OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Greens, key Dem press climate agenda

Green groups, along with congressional Democrats, want the president to continuing using executive powers to curb carbon emissions by regulating, for example, existing coal-fired power plants.


THE REST OF TUESDAY'S AGENDA:

Wal-Mart, Whole Foods officials talk green

The Atlantic magazine is hosting a “Forum on Conservation, Efficiency and Growth” Tuesday.

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Speakers will include high-level executives with Wal-Mart, Whole Foods and other companies and groups.

The panelists will explore “whether companies can simultaneously prioritize the environment and the bottom line,” an advisory states.

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Keystone pipeline hearing on tap

Nebraska’s Department of Environmental Quality will hold a public hearing Tuesday on the proposed route of the controversial Keystone XL oil sands pipeline through the state.

Developer TransCanada Corp. agreed to re-route the project to avoid an environmentally fragile region, but critics of the project still call it too risky.

The hearing will explore the state regulators’ draft evaluation of the proposed new route. Click here for more.

The big action remains at the federal level, where the White House has yet to make a decision on a cross-border permit for the pipeline to bring Canadian oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries.


NEWS BITES:

Poll: New Yorkers link Hurricane Sandy, climate change

A new Siena College poll shows that New Yorkers overwhelmingly believe that Hurricane Sandy demonstrated the effects of climate change, The New York Times reports.

“Sixty-nine percent of voters tied the storm, as well as Tropical Storms Irene and Lee last year, to global climate change, compared with 24 percent who believed they were isolated weather events, the poll found,” the paper reports.

Louisiana eyed for gas-to-liquids plant


The Associated Press reports that South African energy giant Sasol could spend $21 billion to build a plant in Louisiana that would transform natural gas into chemicals, diesel and other fuels.

“The company said Monday that it will begin initial engineering work on a long-discussed complex in Westlake, La., that will use domestic natural gas, which is among the cheapest in the world, to make higher-value chemicals and fuels,” the news service reports.

BP to boost spending on oil exploration

The Wall Street Journal reports on oil giant BP’s corporate strategy.

“BP PLC said Monday it is raising the amount it spends on exploring, developing and producing oil from now until the end of the decade as the company seeks to generate more cash, find more higher-margin oil and increase its reserves,” the paper reports.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Check out these stories that ran on E2-Wire Monday and during the weekend ...

— Sen. Alexander: Double DOE research funding, end wind credit to grow revenues

— House members warn carbon tax would increase unemployment rate

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson to resign from House for trade group job

— The week ahead: Wind-credit supporters clamor for action

— Inhofe: Some Dems won’t ‘fall on the sword of Obama’ to defend EPA rules


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