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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 »

Environment, Energy ‘Front and Center’ on Capitol Hill

Industry can expect several key EPA rules governing climate change, air and water quality to be finalized this year, according to Bloomberg BNA’s 2015 policy outlook on the environment and energy. Among the report’s key takeaways: Climate change: The EPA is slated to finalize landmark climate regulations governing carbon emissions … Read more »

Senate Approves Keystone Pipeline

The US Senate yesterday approved a bill that authorizes the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Following the vote — the Senate voted 62 to 36 in favor of building the 1,179-mile oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico — the White House again said President Obama would … Read more »

Keystone Pipeline Plays Minor Role in State of the Union

President Obama only briefly mentioned the Keystone XL pipeline in last night’s State of the Union address. Earlier Tuesday, however, Obama reiterated he would veto the Keystone pipeline if it passes Congress, the Hill reports. And in his speech he did vow to veto any congressional efforts to halt executive … Read more »

Congress Set to Approve Keystone XL

The US House of Representatives voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday and the US Senate is expected to vote to approve the long-delayed project tomorrow. President Obama has said his decision on Keystone depends on the pipeline’s net effects on carbon emissions: “The net effects of the … Read more »

Keystone Could Spike CO2, Oil Demand

The Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more greenhouse gas emissions than the State Department’s original estimate, according to a study published in Nature Climate Change. The new estimates, from scientists at the Stockholm Environment Institute, use different calculations about oil consumption; the authors say the pipeline’s increased supplies … Read more »

Keystone Decision Delayed Yet Again

Action on the Keystone XL pipeline was delayed again by the Obama administration, making a determination on the project unlikely until after the November election, Reuters reports. The State Department extended the comment period until after the Nebraska Supreme Court rules on what path the pipeline should take through the … Read more »

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: BP’s Latest Spill, Rare Earths, NESHAP

The EPA is investigating possible violations of the Clean Water Act following BP’s crude oil spill into Lake Michigan from its Whiting, Ind., refinery. BP today more than doubled its estimate of the maximum amount spilled, to 39 barrels, or 1,638 gallons. The EPA said the spill likely poses no long-term risk … 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: Sulfur in Gasoline, Pebble Mine, Refrigerator Efficiency

The EPA plans to unveil major regulations today to force oil refiners to remove sulfur from gasoline blends, a rule that President Obama asked for in 2010, the New York Times reports. The agency says the cleaner gasoline would contribute $6.7 billion to $19 billion a year in economic benefits, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Chemicals Act, Efficiency Bill, Luminant Wins Against Sierra Club

House Energy and Commerce environment and the economy subcommittee chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) unveiled the Chemicals in Commerce Act, legislation aimed at modernizing chemical regulation through updates to the Toxic Substances Control Act. But ranking committee member Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) said the bill would weaken chemical rules and “endanger public health,” The Hill … Read more »