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Rallies to be held against states' push to control US lands

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Advocates for retaining federal oversight of public lands plan rallies in the West on Monday to voice their opposition to efforts by some states to seize control of federal lands.

In Utah, conservation and wildlife groups are set to join business leaders for a rally Monday afternoon outside the state Capitol to oppose the state's push to gain control of 31 million acres.

Lawyer for media fights gag order in mine disaster case

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A gag order in the criminal case of the West Virginia coal mine explosion that killed 29 men violates the First Amendment by barring virtually anyone from discussing it publicly, a lawyer for media organizations said Monday.

David Schulz told a three-judge panel of the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals that some victims' relatives believe the sweeping gag order also prohibits them from testifying before lawmakers and regulators.

NY moving to separate utilities and renewables

Source: 
E&E

The plan laid out by New York regulators – called Reforming the Energy Vision – would restrict the ability of traditional utilities to own renewable assets, to encourage competition, E&E reports.

Bishop speaks at Heritage event

Washington, March 3, 2015, 12:00 pm

House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop, R-Utah, speaks at Heritage Foundation event as group unveils environmental policy proposals.

EPA, with industry backing, approves new lower-emission refrigerants

Moving forward with a key part of President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday, with industry backing, approved a set of five refrigerants aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

The move is part of the administration's ongoing efforts to phase out and replace older chemicals used for refrigeration and air-conditioning, especially hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, that deplete the ozone layer and have high global warming potential, or GWP.

Russia, Ukraine hold emergency gas talks as cutoff looms

BRUSSELS (AP) — Russia and Ukraine's energy ministers are holding emergency talks after the Russian gas supplier said it would cut off deliveries to the war-torn country as soon as Tuesday if it does not get new payments.

The European Union, which is mediating the talks in Brussels hoping to keep gas flowing despite the dispute, imports around 40 percent of its gas from Russia, half through conflict-torn Ukraine.

Iran nuke talks resume amid contentious US-Israel debate

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — As U.S. and Israeli officials sparred in Washington over the wisdom of a nuclear deal with Iran, negotiations on a potential agreement resumed Monday, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying the sides are still far apart and warning Israel's leader that leaks about the talks will hurt their chances for success.

Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif sat down in the Swiss resort town of Montreux on the Lake Geneva shoreline for their sixth round of discussions this year. They face an end-of-March target to reach the outline of a deal that would eliminate Iran's ability to develop nuclear weapons over the length of the agreement in exchange for sanctions relief.

Oil

US consumer spending, adjusted for inflation, rose in Jan.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers spent less for a second consecutive month in January, but the weakness came from a big decline in gasoline prices. Excluding price changes, consumer spending was up in January and analysts expect strong income gains will fuel further solid increases in spending in the months ahead.

Consumer spending declined 0.2 percent in January following a 0.3 percent drop in December, the Commerce Department reported Monday. But the weakness in both months was heavily influenced by big declines in gasoline prices. Excluding price changes, consumer spending rose 0.3 percent in January and would have been down a smaller 0.1 percent in December.

House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on cyber threats

Washington, March 3, 2015, 2:00 pm

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing on cyber threats and economic impact.

House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on energy market

Washington, March 3, 2015, 1:30 pm

House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Energy and Power hearing on energy markets. Energy Information Administration's Adam Sieminski to testify.

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