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Aug 2, 2015

Obama to unveil more ambitious climate change plan

WASHINGTON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will unveil on Monday
the final version of his plan to tackle greenhouse gases from coal-fired power
plants as he aims to cement his legacy on climate change, a senior
administration official said.

The revised Clean Power Plan will seek to slash carbon emissions from the
power sector 32 percent from 2005 levels in 2030, a 9 percent increase over a
previous proposal.

Jul 31, 2015

U.S. nuclear operators try to save plants with carbon emission rule

WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) – The U.S. nuclear industry
has made a last-minute push to urge the Obama administration to
protect the country’s 100 nuclear units in its forthcoming
carbon rule and prevent the early retirement of several plants.

Representatives of the Nuclear Energy Institute met on July
21 with White House officials who are currently reviewing the
final version of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean
Power Plan. The industry contends the original version of the
plan, released in mid-2014, fails to encourage states to keep
some “at risk” plants from closing.

Jul 31, 2015

What changes to expect from Obama’s final Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will unveil as soon as Monday the final version of a sweeping – and controversial – regulation to cut carbon emissions from the electricity sector.

In its initial version, the Clean Power Plan called for cutting the country’s power plant emissions 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, setting different targets for each state.

Jul 30, 2015

U.S. Senate energy panel votes to lift oil export ban

WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Energy
Committee on Thursday narrowly passed a bill to lift a 40-year
old ban on the export of crude oil, but the measure faces an
uphill battle in getting passed by the full Senate.

The bill to allow the United States to export oil and boost
state revenue-sharing for offshore oil and gas drilling passed
along party lines by a vote of 12-10.

Jul 27, 2015

U.S. private sector vows to ante up on climate finance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some of the biggest U.S. corporate names on Monday offered their support – and billions of dollars in green financing pledges – to buttress the Obama administration’s quest for a global agreement on combating climate change.

Google, Apple, Goldman Sachs and 10 other well-known companies joined the White House in launching the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, a campaign that the White House said would inject $140 billion in low-carbon investments into the global economy.

Jul 16, 2015

Clinton takes pragmatic tone on fossil fuels, climate change

By Amanda Becker and Valerie Volcovici

DOVER, N.H. (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Thursday she would seek to phase out fossil fuel extraction and increase fees on companies operating on public lands in a way that does not disrupt the economy if elected to the White House, irking environmental activists seeking stronger environmental policies.

Clinton said she is committed to addressing climate change, which she called an “existential threat,” but said it would not be responsible to halt oil, natural gas and coal extraction on federal lands abruptly.

Jul 7, 2015

After coal, can better health save West Virginia?

WILLIAMSON, WV (Reuters) – With coal trains chugging past in the distance, Jack Perry watches as his wife, Margie, plants row upon row of Hungarian pepper seedlings in the community garden that residents of this West Virginia coal town call the “Garden of Eatin’.”

    ”The peppers they sell at the stores don’t taste anything like this,” says Perry, a retired coal worker. His grandfather brought over the original batch of seeds in the early 1900s when he arrived from Hungary to work in southern West Virginia’s mines.

Jun 29, 2015

Factbox: Questions remain on U.S. mercury rule after high court ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency should have weighed the potential financial costs of compliance before imposing limits on emissions of mercury and other toxins from coal-fired power plants.

But the regulations have actually been in effect since April and are still the law while the EPA pursues attempts to redo its cost estimates for the lower court, so some uncertainty remains.

Jun 29, 2015

Questions remain on U.S. mercury rule after high court ruling

WASHINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court said
on Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency should have
weighed the potential financial costs of compliance before
imposing limits on emissions of mercury and other toxins from
coal-fired power plants.

But the regulations have actually been in effect since April
and are still the law while the EPA pursues attempts to redo its
cost estimates for the lower court, so some uncertainty remains.

Jun 23, 2015

China puts $6 trillion price tag on its climate plan

WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) – It will cost China over $6.6
trillion (41 trillion yuan) to meet the greenhouse gas reduction
goals it will lay out later this month in its strategy for
United Nations climate negotiations, the country’s lead
negotiator for the talks said Tuesday.

Xie Zhenhua, special representative for climate change
affairs at China’s National Development and Reform Commission,
said the objectives China will outline by the end of June will
be “quite ambitious”.