SAO PAULO (AP) — A convicted black market money dealer who turned state's evidence told lawmakers on Tuesday that Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, knew of the sprawling corruption kickback scheme that has engulfed state-run oil company Petrobras.
Alberto Youssef, who has been talking to prosecutors in exchange for less jail time, made his remarks before a congressional panel investigating the alleged scheme.
Technology advances mean the Paris conference has a better chance of success than earlier climate meetings, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday as he expressed optimism at the National Clean Energy Summit, The Hill reports.
BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — U.S. officials and the governors of coal-rich Western states are meeting with Chinese energy officials in a bid to advance so-called clean-coal technologies that have struggled to gain traction.
Tuesday's conference in Billings takes place near one of the largest coal reserves in the world — the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming.
Peace, Conflict, and the Scale of the Climate Risk Landscape (WEBINAR): The opening webinar in a series will examine the security implications of climate risk and will provide a context for the subsequent place-based and sector-based webinars. Speakers from academic institutions and think tanks.
Documents released by U.S. officials have revealed that the Environmental Protection Agency knew of the potential for a blowout of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine more than a year before a government cleanup team accidentally triggered such a release earlier this month.
About 3 million gallons of water from the mine flowed into Colorado's Animas River and the San Juan River in New Mexico before reaching Lake Powell on the Utah-Arizona border. Public drinking water systems were temporarily shut down and farmers from the Navajo Nation stopped using river water for irrigation.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — One of the largest communities of Navajo farmers along the San Juan River has voted to keep irrigation canals closed for at least a year following a spill of toxic sludge at a Colorado gold mine.
The unanimous vote by more than 100 farmers in Shiprock, New Mexico, was heart-wrenching and guarantees the loss of many crops, Shiprock Chapter President Duane "Chili" Yazzie said Monday.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian ruble plunged 2.9 percent on Monday to hit a seven-month low amid a further drop in oil prices, the country's key export.
The ruble was trading at 71.04 to the dollar at the close of trading in Moscow, its lowest level since Jan. 30, when Russian markets were hit by a combination of low energy prices and Western sanctions. After the market closed, the ruble recovered slightly in futures trading in an indication that it may recover some of its losses.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The managers of one of the nation's premier federal laboratories have agreed to pay nearly $4.8 million to settle allegations of improperly using taxpayer funds to influence members of Congress and others to extend the lab's $2.4 billion management contract.
Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico issued a statement Monday saying the lab's management agreed to settle with the U.S. Department of Justice to "put the matter behind us, take action on what we learned and focus on our important national security mission."
In an Op-Ed for National Review, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican presidential hopeful, said he would end the ban on crude oil exports, halt the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan and leave energy regulation to the states if elected.
President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation commemorating the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service, approve new infrastructure updates and set up an endowment for future projects, The Hill reports.
Rival factions in OPEC are split over whether the cartel should include oil-price forecasts in its imminent long-term strategy report, pitting Saudi Arabia and its allies, who wish to exclude price assumptions, against Iran and other members, Bloomberg reports.
The White House on Wednesday announced a set of actions aimed at supporting Alaskan communities impacted by climate change, including $17.6 million in grants for rural water infrastructure, new relocation funding and improved coordination between the state and federal governments, The Hill reports.
Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said the company's newly approved takeover of BG Group would allow it to become a "simpler and more profitable company" during a prolonged period of low oil prices, Platts reports.
Oil prices continued their downward slide Wednesday morning on news that U.S. crude stocks increased last week, Reuters reports. U.S. crude for October fell $1.93 to $43.48 per barrel, a 4.25 percent decline, while Brent crude dipped $1.51, or 3 percent, to $48.05 per barrel.
The European Union is poised to extend until March 15 a set of sanctions aimed at specific Russian and Ukrainian-separatist firms and individuals in an effort to press Russia to fully implement a ceasefire in Ukraine by the year's end, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A Dutch court ruled that a joint natural gas venture operated by Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil in the Netherlands must compensate homeowners for declining property values linked to drilling-induced earthquakes, Reuters reports.
Hitachi Ltd. is looking to expand its research into offshore wind energy and is considering development of a new manufacturing line that would produce parts for 5-megawatt systems by March 2016, Bloomberg reports.