Obama admin OK'd controversial rule over experts' objections
The Obama administration's controversial water rule was finalized over objections from the federal government's on-the-ground experts, who called the final rule "legally vulnerable" and "difficult" to implement, according to documents obtained by Greenwire.
Takings arguments bubble up as Calif. cuts water rights
In drought-stricken California, lawyers are asking a simple question with a complicated answer: Can the state take away water rights? At issue is the U.S. Constitution's 5th Amendment, which says no property shall be taken without just compensation. If California gets more aggressive in requiring irrigation districts -- and particularly so-called senior rights holders, whose claim to divert and use water dates back more than a century -- to curtail water use, some property rights lawyers think they can sue the state.
Sage grouse latest win for greens in sweeping listing pact
The Bureau of Land Management has beefed up sage grouse protections on some 50 million acres of the West. The Agriculture Department has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to preserve and enhance the bird's habitat. Western governors have signed executive orders to prioritize the bird's welfare.
Former Exelon CEO Rowe: Shutting down struggling nukes is 'the proper market-driven answer'
CHICAGO -- Former Exelon CEO John Rowe sat down with EnergyWire last week during the Energy Thought Summit in Chicago to discuss the state of the nuclear industry, U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan and other changes confronting the utility industry.
Timing is the element most likely to change in EPA's final Clean Power Plan
In countless meetings on the Clean Power Plan with states and energy companies, the most common plea to U.S. EPA has been for more time. More time to work on plans, more time to allow coal plants to retire and more time to move toward final goals. It's an easy concession for EPA -- one that could go a long way toward ensuring flexibility under the rule without undercutting climate goals, knowledgeable observers say.
Clinton vows to make U.S. 'clean energy superpower'
Hillary Clinton yesterday unveiled the first portion of her presidential campaign's energy agenda, vowing an aggressive expansion of the nation's renewable energy production while taking aim at the Republican primary field over the GOP's widespread skepticism of climate science.
Senate debate limps on after weekend detour
The Senate continues to slog through procedural votes on its multiyear transportation bill, after internal Republican dissent and presidential politics boiled over during a rare Sunday session.