From: Morning Consult
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Morning Consult Energy Sunday Edition: Train Accidents Bring New Scrutiny, But Fixes Likely Slow
Date: Sun May 11 18:00:42 MDT 2014



Train Accidents Bring New Scrutiny, But Fixes Likely Slow


By Meghan McCarthy


The train derailment in Lynchburg, Virginia that spilled 30,000 gallons of oil into the James River earlier this month is the latest in a string of accidents that have increased scrutiny on the practice of shipping oil by rail.


The Department of Transportation sent the White House a package of rules regulating the transport of oil within hours of the accident, where they are still awaiting approval. That puts another tough political calculation in the White House’s court when it comes to balancing the need to transport oil and environmental safety. And with the railroads just coming out of a historically tough winter and facing some unprecedented problems, it won’t be an easy and fast fix. The oil produced from fracking needs to go somewhere, and it likely won’t wait for an entire fleet of rail cars to get updated. READ THE FULL STORY.



Morning Consult Top Reads: May 4- May 9

The Top Ten Links You Clicked This Week

1) Coal Retirements Pose Potential Power Problems 
from Morning Consult by Emily Holden 


2) Pipeline Deal on Verge of Collapsing

from The Hill by Laura Barron-Lopez and Alexander Bolton

3) A Battle Is Looming Over Renewable Energy, and Fossil Fuel Interests Are Losing
from Washington Post by Steven Mufson and Tom Hamburger 

4) Obama Continues to Push Unilateral Action to Fight Climate Change

from National Journal by Jason Plautz


5) Wooing of Senators to Force Keystone Seen Falling Short







Mark Your Calendars (All Times Eastern): May 12 - May 16

Monday: ACEEE energy efficiency finance forum @ 8 am

Association of Climate Change Officers Climate Strategies Forum @ 8:30 am

Tuesday: ACEEE energy efficiency finance forum @ 8:30 am

Tuesday: Association of Climate Change Officers Climate Strategies Forum @ 8:30 am
Tuesday: Resources for Future forum with Exelon CEO on changes impacting utilities @ 12:45 pm

Tuesday: United States Energy Association discussion on natural gas exports @ 10 am
Tuesday: Senate Energy hearing on nominations @ 10 am
Tuesday: Politico Pro discussion on energy issues in the midterm elections with Hoeven, Manchin @ Noon
Tuesday: Resources for the Future forum on utility changes @ 12:45 pm 
Tuesday: Senate Environment hearing on polluted transportation infrastructure stormwater runoff @ 3 pm

Wednesday: Association of Climate Change Officers Climate Strategies Forum @ 8:30 am

Wednesday: Senate Environment hearing on decommissioning nuclear reactors @ 10 am

Wednesday: House Natural Resources hearing on critical habitat designations @ 11 am
Wednesday: Woodrow Wilson Center discussion on demography and climate change @ 3 pm
Wednesday: Institute of World Politics lecture on securing critical infrastructure @ 6 pm
Thursday: Atlantic Council forum on carbon capture and storage @ 8:30 am

Thursday: ICF International forum with Energy Information Administration outlook discussion @ 8 am

Thursday: Stafford Centre annual hurricane symposium in Houston @ 10 am
Thursday: Library of Congress lecture on biological consequences of nuclear disasters @ 11:30 am 
Thursday: Woodrow Wilson Center discussion on national security and risks of climate change @ 1 pm