President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated Interior Department official Mike Connor to become deputy secretary.
Connor has since 2009 been commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, which oversees federal wholesale water sales and federal hydropower in western states. He would succeed David J. Hayes, who stepped down from the post this year after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was confirmed.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Already ravaged by toxic algae, invasive mussels and industrial pollution, the Great Lakes now confront another potential threat that few had even imagined until recently: untold millions of plastic litter bits, some visible only through a microscope.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — This summer's "dead zone" at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, where there's so little oxygen that starfish suffocate, is bigger than average but doesn't approach record size as scientists had predicted, according to findings released Monday.
House Natural Resources Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Subcommittee hearing on Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act; North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act of 2013; H.R. 2798 on commercial filming on federal lands.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A $50 million federal plan released Wednesday for keeping hungry Asian carp from reaching the valuable fish populations of the Great Lakes calls for reinforcing electrical and other barriers currently in place and for field-testing other methods, including the use of water guns and hormonal fish love potions.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The oil and gas industry has cost Louisiana hundreds of thousands acres of coastal land that serve as a natural buffer against flooding from hurricanes, officials in charge of New Orleans-area flood protection say in a lawsuit seeking to hold dozens of companies responsible.
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East is set to file a lawsuit against energy companies including ExxonMobil and BP to repair damages done to coastal wetlands, The New York Times reports.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal plan for keeping hungry Asian carp from reaching the valuable fish populations of the Great Lakes calls for reinforcing electrical and other barriers currently in place and for field-testing other methods, including the use of water guns and hormonal fish love potions.
Rather than make one recommendation for a course of action to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard, the Bipartisan Policy Center has outlined in detail 40 different options it says can form the basis of discussion on changes that can improve the policy on biofuels, The Hill reports.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the legal basis for the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards limiting hazardous emissions in the air, including mercury, but depending on how the justices word their ruling, their decision could torpedo the grounds industry is using to fight EPA’s rule on carbon emissions, E&E reports.
Following a complaint filed from SolarWorld three years ago that triggered a long-running trade dispute, the Commerce Department has settled on tariffs for solar products from China: Up to 78 percent on solar panels made on the mainland, and up to 27 percent on solar cells made in Taiwan, The New York Times reports.
The AAA says lower gasoline prices are fueling its prediction that a record 98.6 million people will be driving over the Christmas and New Year holiday, an increase of 4 million from the period in 2013, FuelFix reports.
Signals from OPEC and Russia that they will hold production levels even in the face of sinking oil prices helped pile the pressure on early Wednesday. U.S. benchmark crude fell 85 cents to $55.08 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent dropped 55 cents to $59.46, Reuters reports.
CEO Jeff Immelt’s moves to focus General Electric more on its industrial base faces the new hurdle of plummeting oil prices, as he acknowledged to investors Tuesday that the situation will have an impact on the company’s profits in 2015, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Real-time indicators monitored via the internet show tumbling oil prices are dragging the world toward deflation, a trend not yet picked up by official government statistics that lag slightly, The Wall Street Journal reports.
More than two-thirds of 69 popular Christmas decorations and accessories contained traces of hazardous chemicals including bromine, chlorine, antimony, lead and arsenic, according to a study by HealthyStuff.org, The Hill reports.
At a meeting organized by the advocacy group Ohio Green Energy Economy, speakers slammed state lawmakers for freezing renewable energy targets, with some saying arguments for the move in the legislature were based on out-of-date figures about the costs, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
California Democratic State Sen. Kevin de Leon, the body’s President Pro Tem, says he plans to introduce a bill that would force the state’s public pension funds to divest money they have in coal stocks, E&E reports.