The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to hold hearing examining allegations of sexual misconduct and mismanagement at the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and other agency officials to testify.
The industry developing the next generation of nuclear reactors is facing a series of challenges, including high costs, technical hurdles and an uncertain future for nuclear energy demand, a government watchdog says.
In a report prepared for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the Government Accountability Office said that developing higher-tech reactors is a tantalizing prize for both developers and researchers in the federal government, especially as the U.S. looks to cut back on carbon emissions and diversify energy supplies.
DETROIT (AP) — The National Wildlife Federation accused the U.S. Transportation Department on Tuesday of not enforcing a federal law that requires pipeline owners and operators to establish safety response plans for worst-case oil spills in lakes, rivers and other waterways.
Leaders of the conservation organization said it filed the required "intent to sue" notice through certified mail, giving officials 60 days to issue regulations or face a federal lawsuit.
Not all of the major corporations that signed on Monday to the Obama administration's call to cut carbon emissions are on board with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, E&E reports.
The leaders of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee fended off amendments from the right and the left Tuesday as they fought to keep their bipartisan energy reform bill free of hot-button issues during the bill's first markup session.
While praise was unanimous for Chairman Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and ranking member Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and their efforts to develop the first major energy overhaul since 2007, several senators proposed amendments that would make more aggressive policy changes in the final bill. None was accepted—most were quickly withdrawn and a few were defeated.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.
At the same time, the court upheld the EPA's right to impose the clean-air standards, rejecting an argument by states and industry groups that the rule was overly burdensome.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans announced plans Tuesday for a quick vote on a three-month highway spending extension, as Congress stared down a deadline to act or see states lose money for road projects during the summer driving season.
The leadership-driven plan would have the House vote on the legislation Wednesday, and then leave town for a five-week summer recess. The Senate would be forced to follow suit or face a lapse in highway programs.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has slashed gasoline subsidies, announcing Tuesday that it will raise the cost of a liter of regular gasoline by 24 percent amid globally low oil prices that have cut into the country's revenues.
Starting Aug. 1, drivers will pay 2.14 dirhams (58 cents) per liter of gasoline at the pump instead of 1.72 dirhams (47 cents), or about $2.21 a gallon instead of $1.78, the government's new fuel price committee said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry warned skeptical lawmakers not to nix the contentious nuclear deal with Iran, insisting that it includes strict inspections and other safeguards to deter cheating by Tehran.
"If Congress does not support the deal, we would see this deal die — with no other options," Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday as he testified for the second time in a week, part of the Obama administration's all-out campaign to sell the accord.
Republican presidential candidates already have been lining up to denounce the Obama administration's new limits on power plant carbon emissions, with Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio offering criticism at a Koch-backed Freedom Partners forum in California and Jeb Bush calling the Clean Power Plan “irresponsible and overreaching,” National Journal reports.
House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop's reservations about the Land and Water Conservation Fund mean any proposal to renew its authorization will meet a challenge on Capitol Hill, The Hill reports.
U.S. cyberdefense officials told the General Accountability Office that a hacking attack on utility infrastructure has them most worried, putting the issue front and center at two conferences this week, National Journal reports.
Results reported last week show the major oil companies continue to struggle amid low crude prices. But Exxon Mobil -- which is still raising its dividend and increasing production -- may hold a stronger position than Chevron and others, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Obama administration action to fight climate change – particularly moves to limit power plant carbon emissions – appear to be pushing the issue to get unprecedented airing in the 2016 election campaigns, The New York Times reports.
The bid of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to win the Democratic presidential nomination got a boost Saturday from the Friends of the Earth, which called him “a bold and fearless voice for the planet,” The Hill reports.
Data showing continuing strong OPEC production and slowing demand in China pushed oil prices down early Monday. U.S. benchmark crude lost 75 cents to $46.37 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent was trading at levels not seen since January, down $1.17 to $51.04, Reuters reports.
A Tesla executive plans to argue at an auto industry conference this week that the government should leave – or perhaps even tighten – its standards for vehicle efficiency, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Physicist John H. Gibbons -- who promoted fuel efficient cars and international space cooperation in policy roles that included a stint as science adviser to President Bill Clinton –- died last month at age 86, The New York Times reports.