WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Officials in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home state of Kentucky rejected the senator’s plea to states this week to ignore federal deadlines to comply with proposed carbon limits for power plants, warning it could cause more economic harm in the long run.
McConnell, leader of the Senate Republican majority, urged governors and state officials Tuesday to “think twice” before submitting state plans to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to comply with its Clean Power Plan, a federal rule that requires each state to slash the carbon emission rate of its power plants.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior Republican senators said they expected Congress will avoid a shutdown over the Department of Homeland Security, which faces a partial shutdown on Feb. 27 amid a GOP push to roll back President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson pressed lawmakers to resolve the deadlock, expressing frustration at what he described as finger-pointing between House and Senate lawmakers over who is to blame if Congress fails to enact a spending bill to keep the department running.
WASHINGTON, Feb 17 (Reuters) – The Environmental Protection
Agency said on Tuesday that it may ease an interim deadline for
states to meet tougher carbon emission standards after
regulators and electric utilities complained a lack of time may
destabilize electricity supplies.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told an audience of state
utility regulators meeting in Washington that she was giving
them a “big hint” the agency may loosen the interim targets set
in its proposed rule for existing power plants, under which each
state would need to show an assigned average emission reduction
between 2020 and 2029.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s move to suspend a trouble-plagued $1.65 billion carbon capture and storage (CCS) project this month may have bolstered legal challenges to proposed environmental regulations on power plant carbon emissions, several legal experts said.
The FutureGen project in Illinois would have been the first U.S. commercial-scale, near-zero emission coal plant to use technologies to capture carbon dioxide from major industrial plants and store it safely underground. This approach could sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions and curb global warming.