Daily Archives: June 20, 2012

Sen. Manchin expresses support for Inhofe EPA resolution on Senate floor

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) made a floor speech expressing strong support of a Republican resolution of disapproval against new Environmental Protection Agency regulations meant to curb certain toxic emissions from coal power plants.

Manchin’s speech came just ahead of a Senate vote on the resolution. The resolution, authored by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), would remove […]

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Bid to kill EPA coal plant regulations thwarted in Senate

Senate lawmakers on Wednesday blocked a GOP-led effort to scuttle Environmental Protection Agency regulations that mandate cuts in mercury pollution and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants.

The 46-53 vote against Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) resolution staves off
what would have been a stinging election-year rebuke of the White House
green agenda.

Five Republicans joined 48 […]

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House appropriators advance bill slashing EPA funding

The House GOP on Wednesday advanced a 2013 spending bill with deep cuts and limitations to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The bill cuts EPA by $1.4 billion, about 17 percent, compared to current funding. The GOP points out that this brings the EPA below fiscal 1998 funding.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), who hails from […]

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House advances bill tying oil reserves to domestic energy development

The House advanced an energy bill Wednesday that would encourage more development of domestic energy sources, in part by tying expanded production to use of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).

Members approved the rule for the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, H.R. 4480, in a 245-178 vote. Passage of the rule sets up two hours of […]

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House Dems press Interior to toughen gas ‘fracking’ rule

More than three dozen House Democrats want the Interior Department to require natural-gas producers using the method called hydraulic fracturing to disclose the chemicals they’re injecting underground before they begin the process.

The lawmakers, in a letter, are upset that rules proposed in May to govern “fracking” on federal lands only require the disclosure after the […]

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Chemical makers bristle at green building standards, say new rules will cost jobs

Chemical makers are bristling at proposed green building standards that they feel unfairly target their products.

Major business groups are lobbying lawmakers to take a look at the proposed standards from the U.S. Green Building Council, warning jobs will be lost if they are embraced by the federal government.

Keith Christman, managing director for plastic markets […]

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News bites: The EPA spy drone myth, China and India team up, and more

The Los Angeles Times looks at the spread of false allegations that EPA uses drones to spy on farms and ranches.

The Wall Street Journal reports on increasing energy collaboration between India and China.

“India and China’s largest oil companies have agreed to jointly explore for oil and natural gas world-wide, in an attempt to put […]

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MSC in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Marcellus Shale Gas is “Safe, Clean Energy”

Jeff Schmidt’s June 6 letter (“Natural Gas Is Not a Clean Energy Investment”) lodges a series of claims that are fundamentally unsupported by the facts about the safe, responsible development of clean-burning American natural gas.

First, Mr. Schmidt and your readers should know that hydraulic fracturing fluids — made up of more than 99.5 percent water […]

Top UN Official: Shale Gas Key to Cutting GHGs, Protecting Forests, Helping the Poor

Without question, safely produced abundant, clean-burning natural gas is helping to drive economic growth and spur job creation while also protecting our environment. This fact was reinforced by the co-head of a United Nations (UN) sustainable energy program this week during a global development meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Reuters reports:

Natural gas, including non-traditional shale […]

White House threatens veto on GOP energy bill

The White House is threatening to veto a broad House energy package that would mandate expanded onshore oil-and-gas leasing, limit environmental reviews of drilling projects and delay several Environmental Protection Agency air pollution rules.

The threat to veto the GOP measure is no surprise, and the bill won’t advance in the Senate after its expected House […]

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