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Oct 30, 2014

Midterm elections’ impact on U.S. energy, environment agenda

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – The 2014 U.S. mid-term
elections could shake up Congress in the midst of two major
transformations in energy and environmental policy.

A boom in the production of shale oil and gas has turned the
United States into an energy superpower, putting the country on
course to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest oil
producer.

Oct 28, 2014

U.S. EPA seeks more input on sweeping power plant rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators said on Tuesday they wanted more public input on certain aspects of a sweeping plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and about the role natural gas can play to achieve emission cuts.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identified areas of concern raised by “multiple stakeholders” since it unveiled its proposed regulations in June, and hopes to get additional input before its public comment period ends on Dec. 1.

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U.S. insurance firms failing to address climate change risk -report

WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Most U.S. insurance companies
are completely unprepared to address the risks related to
climate change, a new survey published Wednesday found, a
finding that could have negative consequence for the wider
debate over how to tackle the issue.

Environmental investor advocacy group Ceres conducted a
survey of 330 insurers representing 87 percent of the U.S.
insurance market to weigh how they respond to climate change
based on their governance structures, climate risk management
programs, use of computer modeling, stakeholder engagement and
measuring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (Report: bit.ly/1uAKfeY)