Daily Archives: July 10, 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 guarantees for any applications received after the end of 2011.

For existing applications, the bill — which is named […]

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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 generators that affect the air in neighboring states. The Court of Appeals […]

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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, pollution, all aspects of the oceans,” he told E2 outside the Capitol Tuesday.

Kerry […]

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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 containing “strategic and critical minerals” an infrastructure project, in accordance with a […]

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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 Roundtable is hosting the event. “Debate topics will include hydraulic fracturing, LNG exports, […]

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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 hydraulic fracturing.

Bloomberg reports on the bankruptcy of a major coal […]

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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 solutions to America’s energy and climate challenges,” says conservatives should instead promote […]

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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.

Enacted by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Environmental Protection Agency-administered RFS requires 36 billion gallons […]

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