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Judge sides with Landmark in case over EPA records

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The Hill

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.

Crude exports: American revenue and power vs. domestic market worries

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.

Kenya destroys 15 tons of ivory taken from poachers

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.

Hungary makes nuclear deal with Russia a 30-year secret

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The details of Hungary's deal with Russia to expand its only nuclear power plant will remain secret for 30 years, after new legislation was approved Tuesday.

The Hungarian legislation will keep under wraps both the business and technical details of the agreement under which Russia's Rosatom will build two new reactors at the Paks power plant.

EU report calls for more effort to meet environmental goals

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 challenges Commerce over condensates

Source: 
FuelFix

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.

Wyoming schools' ban on climate science lifted

Source: 
National Journal

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.

Beekeepers challenging EPA in court over pesticide labels

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E&E

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.

Greens sue Port of Seattle to block Shell, Arctic drilling

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The Associated Press

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.

Netanyahu to use Congress' bully pulpit to assail Iran talks

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.

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