E2 Morning Roundup: Oil spill panel gets down to brass tacks, Interior drilling chief hopes elections don’t harm oversight, Clinton bullish on climate progress, U.S.-India energy ties deepen, and more

Obama acknowledged after the Democrats took a beating in the midterm elections that cap-and-trade isn’t going anywhere on Capitol Hill, but Clinton said the comment wasn’t meant to describe “anything other than what is happening inside the United States.”

“The president is still very committed to the United States addressing climate change, making investments in clean energy, and we will be looking at a range of options to take, including ... the regulatory route, which we have already been doing in concert with the legislative route,” she said.

Carbon capture cash, Fulbright climate focus

Clinton said the State Department would provide a $500,000 grant to the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, located in Australia. And she also said the countries will jointly support an expansion of the Fulbright scholarship program to address global warming.

“We are creating a special focus on climate change. Over the next three years, Australia and the United States will fund up to 15 additional scholars to work specifically on climate change and clean energy. We hope these clean-tech Fulbright scholars will do work that advances our understanding of climate change, and leads to new commercially-viable solutions,” Clinton said.

NY Times A1: Green-power projects scuttled over cost fears

“Even as many politicians, environmentalists and consumers want renewable energy and reduced dependence on fossil fuels, a growing number of projects are being canceled or delayed because governments are unwilling to add even small amounts to consumers’ electricity bills,” the New York Times reports.

“Deals to buy renewable power have been scuttled or slowed in states including Florida, Idaho and Kentucky as well as Virginia.”

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