On June 20, Mintz Levin and ML Strategies were thrilled to host Gina McCarthy, former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator under President Obama. McCarthy was the featured speaker at the Alliance for Business Leadership “Progressive Power Hour” held in our Boston office. During the course of the hour, McCarthy shared her optimism for the environmental progress state and local governments can make and emphasized the role businesses can play in serving the public good. To learn more about the event, read on!

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Upcoming Event: Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Speaks at Mintz Levin

Mintz Levin and ML Strategies are thrilled to be hosting Gina McCarthy, former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator under President Obama, in our Boston office on June 20. McCarthy will be the featured speaker at the Alliance for Business Leadership “Progressive Power Hour” from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

With the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, questions are swirling about what this means for the environment, the economy, and our standing in the world. Alongside her four years as EPA Administrator, McCarthy has held lead environmental roles as a public official in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The Boston native has served as an environmental advisor to five Massachusetts governors. Her unique perspective will bring valuable insight into what can and should be done at the state level over the next few years.

We look forward to hosting McCarthy and our guests for what is sure to be an engaging conversation!

After an action packed few weeks for energy and environmental policy in Washington, Congress is in recess until after Labor Day. Meanwhile, the Obama Administration is currently managing reactions to the Clean Power Plan – both positive and negative. The President is also preparing for historic climate centered meetings with Pope Francis in September and with other world leaders at COP21 in December. Read about these developments and more in the latest update from ML Strategies.

This week in Washington was filled with long awaited energy and climate developments. The Obama Administration revealed the final Clean Power Plan after a lengthy rulemaking and comment process. Congress was also active as the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved its bipartisan broad energy package and the House moved on its own broad legislation. Read more on these and other pieces of energy and climate news from ML Strategies.

On Tuesday, September 9, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power discussed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule at a hearing titled “State Perspectives: Questions Concerning EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan.” The Clean Power Plan, proposed by the EPA in early June of this year, implements a series of measures aimed to cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent from 2005 levels.

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ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE

With Congress preparing to return to Washington, efforts are underway to fill the two-week session with negotiations on a continuing resolution and votes on several pre-election issue favorites.

In the meantime, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will hold his seventh annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas September 4. Hillary Clinton will serve as keynote speaker. Other speakers include White House adviser John Podesta, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, and Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden, among others.

Continue Reading ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update: Week of 9/2/2014

By David Leiter, Sarah Litke, Jean Cornell, Bryan Stockton, Jordan Collins and  Neal Martin

Despite coming to an agreement to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling last week, Congress will continue to address these issues over the next three months through the fiscal year 2014 appropriations and yet another debt limit increase. Now that the immediate crisis has passed, however, other issues, such as immigration reform and the farm bill, are beginning to receive renewed attention. The farm bill could be brought into the sequestration debate since the House version cuts $54 billion from the deficit over 10 years and the Senate bill cuts $23 billion, while also including an energy title.  The conference committee could have its first formal meeting as early as October 28.  Should the bill not pass, the 1949 farm bill would take effect automatically.  The House is also expected to spend this week focusing on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, with a vote on final passage on Thursday; the Senate approved its version, S. 601, in May. Continue Reading ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of October 21, 2013

By David Leiter, Sarah Litke, Jean Cornell, Bryan Stockton, Jordan Collins and  Neal Martin

Climate change was the Obama Administration’s message of the week.  Leading the news was the Environmental Protection Agency’s New Source Performance Standards announcement.  In his Climate Action Plan, President Obama called upon the agency to release carbon emissions standards for new power plants by September 20.  On Friday, Administrator Gina McCarthy unveiled the new rules.  The standard sets a cap of 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt hour for natural gas power plants; 1,100 pounds per megawatt hour for smaller natural gas power plants; and 1,100 pounds per megawatt hour for coal-fired power plants.  Additional flexibility is provided for coal plants if they wish to average emissions over multiple years by meeting smaller limits.  In her announcement, Administrator McCarthy said technologies exist for plants to meet this standard.  She continued that the agency is not making a statement with this rule about fuel choice; it is not an effective ban on coal.   Continue Reading ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of September 23, 2013

By David Leiter, Sarah Litke, Jean Cornell, Bryan Stockton, Jordan Collins and  Neal Martin

Administration officials used the week before the Labor Day holiday to undertake domestic public outreach events. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy hit the road to discuss the administration’s energy and environment priorities, often with other federal officials.  Secretary Moniz addressed the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy and stressed the importance of energy infrastructure. On Tuesday, Administrator McCarthy held a community open house and met with tribal leaders in Alaska.  On Friday, Secretary Jewell visited Izembek National Wildlife Refuge with Senate Energy and Natural Resources Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and the site of a proposed project that connects the King Cove community to Cold Bay airport by single-lane gravel road.  She spent the weekend at the North Slope and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska with Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) and saw the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  She is expected to host a press conference in Anchorage and hold additional meetings with officials today. Continue Reading ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of September 2, 2013

By David Leiter, Sarah Litke, Jean Cornell, Bryan Stockton, Jordan Collins and  Neal Martin

Although Congress is in recess for the month, absence from Washington has not precluded them from working throughout August.  In addition to several letters being sent to administration and international officials, members have hosted events and have been making tours of energy and environment hotspots.  Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) visited Canada to promote the Keystone XL pipeline.  Congress has also been preparing for when it returns: this past week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced two hearings—one on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s review of Yucca Mountain and one on implementation of the President’s climate action strategy—for the second and third weeks of September, respectively.  Additional announcements detailing fall activities for Congress and for various agencies are expected this coming week. Continue Reading ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of August 26, 2013