OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House GOP launches assault on climate rules

GOP MOVES TO BLOCK CARBON RULES: House Republicans unveiled their proposed 2015 spending bill for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Interior Department Tuesday, complete with major hits against the Obama administration’s top climate priorities.

The bill would prohibit funding for last month’s proposed carbon pollution reductions for existing plants. It also seeks to block the EPA’s January proposal to set limits on emissions at new plants.

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Republican leadership on the House Appropriations Committee said the bill “includes provisions to stop various harmful, costly, and potentially job-killing regulations by the EPA."

Not stopping there, Republicans also want to stop a rule to redefine the EPA’s jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act, and bar the agency from revising a 2008 regulation on “fill material,” which defines the kind of materials mining companies can dump into streams.

Another rider would roll back new restrictions on ivory trading. Read more here.

U.S., CHINA TO TALK CLIMATE: Secretary of State John Kerry will talk climate change with Chinese officials Wednesday morning during a joint session dedicated to climate change, according to a State Department official.

"We’re going to focus on climate change very, very significantly," Kerry said last week. "Secretary Lew and I and President Obama particularly believe that climate change offers us enormous opportunities to make choices about energy and energy policy which will open up a vast new market for all of our countries and help solve the problem of climate change."

Kerry added that he plans to work with China on greenhouse gas emissions targets ahead of the 2015 Paris talks.


EPA SPENDING BILL: A House Appropriations subcommittee on the EPA and Interior Department will vote on its bill to fund those agencies for fiscal 2015.

It's the same appropriations bill mentioned above, which contains a number of anti-EPA riders, including one to block the administration's carbon pollution standards on existing power plants.

Rest of Wednesday's agenda ...

The House will meet Wednesday to consider its 2015 appropriations bill to fund the Energy Department and the Army Corps of Engineers’ water programs. The Appropriations Committee passed the bill last month on a voice vote with few changes from the original legislation.

A coalition of organizations that advocate for air pollution protection in the name of public health and children’s welfare will host a “play-in” at the Upper Senate Park to protest air pollution and support the EPA’s power plant carbon rules.

The House Science Committee is holding a hearing on the EPA's proposal to clarify its jurisdiction over the nation's streams and wetlands.

NEWS BITES:

EU wants crude exports in trade deal ... A leaked document from negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership show that the European Union wants the U.S. to agree to export crude oil in a possible trade deal, according to a report from the Washington Post.

The EU argues in the document that the instability of its oil and natural gas supply from Russia should give the U.S. reason to export crude oil. EU would like to see a "legally binding commitment" but that isn't going to sit well with environmental advocates in Congress.

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) railed against the EU for its request.

"Attempting to use a transatlantic trade agreement to scuttle established U.S. law prohibiting the export of America’s oil would be a titanic mistake for our consumers, national security, and energy policy," Markey said in a statement on Tuesday.

Climate rule ... If the House sends its EPA spending bill to the Senate with riders on it that derail Obama's signature climate rule curbing carbon pollution from existing power plants then it's dead on arrival, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The Nevada Democrat didn't mince words when asked if the spending bill blocking the proposed carbon standards would "fly" in the Senate.

"No," Reid said.

AROUND THE WEB:

Officials in central and eastern European countries are worrying that Ukraine’s ongoing natural gas dispute with Russia could put their own gas supplies in jeopardy this winter, Reuters reports.

Oregon’s fire marshall has delayed posting online oil train route information, and has not set a timetable for doing so, the Oregonian reports.

Firefighters have increased containment of a wildfire in Northern California Tuesday and expect to fully contain it by the end of the week, the Associated Press reports.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Check out Tuesday's stories ...

- Barrasso pushes amendment to stop EPA water rule
- Obama nominates defense adviser to No. 2 spot at DOE
- Will Senate Dems fight Manchin on coal rules?
- Murkowski to meet with Commerce Secretary on crude exports
- Interior funding bill targets ivory regulations
- League of Conservation Voters hits Koch influence in NH
- Obama seeks $615 million to fight wildfires
- Funding bill would block Obama's climate rules
- EPA promoting water rule to farmers in Missouri
- Reid: Sportsmen's bill shouldn't die for procedural reasons
- 44 industry groups want Kerry to restart Keystone
- Trade talks aim to end tariffs on $1T solar panels, wind turbines

 

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