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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Electricity Act, GMO Suit, Pinelands Pipe Decision

The energy and power subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a markup and vote today and tomorrow on HR 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act. The bill, which committee chair Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced on Thursday, would require that EPA carbon … Read more »

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GMO Decisions Hinge on Public Ire – Not Fact

Two stories today highlight how decision-making over GMOs hinges on widespread public outrage. The scientific consensus is often besides the point. General Mills has stopped using genetically modified ingredients to make original Cheerios, following a yearlong effort by the GMO Inside campaign, which rallied consumers to post more than 40,000 … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: AZ Solar Ruling, GMO Veto Override, China’s ‘Red Lines’

The Arizona Corporation Commission has agreed, 3-2, to preserve the state’s net metering system for distributed solar power but to levy a 70 cents per kW charge to help compensate utilities. That is between one-eight and one-tenth of the charge the utilities had sought. Regulators also told the utilities to … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Obama Climate Order, DuPont Penalty, Hurricane Sandy Deception

President Obama is due to sign an executive order today that would help states and cities to include climate resilience considerations when they spend federal money on roads, bridges, flood control and other infrastructure projects, the New York Times reported. The White House is also setting up a task force … Read more »