Battle Lines Forming for Climate War
Many of Washington's biggest and most powerful trade groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, and American Farm Bureau Federation, are launching a new coalition on Thursday to ensure EPA's carbon rules don't "harm American jobs."
Congressional Republicans threw the first punch two weeks ago with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell filing a legislative resolution to block EPA's rules. It's K Street's turn now.
The coalition has been working behind the scenes for months, and while the details are still unclear, you can be sure its lobbying heft will at least match the business opposition to EPA's tougher ozone standard, which President Obama ultimately delayed in September 2011.
Obama's State of the Union address is coming at a perfect time to simultaneously defend his climate agenda and throw gasoline on an anti-EPA fire that's only just starting.
TOP ENERGY NEWS
POLL SHOWS GLOBAL WARMING IS LOW PUBLIC PRIORITY. A new Pew Research Center poll shows that just 29 percent of the public believes global warming should be a top priority for the White House and Congress this year.
- Our take: The data shows why Capitol Hill Democrats trying to raise the profile of the topic have their work cut out for them.
WILL OBAMA BREAK NEW GROUND ON CLIMATE IN STATE OF THE UNION? Rail safety, oil and gas exports, conservation, and climate are all issues that could show up in the president's priority-setting speech.
WHAT'S UNITING CONSERVATIVES, PIZZA HUT, AND CLEAN-AIR ADVOCATES? An anti-ethanol coalition that includes all three is pressing lawmakers to pare back the national biofuels mandate.
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY OF NATURAL GAS. The abundant fossil fuel is helping reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, but not enough to prevent a climate crisis.
SUN SHINES ON SOLAR EMPLOYMENT. Jobs in the industry grew by nearly 20 percent in 2013, according to a new report.
THE NFL GOES GREEN. Organizers of this year's Super Bowl are planning to make it the greenest on record, including plans to compost food waste generated by the event.
WEST VIRGINIA COMPANY DISMANTLES TANKS AFTER SPILL. West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered the company behind a chemical spill in the state to take apart its chemical-storage tanks piece by piece.
CHINA PUSHES BACK IN U.S. SOLAR INVESTIGATION. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce is calling on the U.S. to end a probe into China's solar-panel trading practices.
PRICE OF CRUDE OIL ON THE RISE. Crude-oil prices came in at close to $97 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
GREEN ENERGY DIVIDES GOP. Solar power has become the front line in a battle among conservatives over whether or not to support renewable energy.
WHAT INSIDERS ARE SAYING …
WHAT'S THE STATE OF OBAMA'S ENERGY AND CLIMATE AGENDA? Before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, President Obama will give his sixth State of the Union speech. How important is the president's address to his climate and energy agenda?
"The President must not ignore how rising energy costs affect the standard of living for our most vulnerable populations. Nor should he ignore how excessive or inconsistent regulations can hinder energy development, job creation and economic growth." –David Holt, President, Consumer Energy Alliance
"The president vowed in last year's address to tackle the climate crisis even if Congress would not, but his administration's actual actions so far have done little to curb planet-warming pollution." –Bill Snape, Senior Counsel, Center for Biological Diversity
CRITICAL MINERALS HEARING. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on S. 1600, the Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013.
ELECTRICITY SECURITY HEARING. The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a full committee markup of H.R. 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act, and H.R. 2126, the Better Buildings Act.
CLIMATE EVENT. The National Council for Science and the Environment will host the 14th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment with the theme of building climate solutions.