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Will your city or county be flooded by 2020? By 2050? Now there’s a map for that. As many as 3.7 million U.S. residents in 2,150 coastal areas could be battered by damaging floods caused by global warming-induced storm surges, according to a new report published Wednesday in the journal Environment Research Letters. [PBS News]
President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday discussed the possibility of releasing emergency oil reserves, according to a news report. [The Hill]
Coal’s share of power generation is at its lowest since 1979. Another 14% of coal-fired capacity might be switched off in favor of natural-gas turbines this year, according to Barclays Capital. [WSJ]
President Barack Obama will visit Largo on Thursday to give an address on American energy. [Baltimore Sun]
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) said that Republicans who support the production tax credit for wind are not supporting efforts to extend it before year’s end because they want to use it as a bargaining chip to compel extension of the Bush-era tax cuts. [National Journal]
Nearly a year after Gov. Chris Christie announced he was pulling New Jersey out of a 10-state anti-pollution pact, Democratic lawmakers are still pushing to rejoin it. Months later, he vetoed a Democratic bill that would have forced him to stay in RGGI. Democrats argue that since they had to vote to allow the state to join the pact in 2007, they should have a say in whether the state withdraws. [Newsday]
Preliminary Revenue Department estimates show Alaska would’ve received $1.3 billion more from oil and gas companies over the last five years if a bill that would change how companies pay corporate income taxes had been in effect. [SF Gate]