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NEWS UPDATE February 26, 2015

Lawmakers press McCarthy over RFS delay 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 26, 2015

Lawmakers both for and against the renewable fuel standard yesterday gave U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy heat over the agency’s continued delay in issuing annual biofuel mandates under the program. At a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, lawmakers in favor of the program said the agency’s failure to set the targets had caused uncertainty in the industry. Political opponents of the program told the administrator that the agency’s implementation of it was hurting refiners and that the RFS itself was unrealistic. [ read more … ]

POLITICO Influence

By TARINI PARTI, Politico  •    •  Posted February 26, 2015

The National Council of Chain Restaurants also hosted a fly-in yesterday, calling for action on the Renewable Fuel Standard. Franchisees and executives from Wendy’s, TGI Friday’s, White Castle and other restaurant brands met with lawmakers about the need to repeal the RFS and the corn ethanol mandate. [ read more … ]

Clinton’s green team ready for deployment 

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 26, 2015

Hillary Clinton hasn’t even announced a presidential bid yet, but key campaign players are already getting in place, fueling speculation about Clinton’s likely cadre of green allies. [ read more … ]

Judges signal more trouble looms for EPA’s cross-state rule 

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 26, 2015

U.S. EPA’s effort to curb air pollution drifting across state lines was under siege in federal court again today, and it appeared vulnerable to the challenge from states and industry despite emerging victorious last year from the Supreme Court. More than a dozen states are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to throw out all or part of EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, or CSAPR, a regulatory regime for 28 Eastern states. [ read more … ]

Canada: Oil Train Accident Shows New Safety Rules Inadequate

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted February 26, 2015

A fiery oil train derailment in Ontario this month suggests new safety requirements for tank cars carrying flammable liquids are inadequate, Canada’s transport safety board announced Monday. The accident was the latest in a spate of fiery derailments in Canada and the U.S., a trend which American safety officials say drives home the need for stronger tank cars, more effective braking systems and other safety improvements. [ read more … ]

New climate adviser disses naysayers, vows to play ‘offense’ 

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 26, 2015

John Podesta’s replacement in the White House isn’t wasting any time going after politicians who deny the prevailing views on climate science. In his first full week on the job since inheriting Podesta’s portfolio as White House climate adviser, Brian Deese sharply criticized some lawmakers who oppose the Obama administration’s climate and energy policies this morning at a climate conference in Washington, D.C. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.