Transmission monitor defends consultant choice for review of EPA plan
Grid overseers' decision to hire Northern Virginia consulting firm Energy Ventures Analysis Inc. (EVA) to assess the effects of U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan -- after the firm publicly slammed the proposal -- has spurred sharp criticism from clean energy groups.
'Godfather of greening' writes game plan for big-time sports
NEW YORK -- Battle-hardened environmentalist Allen Hershkowitz has done just about everything in green activism. In his 26-year run as senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, he was known for brash, large-scale endeavors, but he also fought in the trenches for core environmental policy. Hershkowitz has handled imaging for the Oscars broadcast, the Grammy Awards, DuPont Corp., Coca-Cola and the Clinton administration -- to cite just a few -- and he also spearheaded old-fashioned fights over solid waste, recycling and deforestation. But his new mission may trump them all in the potential to reach a mainstream audience.
KXL amendments will provide early test for McConnell's return to regular order
The three-page bill that will be the Senate's first order of legislative business next year found itself at the top of the pile because it carries enough bipartisan support to pass and would allow Republicans an early opportunity to deliver on a key campaign promise.
Waxman, faith in government unshaken, blasts GOP's support for fossil fuels
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) cast his last vote last week, capping a 40-year career in Congress that saw him become one of the most influential Democrats in the House, a proud liberal who helped craft some of the most important pieces of legislation enacted in a generation.
U.S. stiffens sanctions against China in alleged solar dumping case
The Obama administration yesterday further sharpened its knife in a solar trade fight with China that has bloodied participants on both sides of the Pacific but failed to eliminate what some have characterized as an unyielding attack by Chinese solar firms against fair trade.
China plans major slowdown of new coal-to-gas projects in bid to cut emissions
HONG KONG -- China will exclude additional coal-to-natural-gas projects from its coal industry's next five-year development plan, according to local media reports.
Computer models contest EPA Clean Power Plan's reliability impacts
U.S. EPA is relying on a complex computer model of the nation's energy networks and markets in declaring that its proposed Clean Power Plan will not lead to grid blackouts and unsupportable consumer costs.
Obama admin unveils ambitious plan to combat illegal fishing, seafood fraud
The United States is poised to tackle illegal fishing and seafood fraud on a broader scale than ever before, with the release today of a set of recommendations that calls for everything from "boat-to-plate" traceable fish to international enforcement.
Industry's mercury challenge could undermine attack on EPA climate rule
If coal companies get their way when the Supreme Court reviews U.S. EPA's air standards for mercury and other hazardous emissions, they could undermine their primary legal challenge to another landmark pollution rule: President Obama's greenhouse gas limits for power plants.