OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior chief to talk climate, conservation

THURSDAY'S BIG STORY: Interior Secretary Sally JewellSally JewellOutdoor gear companies take on Trump Overnight Regulation: Trump administration lifts Obama freeze on federal coal mining Trump administration ends Obama's coal-leasing freeze MORE will speak at a National Press Club luncheon on the economic value of America's national parks in the wake of the government shutdown.

During the 16-day shutdown, national parks became the poster child for Washington's dysfunction and political fodder for both parties.

Jewell will also talk about the Interior's role in President Obama's climate agenda as well as other conservation projects.

Check E2-Wire for coverage. 

Epa parries BP: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to file its reply to oil giant BP’s recent lawsuit against the agency by Oct. 31.

BP sued the EPA in August to get out from under its suspension on receiving new federal contracts, which the agency imposed as a result of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.

Wind data blows into Washington: The American Wind Energy Association will release its third-quarter market report on Thursday.

“The report shows that American wind continues to grow as a mainstream energy source in spite of the brief expiration of the [production tax credit] last year. The report shows that utilities continue to buy more wind because it’s a good deal for their consumers,” a spokesman for the wind industry group said.

Exxon, Shell profit numbers en route: Exxon, Shell and ConocoPhillips are all slated to report their third-quarter profits on Thursday.

Al Gore on bad carbon bets: The former vice president, in a Wall Street Journal piece, warns investors about the “subprime carbon asset bubble.”

Investments in fossil fuel infrastructure could be bad bets in a carbon-constrained world, he warns. Check out the column here.

Biofuels bonanza: A wide range of lobbyists are flocking to the White House to offer their two cents as federal officials prepare to make a major ethanol policy decision.

The White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing EPA’s upcoming rule that will set how much ethanol and other biofuels refiners must blend into the motor fuel mix next year.

Click here for a record of the nearly 20 separate meetings that White House officials have held with various stakeholders on the biofuels rule this month.



Check out what ran on E2-Wire on Wednesday

- Obama rips into anti-Keystone XL hecklers in Boston
- Keystone developer: We won't quit
- Top interior official on offshore drilling to move posts
- One year after Sandy, DOE official touts need for reliable energy grid


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