LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an ambitious climate change bill on Wednesday, aiming to increase the state's use of renewable electricity to 50 percent and making existing buildings twice as energy-efficient by 2030.
"The goal is clear, and California is in the forefront," Brown said at a signing ceremony at the hilltop Griffith Observatory, where a hazy downtown Los Angeles provided the backdrop.
A National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health epidemiologist says detailed federal data on the deaths of workers in the oil and gas industry can point to trends and offer lessons for improved safety going forward, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The upcoming global climate change conference in Paris should recognize that coal continues to be an important energy source, a top official with mining giant Glencore was set to tell a conference in Australia Wednesday, Reuters reports.
BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen plans to launch in January a recall of vehicles with software at the center of the emissions-rigging scandal and aims to fix them all by the end of next year, the company's new chief executive says.
Volkswagen has said up to 11 million vehicles worldwide across several of its brands contain the diesel engine with the software used to cheat on U.S. emissions tests. CEO Matthias Mueller told the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: "It will hopefully be fewer, but in any case still far too many."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Experts warn that Northeast Asia could see a dangerous growth in stocks of weapons-usable plutonium — and U.S. lawmakers say Obama administration policies could be making matters worse.
Japan plans to open as early as next spring a plant that could reprocess enough spent reactor fuel to make as many as 1,000 nuclear bombs a year. The plutonium that is produced is supposed to be for generating electricity, but Japan already has tons on hand and no use for it, with its reactors at a virtual halt following the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster. Local politicians are aggressively backing the plant, eager for investment in a remote northern region.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is doubling down in its fight against global warming.
Gov. Jerry Brown is expected on Wednesday to sign an ambitious climate change measure to increase California's renewable electricity use to 50 percent and double energy efficiency in existing buildings by 2030.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A round, red-brick relic of this country's industrial transformation sits shakily at the southern entrance to New Hampshire's capital city, the cupola atop its conical, tree-damaged roof slumping northward.
Built in 1888, the Concord gasholder building is believed to be the last of its clan in the United States with its interior works intact, a monument to a turning point in how people lived and worked: By forcing coal gas through pipes to homes and businesses, the gas works meant people were no longer captive to candles or oil lamps. Businesses could run three shifts; people could read, gather or walk the streets more safely deep into the night with a steady source of illumination.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Finance Committee opened a probe Tuesday into Volkswagen's use of a federal tax credit intended for fuel-efficient cars as the company's emissions-rigging scandal widened.
Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore. said in a letter to Volkswagen that more than $50 million in tax subsidies may have gone to VW owners under false pretenses. Hatch chairs the Finance panel and Wyden is its senior Democrat.
The Interior Department’s Inspector General faults the National Park Service for letting officials—including Vice President Joe Biden and former EPA chief Lisa Jackson—stay at Brinkerhoff Lodge in Wyoming for little or no money, and for failing to maintain sufficient safety standards at the facility, The Hill reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency should go beyond proposed international standards and seek to cut aircraft greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent by 2025, a group of House Democrats told EPA in a letter, The Hill reports.
Minutes released from the Federal Reserve indicating a move to increase interest rates would be delayed, coupled with increasing concerns about the impact of the growing Syrian conflict, drove oil prices higher Thursday. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery briefly topped $50 a barrel before ending the trading day at $49.43, an increase of $1.62, while in London, Brent rose $1.72, or 3.4 percent, to $53.05, Marketwatch reports.
Energy Information Administration data showing an increase of 95 billion cubic feet of natural gas in producer stockpiles last week—a smaller number than expected—helped prices gain 2.4 cents Thursday to settle at $2.498 per million British thermal units on the Nymex, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Canadian energy producer Encana Corp. is selling its oil and gas interests in northeast Colorado—which include more than 1,600 wells—to a partnership led by local private equity firm The Broe Group for $900 million, The Denver Post reports.
Entergy Corp., which bought the Rhode Island State Energy Center four years ago for $346 million, is now planning to sell the power plant to private equity firm The Carlyle Group for nearly $500 million, FuelFix reports.
Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good says most of her company's power generation will come from natural gas in the future, with increasing emphasis on renewables and battery storage, but the utility's plans for nuclear plant construction are less certain, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.
A consortium of national laboratories, led by Los Alamos, is working to improve polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells to get them to the point where they are commercially viable, the Los Alamos Daily Post reported on National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day.
The mayor of Flint, alongside Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, announced Thursday that authorities will be spending $12 million to restore the city’s connection with the Detroit water system, after evidence was uncovered linking its existing water supply with increased lead levels in some children’s blood, The New York Times reports.