D.C. Bar hosts discussion on the arguments made for and against the Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards in the White Stallion Energy Center v. EPA case heard by the Supreme Court this week.
House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources oversight hearing on the proposed 2016 budget and proposals for the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service's energy and mineral programs. BLM Director Neil Kornze and Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to testify.
A new analysis of the nation’s 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports found that the policy “presents a binding constraint” on the U.S. oil market, creating artificially low prices for lighter, sweeter crudes extracted from shale.
The report, released by Rice University’s James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy, differs from previous studies on the issue, as it examines prices for several varieties of crude oil beyond the benchmark West Texas Intermediate and Brent crude.
The approach allowed the research to analyze the potential economic value of different grades of U.S. crude on an international market, study author Kenneth Medlock said.
Oil prices soared Wednesday amid concerns of spreading turmoil in the Middle East, after Saudi Arabia reportedly began amassing troops near its border with strife-torn Yemen.
Driven weeks ago from the capital by Shiite rebels, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi abandoned the country entirely, leaving on a boat from the southern port of Aden, Yemeni security officials said. His departure came after air strikes rained down on his troops, while on the ground, the rebels were advancing toward his position.
Benchmark U.S. crude rose $1.70 to close at $49.21 a barrel in New York.
Communication between various players in industry and government will be key to the success or failure of the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to cut power plant carbon emissions, Northwestern Energy chief Bob Rowe told E&E.
For the first time since 2009, when the Environmental Protection Agency started ranking cities by the number of energy efficient commercial buildings they have, Los Angeles has failed to grab the top spot, being ousted by Washington D.C., the Washington City Paper reports.
Four Senate Democrats proposed Wednesday that many of the railroad cars that carry crude oil be taken out of service immediately, that new cars be required to have electronically-controlled pneumatic brakes, and that there be new rules requiring that crude be made less volatile before shipment.
The proposal would immediately pull about 37,000 tanker cars from service as a "market signal" to get safer tankers manufactured, the senators said. The oil and rail industries were quick to raise doubts about the proposal.
Although sand and water are the primary substances used in fracking, an Environmental Protection Agency analysis of data from FracFocus.org found that nearly 700 chemical additives appear as well, according to The Hill.
Republicans with a college degree are more likely to say that the threat posed by climate change is exaggerated, while Democrats with higher education are more concerned about the issue, according to a Gallup poll, National Journal reports.
Possible GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum told North Carolina lawmakers Thursday that President Obama’s moves to regulate power plant emissions reflect a “quasi-religious” zeal to close coal-fired plants, The Associated Press reports.
Under pressure from Democrats, Republican and the White House to step down, Rafael Moure-Eraso has resigned as chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, although the CSB said he would remain a member until mid-April, National Journal reports.
A budget amendment from Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., which some say is a referendum on opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, was approved on a 59-40 vote, E&E reports.