OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate Dems welcome climate debate with GOP

GET READY TO RUMBLE: Senate Democrats are inviting Republicans to engage in a "robust exchange of views" on climate change Monday.

After a number of Senate Republicans said they were disappointed for not being invited to a climate change all-nighter earlier this year, Democrats decided to grant their wish.

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The debate over the impacts of climate change is scheduled for Monday evening, after votes are finished, and may run until senators are told to pack up.

So far it looks like Republicans have yet to take Democrats up on their offer.

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ON TAP THURSDAY: President Obama will meet with leaders of the G7 nations to talk Ukraine and European energy security, as well as climate change.

Obama is expected to go into detail on his latest proposal to limit carbon emissions from the nation's fleet of fossil-fuel power plants.  The administration is hopeful that the new rules will increase momentum on climate change action globally, especially as nations prepare for next year's talks in Paris.

ON TAP THURSDAY II: Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, will hold a conference call with reporters about a new study arguing that school districts and municipal and state governments are saving money on energy due to hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling for oil and natural gas.

Rest of Thursday's agenda ... 

Carbon rule ... The Resource for the Future is hosting a briefing on the administration's new carbon emissions. Legal counsel from law firm Bracewell and Giuliani will participate, along with an overview of the proposal from Reid Harvey, director of clean air markets at the EPA.

Climate change ... The American Association for the Advancement of Science will start its two-day conference on government efforts related to climate change resilience. Experts will explore issues such as what steps communities are taking, what barriers they are hitting and whether changes such as less centralized governance could help.

Energy security ... The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will host an event on the energy security situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the Asian Development Bank’s actions to address it, including the proposed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline. Three officials from the Asian Development Bank will speak, as will Andrew Kuchins, director of CSIS’ Russia and Eurasia program.


AROUND THE WEB:

NRG Yield Inc., a subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc., announced Wednesday that it will buy a California wind farm — the largest in North America — for $870 million, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Germany will soon write regulations that allow hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to retrieve natural gas, which will likely be tightly restricted, Reuters reports.

Vox.com explains how and why the EPA figured out individual states’ carbon reduction goals in its power plant rule.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Check out Wednesday's stories…

- Northeast, Southwest warming fastest in recent decades
- Senate Democrats invite GOP to climate debate
- Republican senators push Obama to repeal EPA proposal
- TransCanada: Keystone terror threat report is 'misleading'
- Landrieu admits Energy gavel may have limits
- Boxer to Vitter: 'When you have this gavel, you make the rules'
- Steyer highlights terror threat to Keystone
- Senator warns Calif. nuke disaster could be worse than Chernobyl
- India: US should cut more emissions than developing countries
- UN Climate Fund may leverage money sevenfold
- Study: EPA rule cheaper than climate change fallout for automakers
- Reid blocks McConnell's bill on EPA rule
- W.Va. lawmaker tethered to EPA climate rule he plants to fight
- Interest groups duel over EPA climate rules in ads
- Grimes knocks Obama on coal in new ad
- US imposes steep duties on Chinese solar panels
- Obama's climate team tries to calm Dems

 

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