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EPA, Are You Listening?

November 7, 2013

EPA, Are You Listening?

Both backers and critics of President Obama's climate-change rules pushed their talking points during the Environmental Protection Agency's public listening session at its D.C. headquarters today.

Indeed, these listening sessions across EPA's 11 regional headquarters (many of them this week) consist mostly of three-minute speeches by the usual cast of characters. New ground, including the elusive middle kind, is unlikely to be found at these sessions.


Instead, it's the private meetings EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, her aides, and even President Obama himself are holding to talk through EPA's ambitious climate-change rules with the industries affected—especially those in the coal industry—that will make the most difference in how the administration crafts these regulations and how much pushback McCarthy faces.

So, yes, EPA is listening. You just may not be able to hear it if you're not invited to the especially important meetings where EPA listens the most.

Amy Harder


By Clare Foran (@ckmarie)

ENVIROS, COAL ADVOCATES PUSH MESSAGING AT EPA LISTENING SESSION. Advocacy organizations took a stand on upcoming regulations to limit carbon emissions at existing power plants.

DOE TO INVEST IN CARBON CAPTURE AND STORAGE. The department will pour $84 million worth of investment into more than a dozen CCS projects nationwide.

WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE-BRANCH NOMINATIONS. President Obama is set to nominate key officials at the Interior and Energy departments.

KEYSTONE XL FACES NEW LEGAL CHALLENGE. A Texas landowner says the Army Corps of Engineers did not follow proper procedure in granting environmental permits for the pipeline.

WIND-ENERGY SUPPORTERS FIGHT BACK. The Governors' Wind Energy Coalition sent a letter to House and Senate leadership calling for an extension of the wind-energy production tax credit. (Paywall)

BARRASSO HIGHLIGHTS POTENTIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST AT FERC. The Republican senator said he is concerned that outgoing FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, who will soon begin work at a law firm, may have a conflict of interest.

CONGRESS CONSIDERS LIFTING OIL-EXPORT RESTRICTIONS. Lawmakers are considering whether restrictions on U.S. oil exports should be lifted.

FEDERAL REGULATOR FAULTS EXXON MOBIL FOR ARKANSAS PIPELINE SPILL. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration will fine Exxon Mobil close to $2.7 million.

U.S. SIGNS INTERNATIONAL MERCURY TREATY. A State Department official signed an agreement to limit mercury emissions.

SHELL CONTINUES BID FOR ARCTIC EXPLORATION. The company has outlined a proposal for Arctic exploration off the northern coast of Alaska.

CLIMATE CHANGE LINKED TO FOOD SCARCITY. A draft report due to be released by the IPCC shows that climate change will greatly accelerate food scarcity.

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