U.S. Energy News

Oils and gas turn their backs on coal

TRANSITIONS:
Oil companies are now saying the future is in natural gas, their other main product and a fuel they’re promoting as the logical successor to coal. (Bloomberg)
The automobile industry appears to be in the throes of a transformation of the type that felled corporate behemoths like Kodak, Nokia and Sears. (Quartz)
Tesla co-founder Ian Wright wants to electrify noisy, gas-guzzling trucks that deliver packages, haul garbage and make frequent stops on city streets. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: The EPA is expected to announce new rules to cut emissions from airplanes as early as Friday. (The New York Times)

INFRASTRUCTURE: House Republicans are largely in agreement with the Obama administration on the need to improve pipelines, electric transmission lines, energy storage and more. (The Hill)

METHANE: A presenter at the World Gas Conference on Tuesday highlighted how methane leaks may undermine natural gas as a climate-friendly alternative to oil. (Bloomberg)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Appalachian Power ceased operations Monday at three coal-fired power plants in West Virginia and two in Virginia to comply with EPA emissions standards. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)
States complying with EPA’s Clean Power Plan run the risk of ceding jurisdiction over energy policy decisions to the federal government, according to a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. (EnergyWire)

ENFORCEMENT:
A federal court has sided with the EPA, saying that the federal agency has wide latitude when enforcing limits on ground-level ozone pollution. (The Hill)
The EPA’s National Fuel and Vehicle Emissions Laboratory—a big player in early Clean Air Act crackdowns on tailpipe pollution—is getting a makeover for enforcement of President Obama’s climate action plan. (Greenwire)

JOBS:
The oil bust is sweeping away another 200 jobs in Texas, this time striking the manufacturing and trucking firms that support the battered oil field services sector. (FuelFix)
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. says it’s cutting 1,400 jobs in the coming year as the helicopter manufacturer faces declining demand for shuttling workers to offshore oil platforms. (Associated Press)

ETHANOL: U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pushed back Tuesday against complaints that the Obama administration has weakened its commitment to ethanol as an alternative fuel. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

SUBSIDIES: Elon Musk has built a multibillion-dollar fortune running companies that make electric cars, sell solar panels and launch rockets into space, with at least $4.9 billion in government support. (Los Angeles Times)

PIPELINES: President Obama’s nomination of Marie Therese Dominguez to lead the federal agency that oversees pipelines was greeted with surprise and uncertainty by pipeline safety experts. (InsideClimate News)

CARBON TAX: Ben & Jerry’s announced that it will institute an internal carbon tax of $10 for every metric ton of its greenhouse gas emissions, from farm to landfill. (Sustainable Brands)

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