News bites: What to do with those coal plants

Bloomberg discusses the options coal-fired power plants owners have as regulations and low natural gas prices threaten to shut down generation.

InsideClimate News lays out the potential message President Obama would send to the international community if he approves the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

Reuters reports that the Energy Department is taking an unusual step by auctioning off a $50 million non-performing loan to a failed green tech car firm. The wire service reports that it could open the door to auction off other loans to struggling firms, allowing taxpayers a chance to reclaim money.

Payments stemming from a civil penalty for BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill have hit $4.44 billion, an increase of $470 million, the Houston Chronicle reports.