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Aug 28, 2015

Appalachian coal country wants Republican nod for federal aid

WASHINGTON, Aug 28 (Reuters) – A small but growing number of
Appalachian coal communities are urging Republicans in Congress
to support a proposed $1 billion federal aid program from the
Obama administration to save local economies ravaged by the
decline of the coal industry.

Nearly a dozen Appalachian coal mining communities have
passed resolutions over the past few weeks supporting President
Barack Obama’s Power + program, which was outlined in his
2016 budget. It will be considered in the fall when Congress
returns from recess.

Aug 27, 2015

U.S. oil export advocates use Iran deal to buttress argument

WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – U.S. oil industry lobbyists
and Congressional supporters of lifting the U.S. ban on oil
exports hope they can gain more support as lawmakers debate
whether to approve the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with
Iran, which would result in more Iranian oil on world markets.

Supporters of lifting the 40-year-old ban argue that U.S.
oil producers should be able to export if Iranian producers are
allowed to under an international agreement easing sanctions on
Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear development program.

Aug 19, 2015

Companies see opportunities from new U.S. oil and gas rules

WASHINGTON, Aug 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency’s proposal to crack down on methane leaks from
the oil and gas industry left some green groups wanting more and
industry warning of unnecessary regulation.

But a few dozen companies and some labor groups welcomed
Tuesday’s rollout of the EPA’s proposed regulations because they
will create demand for new technologies and jobs focused on
preventing leaks of methane and other pollutants.

Aug 18, 2015

U.S. EPA proposes new methane emission standards for oil, gas firms

WASHINGTON, Aug 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed new standards to cut
greenhouse gas emissions and smog-forming pollutants from oil
and gas facilities, as part of President Barack Obama’s broader
strategy to slash methane emissions in the energy sector over 10
years.

The proposal is an expansion of standards issued in 2012 and
is expected to reduce the equivalent of 7.7 million to 9 million
metric tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2025 at new and modified
facilities, according to the EPA.

Aug 18, 2015

EPA proposes methane emission standards for oil and gas industry

By Valerie Volcovici

(Reuters) – The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday
proposed new standards to cut greenhouse gas emissions and
volatile organic compounds from oil and gas facilities, a key
part of a broader strategy to cut methane emissions in the
sector by 40 to 45 percent below 2012 levels in the next ten
years.

The proposed methane standards are expected to reduce the
equivalent of 7.7 mln to 9 mln metric tonnes of carbon dioxide
in 2025, according to the EPA.

Aug 13, 2015

Fifteen U.S. states seek to block EPA carbon rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fifteen state attorneys general filed
a court petition in Washington on Thursday to block the
Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules to curb carbon
emissions from power plants, in the first of several expected
legal challenges to the Obama administration measure.

States from Alabama to West Virginia that oppose the Obama
administration’s Clean Power Plan filed for the stay in the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and asked for a ruling by
Sept. 8, one year before states need to submit compliance plans
to the EPA.

Aug 11, 2015

Corrected – Obama issues challenge on climate change with power plant rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama challenged America and the world to step up efforts to fight global warming on Monday at the formal unveiling of his administration’s controversial, ramped-up plan to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants.

Declaring climate change the greatest threat facing the world, Obama said the regulation requiring the power sector to cut its emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 would reduce Americans’ energy bills and improve the health of vulnerable populations nationwide.

Aug 11, 2015

Obama issues challenge on climate change with power plant rule

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
challenged America and the world to step up efforts to fight
global warming on Monday at the formal unveiling of his
administration’s controversial, ramped-up plan to cut carbon
emissions from U.S. power plants.

Declaring climate change the greatest threat facing the
world, Obama said the regulation requiring the power sector to
cut its emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 would
reduce Americans’ energy bills and improve the health of
vulnerable populations nationwide.

Aug 10, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

Kaine to Clinton: How to win a coal state

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Senator Tim Kaine has some tips for Hillary Clinton for winning in a coal-producing state while touting a climate agenda that includes a crackdown on carbon emissions from coal plants.

Clinton has put a slightly different emphasis on coal since her 2008 bid for the White House, when she cast herself as a blue-collar Democrat who was unabashedly pro-coal, a stance that helped her beat opponent Barack Obama easily in primaries in states that produced or were reliant on coal. Eight years later, a Reuters review of her recent campaign speeches and policy announcements shows that the great-granddaughter of a Welsh coal miner is now talking about the coal industry in the past tense.

Aug 9, 2015

Clinton strays from her roots as coal miner’s great granddaughter

WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) – In her 2008 bid for the White
House, Hillary Clinton cast herself as a blue-collar Democrat
who was unabashedly pro-coal, a stance that helped her beat
opponent Barack Obama easily in primaries in states that
produced or were reliant on coal.

Eight years later, a Reuters review of her recent campaign
speeches and policy announcements shows that the
great-granddaughter of a Welsh coal miner is now talking about
the coal industry in the past tense.