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Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Fracking, Energy Acts, and EU Moves to Cut GHGs

Democrats and Republicans are blaming different parties for the cost of gasoline, which lingers near the $4 per gallon mark, Market Watch reports. On Tuesday, House Republicans released a report that said the Obama administration has stifled domestic oil and gas production. The report criticised proposed restrictions on the natural gas-drilling … 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 »

Senators Seek to Halt GHG Regulations

Senators of both  parties have proposed bills that would prevent the federal government from regulating greenhouse gases (GHGs). Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) introduced a bill that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) directly regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, as the EPA is now attempting to do. … Read more »

US Chamber, Industry Wants Senate to Delay EPA’s Carbon Rules

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, along with nearly two dozen business groups, are asking senators to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation of power plants, and other stationary energy sources, set to go into effect on January 2011, reports Bloomberg. In addition to the U.S. Chamber, the American … Read more »

Senate Rejects Murkowski ‘Dirty Air Act’

The U.S. Senate voted 53-47 to reject a resolution introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) that would have stopped the E.P.A. from regulating carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act, according to press reports. The E.P.A. issued a finding last year that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health, and therefore … Read more »

China May Launch Carbon Market by 2014

China may launch a carbon trading market as soon as 2014, according to a Bloomberg report. According to the report, the government may ask companies to reduce carbon emissions per yuan of profit earned, rather than providing them with hard targets. To reach these goals, companies will be allowed to … Read more »

Supply Star Act Tackles Supply Chain Energy Efficiencies

Four senators introduced a bill this week designed to increase energy efficiencies in supply chains, according to a government press release. Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Scott Brown (R-M.A.), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) worked together on the Supply Star Act of 2010, according to the U.S. Senate’s energy … Read more »

Expect Revised Climate Bill Before Earth Day

A revised Senate climate bill is expected to be unveiled sometime early the week of April 19, just days before Earth Day, which is April 22, according to news reports. Democratic Senator John Kerry, along with Republican Lindsey Graham and independent Senator Joseph Lieberman, are expected to introduce a compromise … Read more »

Bipartisan Senatorial Effort Seeks Cap and Trade for non-CO2 Emissions

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation that would limit emissions of sulfur dioxide, mercury and nitrogen oxide, but not carbon dioxide. The bill also would set up a cap and trade system for permits for those gases, reports Reuters. The legislation would apply to power plants and other … Read more »

Senator Murkowski Aims to Shut Down GHG Reg

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is expected to introduce an amendment that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) under the Clean Air Act, reports the Los Angeles Times. Murkowski, the top Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, unveiled her initial amendment … Read more »

Handicapping Senate Passage of the Kerry-Boxer Climate Bill

With the decline of the Redskins, a new favorite pastime among Washingtonians is handicapping Senate passage of climate change legislation. Will the Senate pass the “Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act,” S.1733, a cap-and-trade bill cosponsored by Sen. John Kerry (D Mass.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) (also known … Read more »

Senate Climate Bill May be Reshaped by Coal States

Senators from states heavily reliant on coal-fired electricity want the climate bill to apportion more free carbon permits to their states, reports Reuters. Without such changes, electricity consumers in certain states would have to pay unfairly higher rates, a group of 14 Democratic Senators stated, in a letter to other … Read more »