WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s proposed cuts to U.S. biofuel use targets could undermine the White House’s plan to tackle climate change, according to two Democrats on the Senate committee that oversees the renewable fuel mandate.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s plan, slashing requirements for blending ethanol and biodiesel into U.S. fuel supplies in 2014, would lead to increased oil use and carbon emissions, Senators Barbara Boxer and Edward Markey said in a letter sent to White House late on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Cheniere’s liquefied
natural gas export project in Texas will not cause significant
damage to the environment, federal regulators said on Wednesday,
keeping the project on track to potentially receive a
construction license by year-end.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s final
environmental review concluded that with proper mitigation
measures, the construction and operation of the Corpus Christi
project would result in “mostly temporary and short-term”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must act to rein in methane pollution from the oil and gas industry, environmental groups said on Thursday, warning that failure to set federal standards would undermine other Obama administration efforts to address climate change.
The EPA is expected to lay out a plan within months to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas drilling as a part of President Barack Obama’s broad climate action plan.
WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The Obama administration is
committed to eventually getting U.S. ethanol production to the
15 billion-gallon level envisioned by Congress, U.S. Agriculture
Secretary Thomas Vilsack said on Tuesday.
Vilsack also said that proposed cuts to the 2014 mandate
were likely to be partially restored, echoing talk in the
biofuel industry over the past few months.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The American Petroleum Institute on Thursday accused the White House of attempting to use 2014 biofuel targets to influence a tight U.S. Senate race, saying that the Obama administration was putting politics ahead of consumer needs.
Management of the biofuel program has taken center stage in an election battle between Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst.
WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. Energy Department
on Wednesday approved liquefied natural gas exports from two
projects, as lawmakers pressed the administration to move
quickly to clear a backlog of applications to ship gas abroad.
Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG facility in Louisiana
and Carib Energy’s small-scale export project in Florida are the
first projects to receive final permits from the department to
export gas to non-free-trade-agreement countries since
Cheniere’s Sabine Pass project was approved in 2012.
WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) – The nascent U.S. cellulosic
ethanol industry has urged the White House to change course on
targets for biofuel use, warning in a letter to President Barack
Obama on Tuesday that current policy risks losing investments to
China and Brazil.
Federally set mandates for the use of fuels such as corn
ethanol and cellulosic ethanol, made from plant waste like
grasses and wood, must be based on the industry’s ability to
produce the fuel, not on infrastructure restraints, executives
of several biofuel companies wrote.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 4 (Reuters) – NRG Energy on
Friday will begin retrofitting one unit of its WA Parish power
plant in Texas to capture its carbon emissions but the
technology has a long ways to go to reduce climate change, the
company’s chief executive officer said.
The $1 billion Petra Nova project, a joint venture with
Japan’s JX Nippon, will eventually trap 1.6 million
tons of carbon annually from the coal unit and pipe it 82 miles
(132 km) to an oil field, where it will be injected underground
to help push crude oil to the surface.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer’s political group on Wednesday said it plans to focus on winning over a narrow band of voters persuadable on climate change issues in key states ahead of U.S. elections in November.
NextGen Climate, Steyer’s group, said it has made a targeted push to gain the support of more than one million voters in competitive races in seven states, hiring more than 700 staff and volunteers and opening more than 20 offices across the country.
WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s
rush to tackle climate change with new energy efficiency
standards on grocery-store freezers has drawn fire from
companies that in the past backed tighter benchmarks but say the
latest rules are technically flawed and could drive some
manufacturers out of business.
The rules could backfire by raising prices for users, who
may then opt to hold onto old, less efficient equipment,
according to a trade organization that has challenged the
regulations in federal court.