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Four Years later, Sharp Divide Over Gulf Spill- Energy Edge Brought to you by Chevron

April 21, 2014

TOP ENERGY NEWS

By Ben Geman (@Ben_Geman), Clare Foran (@ckmarie), and Jason Plautz (@Jason_Plautz)

BIDEN OFFERS FRESH ENERGY AID TO UKRAINE. Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Ukraine to announce new technical assistance that includes efforts to help the country better develop its natural-gas resources. (Jeff Mason, Reuters)

FOUR YEARS LATER, SHARP DIVIDE ON GULF OIL SPILL. On the anniversary of the disaster, BP and the company's critics describe the situation very differently. (Mike Magner, National Journal)

 

EPA CHIEF TAKES TO THE ROAD. Gina McCarthy is traveling across the country this week to talk up the president's climate-change agenda. She'll make an appearance on The Daily Show tonight. The EPA administrator is also slated to throw the first pitch at a Red Sox game at Fenway Park in Boston tomorrow. Read more here about how McCarthy's been practicing her pitch.

DOES THE FATE OF KEYSTONE XL REST WITH NEBRASKA? All eyes are on Nebraska now where the state Supreme Court is reviewing the legality of the pipeline's planned route after the State Department announced Friday that it has extended the timeline for its own determination on the project in light of the legal challenge. (Jim Snyder, Bloomberg)

DOE WAIVED MILLIONS IN FEES FOR NUCLEAR PROJECTS. According to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, the Energy Department waived millions in credit subsidy fees on loan guarantees to two companies to build a pair of reactors at Georgia's Alvin W. Vogtle nuclear plant. (Hannah Northey, Greenwire)

WATCH AS A MASSIVE SOLAR PLANT IS BUILT. Earthcam has documented the construction of the Ivanpah solar-power plant in California in a time-lapse video.

CORN-WASTE FUEL WORSE THAN GAS—REPORT. A federally funded report published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change found that biofuels made from the waste from harvested corn release more greenhouse gases than gasoline does. (Dina Cappiello, AP)

ALASKA LAWMAKERS GREENLIGHT PIPELINE. The Alaska legislature has approved legislation paving the way for the state to partner with TransCanada and oil giants like ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, and BP on a liquefied-natural-gas pipeline project. (Dermot Cole, Alaska Dispatch)

MUSK SETS HIS SIGHTS ON CHINA. Tesla Motors is set to expand into China, according to company CEO Elon Musk. (Young-Sam Cho, Bloomberg)

CROPS COME UP SHORT AS DROUGHT CONTINUES. California farmers have had to forgo planting some of their usual crops as water shortages persist in the Golden State. (Stephanie Strom, New York Times)

DOES DIVESTMENT WORK? Analysts say that even if a university gives up its stock in fossil-fuel companies, that stock will be bought up by someone else. (Ryan Holeywell, Houston Chronicle)

WHAT INSIDERS ARE SAYING

ARE STATES MISSING OUT ON MILLIONS FROM THE FRACKING BOOM? Can a balance be found to make sure state residents benefit from the boom without driving drillers away? Or are the policies that already exist detrimental to the industry?

"States like private businesses should take a long-term economic perspective in looking at revenues, of which one component is from natural-gas production. States that have an investment-friendly business climate and exercise fiscal prudence will continue to attract job-creating businesses and produce the economic benefits that those investments create." —William O'Keefe, CEO, George C. Marshall Institute

BIOFUELS CONFERENCE. Alliance Biofuels Conferences hosts the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference with the theme, "The Bioeconomy Comes to D.C.: Stand and Be Counted."

DISRUPTIVE TECH EVENT. The Center for Strategic and International Studies and the National Capital Area Chapter of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics hold the 18th annual NCAC-USAEE Energy Policy Conference with the theme, "Disruptive Technologies Shock All Energy Sectors."

KEYSTONE PROTEST AT THE CAPITOL. The Cowboy and Indian Alliance holds an event titled "Reject and Protect," featuring a weeklong series of actions by farmers, ranchers, and tribes to protest the Keystone XL pipeline through Sunday.

SENATE FIELD HEARING. The Senate Commerce Committee holds a Science and Space Subcommittee field hearing titled "Leading the Way: Adapting to South Florida's Changing Coastline."

EARTH DAY EVENT. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute holds a briefing on "Making Every Day Earth Day: How Better Recycling Can Minimize Waste and Boost the Economy."

CLEAN-ENERGY FINANCE WEBINAR. The Brookings Institution, the Clean Energy Group, and the Council of Development Finance Agencies hold a webinar on "Clean Energy Finance Through the Bond Market."

GEOTHERMAL SHOWCASE. The Geothermal Energy Association holds its International Geothermal Showcase.

ENVIRONMENTAL MYTHS EVENT. The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion on "Happy Earth Day: Dispelling Environmental Myths and Celebrating Human Achievement."
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