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Hillary Clinton's Energy Vision

April 11, 2014

TOP ENERGY NEWS

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

HILLARY CLINTON'S ENERGY VISION. This will be one of the more closely watched energy and climate-change speeches in a long time.

In September, when Hillary Clinton's still unofficial White House run will be in higher gear, Clinton will give the keystone address at the big annual green-energy conference that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hosts in Las Vegas.

 

Clinton probably won't be ready to lay out a detailed policy blueprint at the Sept. 4 event. But her remarks will nonetheless be closely picked over for hints about where the potential president might go on energy and climate.

Reid is putting on the event with the Center for American Progress, MGM Resorts, the University of Nevada, and the Clean Energy Project.

COAL FACES OFF AGAINST CRUDE. On the railroads, that is. Coal trains and other freight shipments are facing massive delays on the tracks in certain areas of the country due to a bottleneck created by crude-by-rail shipments. (Mario Parker and Eliot Caroom, Bloomberg)

SPAIN CHURNS OUT NATURAL GAS. The country has become the largest exporter of liquefied natural gas in Europe despite the fact that it is not a natural-gas producer. (Anna Shiryaevskaya and Julia Mengewein, Bloomberg)

JAPAN CAN'T STAY AWAY FROM NUCLEAR. The country has given the green light to a new energy policy that makes nuclear power a linchpin of its future energy-generating capacity. (Chisaki Watanabe and Maiko Takahashi, Bloomberg)

HEALTH GROUPS JOIN KEYSTONE FIGHT. The American Public Health Association and the National Association of County and City Health Officials said in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry that they're supporting an effort by Sens. Barbara Boxer and Sheldon Whitehouse calling for a study of the health consequences of the Keystone XL pipeline.

COURT UPHOLDS EPA'S CARBON-MONOXIDE DECISION. In a 3-0 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said EPA acted within the law when it did not update its carbon-monoxide air standard, citing a minimal link between the pollution and climate change. Environmental groups had sought a secondary standard. (Associated Press)

BIRDS, SHIPPERS FACE OFF. Commercial shippers looking to take advantage of new routes through diminished Arctic ice are eyeing the same areas that seabirds will flock to each summer and a new study is warning that there might not be enough room for both. (Yereth Rosen, Alaska Dispatch)

SENATORS BALK AT LIVESTOCK METHANE CUTS. Sixteen Senate Republicans are asking the Obama administration in a letter not to regulate livestock emissions as part of its methane reduction plan, which does call on EPA and the Agriculture Department to cut greenhouse-gas emissions from the dairy industry by 25 percent.

IKEA SHELLS OUT FOR WIND. The furniture company headquartered in Sweden has purchased a 98-megawatt generating capacity wind farm that is being built in Illinois. (Timothy Cama, The Hill)

RAPID RATE OF EMISSIONS RISE. A leaked United Nations report shows that the growth of greenhouse-gas emissions in the past decade was nearly double what it was during the previous 30 years. (Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian)

HEALTH CONCERNS FROM GULF SPILL. Four years after the Gulf Coast oil spill, there are still lingering concerns about the health effects from the pollution, including respiratory problems and skin conditions. (Stacey Plaisance and Kevin McGill, Associated Press)

SENATORS WANTS EXPORT ANALYSIS. Sens. Mary Landrieu and Lisa Murkowski are asking the Energy Information Administration to delve deeper into the economics of crude-oil exports. Read their letter here. It's a topic that's already on EIA's radar.

WHAT INSIDERS ARE SAYING

Next week's energy and environment Insiders discussion will ask the question: How much should protecting the electric grid weigh in considerations of national security? How damaging could an attack on the country's electric grid be and what kind of damage could it cause? Has the leak of classified information on grid vulnerabilities helped the situation by bringing grid instability into the spotlight so that it can receive the attention it deserves?

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