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December 17, 2014

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...

December 16, 2014

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...

December 15, 2014

The Week Ahead: EPA Expected to Finalize Coal Ash Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is under a Dec. 19 deadline to finalize a rule on the disposal of coal ash under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. As covered in a Daily...

December 11, 2014

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.

December 10, 2014

As Lima Talks Enter Second Week, Delegates Turn to Text for 2015 Global Climate Pact

Negotiations began Dec. 8 in Lima on the first draft of the text for the 2015 global climate change agreement, including discussion of emissions reduction targets for all countries and...

December 8, 2014

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

Government funding issues made up the top two and number five stories in Energy and Climate Report for the week ending Dec. 5, while stories on the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon rule...

December 5, 2014

The Week Ahead: Climate Negotiations Continue in Lima, Congress to Work on Spending Measure to Avoid Government Shutdown

Negotiators from more than 190 countries are expected to wrap up two weeks of talks Dec. 12 in Lima, Peru, aimed at crafting a treaty to be signed in 2015 in Paris that will limit greenhouse...

December 3, 2014

European Union Climate Negotiator Elina Bardram Discusses Lima Climate Talks

Of the world's largest economies, the European Union has the longest and most consistent history as a protagonist in international climate negotiations. In the latest development, in...

December 1, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Nov. 28

The most read Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending Nov. 28 covered the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory agenda. A story on climate-based methane rules was the second...

November 28, 2014

The Week Ahead: International Climate Talks Begin in Peru; Senate to Hold Hearing on Super Pollutants Act

Delegates from more than 190 nations will begin two weeks of negotiations Dec. 1 in Lima, Peru, to devise a road map toward an agreement on a new climate change treaty in 2015 to go into effect...

November 25, 2014

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...

November 18, 2014

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

Environmental Protection Agency reaction to Republican comments on curbing the agency’s regulatory authority was the most read Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending Nov. 14. The...

November 14, 2014

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...

November 10, 2014

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. 

November 7, 2014

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...

November 6, 2014

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.

November 4, 2014

Q&A With Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Climate Change Issues, Moving His HFCs Bill

First elected in 2012, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is among a handful of recent Democratic arrivals to the Senate who have taken various roles in promoting climate action and...

November 4, 2014

Q&A With Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Rajendra K. Pachauri is the face of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has been involved with the IPCC for more than two decades, as a lead author, co-chair and, for the past dozen years, as its chairman.

November 3, 2014

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.

November 3, 2014

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...

October 31, 2014

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.  

October 30, 2014

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.

October 27, 2014

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.

October 27, 2014

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.

October 24, 2014

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. 

October 22, 2014

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...

October 22, 2014

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.

October 21, 2014

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”...

October 21, 2014

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...

October 17, 2014

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.

October 14, 2014

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. 

October 14, 2014

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...

October 10, 2014

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...

October 6, 2014

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. 

October 3, 2014

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. 

October 1, 2014

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.

September 29, 2014

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...

September 19, 2014

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.”

September 18, 2014

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.

September 16, 2014

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...

September 15, 2014

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.

September 15, 2014

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...

September 12, 2014

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...

September 11, 2014

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.

September 11, 2014

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...

September 9, 2014

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...

September 5, 2014

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...

September 5, 2014

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. ...

September 2, 2014

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...

August 29, 2014

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 ,...

August 27, 2014

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...

August 25, 2014

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.

August 21, 2014

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.  

August 11, 2014

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.

August 8, 2014

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...

August 5, 2014

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...

August 4, 2014

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.

August 1, 2014

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.

July 31, 2014

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.

July 28, 2014

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. 

July 28, 2014

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...

July 25, 2014

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

The Environmental Protection Agency will hold four, two-day public hearings on its proposed carbon dioxide standards for existing power plants in the week ahead. The hearings will be held July 29 and July 30 in Atlanta, Denver and Washington D.C., and July 31 and Aug. 1 in Pittsburgh.

July 25, 2014

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

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, plans to take another stab at moving legislation that would alter the renewable fuel standard in 2015, a Republican committee aide said July 24.

July 21, 2014

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

A law professor's call for the control of fugitive methane emitted by hydraulic fracturing was the most read story in Energy and Climate Report for the week ending July 14. The second and third top stories concerned the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon rule for power plants. Rounding out the top five were stories on a plan by the Obama administration to help communities adapt to climate change and the opening of a public comment period on EPA proposals to control methane emissions from landfills.

July 18, 2014

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

On July 23, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is scheduled to testify before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during a hearing on "EPA's Proposed Carbon...

July 17, 2014

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

Legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank may be brought to the Senate floor without a provision that would reverse bank policy limiting the financing of overseas coal projects, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) told Bloomberg BNA July 16.

July 14, 2014

Environmental Groups Oppose Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization Bill Over Coal Policy Tweak

Environmental groups are urging Congress to oppose legislation that would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank amidst a fight over a provision that would reverse bank policy limiting the financing...

July 14, 2014

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

The release of guidelines by industry to address public concerns over fracking was the top Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending July 11. Other top stories covered a briefing with senators by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy over carbon rules, the withdrawal by President Barack Obama of his nominee for a top Energy Department post, an EPA rule to curtail the use hydrofluorocarbons and a White House meeting with the insurance industry over climate adaptation.

July 11, 2014

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

A fiscal year 2015 bill to fund the Interior Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and related agencies is scheduled to be marked up July 15 by the House Appropriations Committee.

July 10, 2014

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

The Energy Department would continue to be barred from enforcing energy efficiency standards for incandescent light bulbs under an amendment planned for energy and water appropriations legislation...

July 7, 2014

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

The economic effect of the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon rules for power plants was the subject of the top two stories in Energy and Climate Report for the week ending July 4. Rounding...

July 3, 2014

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

A $34 billion energy and water appropriations bill (H.R. 4923) is expected to be considered by the House floor the week of July 7.

July 1, 2014

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

The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) said records it obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show that a regional energy plan among New England governors favors large gas pipeline and electricity transmission line expansion projects at the expense of the environment.

June 27, 2014

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

While Congress takes its Fourth of July recess the week of June 30, NASA is scheduled to launch its first satellite dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in the Earth's atmosphere July 1.

June 25, 2014

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

The Senate will vote on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominees Cheryl LaFleur and Norman Bay when the Senate returns from its Fourth of July recess, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told Bloomberg BNA.