OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Policy wonks labor in shutdown’s shadow

Reps. Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchEx-rep. is still costing taxpayers billions in prescription fees Senators offer bill to close rural-urban internet divide Clinton mulls role in 2018 midterms MORE (D-Vt.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) are among the speakers at the event that will explore whether the mandate should be “revised, eliminated, or remain as is, and what the Environmental Protection Agency can and should do to respond to concerns about the policy.”

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A look at global climate finance options

Wednesday brings a day-long conference at the Center for Global Development with a shutdown-friendly title: “How to Spend It (If We Had It): Priorities for Allocating International Climate Change Finance.”

“Mobilizing and allocating finance to address the global public goods dimensions of climate change—both emissions reductions and resilience—is one of the great policy challenges of our age,” an advisory states.

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The path to energy security, in book form

The Woodrow Wilson Center is holding an event on the book Energy & Security: Strategies for a World in Transition.

The discussion will be on energy independence for the U.S., with a range of speakers including Wilson Center CEO Jane Harman, Energy Information Administration adviser Shirley Neff and Frank Verrastro, a top official with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Click here for more on the event, which will explore U.S. energy security 40 years after the Arab oil embargo.

Carbon regulations in focus

David Doniger of the Natural Resources Defense Council will be at Georgetown University Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. to discuss the President Obama’s climate action plan and the Clean Air Act.

Doniger will focus on
 the impacts of carbon pollution for future generations. The group backs White House efforts to set carbon emissions limits on power plants.

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Sen. Cardin hits GOP on shutdown's risk to Chesapeake Bay

Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinWashington puts Ethiopia's human rights abusers on notice Overnight Defense: Mattis vows Dreamers in military won't be deported | Pentagon unsure if military parade will be in Washington | Dem bill would block funds for parade Dems introduce bills to block funds for Trump's proposed parade MORE (D-Md.) is accusing House Republicans of putting his state's environment at risk by forcing a government shutdown.

Cardin, on the Senate floor Tuesday, said Maryland's Chesapeake Bay relies on the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies that help protect it from pesticides and polluted runoff.

"This is no way for America to be conducting business," Cardin yelled. "We need to get the government open."

State air agencies fear pollution risks if EPA shutdown drags

State air pollution regulators are bracing for severe long-term impacts if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) remains hobbled by the government shutdown.

Permit approvals and investigations into environmental abuses have all but ceased, making it nearly impossible for state and local agencies to function, according to a report Tuesday from the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, which represents state and local governments.

And the EPA is not reviewing vehicle emissions test data, the group said. Those are just some the effects the group turned up in a new survey of regulators across the country.

Check out the whole thing here.

Rep. Terry is the Keystone pipeline whisperer

Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) wants to see the Keystone pipeline approved in a fiscal and debt-ceiling deal with the White House, but he’s not putting heavy pressure on GOP leadership.

“I will always keep whispering Keystone in their ears,” Terry told reporters in the Capitol Tuesday. “I’m not shouting it right now.”

He said that “we want to give our leadership the flexibility they need” in the high-stakes fight. 

Terry is an outspoken advocate of the proposed pipeline.


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

– Industry sues EPA over biofuels mandate
– IG finds ‘massive breakdown’ in power agency’s management
– IMF chief Lagarde sounds warning on climate action
– GOP rips public lands shutdown
– Senators to probe shutdown’s effect on national parks
– Major climate group seeks new president


The Houston Chronicle reports on estimates that most households will pay more for heat this winter.

National Public Radio reports that the government shutdown is hobbling scientific research in the Antarctic.

USA Today
looks at the effects of climate change in Alaska.

The Los Angeles Times
reports on the possible re-start of a North Korean nuclear reactor.

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