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Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration asserted Wednesday that a Supreme Court order delaying enforcement of its new clean-power rules will ultimately have little impact on meeting the nation’s obligations under the recent Paris climate agreement. But environmentalists and academic experts are more nervous. They are concerned that any significant pause in implementing mandated reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired ...

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Cramer statement on Supreme Court’s stay of Clean Power Plan

Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Image: Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer made the following comments today after the U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 5 to 4, voted to block enforcement of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan while litigation is underway to determine if the proposed regulations violate the U.S. Constitution. “Thankfully, the Supreme Court voted to stay the EPA’s implementation of the Clean ...

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Supreme Court puts Obama’s Clean Power Plan on hold

FPL Power Plant Smokestack Explosion. (Image: Kim Seng via Flickr)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents that call the regulations “an unprecedented power grab.” By ...

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Obama to release $4 trillion-plus budget for 2017

Copies of the President Barack Obama's fiscal 2017 federal budget are unpacked after being delivered to the House Budget Committee Room on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. President Barack Obama unveils his eighth and final budget, a $4 trillion-plus proposal that’s freighted with liberal policy initiatives and new and familiar tax hikes, sent to a dismissive Republican-controlled Congress. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is unveiling his eighth and final budget, a $4 trillion-plus proposal that’s freighted with liberal policy initiatives and new and familiar tax hikes — all sent to a dismissive Republican-controlled Congress that simply wants to move on from his presidency. The budget will be released Tuesday morning, the same day as the New Hampshire ...

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Federal coal sales moratorium shakes industry stronghold

FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 file photo shows the Belle Ayr Mine near Gillette, a northeastern Wyoming coal town where the owner has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and worries about the local economy run high. Coal’s been hit hard by bankruptcies, new pollution rules and the decline of a once-promising export market, and now, the federal government’s blocking of new coal sales has left people in places like Gillette, in a rare mood: Pessimistic. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver, File)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Like a trusty pickup truck, Gillette has bounced through tough times before and pulled through, thanks to coal. Lately the bumps for an industry that’s brought wealth and jobs to this town are getting bigger — bankruptcies of major producers, pollution rules that have made burning coal more expensive and the decline of a once-promising export market. ...

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States seek court delay in enforcement of Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON — A coalition of 25 states opposing President Obama’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is asking the Supreme Court to stop the new regulations from taking effect until after their legal challenge is resolved. West Virginia and Texas are leading the group of largely Republican states that on Tuesday asked the high court to immediately bar the Environmental ...

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US seeks to limit methane gas flaring at drilling sites

US seeks to limit methane gas flaring at drilling sites

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday proposed new rules to clamp down on oil companies flaring natural gas on public land, arguing the effort will reduce waste and harmful methane emissions as part of President Barack Obama’s bid to curb climate change. Energy companies frequently “flare” or burn off vast supplies of natural gas at drilling sites because it does ...

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Western Energy Alliance Responds to Pres. Obama’s Address

DENVER – In his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his go-it-alone posture on key issues, including energy production and the environment. The president will continue side-stepping Congress by using executive actions to implement his climate change goals, which include rules targeting oil and natural gas producers across the West. Tim Wigley, president of Western Energy ...

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