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The proposal faces an uphill battle in the Republican-led Congress, which has repeatedly pushed back against the president’s climate change initiatives.
The White House hopes the proposal will drive a debate about the need to get energy producers to help fund efforts to fight climate change.
Activists on Wednesday delivered 2 million petitions to the White House opposing the proposed sale of drilling rights from Virginia to South Carolina.
New rules proposed move Friday will seek to reduce waste and harmful methane emissions as President Barack Obama addresses climate change.
The plan has been challenged by more than two dozen mostly Republican-led states and allied business and industry groups tied to fossil fuels.
Cheney said the U.S. should get more involved with energy diplomacy to weaken its enemies
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Friday that companies can continue to mine coal reserves already under lease.
Obama said that he’s going to push to change the way the federal government manages its oil and coal resources to better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and the planet.
Obama will sign the measure, which includes many of the spending increases he fought for all year and is largely cleansed of GOP attempts to block his moves on the environment, financial regulation, and consumer protection.
Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., welcomed the tax side of the massive deal but is lowering expectations about GOP victories in the $1.1 trillion spending bill.