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For Californians, higher costs dampen support for clean energy

BERKELEY, Calif., July 23 (Reuters) - An overwhelming majority of California residents support the state's mandate for reducing heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions, so long as they do not bear the higher costs of cleaner energy themselves, a new public opinion poll shows.

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EPA chief in hot seat as lawmakers dissect carbon rule

WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will field questions from lawmakers on Wednesday about the agency's plan to slash carbon pollution from power plants, even as industry groups seek to derail the proposal.

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Calif. carbon slips to $11.84/tonne as market shrugs off challenge

SAN FRANCISCO, July 18 (Reuters) - California’s benchmark carbon contract was valued at $11.84 a tonne on Friday, market sources said, down three cents from the previous day’s close as traders said they expect an effort to delay a planned expansion of the program to fail.

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Texas carbon capture venture aims to boost oil production

SAN FRANCISCO, July 15 (Reuters) - NRG Energy and Japan's JX Nippon on Tuesday announced plans to capture carbon emissions from a Texas coal plant and use the pollution to boost oil production at an aging field, the latest attempt to bring to life a troubled technology seen as a key to combating climate change.

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Texas carbon capture venture aims to boost oil production

SAN FRANCISCO, July 15 (Reuters) - NRG Energy and Japan’s JX Nippon on Tuesday announced plans to capture carbon emissions from a Texas coal plant and use the pollution to boost oil production at an aging field, the latest attempt to bring to life a troubled technology seen as a key to combating climate change.

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U.S. lawmakers threaten to subpoena EPA over plant regs

WASHINGTON, July 9 (Reuters) - Republican leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday threatened to subpoena the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to obtain documents related to rules on carbon pollution from power plants.

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U.S., China ink coal, clean energy deals in climate cooperation

WASHINGTON, July 9 (Reuters) - The United States and China on Tuesday signed eight partnership pacts to cut greenhouse gases, bringing the world's two biggest carbon emitters closer together on climate policy.

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California Democrat introduces bill to delay cap-and-trade expansion

SAN FRANCISCO, July 3 (Reuters) - A California Democrat on Thursday introduced a bill he believes will keep gasoline prices down by delaying the expansion of the state's carbon cap-and-trade program, a move that has angered environmentalists.

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U.S. Supreme Court refuses challenge to California climate rule

June 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge to California's landmark low-carbon fuel standard, in a blow to out-of-state ethanol and gasoline producers that say the rule unfairly discriminates against their products.

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Opponents of renewable energy law ask for U.S. Supreme Court hearing

NEW YORK, June 25 (Reuters) - Fuel producers are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to California's landmark low carbon fuel standard, the first of a series of cases seeking to roll back state renewable energy laws around the country.

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California plan to use CO2 funds for high-speed rail faces lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO, June 24 (Reuters) - A California environmental group has filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s plan to spend a portion of the money raised through its cap and trade program on an ambitious high-speed rail project, saying its construction will increase carbon emissions and exacerbate climate change.

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U.S. to face multibillion-dollar bill from climate change -report

NEW YORK, June 24 (Reuters) - Annual property losses from hurricanes and other coastal storms of $35 billion; a decline in crop yields of 14 percent, costing corn and wheat farmers tens of billions of dollars; heat wave-driven demand for electricity costing utility customers up to $12 billion per year.

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UPDATE 2: U.S. Supreme Court cuts back climate change regulation

WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday trimmed the Obama administration’s power to curb greenhouse gases under a long-running air pollution program in a decision that means most major facilities, including power plants and refineries, will continue to be regulated.

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Mexico mulls tradeable certificates to cut power sector emissions

June 18 (Reuters) - Mexico's Congress is evaluating a set of bills linked to its energy reform that could create tradeable certificates on renewables and carbon emissions in order to boost investment in clean energy and limit greenhouse gas emissions.

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