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Dems hold fire on climate votes

 

Congressional Democrats will not commit to forcing votes on major climate change bills, even as they try to build political momentum behind President Obama’s promise to make global warming a second-term priority.

Obama’s State of the Union address called on Congress to create a “market-based solution” such as cap-and-trade to limit greenhouse gases, but vowed new […]

By |February 17th, 2013|Featured|0 Comments

Green groups rally on climate, urge Obama to reject Keystone project

Environmental groups gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Sunday and marched on the White House for a climate change rally largely aimed at pressuring President Obama to reject the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

Organizers said 35,000 activists attended the rally, where speakers portrayed the battle over the pipeline as a struggle between grassroots […]

By |February 17th, 2013|Featured|0 Comments

Green groups to rally on Mall to demand climate specifics in Obama second term

More than 20,000 protestors from around 160 organizations will swarm the
National Mall Sunday in hopes of intensifying the pressure on President
Obama over climate policy.

The president has not yet detailed the specifics of how he will address the issue,
aside from a pledge made in the State of the Union address to take
executive action on climate if […]

By |February 17th, 2013|Featured|0 Comments

Canadian ambassador slams press coverage of Keystone XL pipeline battle

Gary Doer, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., believes the press is doing a lousy job covering the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline that Canadian officials are urging the Obama administration to approve.

“Twenty people protesting do get more attention in the media than the 65 percent of Americans that prefer to get their oil from […]

By |February 17th, 2013|Featured|0 Comments

Greens to rally on Mall to demand climate specifics from Obama

More than 20,000 protestors from around 160 organizations will swarm the
National Mall Sunday in hopes of intensifying the pressure on President
Obama over climate policy.

The president has not yet detailed the specifics of how he will address the issue,
aside from a pledge made in the State of the Union address to take
executive action on climate if […]

By |February 16th, 2013|Featured|0 Comments

Wyden floats plan to boost geothermal energy

Pieces of new Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden’s (D-Ore.) legislative agenda are beginning to take shape.

On Thursday, Wyden introduced a measure aimed at boosting development of geothermal energy by tweaking the leasing program for tracts of federal land to develop the renewable resource.

Currently the Interior Department holds lease sales, and then […]

By |February 15th, 2013|Featured|0 Comments

House Energy Committee presses DOE on nuclear security

The House Energy and Commerce Committee requested an update Friday on Energy Department (DOE) actions to remedy “governance and security culture issues” at the agency’s nuclear operations.

In a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the bipartisan group of lawmakers said they still had concerns regarding a July 2012 trespassing incident at the Y-12 National Security […]

By |February 15th, 2013|Featured|0 Comments

News bites: Canada readies oil sands emissions rules, UN explores climate change’s security dimension, and more

Reuters reports that Canadian officials are close to unveiling long-delayed rules on greenhouse gas emissions from the oil sands. The move comes as Canada’s government is urging the White House to approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

Bloomberg looks at United Nations discussion of the nexus between climate change and global security.

The New York Times […]

By |February 15th, 2013|Featured|0 Comments

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House hearing looks at fracking, regulations

COMING FRIDAY: House Republicans will launch new broadsides against federal environmental regulations.

A House Energy and Commerce Committee panel will discuss state efforts “in protecting the environment under current law.”

The Friday hearing will find Republicans and several witnesses bashing the prospect of new federal regulations, instead advocating for state-based approaches.

Testimony submitted before the hearing show […]

By |February 15th, 2013|Featured|0 Comments

Major report adds climate change to ‘high risks’ facing US government

The investigative arm of Congress has labeled climate change a “high risk” area for the U.S. government, a finding that liberal Democrats are using to seek political support for tougher measures to confront global warming.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), in its biennial list of high-risk areas facing government operations, warned Thursday that the U.S. needs […]

By |February 14th, 2013|Featured|0 Comments