In This Issue:

Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Government Accountability Office; International; States; and Miscellaneous.

Excerpt from Energy and Climate Debate -

The date was March 4, President Obama had yet to give his climate strategy speech, Shaheen-Portman had yet to be introduced, and Gina McCarthy was nominated to serve as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. 104 days later, on July 18, she was confirmed by the Senate 59-40. It was the longest confirmation process for a nominee to serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. She was sworn in the following day. Administrator McCarthy now faces a full agenda at the agency including coal ash regulation decisions, a re-proposal of new power plant performance standards for carbon dioxide, a review of ozone national ambient air quality standards, and finalization of Tier 3 standards and of the definition of solid waste.

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