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Gregory Boyce, chief executive officer of Peabody Energy Corp. (F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg News file photo)

CERAWeek: Clean power plant rule offers significant pain with ‘negligible environmental benefit,’ coal producer says

Coal-fired power plants wouldn’t be the only beneficiary of carbon capture and storage technology, Peabody Energy CEO Greg Boyce said, stressing that in a carbon-constrained world, natural gas plants will need the tech too.
A panel of Texas electricity officials discusses the state's shift away from coal-fired power plants on the fourth day of IHS Energy's weeklong CERAWeek conference.

CERAWeek: Texas moving away from coal without federal mandates

More Texas homes will be powered by cleaner-burning natural gas with or without stringent new federal regulations to cut carbon pollution from power plants, a panel of Texas regulators and electricity company chiefs said Thursday.
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

CERAWeek: EPA should expect litigation deluge over carbon emissions rules

In the next few months, the EPA is expected to release a final set of rules for forcing the electricity sector to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
A member of Exxon Mobil's cleanup crew is reflected in water and oil in a drainage ditch along State Highway 365 in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Log Cabin Democrat, Courtney Spradlin)

Exxon Mobil firms to pay nearly $5M for Arkansas oil spill

Assistant Attorney General John Cruden said the company did not admit liability as part of the agreement.
(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Obama’s climate change plan faces high-profile legal test

A federal appeals court hears arguments Thursday in two cases challenging the EPA’s far-reaching proposal to cut Earth-warming pollution from the nation’s coal-fired power plants.
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

EPA to set overdue biofuel quotas in deal with oil industry groups

The EPA will finalize biofuel quotas for 2014, 2015 and 2016 later this year, in an agreement settling an oil industry lawsuit.
(Diego Giudice/Bloomberg News)

Methane leaks from city pipes have dropped sharply, study finds

The research suggests that advancements in equipment and better maintenance are helping drive down emissions of the potent heat-trapping gas.
Corn is unloaded from trucks into the grain elevator at the Mid Missouri Energy ethanol plant in Malta Bend, Missouri. (Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg)

Advanced biofuel group breaks with traditional allies on federal mandates

The makers of advanced biofuels created with algae, animal fat and non-edible plant materials on Wednesday broke with traditional corn-based ethanol producers to call for sweeping changes to the nation’s biofuels mandates.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks with reporters following a weekly Republican policy luncheon, at the Capitol. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Top Senate Republican tells states: ignore EPA carbon rules

In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says states should reject Obama’s proposed requirements for power plants to reduce carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas.
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, right, speaks during a news conference at the Iowa Choice Harvest in August 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Vilsack Q&A: Biofuels have a ‘bright’ future

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sees big opportunities for biofuels in foreign markets and fueling airlines — especially if the sector beats back stiff oil industry opposition.