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BLM Rule Aims to Streamline Renewable Energy Development. The Wind Industry Says It Won’t Work.

A rule intended to streamline renewable energy development on federal lands was finalized by the Bureau of Land Management last week. Both the wind and solar industries have raised concerns.

offshore oil drilling

Obama to Cancel Atlantic Offshore Oil Drilling Plan

The Obama administration is expected to withdraw its proposal to allow oil and gas drilling off the southeastern Atlantic coast. The announcement, expected to be made today by US secretary of the interior Sally Jewell, is a reversal from the administration’s earlier plan to lease about 104 million acres off … Read more »

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Will US Coal Lease Moratorium Increase Manufacturing Costs?

The coal lease moratorium on federal lands and overhaul of the program, announced Friday by the Obama administration, was attacked by the fossil fuel industry as further proof of the war on coal and cheered by environmentalists as paving the way for a clean energy future. Its affect on businesses, … Read more »

Obama Cancels Arctic Oil Drilling Lease Sales

The Obama administration has cancelled 2016 and 2017 Arctic oil drilling lease sales. The US Department of the Interior on Friday said it will cancel two oil companies’ potential Arctic offshore lease sales scheduled under the current five-year offshore oil and gas leasing program for 2012-2017. It also denied Shell … 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 »

BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill

BP Releases $627 Million Plan for Oil Spill Restoration

Toxic chemicals associated with the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill may be linked to continued problems growing oysters in Louisiana waters as well as the deaths of hundreds of bottlenosed dolphins and thousands of sea turtles and migratory waterfowl, according to an environmental assessment released Friday. The assessment also says … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Tax Axed, EPA Sued over ‘Sue and Settle’

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd yesterday announced that the country will replace its carbon tax with a market-based trading system one year ahead of schedule, the New York Times reported. The change is expected to sharply cut the July 2014 cost of carbon, from a projected US$23.30 per metric ton to … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: McCarthy Grilling, ConocoPhillips, Carbon Markets

The Senate confirmed REI chief executive Sally Jewell (pictured) as Interior Secretary on Wednesday, in an 87-11 vote, the Boston Globe reports. One of her first agenda items will be a rule proposing that companies publicly disclose the chemicals they use in fracking on public lands. The EPA will show flexibility … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Soot Suit, Water Project Act, Nuclear Approval

The National Association of Manufacturers has filed a lawsuit in the US Court of Appeals challenging EPA rules, issued in December, that would lower the annual soot exposure standard from 15 to 12 micrograms per cubic meter, the Hill reports. NAM called the regulations economically burdensome, and the association was … Read more »

REI CEO Brings Sustainability Know-How to Interior

Sally Jewell (pictured), the REI CEO announced yesterday as President Obama’s pick for interior secretary, has steered the outdoor goods company through a number of environmental initiatives since taking the post in 2005. The company opened its first prototype green building store in 2007 at the University Oaks Shopping Center in … Read more »