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Apr 6, 2015

‘Green’ political donor vows climate agenda push in 2016 U.S. race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Environmental activist and billionaire Tom Steyer served notice on Monday that he will use his wealth to try to bring climate change into the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, vowing to target Republican hopefuls who deny the connection between burning fossil fuels and rising global temperatures.

Steyer’s NextGen Climate political action committee launched what it calls the Hot Seat campaign aimed at calling out Republican candidates for taking money from the billionaire Koch brothers. The group will target Senator Rand Paul, who is expected to launch his presidential campaign on Tuesday.

Apr 2, 2015

Canada passed on U.S.-Mexico climate announcement: sources

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada declined a U.S. invitation last week to jointly announce climate policy cooperation with Mexico, with Ottawa saying it has not yet finalized its own domestic strategy, sources from both countries familiar with the discussions said on Thursday.

On March 24, three days before the United States and Mexico announced they would partner on a high-level bilateral clean energy and climate policy task force, U.S. officials approached Canadian counterparts asking them to join the effort, three sources said.

Mar 31, 2015

Republicans warn world that Obama U.N. plan could be undone

WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s
plan for U.N. climate change talks encountered swift opposition
after its release Tuesday, with Republican leaders warning other
countries to “proceed with caution” in negotiations with
Washington because any deal could be later undone.

The White House is seeking to enshrine its pledge in a
global climate agreement to be negotiated Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in
Paris. It calls for cutting greenhouse gas
emissions by close to 28 percent from 2005 levels within a
decade, using a host of existing laws and executive actions
targeting power plants, vehicles, oil and gas production and
buildings.

Mar 31, 2015

United States sets official strategy for Paris climate talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday published plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, part of a strategy to generate momentum for a global agreement later this year on combating climate change.

The formal submission to the United Nations fleshes out domestic measures to be taken and the White House said the U.S. target “will roughly double the pace of carbon pollution reduction in the United States.”

Mar 27, 2015

Mexico unveils national strategy for Paris climate talks

WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – Mexico on Friday said it
will cap its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026, becoming one of
the first countries to formally submit its national climate plan
to the United Nations ahead of a climate summit in Paris in
December.

Mexico’s Foreign and Environment Ministries presented the
national climate submission in Mexico City, unveiling a strategy
to begin reducing emissions by 2026, leading to a 22 percent
reduction in greenhouse gases below business-as-usual levels by
2030.

Mar 27, 2015

Mexico unveils national strategy ahead of Paris climate talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mexico on Friday said it will cap its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026, becoming one of the first countries to formally submit its national climate plan the United Nations ahead of a key climate summit in Paris in December.

Mexico’s Foreign and Environment Ministries presented the national climate submission in Mexico City, unveiling a strategy to begin reducing emissions by 2026, leading to a 22 percent reduction in greenhouse gases below business-as-usual levels by 2030.

Mar 25, 2015

Mexico expects U.S. oil swap, another crack in crude export ban

MEXICO CITY/ WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) – Mexican state
oil firm Pemex expects imminent approval from the U.S. Commerce
Department to allow it to swap up to 100,000 barrels of heavy
crude for a similar amount of lighter U.S. oil, what could be
the latest milestone toward loosening the four-decades old ban
on exporting U.S. oil.

“Our expectation is that it happens soon,” Jose Manuel
Carrera, CEO of Pemex’s commercial arm P.M.I. Comercio
Internacional, said in an interview Friday. “I would like to see
the approval tomorrow, or I would have liked to see it
yesterday, but the truth is that this is a permit that the
United States unilaterally approves.”

Mar 20, 2015

U.S. sets first major fracking rules on federal lands

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Friday unveiled its first major standards for oil companies that frack on federal lands, including beefed-up safety measures to protect groundwater, prompting industry complaints they will be a barrier to growth.

The rules require energy companies to reinforce boreholes and otherwise prevent leakage and provide data on the cocktail of chemicals that helps extract crude oil and gas out of the ground. The rules will add transparency to the practice, long shrouded by companies reluctant to reveal “trade secrets.”

Mar 20, 2015

U.S. to set fracking standards on federal land

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Friday is due to unveil rules for oil companies that frack on federal land, included beefed-up safety measures, but won’t likely require strict oversight as environmental groups want, according to sources.

The standards have been in the works for more than three years and gone through several drafts with environmentalists and the energy industry fighting over its scope.

Mar 19, 2015

Growing U.S. oil export debate has now spread to geopolitics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lifting the longstanding ban on U.S. crude oil exports would boost the country’s economy and enhance its global leadership, a former senior Obama administration official will tell senators on Thursday, introducing a strategic dimension to the growing debate over selling American oil abroad.

In testimony submitted ahead of a Senate energy committee hearing on U.S. crude export policy, the Pentagon’s former undersecretary of defense for policy, Michele Flournoy, argues “policymakers in the United States should embrace these various benefits to our allies and ourselves and liberalize our crude export rules.