be on Congress and whether Senate Democrats and House Republicans can agree on a continuing resolution or a shorter-term spending measure to extend funding for federal agencies and prevent a government shutdown. The current spending measure, H.R. 3082, which passed in December, expires March 4.


Science Roundup: Back To the Future Edition

Welcome to back to the science roundup, which was on an inexcusably long vacation as your trusty reporter worked on stories for World Climate Change Report. Since the last blog post, battles over climate science have moved (back) to the House floor, this time as part of debates over the fiscal year 2012 budget.


The Week Ahead: Congress Recesses, Court to Hear Polar Bear Case, Other Climate-Energy Events Scheduled

An array of climate and energy developments are on the agenda for the week of Feb. 21 as members of the Senate and House recess to hold state and district work periods.


Obama’s 2012 Budget Expected to Seek Increased Funds for Energy; House Republicans to Debate Deep Cuts in EPA, and More

President Obama is expected on Feb. 14 to unveil his budget for the 2012 fiscal year, while a continuing resolution to fund the government for fiscal year 2011 will be debated on the House floor in the week ahead.


Brazil Plans $142.6 Million Payout From National Climate Change Fund

Brazil's Environment Ministry announced Feb. 9 that the National Climate Change Fund (FNMC) to reduce greenhouse emissions and help regions adapt to the effects of global warming will disburse 238 million reais ($142.6 million) in 2011, the first year of fund payouts.


Researchers Say Droughts Could Make the Amazon a Major Carbon Emitter

Severe droughts in the Amazon rainforest in 2005 and 2010, could, if they continue to occur with great frequency, turn the Amazon into a future source of carbon dioxide emissions, rather than a sink that absorbs carbon, according to an article published in the February 4 issue of Science Magazine.


The Week Ahead: EPA Again to Be Focus of Lawmakers, Solar Energy, Green Growth in Spotlight

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power is scheduled to hold a hearing Feb. 9 on a draft bill that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.


Climate Change Understanding and Education: The Statistics

Forget the two Americas (you likely had already forgotten). According to the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication , there are six Americas. Earlier studies split U.S.-based poll respondents into categories based on their reactions to climate change. The categories of respondents are the Alarmed, the Concerned, the Cautious, the Disengaged, the Doubtful, and the Dismissive. The groups represent a scale that generally goes from the "highest belief in global warming," "most concerned," and "most motivated" to act to the "lowest belief in global warming," "least concerned," and "least motivated." Learn more about the six groups in the 2009 report, Global Warming's Six Americas


The Week Ahead: Attack on EPA to Continue, Public Hearing on Reporting of GHG Data on EPA’s Agenda

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) will follow a host of fellow lawmakers Jan. 31 by introducing legislation designed to take away the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.


The Million Dollar Question: Why Do We Care?

An article published in the New York Times Monday points out that it's not just the cute animals--such as polar bears and ribbon seals--that are threatened by climate change. Other, far less impressive animals face changing habitats and shifting ecosystems. According to the article, 20 percent to 30 percent of existing species could be lost in a century if global temperature rises between 3.6 degrees to 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit.


The Week Ahead: EPA Rules Expected to Be Part of Congressional Hearing, Other Climate-Related Events in Spotlight

During a Jan. 26 congressional hearing, House Republicans are expected to begin following through with a campaign pledge to block Environmental Protection Agency rules to control greenhouse gas emissions they say will drag down the economy.


The Week Ahead: Federal Appeals Court to Hear Case Regarding California Waiver; EPA to Hold Climate Webinars

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Automobile Dealers Association will present oral arguments in a federal appeals court Jan. 18 challenging a waiver granted to California by the Environmental Protection Agency allowing the state to set its own greenhouse gas emission standards for motor vehicles.


Science Roundup: Ups and Downs Edition

Well this is a downer: According to a paper published in the online edition of the journal Nature Geoscience, reducing carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2100 would not prevent major atmospheric and environmental changes that would still continue in the year 3000.


New Climate Campaign Will Tout Science, Build Consensus for Action, Sen. Kerry Says

Supporters of action in the U.S. to deal with climate change are considering new strategies to rekindle support for a climate change bill and expand renewable energy sources following the demise of Senate cap-and-trade legislation last year. They are starting with a campaign meant to “revalidate” climate science and the urgent need for action, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said Jan. 11.


The Week Ahead: Litigation Over Greenhouse Gas Emissions Takes Center Stage, Republicans Gear Up for Oversight

A U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning a greenhouse gas nuisance case, Clean Air Act permits in Texas, and a House legislative calendar to allow for more committee oversight are among the issues expected to be in the spotlight during the week of Jan. 10 and beyond.


Updated Before the New Congress, Upton's Website No Longer Mentions Carbon

The Republicans officially took control of the House today, with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) literally handing over the gavel to the new Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio). With the shift in House leadership comes new chairmen for all of the House committees. In the lead-up to today's offical start of the new congress, congressional obersvers and elected officials alike have given a lot of attention to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the new chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government reform, who said that he will hold congressional investigations into a wide ranging list of issues including recalls by the Food and Drug admistration, the role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the financial crisis, and accountability for the diplomatic cables made public by WikiLeaks. But questions of the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas under the Clean Air Act are absent from the list.


Science Roundup: Uncertainty Edition

It's a strange, strange world. In the last few days there have been unexplained cases of birds falling from the sky, 100,000 fish washing up dead, multiple earthquakes, and flooding. Most of these phenomena have little, if anything, to do with climate change. But the inability to speak with any confidence about the causes of extraordinary events can serve as a reminder about how little we understand about the way the world truly works.