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2013

December 18, 2013

Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT) Released a Staff Discussion Draft of a Revenue-Neutral International Tax Reform Plan

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December 16, 2013

Sixteen States Send Letter to EPA Urging the Agency to Not Disrupt Their State Programs on Controlling GHGs

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December 10, 2013

GHG Supreme Court: SCOTUS Briefs/Amicus Briefs

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December 6, 2013

Bipartisan Policy Center-NARUC Event: GHG Regulation of Existing Power Plants under the Clean Air Act: Policy Design and Impacts

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November 26, 2013

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Filed "Technical Support Document" on the Social Cost of Carbon Under Executive Order 12866

"The technical document details changes to the models made since May, which resulted in a lower central estimate, $37 per metric ton of carbon dioxide in 2015, down from $38."

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November 15, 2013

Chairman Upton Sends Letter to EPA Administrator McCarthy on Regulation of GHGs for New Power Plants

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October 29, 2013

Congressman Whitfield and Senator Manchin Introduce Legislation (Discussion Draft) on EPA GHG Power Plant Rules

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October 23, 2013

EPA Releases Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data from Large Facilities for 2012

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October 22, 2013

Todd D. Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change Speech: The Shape of a New International Climate Agreement

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October 21, 2013

EPA Office of Air and Radiation - Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plan

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October 21-22, 2013

USCPA Workshop (view agenda)

Guest speakers include:

- Luke Holland, Legislative Assistant, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

- Emily Enderle, Environmental Policy Advisor, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Alexandra Teitz, Senior Counsel, Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA), House Commmittee on Energy and Commerce

- Alex McDonough, Senior Policy Advisor, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Majority Leader

- Peter Glaser, Partner, Troutman Sanders (view presentation)

- Derek Murrow, Director, Federal Energy Policy, and Benjamin Longstreth, Senior Attorney, Climate and Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

- Downey Palmer, Legislative Assistant/Counsel, Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO)

- Sarah Dunham, Director, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

- Christo Artusio, Deputy Director, Office of Global Change, U.S. Department of State

- Jonathan Pershing, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate, U.S. Department of Energy

- Daniel Simmons, Director of Regulatory and State Affairs, Institute for Energy Research (IER) (view presentation)

October 2013

EIA Report: U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions declined 3.8 percent in 2012

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September 30, 2013

EPA Will Hold 11 Public Listening Sessions to Solicit Ideas and Input from Stakeholders about the Best Clean Air Act Approaches to Reducing Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants

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September 26, 2013

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): Fifth Assessment Report

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September 26, 2013

U.S. Department of State: 2014 Climate Change Report

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September 17, 2013

Senators Demand Answers from EPA on Social Cost of Carbon Estimates

Response by OIRA (White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

Letter to EPA and DOE from Group of Republican Senators

September 11, 2013

18 Attorney Generals Send Letter and White Paper to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on GHG Regulation

The letter reinforces their very strong view that Section 111 (d) of the CAA gives States the responsibility for developing and implementing performance standards for existing power plants.

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August 1, 2013

"Social Cost of Carbon" (SCC) Amendments to H.R. 367 the "Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act"

- view Representative Tim Murphy’s (R-PA) amendment (prevents EPA from factoring the SCC into rules unless a federal law is enacted)

- view Representatives Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and John Culberson (R-TX) amendment (prevents use of the SCC in energy-related EPA rules covered by the bill unless the EPA promulgates a separate regulation enabling use of the metric)

July 31, 2013

S. 1392, the "Energy Savings & Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013"

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July 31, 2013

USCPA Conference Call on President Obama's Climate Action Plan and an Update on Federal Policy (view agenda)

Guest speakers include:

- Scott Segal, Director, Electric Reliability Coordinating Council and Partner at Bracewell & Giuliani

- Paul Cicio, Executive Director, USCPA

July 10, 2013

EPW Republicans Send Letter to Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) on Upcoming Climate Change Hearing and Raise Concerns

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June 26, 2013

EPA Action Under Clean Air Act Often Decided in Court

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June 25, 2013

President Obama's Climate Action Plan

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June 24-25, 2013

USCPA Workshop (view agenda)

Guest speakers include:

- Luke Holland, Legislative Assistant, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

- Neil Chatterjee, Policy Advisor, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Leader

