OVERNIGHT ENERGY: For EPA, court win feeds GOP anger

Long before the court ruling, the GOP had put EPA front-and-center in its campaign to allege that the Obama administration’s broader regulatory agenda is too aggressive.

On Wednesday the House Small Business Committee will hold a hearing titled “Regulatory Flexibility Act Compliance: Is EPA Failing Small Businesses?”

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On Thursday, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson can expect critical questions when she appears before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

And then, in a rare Friday hearing, a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel will hear from EPA’s top air quality regulator at a hearing about EPA’s greenhouse gas rules.

Already, Tuesday’s sweeping court rejection of state and industry challenges to EPA's power to regulate greenhouse gases is feeding fresh GOP calls for legislation to nullify EPA’s authority.

Republicans allege that climate regulations will harm the economy, and some members of the GOP caucus also dispute climate science.

Right now those bills most likely can’t get any further than the House, where they have already passed. But this week’s battles are a precursor to higher stakes fights that will occur if Republicans take the Senate and the White House.

Tuesday, however, was a clear win for EPA.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s decision provided a stinging rebuke to industry groups and states that challenged EPA “endangerment finding” on greenhouse gases and other aspects of its climate program.

Here’s a sample, from the section of the decision upholding EPA’s conclusions about the risk of greenhouse gases:

EPA relied on a substantial record of empirical data and scientific evidence, making many specific and often quantitative findings regarding the impacts of greenhouse gases on climate change and the effects of climate change on public health and welfare. Its failure to distill this ocean of evidence into a specific number at which greenhouse gases cause “dangerous” climate change is a function of the precautionary thrust of the [Clean Air Act] and the multivariate and sometimes uncertain nature of climate science, not a sign of arbitrary or capricious decision-making.

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Top energy official looks forward

The Bipartisan Policy Center is holding an energy summit Wednesday with speakers including Adam Sieminski, the top official at the federal Energy Information Administration.

He’ll walk attendees through EIA’s closely watched Annual Energy Outlook, which looks at an array of U.S. production and consumption trends in coming decades.

Click here for more and a full lineup.

Think tanks looks at ‘blue’ economy

The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, will look seaward Wednesday when it hosts a forum with speakers including Jane Lubchenco, who heads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The event is titled “The Foundations of a Blue Economy: Healthy Oceans as an Economic Driver.”

“With this event, the Center for American Progress launches a new initiative to better define and quantify the value of our Blue Economy. We will focus on four ocean and coastal industries in various stages of understanding and development — sustainable fisheries, renewable energy, tourism and recreation, and coastal restoration — in a discussion with leaders from government, industry, and advocacy about the key role healthy oceans play in creating American jobs and enhancing prosperity in coastal regions,” an advisory states.



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