WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will give the public until December to comment on its sweeping proposal to curb carbon pollution from the country’s power plants after some industry groups and state officials pressed for more time.
Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for the EPA’s office of air and radiation, told reporters on Tuesday that the agency would give stakeholders an extra 45 days, for a total of six months, to give input on its plan to cut emissions from existing power plants, many of which are powered by coal.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican considering a 2016 presidential run, on Tuesday accused the Obama administration of being “science deniers” when it comes to energy, a critique often lobbed at his own party.
Jindal, whose state is a major energy producer, unveiled a plan aimed at boosting U.S. energy production and easing regulations. He said his plan would spur job creation and bolster the U.S. role in global energy.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday announced steps to tackle a potent greenhouse gas used in refrigeration and air conditioning, of which the United States is the world’s largest producer, a week ahead of a major UN summit focused on addressing climate change.
The Obama administration unveiled a batch of voluntary private sector commitments and executive actions to phase out the use of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which would result in the equivalent reduction of 700 million tonnes of carbon dioxide through 2025.
LONDON/WASHINGTON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – United Nations
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon this month hopes to reinvigorate
the years-long effort to forge a global climate deal, even as
concerns grow over whether the final pact will be rigorous
enough to address threats to the environment.
Ban wants heads of state at a Sept. 23 gathering in New York
to outline how their countries will contribute to a mutual goal
to contain rising temperatures, said Selwin Hart, the Barbadian
diplomat helping to spearhead the conference. The final deal is
due to be signed in Paris in 2015.