OVERNIGHT ENERGY: For McCarthy, it’s all over but the regulating

McCarthy, currently the EPA’s chief air pollution regulator, is set to take over the top spot as the agency remains under harsh criticism from Republicans over its regulatory agenda.

Those battles will only intensify as the EPA moves ahead with carbon emissions standards for power plants. Stay tuned.


OTHER TUESDAY HIGHLIGHTS:

Energy Secretary Moniz to talk about oil

ADVERTISEMENT
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will speak Tuesday morning at the latest meeting of the National Petroleum Council, an outside advisory body to the department.

Click here for more info.

Senate Energy panel delves into fuel costs

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hear testimony Tuesday on oil-and-gas markets from witnesses including Adam Sieminski, the head of the federal Energy Information Administration.

“The purpose of this oversight hearing is to explore how U.S. gasoline and fuel prices are being affected by the current boom in domestic oil production and the restructuring of the U.S. refining industry and distribution system,” an advisory states.

Click here for more info.

Murkowski headlines energy forum

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will give the keystone address at a National Press Club forum.

Click here for more.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

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

— GOP senator presses Obama to defend climate change plan at hearing
— Former Obama adviser: Review train regs after Quebec accident
— Republicans press Interior on status of offshore drilling rule
— Oil industry intensifies opposition to biofuel rule with ad blitz
— Dems to Boehner: Debate climate science on House floor
— Conservative group sues for phone records of Obama EPA nominee
— Study: Sand dunes, coral reefs protect coasts against climate change
— Federal data: June was 15th warmest on record in US
Climate change showdown takes shape
— The week ahead: Battle over EPA nominee draws to a close
— Wyden: Natural gas proposal coming ‘soon’ 


NEWS BITES:

Next steps for White House climate plan

The Associated Press takes a look at what’s ahead for President Obama’s climate plan:

Three weeks after giving an ambitious speech to outline his proposal, the president begins the arduous task of executing it. Obama's plan is a complicated mix of rule-making and federal permitting that's tough to encapsulate in a neat sales pitch—and may be even tougher to put into action. 

Click here for the whole thing.

DHS to utilities: Protect your house

The Department of Homeland Security warned electric utility and nuclear power industry chiefs that cyber hackers are breaking into their systems using basic methods.

The department urged the utility executives to strengthen their defenses against cyberattackers, saying malicious actors had gained access to a discomforting amount of their systems.

From the Houston Chronicle:

“In at least one case, the attackers successfully obtained all the information needed to access the industrial control systems environment,” the memo said of the online attacks.

Industrial control systems manage an array of automated operations handled by energy companies and could cause major problems if they are made to malfunction by hackers. An attack targeting industrial control systems in Iran was able to destroy centrifuges at a nuclear facility there in 2010.

Click here for the rest.

Scientists uncertain on pace of polar ice thaw

After nine years of study, researchers cannot conclude whether polar ice caps are melting faster.

The problem? A lack of long-term data.

From The Guardian:

That is because the run of data from one satellite is still not long enough to answer the big question: are Greenland and Antarctica melting because of global warming, or just blowing hot before blowing cold again in some long-term natural cycle?

The question is a serious one. If the loss of ice that seems to be happening now is really going to accelerate, then by 2100, mean sea level will rise 43 centimeters higher than the original notional prediction, and hundreds of millions of people who live on estuaries, deltas, coral atolls and great city river basins face serious losses.

Click here for the rest.


Please send tips and comments to Ben Geman, ben.geman@thehill.com, and Zack Colman, zcolman@thehill.com.

Follow E2 on Twitter: @E2Wire, @Ben_Geman, @zcolman

More in Energy & Environment

GOP leaders push Obama to abandon smog rule

Read more »