Power Breakfast for April 11, 2014

A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:

  • The Washington Post says recent buzz around clean coal isn’t justified given that the technology “is still mostly experimental, and it remains exorbitantly expensive,” and argues for more discussion about new energy projects such as “supercapacitors, fusion reactors and batteries made out of air” that aren’t as far along in development but have broad implications.
  • Wind power is booming business in the U.S., and especially in Texas, for three reasons: subsidies, transmission lines and the relationship between state and federal policies, according to an article in The Conversation.
  • The Department of Energy says the Obama administration’s “all of the above” energy strategy is working, but is asking Congress for more funding for energy and science programs, The Hill reports. House Republicans expressed skepticism of the administration’s claimed commitment to fossil fuel development following regulations imposing new limits on power plant emissions.
  • In a move driven by budget and staffing constraints, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to focus on the largest, most serious pollution problems, Reuters reports. From the article:

    “Critics warn that smaller but still significant pollution cases are unlikely to get enforced under the agency’s new approach, which will rely increasingly on technology and less on manpower as the EPA sends fewer inspectors into the field.”

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