Lawmakers return to Washington this week to get their first look at a revised bipartisan Senate energy efficiency bill, one that sponsors hope will attract enough Republican support to win passage.
Details of the final bill were not yet completed, an aide to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said. But the aide said she and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, plan to re-introduce their bill later this week with the addition of bipartisan amendments proposed last fall during a brief floor debate on their original version.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday touted his plan to set higher efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks as "another big step" toward cutting oil imports, lower carbon emissions and job creation.
Backed by huge trucks at a Safeway grocery distribution plant in suburban Washington, Obama said he has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department to propose a new standard in consultation with truck makers by March, 2015 and complete it a year later.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford said her province wouldn't boost regulations on carbon emissions from oil producers to press approval of the Keystone XL pipeline unless the U.S. agrees to implement similar rules on its industry, Blooomberg reports.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Energy Subcommittee hearing, "Lessons from state efficiency and renewable programs." Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, stakeholders to testify.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mayors from 10 U.S. cities took aim at their skylines Wednesday, pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their buildings.
While power plants are the nation's No. 1 carbon emitter, it has long been known that businesses and homes also contribute to carbon dioxide pollution. Most of it comes from the burning of fossil fuels for heating, cooling and lighting.
Many of the participating cities — Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Mo., Los Angeles, Orlando, Fla., Philadelphia and Salt Lake City — already are working toward making their building stock more energy efficient.
Los Angeles officials were hailing a $7 million energy saving remodeling job just completed on a Hilton hotel in the area, paid for through the county's Property Assessed Clean Energy Program, or PACE, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Making good on a promise from last year's State of the Union to help create good-paying American jobs, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a new public-private manufacturing hub in North Carolina to develop next-generation power electronics.
Obama's announcement was meant to give a manufacturing boost to the state that has taken hits in the recession. "We're not going to turn things around overnight. A lot of jobs were lost in the textile industry and furniture-making," he told 2,000 gathered at a North Carolina State University arena.
But he expressed optimism that the time is now for a change. "This can be a breakthrough year for America," Obama said. "The pieces are all there to start bringing back more of the jobs that we've lost over the past decade."
As part of a two-year plan to dispose of some of its assets, BP is looking for buyers to take on rights for some 280,000 acres in the Texas Panhandle, in an area rich in natural gas that the company says would be better suited to an operator used to getting the most out of mature territory, FuelFix reports.
The Texas Petro Index, monitoring the oil and gas industry in the state, hit a level in February not seen since 1980, according to the statistic’s creator, who said crude production for the month came to some 77.2 million barrels, FuelFix reports.
Recent finds of mildly radioactive oil filter socks, oilfield waste that was dumped, has triggered concern and illustrates how authorities in North Dakota are having trouble handling some aspects of the shale drilling boom.
No new rules on chemical safety and storage have been put into place a year after an ammonium nitrate explosion killed 15 people and damaged hundreds of homes in West, Texas, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that the disaster has spawned disagreements instead.
Railroads, used to operating under exclusively federal jurisdiction, are coming under increasing pressure to provide more information and will face new rules forcing them to do so this summer, as more trains move carrying crude oil despite a spate of derailments, The New York Times reports.
By visiting Taiwan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is breaking a promise the U.S. made to China, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said at a briefing, adding that Beijing has lodged a protest, Reuters reports.