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.
Senate Environment and Public Works Green Jobs and the New Economy Subcommittee hearing, "Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Hunting in an Era of Changing Climate." U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe among witnesses.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on Tuesday called for federal research to reduce the billions of gallons of water used in oil and gas drilling and in electricity generation, as droughts and population growth put new demands on water sources.
Murkowski also backed new research to cut the energy devoted to transport and treatment of water supplies, according to a policy white paper she released and prepared remarks she was to deliver to the Atlantic Council on the so-called energy-water nexus.
Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee hearing, "Finding Cooperative Solutions to Environmental Concerns with the Conowingo Dam to Improve the Health of the Chesapeake Bay." Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service representatives to testify.
BEIJING (AP) — Nearly 60 percent of the groundwater at sites monitored throughout China is of poor or extremely poor quality, with excessive amounts of pollutants, according to an annual report by the Ministry of Land and Resources.
Tests at 4,778 monitoring sites across China showed a slight increase in polluted sites over last year, from 57.4 percent to 59.6 percent, according to the report, released late Tuesday.
Beijing has been responding to public demands for transparency in environmental data. Last week, the government released a summary of a years-long survey that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated, most of it with toxic metals.
Oil was mixed Friday, with an estimate of a stockpile build in Cushing sending West Texas Intermediate crude down 49 cents to $45.83 a barrel on the Nymex, while the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah pushed Brent 47 cents higher to $48.99, Reuters reports.
Hit by the slump in oil prices, contractor Hercules Offshore is retiring five more Gulf of Mexico rigs, a second round of such action, and also is taking $117 million in fourth quarter write-offs, FuelFix reports.
A draft final report from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board into the fire at a Chevron refinery in Richmond more than two years ago –- to be presented at a public meeting next week -- blames problems with regulations, the company’s safety culture and also its emergency response crews, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Even though GOP leaders like Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. and new chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, say they would be willing to look at reform of the Clean Air Act, such an overhaul would be a long shot at best, say lobbyists and industry figures, E&E reports.
The U.S. is a few years away from President Obama’s goal of seeing 1 million electric vehicles on the road, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told The Detroit News in an interview, saying the costs are still too high.
On a visit to the X-Games in Colorado, Gina McCarthy joined Olympic snowboarders to highlight the danger climate change poses to winter sports and the mountain towns that host them, the Aspen Daily News reports.
The U.S. special representative for the Arctic, Adm. Robert Papp, says he has discussed with Disney using characters from the movie Frozen to educate the public about the dangers climate change poses to the Arctic, National Journal reports.
A compromise about burying parts of the SunZia transmission line between New Mexico and Arizona underneath part of the White Sands Missile Range has led to a formal agreement about the project, to be announced Saturday by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
Legislation being discussed in Vermont would discourage the practice of utilities collecting renewable energy credits for reducing fossil fuel use and then selling them on to firms out of state, the Burlington Free Press reports.