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May 26, 2014
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May 24, 2014
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May 23, 2014

In big public push, White House seeks to smooth way for carbon curbs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Last month, Washington’s top environment advocate went to the Cleveland Clinic to talk about how President Barack Obama’s landmark efforts to crack down on power-plant carbon emissions would ease a range of respiratory illnesses.

Speaking separately to historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta in April, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy also framed proposed new rules in terms of social justice, as poor black communities are disproportionately affected by air pollution.

May 23, 2014

After Washington chats, drillers hopeful U.S. will ease oil export ban

WASHINGTON, May 23 (Reuters) – Recent meetings between U.S.
oil producers and Commerce Department officials have fueled
industry hopes that the Obama administration may soon begin to
ease a longstanding ban on oil exports.

Although it would require an act of Congress to end the
four-decade export ban, some analysts and executives believe the
White House may be getting ready to open up the taps a bit,
allowing some export of a super-light form of oil known as
condensate, which falls into a regulatory gray area.

May 20, 2014

EPA carbon curbs to reach beyond power plant ‘fence,’ aiding cap-and-trade

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s
landmark rules to cut power plant emissions will likely give a
fresh push to regional U.S. carbon cap-and-trade systems by
allowing for a holistic, state-wide view of new pollution
targets, sources familiar with the process said.

The Environmental Protection Agency is poised to allow
states including California and Maryland to use existing
emission-cutting schemes to reach their goals, according to the
sources, instead of adopting a narrower method that would have
limited states to tackling emissions at individual plants.

May 12, 2014
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