Senate Energy and Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee hearing on S. 1971, the "Nexus of Energy and Water for Sustainability Act of 2014." Energy Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Policy and Technology Jonathan Pershing, Interior Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tom Iseman to testify.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Some of the largest brewers in the U.S. are trying to reduce their water-to-beer ratio as drought and wildfire threaten the watersheds where they draw billions of gallons every year.
No independent group tracks beer-makers' water usage, but MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch both say they have made reductions. MillerCoors released a sustainability report Wednesday that shows it has cut its water use by 9.2 percent from 2012.
"Water is just critical to us," Kim Marotta, the Chicago-based company's sustainability chief, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "Looking ahead, we needed to find a way to brew more beer but use less water."
GENEVA (AP) — An agreement announced Wednesday between a London-based oil company and a wildlife protection group could prevent oil drilling in a national park in Africa where 200 endangered mountain gorillas live.
A joint statement by SOCO International PLC and Switzerland-based WWF said there will be no exploratory drilling in Congo's Virunga National Park, which is Africa's oldest, unless the government and the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO agree it would not threaten the park's world heritage status.
As part of the understanding, SOCO agreed to suspend exploration once it finishes seismic testing on Lake Edward and WWF pledged to drop a complaint that the oil company violates good-practice business guidelines set out by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The Pacific Institute and the National Resources Defense Council said in a study that smarter conservation and water management policies could help drought-stricken California reach an overall water surplus of more than 6 million acre-feet, Bloomberg reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Capping a rare instance of congressional compromise, President Barack Obama signed a $12.3 billion water projects bill Tuesday, financing improvements ranging from a harbor expansion in Boston to flood control in Iowa and North Dakota.
Obama praised the work of Democrats and Republicans and said he hoped it set a pattern for agreement for more spending on capital works projects across the country.
"Right now we should be putting a lot more Americans back to work rebuilding our infrastructure," he said. "There are a lot of guys with hardhats sitting at home."
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell delivers 1:15 pm address to Capitol Hill Ocean Week conference. BOEM Acting Director Walter Cruickshank, BSEE Director Brian M. Salerno, Center for Offshore Safety Executive Director Charlie Williams speak on afternoon panel. Conference continues Thursday.
White House adviser John Podesta delivers morning keynote to Capitol Hill Ocean Week conference Day 1. State Department Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli to speak on afternoon panel. Conference continues through Thursday.
FREEPORT, Texas (AP) — Before Houston and its suburbs were built, a dense forest naturally purified the coastal air along a stretch of the Texas Gulf Coast that grew thick with pecan, ash, live oak and hackberry trees.
It was the kind of pristine woodland that was mostly wiped out by settlers in their rush to clear land and build communities. Now one of the nation's largest chemical companies and one of its oldest conservation groups have forged an unlikely partnership that seeks to recreate some of that forest to curb pollution.
The plan drafted by Dow Chemical and the Nature Conservancy is only in its infancy and faces many hurdles. But it envisions a day when expensive machines used to capture industrial pollutants might be at least partially replaced by restoring some of the groves of native trees that once filled the land.
Environmental groups -– including Friends of the Earth and 350.org -- have expressed concerns about the revelation that Hillary Clinton used a private email account for business correspondence while she was Secretary of State, worrying about a lack of transparency with regard to the Keystone XL pipeline project in particular, National Journal reports.
With the attempt to override President Obama’s veto of Keystone pipeline approval legislation likely to fail, supporters of the project are looking ahead to attaching Keystone measures to other bills, according to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, National Journal reports.
Two House bills aiming at the way the Environmental Protection Agency uses science have drawn veto threats from the White House: One would require EPA to publicly release details of the science behind regulations, and the other would reform the agency’s Science Advisory Board, The Hill reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency was wrong in failing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request from the conservative Landmark Legal Foundation back in 2012, Judge Royce Lamberth ruled Monday, The Hill reports.
As the strike by refinery workers enters its second month, some workers have begun crossing picket lines and some companies are trying to use bonuses to pressure others into returning to work, but negotiations were slated to resume between the United Steelworkers and Shell Oil Co. on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt’s moves to refocus the company on its industrial side have run into the problem of lower oil prices, given that oil and gas were responsible for a fourth of the company’s $100 million in industrial revenue last year, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The retirement announcement from Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. a key figure on the Appropriations Committee, means that the Chesapeake Bay is losing an important champion and the Obama administration is losing a significant defender of its environmental agenda, E&E reports.
The Oklahoma Geological Survey, which has been reluctant to draw direct connections between oil drilling in the state and the dramatic rise in earthquakes there, has faced "intense personal interest" from the state seismologist's boss, University of Oklahoma President David Boren, and the oil industry, according to E&E.
Legislation introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature last week that would encourage natural gas distribution companies to cut their own consumption drew criticism from the industry, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
A measure that passed the Republican-controlled senate in Colorado, which would have cut 2020 renewable energy targets for the state’s utilities and cooperatives, has been killed off by Democrats on a House panel, the Denver Business Journal reports.