Environmental Politics

Fossil Energy Interests Spent Over $500 Million in 2009-10 To Lobby

If you are wondering why climate legislation was defeated during the 111th Congress and expanded offshore drilling won -- it may have something to do with over $500 million spend by fossil energy companies on lobbying, campaign contributions, and other forms of political influence.

Source: ClimateProgress, 09/28/2010

"Gas Plans Divide Central Pennsylvania Community"

"The tension between drillers in Pennsylvania's gas-rich Marcellus shale and communities trying protect natural resources has reached a fevered pitch in Clinton County, where a zoning hearing board resigned rather than allow a water withdrawal station at a scenic bend of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River that draws kayakers, hang gliders, hunters and fly fishermen."

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 09/27/2010

"EPA Issues Final Plan for Auditing Rejected Texas Permits"

"For the roughly 130 power plants, refineries and other facilities embroiled in the air permitting dispute between U.S. EPA and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, a new program being finalized by EPA could allow them to get on with business as usual."

Source: Greenwire, 09/22/2010

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill on Renewable Energy Standard

In a last-gasp effort to pass some energy legislation this year, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill requiring utilities to generate at least 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources. But they do not yet have the votes, and the first chance for action would be in a lame-duck session. The House has already passed such a bill.

Source: Green (NYT), 09/22/2010


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