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.
The debate over whether allowing crude exports will help or hurt gasoline prices and unemployment was in full flower on Capitol Hill Tuesday, with opponents arguing it could raise prices, hurt refineries and cost good-paying jobs.
But energy industry representatives and lawmakers called for lifting the decades-old ban on crude exports, saying it would open new opportunities abroad and extend American power by diluting the market dominance of Russia and other big exporters.
“The days of energy-exporting aggressors like Russia exerting uncontested geopolitical influence may be numbered now that America is emerging as an energy superpower,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich, said at a hearing of the Energy and Power subcommittee.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's president set fire to 15 tons of elephant tusks during World Wildlife Day Tuesday to discourage poaching and trade in ivory.
Twenty-five years since ivory trade was banned, new demand from emerging markets threatens Africa's elephants and rhinos, President Uhuru Kenyatta said at the event. African countries are concerned about the scale and rate of the new threat to endangered wildlife species, he said.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's environment body says the 28 member states need to do more to meet long-term environmental goals, including targets for greenhouse gas emissions.
The European Environment Agency said in its five-year report released Tuesday that the EU's level of ambition "may be inadequate to achieve Europe's long-term environmental goals." It said planned greenhouse gas emission cuts are "insufficient to bring the EU onto a pathway towards its 2050 target" of reductions by up to 95 percent.
Delta subsidiary Monroe Energy has filed a petition with the Commerce Department, protesting that the decision to allow exports of lightly processed condensates violates the crude export ban, FuelFix reports.
A ban on the curriculum known as the Next Generation Science Standards, which teaches climate science, has been lifted in Wyoming, with Gov. Matt Mead signing a measure to do that on Monday, National Journal reports.
A lawsuit by beekeepers charging that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to use pesticide label regulations to protect the bee population, will be heard by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in April, E&E reports.
Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit charging that the Port of Seattle violated state law by failing to do an environmental review before signing a lease allowing Royal Dutch Shell to use the port as a base for its Arctic drilling fleet, The Associated Press reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seizing the bully pulpit of the U.S. House to deliver his stern message about the danger Iran poses to his nation's survival and voice reservations about any nuclear deal President Barack Obama and international negotiators might sign with Israel's archenemy.
Netanyahu insists he is privy to emerging details of a deal and is expected to lay out specific concerns in Tuesday's speech to a joint meeting of Congress. It will be a last-ditch effort for Netanyahu to speak out against any agreement that would leave open a chance for Tehran to develop nuclear weapons.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has introduced a bill – S. 640 -- that would force the Environmental Protection Agency to shoulder the costs of any impact its Clean Power Plan would have on government agencies, E&E reports.
Grid operator PJM Interconnection, in a lengthy analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, concludes that it would be cheaper for states to band together to tackle its carbon reduction requirements, rather than going it alone, E&E reports.
Uncertain of federal jurisdiction in the matter, the White House last year decided to leave to North Dakota the task of regulating the explosive gas content of crude being shipped by rail, administration officials have told Reuters.
After a contentious debate that lasted for hours, the Oregon House narrowly approved and sent to Gov. Kate Brown a measure to extend the state’s clean fuels program, intended to reduce the carbon intensity of vehicle fuels, The Oregonian reports.
A day after Maryland’s attorney general recommended that regulators reject the proposed merger between Exelon and Pepco Holdings, the companies announced that they’ll more than double the money set aside to benefit utility customers, The Washington Post reports.
Black Rock Group, the Virginia consulting firm that helped Republican Dan Sullivan win his senate seat last year, will open an Alaska office as planning intensifies for Energy committee chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski's 2016 re-election bid, Alaska Dispatch News reports.
E&E profiles Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. the new ranking member of the Interior and Environment Appropriations subcommittee, who it describes as "the Democrats' first line of defense" against Republican lawmakers’ attacks on Obama administration environment and natural resources policies.
The Obama administration is considering a request from Shell and other companies to stop the clock on their 10-year leases to drill in the Arctic, and a decision on the suspensions will be resolved “relatively soon,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday, FuelFix reports.
Saudi Arabia has no plans to trim its production, oil minister Ali al-Naimi said in a Berlin speech Wednesday, adding that oil demand is increasing gradually and the price has stabilized following last year’s plunge, Bloomberg reports.
Carnegie Mellon University hopes to cut its utilities bill 10 percent - $2 million a year - using a cloud-based analytics system to find and fix energy inefficiencies on campus, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.