10 Jul 2012

House GOP floats ‘No More Solyndras Act’

House Republicans floated legislation Tuesday that would sunset the Energy Department’s controversial loan guarantee program for green energy projects. The draft bill, which Republicans call the “No More Solyndras Act,” would bar the Energy Department (DOE) from granting loan...
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10 Jul 2012

EPA official predicts new rule to be approved by court

A new rule aimed at limiting air pollutants from power plants in one state that affect a state downwind will likely be upheld Friday, a senior EPA official predicted Tuesday. The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) would impose new emission standards on coal-fire power...
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10 Jul 2012

Sen. Kerry plans major committee review of ocean health

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) is planning to convene a sweeping committee review of the world’s oceans in September. “It is going to be an analysis of what is happening in the oceans globally in terms of fisheries, development, acidification,...
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10 Jul 2012

White House opposes House mining bill, but stops short of veto threat

The White House said Tuesday that it strongly opposes a “vaguely worded” House bill shortening the waiting period for mining permits, but stopped short of issuing a veto threat. The National Strategic and Critical Mineral Production Act, H.R. 4402, would make any domestic mine...
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10 Jul 2012

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Obama, Romney camps to square off over energy

State of Play: The Obama and Romney presidential campaigns will debate energy policy through a pair of surrogates on Wednesday. The debate at The Newseum in Washington, D.C., will be moderated by Gerald Seib, the Washington editor of The Wall Street Journal. The Business...
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10 Jul 2012

News bites: Interior faces lawsuit over Shell’s drilling plan; fracking study fuels debate

The New York Times reports that environmentalists are about to file a lawsuit aimed at thwarting Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast. The Associated Press reports on a new study that’s likely to provide both sides ammunition in battles over...
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10 Jul 2012

Ex-GOP lawmaker says conservatives must end ‘denial’ on climate

Former South Carolina GOP Rep. Bob Inglis, who was vanquished by a Tea Party insurgent in 2010, is urging conservatives to stop denying that humans are contributing to global warming.  Inglis, who will lead a new initiative at George Mason University to promote “conservative...
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10 Jul 2012

Renewable fuel standard hits political divide at energy hearing

The renewable fuel standard (RFS) for transportation fuel is becoming another proxy battleground between Republicans and Democrats in the renewable energy debate, as the parties demonstrated Tuesday during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Energy and Power hearing....
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