California public school teachers. Religious charities. New York police officers and firefighters. What do all of these groups have in common? Investors representing them — who manage $1.5 trillion in retirees, current employees’, and others assets – are standing together and calling for strong rules limiting harmful methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.… Keep reading →

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.


Last Friday, the incoming head of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Faith Birol, provided a briefing to U.S. stakeholders about IEA’s new special report on climate change, which found that global emissions could peak by the end of this decade without reducing economic growth. The report outlines five key pillars for turning the emissions corner by… Keep reading →

EPA And Corps Issue Rule Defining “Waters Of The U.S.”

U.S. Trade Deficit Reaches All-Time High

On June 29, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) published a final rule defining “waters of the United States.”


The Supreme Court dealt a major blow for clean energy companies by voting against mercury regulations as part of the Clean Air Act. “The Supreme Court ruled Monday the EPA has to factor in the costs of regulations aimed at curtailing mercury and other toxins from coal-burning power plants. Shares of the iShares Global Clean… Keep reading →


How much would I have to pay you to smash a thermometer and drink its mercury, right now? “A lot”, you are probably thinking, but you have a price. One hit of thermometer mercury isn’t going to kill you. You’d probably Google “mercury poisoning,” make a guess about your risk tolerance, and get back to… Keep reading →

Washington Landmarks Begin To Re-Open As Government Shutdown Ends

This week, the House will vote on a number of environmental measures including a bill that would slash EPA funding and block many of President Obama’s climate rules. “Lawmakers are expected to consider the Interior and environment appropriations bill, setting up a floor fight. The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved the bill, which would cut the… Keep reading →

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

Nowhere in the United States is there more to learn from EPA’s recent water/fracking study than in the state of New York. Six months ago Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned hydraulic fracturing as too hazardous. Though the Cuomo administration conducted no original research of its own, the governor said no to fracking, no to jobs and… Keep reading →

Airlines Face Rapidly Rising Fuel Costs

The EPA have begun the process of regulating greenhouse gas emissions from the largest domestic commercial airlines. “But some fear the ultimate approach may prove too weak. The agency released a proposed “endangerment finding,” meaning that it is suggesting that aircraft engines may “contribute to the air pollution that causes climate change and endangers public health and welfare.” That’s what the… Keep reading →

Congress Struggles With Funding Repairs To U.S. Capitol Dome

A House panel approved a bill on Wednesday implementing drastic spending cuts for the EPA along with provisions blocking its rule-making. “The House Interior and Environment appropriations bill would cut EPA funding by $718 million, or 9 percent, next year and block a handful of environmental rules the agency is looking to put out this… Keep reading →

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