OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Omnibus overshadows climate action day

OMNIBUS OVERTAKES CLIMATE NEWS: The omnibus spending bill that was dropped on Monday night by lawmakers took the spotlight away from Senate Democrats' day of climate action on Tuesday.

A number of energy and environment riders were included in the bill, from provisions watering down new guidelines adopted by the Export-Import bank that cut funding for coal plants overseas to banning Obama's light-bulb energy-efficiency standards.

While attempting to play down the riders, Senate Democrats announced a new climate action task force aimed at "waking up Congress."

First up on the agenda: Get the Sunday talk shows to talk about climate change, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said.

Check E2-Wire on Wednesday for more reaction to the energy riders.

ON TAP Wednesday: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will talk about 2014 energy priorities for Congress and what should be done to help the country's changing power landscape.

Real Clear Politics will host Wednesday's talk on energy policy and job creation at the Newseum.

Off Capitol Hill ...

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will formally release its policy platform on energy issues in areas that impact the U.S. economy and security.

And consulting firm Black and Veatch will host a discussion on a long-term look at the U.S. energy market.


In an interview with The Guardian, United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres called on global financial institutions to triple-clean energy investments.

"From where we are to where we need to be, we need to triple, and we need to do that – over the next five to 10 years would be best – but certainly by 2030," Figueres said.

U.S. regulators are saying electric cars pose different risks than gasoline-powered models but are just as safe overall, Bloomberg reports.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the world's next shale boom could be in Australia — where companies are beginning to explore for tight oil and gas.


Check out the stories that ran on E2-Wire on Tuesday...

- Senate group wants climate change on Sunday talk shows
- Murkowski pushes Obama on Keystone XL, crude-export ban
- Senate to hold hearings on W.Va. chemical spill
- Rogers touts pro-coal provision in omnibus bill
- Boehner: Spill won't hamper anti-reg push
- Republican leaders start selling omnibus
- Manchin calls chemical spill a 'wake-up call'
- Omnibus spending bill hits key Obama energy regs

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