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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Rule Goes to White House, Ryan Budget Attacks ‘War on Coal’

The White House has received the EPA’s draft regulations on carbon emissions from existing power plants, according to Office of Management and Budget records cited by The Hill. President Obama set a June deadline for the proposal, a cornerstone of his climate change plan. An EPA finding from earlier this … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA Budget, Bottle Ban, Chevron Win

President Obama’s 2015 budget proposal calls for more investment in natural gas research and fossil fuel development, including what energy secretary Ernest Moniz called the administration’s first moves to demonstrate carbon capture technology for natural gas systems, The Hill reports. The budget also includes Obama’s $1 billion fund to help communities … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: GOP’s EPA Budget, Wind Leases, Shippers to Pay $10 Million

Republicans in the House have proposed prohibiting the Obama administration from spending on greenhouse gas rules for power plants, Business Week reports. The GOP congressmen also proposed cutting the EPA budget by a third, or $2.8 billion, and banning the EPA from instituting new curbs on sulfur in gasoline and … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Obama-Utility Meeting, Efficiency Bill, EPA in Court

President Obama will meet with electric utility CEOs and power industry trade associations today to discuss lessons learned and actions taken since Hurricane Sandy, with an eye on the upcoming hurricane season, the Hill reports. The EPA yesterday defended its climate change regulations in two cases at the US Court of Appeals, GreenWire reports. … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: EPA and Interior Budgets, Capture Incentives, RGGI

The House will debate this week the EPA and Department of Interior fiscal 2012 spending bill, the Hill said. The proposal would give the EPA $7.1 billion and the Interior $9.86 billion. Among its restrictions, the EPA spending bill would delay agency greenhouse gas emission regulations for power plants and … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Renewable Funds, EPA Review, Belo Monte Dam

The House appropriations subcommittee on energy and water yesterday passed a bill that cuts renewable energy funding by 27 percent to $1.3 billion, or $1.9 billion below what Obama sought in his budget, the Hill reports. The panel’s bill cuts $97 million for solar power, $46 million for fuel-efficient vehicle … Read more »

EPA Set for 16% Budget Cut

The budget for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would be cut by 16 percent under the budget deal struck between Democrats and Republicans, it has emerged. EPA funds would be reduced by about $1.6 billion, Bloomberg reported, based on legislation out this morning. That figure is about half of what … Read more »

GHG Regs Avoid Ax in 11th Hour Budget Deal

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on greenhouse gas emissions appear to have escaped the hatchet in federal budget negotiations. Democrats and Republicans came to a tentative consensus on the budget shortly before 11 p.m. on Friday night, averting the government shutdown that was due to start just over an hour … Read more »

Shutdown Looms, As House Rejects EPA’s GHG Finding

The federal government is teetering on the edge of a shutdown today, with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) greenhouse gas regulations one of the key points of contention in a lingering budget dispute. Republicans want to eliminate funding that the EPA uses to regulate greenhouse gases (GHGs) and other pollutants. … Read more »

GHG Regulations Survive Senate Vote

The Senate yesterday rejected efforts to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. A measure sponsored by Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell received 50 votes, falling short of the 60 it needed to pass, Reuters reported. The Senate rejected three other amendments designed to limit the … Read more »

UK Sets Carbon Price, Boosts Public Money for Clean Energy Bank

The U.K.’s annual budget, published yesterday, introduced numerous and sweeping changes for clean energy and carbon finance. The budget said that the country’s carbon floor price will start at £16 ($25.60) per ton of CO2 in 2013 and rise to £30 ($48) per ton by 2020. After the announcement, European … Read more »

Environmental Enforcement: Coal Giant Consol to Pay $5m for Clean Water Act Infringements

America’s largest producer of coal from underground mines, Consol Energy Inc., has agreed to pay a $5.5 million civil penalty for Clean Water Act violations at six of its mines in West Virginia, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of West Virginia have … Read more »

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