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Aug 10, 2015
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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.

Aug 3, 2015

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 2, 2015

Obama to unveil tougher 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 by 32 percent from 2005 levels in 2030, a 9 percent increase over a
previous proposal.

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.