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Sen. Boxer hopes to bring climate legislation to floor by summer

Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she plans to move a comprehensive climate bill through her committee and to the floor by this summer.

Boxer called the bill, sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), “the gold standard” for climate legislation. She said she has not yet discussed securing floor time […]

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GOP bills target ‘overreaching’ EPA

A series of new bills introduced this week in the Senate seek to limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory reach and would subject the agency to penalties for missing reporting deadlines.

Offered by Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), the legislation reflects the latest in a series of Republican attempts to rein in an EPA that GOP […]

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Senate Dems’ sequester-replacement plan ends tar sands exemption

A Senate Democratic plan to replace a series of automatic spending cuts would require tar sands producers to start paying into a fund for oil spill relief.

The Democratic package would end an exemption for the tar sands industry that excludes it from paying an 8-cent-per-barrel fee assessed on domestic and imported petroleum.

Lawmakers are working on […]

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News bites: Senate Dems float bill to end oil-and-gas incentives

Senate Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday that would end billions of dollars worth of tax incentives for the oil-and-gas industry, Reuters reports.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the United States has boosted oil-and-gas production and lessened the OPEC oil cartel’s influence, notes Bloomberg.

The Associated Press reports that the North Dakota Senate rejected a bill that would […]

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Ambassador: US wants more Canadian ‘progress’ on climate

The U.S. ambassador to Canada said more progress by the Canadian government on climate change will help shape Americans’ views of its northern neighbor’s massive oil sands resources, according to a published report.

David Jacobson’s remarks to The Globe and Mail come amid a closely watched U.S. review of the proposed Alberta-to-Texas Keystone XL oil sands […]

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OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Climate advocates seek post-SOTU momentum, House looks at energy costs

COMING THURSDAY: On the heels of President Obama’s State of the Union vow to confront climate change, a pair of liberal Senate lawmakers will seek to stay on the political offensive tomorrow.

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), flanked by environmentalists, will roll out legislation to impose fees on greenhouse gas emissions.

The effort arrives […]

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OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Climate advocates seek post-SOTU momentum, House looks at energy costs

COMING THURSDAY: On the heels of President Obama’s State of the Union vow to confront climate change, a pair of liberal Senate lawmakers will seek to stay on the political offensive tomorrow.

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), flanked by environmentalists, will roll out legislation to impose fees on greenhouse gas emissions.

The effort arrives […]

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Keystone pipeline protesters arrested at White House

With chants of “Hey, Obama, we don’t want no climate drama” urging them on, about 50 activists were arrested outside the White House on Wednesday while protesting the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

Among those taken into custody were actress Daryl Hannah and civil-rights activist and former politician Julian Bond.

Green groups led the effort, escalating […]

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Obama and Murkowski back green tech cash – with one huge difference

At first blush, the White House and a top Senate Republican both like the idea of steering money from oil-and-gas development on federal lands and waters into green energy RD.

President Obama on Tuesday urged Congress to create an “Energy Security Trust” that would direct some revenues into technologies that help wean cars and trucks off […]

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Hydropower bill sails through House

The House unanimously approved a bill 422-0 Wednesday that would remove barriers for small hydropower development and could eventually expedite permitting for other hydropower projects.

The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, H.R. 267, would exempt “conduits,” such as canals, aqueducts and tunnels, from the federal licensing process. It also would let hydropower projects that generate 10,000 kilowatts […]

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