Washington, Look Outside the Beltway! Our Energy Shift Is In Motion
As House Republicans held another hearing today berating EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on everything from cows to climate change to ice ages, real news happened outside the Beltway.
Government-owned Tennessee Valley Authority, which provides power for a large part of the Southeast, announced today it will close six coal power plants in Alabama and replace two others in Kentucky with natural-gas plants. Meanwhile, political leaders in West Virginia, a top coal producer, lauded plans also announced today for a new natural gas-processing facility in the state, which sits atop the Marcellus shale-gas formation.
A one-two punch of cheap, plentiful supplies of cleaner-burning natural gas and tougher environmental rules are driving our nation's shift from coal to gas. Inside-the-Beltway data bears this trend out on a regular basis.
Rarely do the shifts in America's energy landscape materialize so clearly in one day. Today was one of those days.
TOP ENERGY NEWS
By Alex Brown (@AlexBrownNJ)
CARBON CAPTURE CHALLENGED ON CAPITOL HILL. Coal-state lawmakers sparred with a top Environmental Protection Agency official Thursday over the viability of carbon capture and storage technology.
HOUSE REPUBLICANS QUESTION EPA SCIENCE. McCarthy defends agency's regulatory approach.
McCARTHY DEFENDS RFS. EPA head says E15 ethanol is safe for cars.
CHINA CALLS ON WEALTHY NATIONS TO FINANCE CLIMATE FIXES. Negotiator says funding for poorer countries key to climate talks.
POMPEO PUSHES TO END WIND PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT. Fifty-two House members sign on to letter calling for credit to expire.
PIPELINE EXPLODES IN TEXAS TOWN. Fire causes evacuation, no injuries.
POLICY REPORT SHOWS CARBON TAX WOULD DRAMATICALLY CUT DEFICIT. CBO says tax would raise $1 trillion in a decade.
LAWMAKERS ASK FOR REFUND FOR REOPENING OF GRAND CANYON. Arizona lawmakers want the Interior Department to pay back the cost of reopening the national monument during the government shutdown.
GAS PRICES SET TO DROP AMID SURGE IN DOMESTIC OIL PRODUCTION. EIA says falling prices will continue into 2014.
2013 ON TRACK TO BECOME SEVENTH HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD. Temperatures near highest since 1850, says World Meteorological Organization.
CLIMATE CHANGE TOUGH ON CANADIAN POLAR BEARS. Shortened winter makes survival harder.
RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD. The EPA is expected to release biofuel production targets for 2014.