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White House Launches Sales Pitch on Climate Pledge

March 31, 2015 Now that the U.S. has officially affirmed its international pledge to combat climate change by slashing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 28 percent by 2025, the White House is looking to the next step— getting everyone else on board. While the pledge itself is about domestic emissions, U.S. officials ...

McConnell to Governors: Don’t Comply with EPA Rules

March 20, 2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is stepping up his calls for states to not comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon rules for existing power plants, saying governors should wait for legal challenges to play out before crafting their own emissions plans. In a letter to the National Governors Association, ...

Personal Email Use Now in Oversight Committee’s Sights

March 4, 2015 As Washington continues to buzz about revelations that Hillary Clinton used personal emails while secretary of State, the House Oversight Committee will scrutinize the chair of an embattled safety agency for the same offense. According to an EPA Inspector General's report, Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso deliberately used a ...

Embattled Safety Agency Head Used Personal Email -- Report

February 25, 2015 The embattled head of the Chemical Safety Board violated the Federal Records Act by using a personal account to conduct official business, according to an EPA Inspector General report that was sent to the White House. According to the report, CSB chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso and two senior executives used personal ...

From Bad To Worse at Scandal-Ridden Safety Agency

February 10, 2015 The independent agency that investigates chemical accidents is under fire from seemingly every corner of the government—from the White House on down. The White House is reviewing a damning inspector general report against the head of the Chemical Safety Board, Rafael Moure-Eraso. Members of Congress also are unhappy, with several ...

The Pope is the Obama Administration's Latest Ally on Climate

February 2, 2015 As the Obama administration tries to position itself as a world leader on climate change ahead of United Nations talks, it's engaging a powerful ally: the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has been moving the Church into a more aggressive posture on climate change, citing the moral need to protect the ...

Democrats Tip Their Hand on Climate-Change Fight as Senate Keystone Bill Advances

January 8, 2015 Senate Republicans advanced pro-Keystone XL legislation to the Senate floor Thursday, while Democrats offered their strategy for making that process as painful as possible. The Energy Committee advanced the measure on a 13-9 vote, with all Republicans and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin (who is a cosponsor of the bill) ...

Environmentalists Split With the Obama Administration Over Key Power Plant Rules

December 19, 2014 After six years of furious lobbying and lawsuits, the Obama administration is offering the first-ever regulations on the waste from coal-fired power plants. But while the move provides a long-awaited answer for the environmental and industry groups that have waged legal war over the rule, it's a resolution that comes ...

With Proposed New Ozone Rule, Obama Tees Up Next Environmental Fight

November 26, 2014 The Environmental Protection Agency is set to propose new regulations Wednesday to limit smog, kicking off the next great environmental power struggle—and setting up another difficult decision for President Obama. At issue is what is known as the air-quality standard for ground-level ozone, which causes smog when certain pollutants combine ...

Obama To Pledge $3 Billion To International Climate Fight

November 14, 2014 The U.S. will pledge $3 billion to a United Nations fund designed to help developing countries adapt to climate change, according to a White House official. President Obama is likely to make the funding announcement for the Green Climate Fund at this week's G-20 leaders summit in Brisbane, Australia. It's ...