Obama's New Proposed Regulations On Coal Energy Production Met With Ire Through Kentucky's Coal Country

New America got 5 leading energy observers to share their views on EPA’s existing power plant rule – Andrew Revkin, writer of the New York Times’ Dot Earth Blog; Sharon Burke, Senior Advisor, New America’s International Security Program; Russell Gold, Senior Energy Reporter at the Wall Street Journal; Steve LeVine, Washington Correspondent, Quartz; Dan Sarewitz, Professor of Science and Society and Co-Director, Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, Arizona State University [New America – The Weekly Wonk]

Following last week’s much-hyped EPA rule announcement, this article looks into which companies and lobby firms were most active lobbying the EPA this year. “Ferguson Group, Alcalde & Fay and National Environmental Strategies topped the list of lobby firms that did the most EPA lobbying during the first quarter of the year, according to the analysis. The Ferguson Group worked for 33 such clients, either contacting the EPA on their behalf or identifying the agency on disclosure forms, followed by Alcalde & Fay with 18 clients, and National Environmental Strategies with 17 clients.” [Washington Post]

The IEA released its World Energy Investment Outlook last week that estimated $48 trillion in energy investment is required to meet demand out to 2035. The report also predicted the unconventional US energy boom will revert to a declining production profile by around 2020, but not everyone agrees with that analysis, particularly commodities market expert Ed Morse who penned a piece in this month’s shale-focused Foreign Affairs. “Despite its doubters and haters, the shale revolution in oil and gas production is here to stay.” [Foreign Affairs]