LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales is beginning a new term that will make him the Andean nation's longest-serving leader, riding high on a wave of unprecedented growth and stability.
But after he takes the oath before foreign dignitaries Thursday, Morales and his compatriots will face economic challenges that could quickly erode those gains and test the 55-year-old leader's popularity.
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales is set to begin a new term that will make him the Andean nation's longest-serving leader, riding high on a wave of unprecedented growth and stability.
But as he prepares to take the oath Thursday, Morales and his countrymen face economic challenges that could quickly erode those gains and test the 55-year-old leader's popularity.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is vowing to veto a Republican-backed bill that would require a decision on pipeline construction within 12 months, as well as one that would ban abortions after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The White House says Obama would veto legislation requiring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve or deny applications for natural gas pipelines within 12 months. The administration says the bill would create conflicts with existing statutes and requirements.
Pennsylvania’s natural gas drilling does not pose a major risk of radiation exposure even though there is some naturally occurring in shale rock, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection determined in a study, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The oil and gas industry can avoid future regulation of methane from existing oil and gas wells if it cuts emissions enough, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday.
The agency and the White House this week issued a strategy to cut oil industry methane 40-to-45 percent by 2025, which includes limits on emissions from new wells and processing equipment, under a rule to be proposed this summer and finished next year.
Tioga County Commissioner Erick Coolidge told The Washington Post that the impact fee he helped initiate in Pennsylvania has raised millions of dollars for projects that can help communities cope with the effects of drilling.
Michigan lawmakers will be faced this session with deciding what to do in the future about the state’s renewable energy requirement, which currently stands at 10 percent and should be met by utilities this year, Mibiz reports.
Former BP CEO John Browne will become executive chairman at L1 Energy, backed by Russian billionaire Mickhail Fridman, as the company is set to take over the oil and gas subsidiary of German utility RWE, The New York Times reports.
Floor votes are expected in the House this week on measures targeting the Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific processes, while the Senate will start the process of trying to override President Obama’s veto of Keystone XL pipeline legislation, the National Journal reports.
After suing Exxon Mobil for $8.9 billion in damages for wetland contamination in northern New Jersey, the state has suddenly settled the case for $250 million shortly before a judge was expected to issue a ruling for damages, The New York Times reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s rules to limit power plant carbon emissions and clarify its jurisdiction over bodies of water are top of the hit list for lawmakers like Rep. Bill Flores, R-Fla., attending the Conservative Political Action Conference, McClatchy reports.
The American Meteorological Society has sent a letter to Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., saying that his investigation into the funding behind climate studies “sends a chilling message to all academic researchers,” National Journal reports.