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AWEA: We can meet the Clean Power Plan and save money

Source: By AWEA • Posted: Thursday, February 11th, 2016

“Today’s decision does not mean the Clean Power Plan has been overturned, to the contrary we are confident that once the courts carefully consider the merits of these cases, the Clean Power Plan will stand. A stay, however is disappointing because it may signal eventual delays in reducing both the carbon pollution that is causing climate change and getting proven, clean, and affordable wind energy to more Americans”

U.S. high court emissions ruling won’t deter clean energy drive

Source: BY VALERIE VOLCOVICI AND SCOTT DISAVINO, Reuters • Posted: Thursday, February 11th, 2016

The U.S. power sector’s shift toward burning less coal and using more natural gas and renewable energy will not be derailed by the Supreme Court ruling against the Obama administration’s limits on carbon emissions, state regulators and utilities said on Wednesday. The U.S. Supreme Court decided 5-4 on Tuesday to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon emissions crackdown on coal plants until a legal challenge is resolved.

Obama climate wish list slams into Supreme Court surprise

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Funding for the final piece of President Obama’s climate legacy was thrown into a tailspin late yesterday when the Supreme Court put the brakes on federal power plant regulations. The move by the court’s five conservatives to block U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan introduces new uncertainties to an already-unlikely $4.1 trillion request that reaches beyond Obama’s remaining 11 months in office to a hypothetical future where Congress supports and funds climate change action.

Supreme Court’s pause jumbles the political debate

Source: Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, February 11th, 2016

The Supreme Court’s decision to freeze the Obama administration’s signature carbon rule will likely shape the political debate on climate change on Capitol Hill and in the upcoming presidential elections, lawmakers yesterday predicted. On the one hand, House Republicans may not be as gung-ho about going after the Obama administration’s climate agenda. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), a vocal critic of U.S. EPA, yesterday said that he felt comfortable putting the carbon program on the backburner.

Court’s stay decision compared to Bush v. Gore

Source: Robin Bravender, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Supporters of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan are pointing to political motives behind the Supreme Court’s decision to block the rule. After the justices yesterday decided 5-4 to block U.S. EPA’s top effort to limit power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions, several disappointed agency supporters today compared the court’s move to its decision in the Bush v. Gore case. That divided opinion in late 2000 paved the way for George W. Bush to become president.

Supreme Court’s Blow to Emissions Efforts May Imperil Paris Climate Accord

Source: By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times • Posted: Thursday, February 11th, 2016

The Supreme Court’s surprise decision Tuesday to halt the carrying out of President Obama’s climate change regulation could weaken or even imperil the international global warming accord reached with great ceremony in Paris less than two months ago, climate diplomats say. The Paris Agreement, the first accord to commit every country to combat climate change, had as a cornerstone Mr. Obama’s assurance that the United States would enact strong, legally sound policies to significantly cut carbon emissions. The United States is the largest historical greenhouse gas polluter, although its annual emissions have been overtaken by China’s.

Senate bill’s fate up in the air

Source: Geof Koss, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Senators are huddling with their respective caucuses this to try to sort out a path for salvaging the chamber’s bipartisan energy package, after overnight negotiations on aid for Flint, Mich., appear to have failed to clear the chief hurdle to finishing the bill. Aides from both parties said this morning it was unclear what’s next for the Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s package (S. 2012), which remains stalled over Democratic demands for assistance to help Flint residents cope with their lead-contaminated drinking water.

Tapping the Power of the Great Plains to Light Up Faraway Cities

Source: By Brian Eckhouse and Joe Ryan, Bloomberg News • Posted: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Renewable energy advocates say long-distance transmission will tap the wind and solar potential of the Great Plains and Sun Belt the way pipelines opened up once-inaccessible oil fields in Alaska and Siberia. These projects are seen as essential to helping states comply with President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which requires them to reduce emissions from power plants, and will help the U.S. meet its goals of getting 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. “It doesn’t take a genius to say that the challenge is on the transmission side,” said Michael Skelly, president of Houston-based Clean Line. “That would enable a lot of renewable energy projects.”

Obama Vows to Press Ahead on Clean Power Plan After Setback

Source: By Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press • Posted: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved. Tuesday’s surprising move by the court is a blow to Obama and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents, who call the regulations “an unprecedented power grab.”

Supreme Court blocks Obama’s signature climate rule

Source: Robin Bravender, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Today’s decision marks a big victory for critics of President Obama’s signature climate change rule. By granting the unusual request — which the administration called “extraordinary and unprecedented” — the high court has signaled that the regulation may not withstand its scrutiny.