Energy & Environment Update – June 2015 #5

Balance Of Power At Stake As Midterm Elections Draw Near

The House and Senate are in recess for the Independence Day holiday before returning next week for the July work period.


The Vatican may consider divesting its holdings in fossil fuels without a categorical commitment, a Catholic church official has stated, despite Pope Francis’s call for bold action to fight climate change and global warming. “The statement – made at a press conference on Wednesday to discuss the pope’s recently released encyclical on the environment –… Keep reading →

Arctic drilling

Amazing regulation is bad for Shell, walruses, and people, all at the same time.


Solid economic growth, low inflation, and comfortable international reserves offer a hopeful story line in a war-torn region, but continued chaos in Syria and Iraq will continue to threaten the kingdom’s stability. Jordan featured prominently in the June 20 commemoration of World Refugee Day — and for good reason. According to Jordanian authorities, Syrian refugees… Keep reading →

President Obama Visits Largest Photovoltaic Plant In U.S. In Nevada

Barack Obama and Dilma Rousseff put climate change at the top of their agenda, with the US and Brazil agreeing to obtain up to 20% of their electricity from renewable power by 2030. “Brazil also committed to restoring up to 12m hectares of forest – an area about the size of England or Pennsylvania –… Keep reading →

Supreme Court: EPA Must Consider Costs In Power Plant Rule


The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Michigan v. EPA, reversing a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and holding that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must consider costs of compliance before deciding whether to regulate hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) emitted from power plants.

Renewable Energy Update – June 2015 #3

Germany Debates Its Energy Future

In the absence of global action to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the United States by the end of the century may face up to $180 billion in economic losses because of drought and water shortages, according to a report released Monday by the White House and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


On June 19, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed a program establishing Phase 2 of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The proposal would enhance standards for vehicles currently regulated under Phase 1 and aims… Keep reading →

Congress Reconvenes After Midterm Elections

Progressives and environmentalists are upping the pressure on the Obama administration to increase the fees that energy companies pay to extract fossil fuels from the federal lands. “The advocates and their Democratic allies in Congress say they’re out to ensure taxpayers get a fair return for the minerals the government owns, while better protecting the… Keep reading →

Environmentalists Challenge Salton Sea Development Project

The U.S. Interior Department is out with its Economic Report for Fiscal Year 2014 – which doesn’t sound like it would be a whole lot of fun reading. But the report actually contains some pretty important bits of information. For example, you get a clear sense that Interior Department activities support jobs and economic growth,… Keep reading →

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