Fights over next year’s government funding ended this week with passage of an omnibus that repealed a decades-long crude oil export ban and was largely free of environmental riders. The Senate passed its Toxic Substances Control Act overhaul bill. And the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of social media to promote its rules was called into question by an independent office and House Republicans.
Meanwhile, global climate talks concluded Dec. 12 with a landmark agreement. Discussion quickly turned to impacts of the landmark climate agreement and oversight of future U.S. actions of the deal.
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Questions on climate finance and verification rules are just some of the details international negotiators from the Paris Agreement will have to address in the days following the Paris climate summit. (Story by Dean Scott in Paris)
Obama administration officials are expected to tap into State Department appropriations to contribute the U.S.’s first payment to an international climate fund. (Story for subscribers by Anthony Adragna and Ari Natter)
Funding similar to what was requested by the Obama administration for its plan aimed at helping coal communities “adapt to the changing energy landscape” made it into the omnibus. (Story for subscribers by Rachel Leven)
Analysts expect wind and solar installations to increase by more than 50 percent over the next five years, resulting from solar and wind tax credit extensions that were included in the omnibus. (Story by Ari Natter for subscribers)
A federal appeals court left the EPA’s mercury and air toxics standards for power plants intact, even though the U.S. Supreme Court found that the agency erred in the rule’s development. (Story by Patrick Ambrosio)
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