Lawmakers eager to extend cap-and-trade program
California lawmakers yesterday introduced a bill to extend the state's signature cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases beyond 2020, in line with Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) call to preserve the program.
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EPA denies time-worn petitions against rule
The Obama administration yesterday denied a slew of petitions from states, industry and others that in 2015 asked U.S. EPA to reconsider or pause its landmark plan for cutting carbon emissions from the power sector.
U.S. Chamber: Other countries won't meet Paris targets
U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue yesterday pledged to be a partner to President-elect Donald Trump in his quest to slash fossil fuel regulations, build out infrastructure and overhaul the tax code.
'Science and reason matter,' Obama implores in final speech
A hopeful President Obama delivered his farewell address to America last night, making a final plea for democratic engagement and fact-based debate, including on climate change.
Energy-sector CO2 to stagnate without Clean Power Plan — EIA
Coal use and energy-sector carbon emissions in the United States would both flatline without the Obama administration's climate standards for power plants, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration outlook released yesterday.
Super PAC rules would keep Pruitt's corporate cash flowing
One of the country's largest coal companies contributed $50,000 to a political action committee supporting Scott Pruitt in August, just as the company and the Oklahoma attorney general prepared for a key court appearance in their challenge to U.S. EPA's sweeping restrictions on power plants. Murray Energy Corp., the Ohio-based mine owner, will be able to make a similar contribution this year, legal experts say, even if the Senate confirms Pruitt, a Republican, to run EPA. The practical impact: Pruitt's Super PAC, Liberty 2.0, can keep raising money from the corporate interests he is charged with regulating.
Overhaul among 'highest priorities' — Ryan
House Speaker Paul Ryan today called regulatory reform one of the "highest priorities" for the incoming Trump administration and Congress, saying overhauling federal rulemaking would help to create jobs and boost the economy.
Agency chiefs take victory laps, tout work on climate
It's closing time for the Obama administration. In a series of exit memorandums released today, agency chiefs lauded their accomplishments during the past eight years, with energy and environmental agencies touting their efforts to boost renewable energy, fight pollution and address climate change.
EPW has a date for Pruitt confirmation — senator
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has set a date to consider Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the next administrator of U.S. EPA, a top Republican said yesterday.
From 'The Possum' to EPA boss
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Before he was Donald Trump's pick to lead U.S. EPA, Scott Pruitt was a kid from Kentucky who grooved to country music, drove a '78 Chevy Blazer and hoped to make it as a big-league baseball player. His college teammates called him "The Possum."