WASHINGTON (AP) — With just two years left in power, President Barack Obama is elevating his efforts to combat global warming above almost all else as he seeks to leave an imprint on the world that will endure after he's gone. It's a strategy rooted not only in Obama's long-stated support for such efforts, but also in political reality.
Two weeks ago, Obama watched his prospects for realizing his goals on education, wages and immigration all but evaporate as voters handed his party a stinging rebuke in the midterms, putting Republicans in full control of Congress for the remainder of his presidency. But on a trip last week to Asia and Australia, Obama sought — and found — fruitful opportunities to make a lasting difference on global warming.
Energy issues will play a key role when Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., travels to Canada in December, his spokeswoman said, a trip taking place three months after the potential presidential candidate went to Mexico and declared that the Keystone XL pipeline should “be done today,” NJ Advance Media reports.
While Ohio lawmakers were debating changes to the state’s green energy policy, the Ohio Development Services Agency failed to release a survey it had commissioned on clean energy jobs, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, facing criticism from environmentalists for too easily approving natural gas projects including pipelines and LNG export terminals, says it has no formula for measuring the cumulative impact of greenhouse gas emissions from individual projects, E&E reports.
Top administration officials vowed Monday that they won't back down from President Barack Obama's regulatory agenda on climate and air pollution in the face of the new Republican Congress.
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, told reporters she will issue a new ozone air pollution proposal by Dec. 1 that will rely on the recommendations of scientific advisers, who called for a lower standard. She also said EPA is considering regulation of methane emissions.
Separately, Obama's counselor John Podesta said Republicans won't be able to stop new power plant carbon rules, repeating a statement he first made back in May.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates sued the federal government Monday after it declined to designate some areas in the West as critical habitat for the imperiled Canada lynx.
WildEarth Guardians and three other groups assert that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service improperly excluded the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico and Colorado from 39,000 square miles of protected habitat for the elusive, forest-dwelling wild cat.
SAO PAULO (AP) — The head of Brazil's Petrobras vowed Monday to use a widening corruption scheme to improve governance at the state-run oil giant, in part through creation of a compliance department aimed at stamping out corruption.
In her first public remarks since the arrests of around two dozen people including a top company executive late last week, Graca Foster told a conference call with investors, "We want to turn this difficult moment into something better."
Energy Department hosts Minorities in Energy Initiative one year anniversary forum. Energy Secretary Earnest Moniz, National Urban League President Marc Morial, API President Jack Gerard, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Rep. Bobby Rush to speak.
Oil prices appeared holding steady early Monday, as the talks over Iran’s nuclear program appeared headed for a break to be resumed next month and ahead of an OPEC meeting that will make key decisions on crude production. U.S. benchmark crude was 15 cents higher at $76.66 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent edged up 4 cents to $80.40, Reuters reports.
In the Republican’s nationally broadcast address over the weekend, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. -- who is seeking to unseat Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. in a December runoff election -- called on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the case for the long-delayed project is “clear and obvious,” The Hill reports.
With Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, taking over as head of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in the new Republican-controlled Senate, the issue of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is likely to be revisited, The Hill reports.
George Banks of the R Street Institute, former committee staffer for Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., predicts that the new Republican-controlled Congress will lift the ban on crude oil exports and push through approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, but that there won’t be a significant upsurge in bipartisanship on Capitol Hill – assessments Alison Cassady of the Center for American progress doesn’t share, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The U.S. power supply ought to be able to withstand another polar vortex should the frigid temperatures descend again this winter, although margins are shrinking and changes may be needed to the way the availability of resources is calculated, according to an assessment from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, Platts reports.
In a year when initial public offerings for master limited partnerships raised a record $6.8 billion, analysts are warning that investments in pipeline and midstream MLPs no longer appear to offer their traditional low-risk, high-yield benefits with the same degree of consistency, The Wall Street Journal reports.
With the cost of solar and wind power dropping dramatically in recent years, the renewable energy sources are becoming more directly competitive with electricity from gas and coal-fired plants, The New York Times reports.
State legislatures have so far rejected attempts to overturn renewable energy mandates -– although Ohio this year did freeze its green energy targets -– but the Koch-founded Americans for Prosperity is continuing to pour money into the fight against them, National Journal reports.
The shale boom that has brought wealth and jobs to North Dakota is starting to be questioned by some residents concerned about health, safety and pollution costs as well as financial exploitation by major companies making moves that are backed by state regulators, The New York Times reports.