President Barack Obama said new fuel efficiency rules will be proposed for large trucks by March of next year. The goal will be to improve fuel economy by between 10 to 20 percent by 2018.
When the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act was passed in 2007, ethanol was viewed as a way to cut gasoline consumption and reduce dependence on foreign oil. Seven years later, times have changed.
A Duke Energy coal-ash facility accidentally poured 100,000 cubic feet of muck this week into the Dan River on the North Carolina-Virginia border, turning it gray. The EPA is likely to tighten disposal rules on coal ash, but it won't designate it 'hazardous.'
Coal may be poised for a comeback in 2014 as natural gas prices rise and extreme cold push up electricity demand. But new EPA regulations and investor trepidation point to a structural decline for coal, Cunningham writes, not a cyclical one.