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Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline, Citing US Climate Leadership

The Obama administration today rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Despite the US Senate and House of Representatives votes to approve the 1,179-mile oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, secretary of state John Kerry determined the controversial pipeline is not in the best interest of the US. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Diesel Grants, DOT Slams Oil Sector, Bombardier Fails to Report

Republicans and Democrats are criticizing EPA proposals to cut funding for programs that have strong bipartisan backing. The agency proposes to completely eliminate the $20 million Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grants, which help trucking companies with engine retrofits and replacements. And the EPA has proposed cutting state water quality revolving loan … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone XL Pipeline, Climate Envoy, European Emissions Market

The State Department released a report concluding that the Keystone XL pipeline would not substantially worsen carbon pollution, leaving an opening for President Obama to approve the politically divisive project, the New York Times reports. The department’s long-awaited environmental impact statement appears to indicate that the project could pass the criteria … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: California Fracking Rules, Tax Breaks, John Podesta

US Secretary of State John Kerry returned to the Mekong River in Vietnam for the first time since 1968 to discuss the impacts of climate change on the region. He also expressed concerns about plans by China to build four more dams along the Mekong to generate power for its … Read more »

US, China Pledge Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cuts

The US and China yesterday agreed on five initiatives to cut greenhouse gas emissions including reducing vehicle pollution, increasing carbon capture projects and improving buildings’ energy efficiency. The agreement is nonbinding and does not set specific emissions reduction targets. The US-China Working Group on Climate Change, established in April during … Read more »

Lockheed Martin Builds Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Power Plant

Although Lockheed Martin is usually associated with aerospace technologies, the company is working with Beijing-based Reignwood Group to develop an Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) pilot power plant off the coast of southern China. The two companies signed a memorandum of agreement in Beijing last week. Following the ceremony, both … Read more »