On May 11, 2015, Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced S. 1282 -- a bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the Secretary of Energy to consider the objective of improving the conversion, use, and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced from fossil fuels in carrying out research and development (R&D) programs under that Act. The bill represents a broad recognition of the importance of algae and other biobased carbon utilization platforms that can convert CO2 into fuels, chemicals, and other valuable biobased products. If passed, S. 1282 will add 'improving the conversion, use, and storage of carbon dioxide produced from fossil fuels' to the list of Department of Energy (DOE) fossil energy R&D objectives under Section 961(a) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. § 16291(a)).
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Overview of legislation on sewage sludge management in developed countries worldwide
The need to apply innovative technologies for maximizing the efficiency and minimizing the carbon footprint of sewage treatment plants has upgraded sewage sludge management to a highly sophisticated research and development sector. Sewage sludge cannot be regarded solely as ‘waste’; it is a renewable resource for energy and material recovery. From this perspective, legislation on sewage sludge management tends to incorporate issues related to environmental protection, public health, climate change impacts and...
Legislation Introduced In Senate To Phase Out RFS
On March 18, 2015, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced S. 791, "The American Energy Renaissance Act of 2015." Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) introduced companion legislation, H.R. 1487. The legislation would phase out the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), approve the Keystone XL pipeline, open Alaska`s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas exploration, and stop EPA from regulating GHG emissions. Under the bill, the RFS would start to be phased out in 2016 with a 20 percent reduction in the volumetric...
RFS hearing and legislation
On February 25, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives` Committee on Energy and Commerce`s Subcommittees on Energy and Power and Environment and the Economy held a joint hearing on "The Fiscal Year 2016 EPA Budget." During the hearing, both supporters and opponents of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) criticized U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy on the Agency`s implementation of the program. RFS supporters pointed out that EPA`s delay in issuing the 2014 RFS rule in...
Legislation note: The Environmental implications of the Lisbon Treaty
Keywords: Lisbon Treaty, environmental regulation, environmental policy, energy policy, public participation in decision-making, access to justice, subsidiarity The Lisbon Treaty is supposed to mark the end of the confusion brought about by failure to ratify the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe,1 which came to a sorry end following negative referenda in France and the Netherlands. The Lisbon Treaty, billed deliberately disarmingly as a Treaty `amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty...
Legislation: The State Of UK Environmental Legislation: Opportunities for Reform?
Keywords: environmental legislation, reducing legislative complexity, legislative reform In 2010-2012, the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) embarked on an ambitious project to assess the state of environmental legislation in the United Kingdom in light of its increasing complexity1 It is not just UKELA that is concerned that the complexity of environmental legislation is getting to the point of undermining its ability to deal with environmental problems. A Supreme Court judge and pre-eminent environmental...