- Paul Cicio, Executive Director, USCPA (view presentation)

- Roger Martella, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP (view presentation)

- Derek Murrow, Director of Federal Energy Policy, Natural Resources Defense Council (view presentation)

- Fran Hunt, Senior Federal Policy Advocate, Beyond Natural Gas Campaign, Sierra Club (view presentation)

May 23, 2013

Heritage Foundation Article - "Congressional Budget Office Looks at a Carbon Tax"

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May 22, 2013

USCPA Conference Call Briefing with Anne Kelly, Director of the Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP)

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May 2013

CBO Study: Effects of a Carbon Tax on the Economy and the Environment

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May 2013

UNFCCC Meetings, Doha, April 29-May 3, 2013 Report by Brian P. Flannery

(supported by Resources for the Future and The Joint Global Change Research Institute of the University of Maryland and Battelle National Laboratories)

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April 22, 2013

Vitter & 32 Senators Urge Administration to Withdraw GHG Regulation Through NEPA to the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality

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April 15-16, 2013

USCPA Workshop (view agenda)

Guest speakers include:

- Kevin Rennert, Professional Staff Member, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR)

- Tom Hassenboehler, Majority Counsel, House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY)

- Jacob Smith, Policy Advisor for Energy and Environment, Senate Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy, Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

- Gunter Hormandinger, 1st Counselor-Environment, European Union (view presentation)

- Dimitri Karakitsos, Professional Staff Member, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Ranking Member David Vitter (R-LA)

- Laura Haynes, Senior Policy Advisor for Energy and Environment, Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, Chairman Thomas Carper (D-DE)

- Paul Cicio, Executive Director, USCPA (view presentation)

- Maryam Brown, Assistant to the Speaker for Policy, The Office of the Speaker, John Boehner (R-OH)

- Former Congressman Bob Inglis (R-SC), now Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (E&EI)

April 11, 2013

The Heritage Foundation Issue Brief: Boxer–Sanders Carbon Tax: Economic Impact

Heritage analysis of the bill shows that it would increase the cost of energy, reduce incomes, lead to fewer jobs, and have minimal impact (if any) on global warming.

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April 11, 2013

Representative Nick Rahall (D-WV 3) Introduced H.R. 1486, "To prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from devising or implementing a carbon tax"

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March 22, 2013

Senators Fail to Pass Amendment 261 Prohibing a Carbon Tax by a Vote of 53 to 46

March 22, 2013

Senators Fail to Pass Amendment 359 Prohibing Funding for EPA GHG Regulation by a Vote of 47 to 52

March 12, 2013

Representative Waxman and Senator Whitehouse Release Carbon Price Discussion Draft

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March 2013

Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies Report "The Clean Air Act as an Obstacle to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Anticipated Attempt to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Existing Power Plant"

This report illustrates potential legal challenges in using the CAA to regulate GHGs.

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February 26, 2013

NAM Report "Economic Outcomes of a U.S. Carbon Tax"

A carbon tax is being suggested by some in Congress as a way to address climate change. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently released a study that shows a carbon tax could have a devastating impact on manufacturing. The report found that levying such a tax would result in higher prices for natural gas, electricity, gasoline and other energy commodities. Manufacturing output in energy-intensive sectors could drop by as much as 15 percent and 7.7 percent in non-energy intensive sectors.

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February 14, 2013

Summary of Senator Sanders/Boxer Carbon Tax Legislation (S. 332)

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February 12, 2013

Representative Ted Poe (R-TX 2) Introduced H.R. 621, the "Ensuring Affordability Energy Act"

The bill would bar EPA from working on a system to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources and would cut EPA funding for use on any cap-and-trade or related emissions trading program.

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February 7, 2013

Energy Department, Treasury Announce Availability of $150 Million in Tax Credits for Clean Energy Manufacturers

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February 7, 2013

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), working with the Alliance to Save Energy Releases Report on “Doubling U.S. Energy Efficiency by 2030"

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February 4, 2013

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) Rolls Out Energy Blueprint

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January 10, 2013

UNFCCC Meetings, Doha, 26 November-7 December 2012 Report by Brian P. Flannery (supported by Resources for the Future and The Joint Global Change Research Institute of the University of Maryland and Battelle National Laboratories)

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