Daily Archives: August 8, 2012

Report: Reid hopeful for climate bill if Dems hold Senate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hopes to bring climate change legislation to the floor if Democrats keep their majority in the upper chamber in this fall’s elections, according to a news report.

Reid told Greenwire Tuesday that he hopes the Senate will return to legislation that puts a price on carbon dioxide emissions.

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Rockefeller keeps heat on coal industry

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) announced new plans Wednesday to craft carbon capture and sequestration legislation as part of a wider push to hold the coal and power industries more accountable to concerns about climate change and public health.

Rockefeller sent a letter last week to 30 organizations ranging from environmental groups to electric utilities indicating […]

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Obama aide calls wind-tax credit fight ‘huge’ in Colorado

President Obama’s campaign is seeking political mileage in Colorado from his push to extend wind energy tax credits that GOP rival Mitt Romney wants to let expire.

“The issue of clean energy and specifically the recent wind-tax credit debate is … a huge issue in Colorado,” campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday en route to […]

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National Experts: Shale Gas Key to America’s Transportation Future

A recent draft report issued by the National Petroleum Council (NPC) suggests that natural gas from shale formations can and will continue to play a critical role in our nation’s transportation future. According to the report — available in full here — “the potential for a long-term and low-cost domestic supply of natural gas, supported […]

News bites: Refinery blaze under review, NRC halts plant licensing, and more

The Associated Press reports on efforts to understand the big fire at a Chevron refinery in California.

“Investigators were looking at how a small, seemingly insignificant leak at one of the country’s biggest oil refineries quickly unraveled into an intense fire that sent acrid black smoke into the sky and hundreds of people to hospitals with […]

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Bloomberg laments focus on ‘creationism’ instead of climate change

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is lamenting the lack of attention to climate change and gun control in the presidential contest while touting city-level action on the environment and other matters.

Bloomberg talks climate — and plenty more — in a frank interview with Time magazine about the fruits of his $50 million grant to […]

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Romney steers clear of wind energy tax credit controversy in Iowa

Mitt Romney was campaigning in Iowa on Wednesday, but the presumptive Republican presidential nominee steered clear of his campaign’s controversial announcement that he would end a tax credit for wind energy that remains extremely popular […]

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Fed data shows July was warmest month ever in United States

July was the hottest month on record in the contiguous United States, helping to make the first seven months of the year the warmest since record-keeping began more than a century ago, according to new federal data.

The average July temperature was 77.6°F, which is 3.3°F above the 20th century average for the month, according to […]

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GOP lawmaker holds onto climate change skepticism

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) bucked the opinion of most climate scientists and Democrats when he discounted the existence of climate change in a New Orleans Times-Picayune story Wednesday.

Scalise was commenting on the widely publicized reversal of Koch Industries-backed University of California-Berkeley physics Professor Richard Muller, who last month said he now believes “humans are […]

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Obama regulations chief pressed attacks on ozone standards

The outgoing White House regulations chief circulated industry attacks on proposed smog standards among high-level advisers to President Obama, emails released to The Hill through a FOIA request show.

Cass Sunstein, the regulatory official, ensured that White House aides including Nancy-Ann DeParle and Heather Zichal were made aware of powerful business groups’ concerns with plans to […]

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