The Transportation Secretary is defending his department’s proposed rule to improve oil train safety – faced with environmentalists’ demands to pull old DOT-111 tank cars from service immediately, Anthony Foxx said on PBS that the transition away from them will take time given the percentage of them in service now, The Hill reports.
Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who’s challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in a key election contest, said at the Heritage Foundation Thursday that even lawmakers from states that have imposed fracking bans voted in favor of his legislation to push LNG exports, The Hill reports.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Board of Immigration Appeals last month in a complicated case where the statute in question was ambiguous, which may be a preview of legal challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to limit carbon emissions for power plants based on the Clean Air Act, E&E reports.
Pressure on China to rein in its greenhouse gas emissions has the country looking at a cap on coal use, but The New York Times reports the proposal being considered is flexible and may not cut back consumption.
A top environmental group is hitting out in defense of President Barack Obama's move to cut carbon from existing power plants, running $250,000 worth of television ads in four cities. The ads attack a critical economic impact study issued by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce before the plan was revealed.
Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, said the ads target what he called the chamber's "incredibly false report" about the potential impacts of carbon limits on power plants, which came out days before the rule was proposed in June by the Environmental Protection Agency.
A spokesman for the chamber shot back late Thursday, however, accusing the league of taking its study out of context.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Two oil pipelines at the bottom of the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Michigan will get additional support structures to help prevent potentially devastating spills, officials said Thursday.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Dan Wyant, director of the Department of Environmental Quality, said they had put Enbridge Energy Partners LP on notice following the company's acknowledgement it was partly out of compliance with an agreement dating to 1953, when the pipelines were laid in the Straits of Mackinac.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources chair Mary Landrieu, D-La., on Thursday held out hope that she can bring up conservation and wildfire suppression bills for votes by the panel before Congress leaves town next week for its August recess.
But Landrieu also acknowledged she won't be able to hold a vote on President Barack Obama's nominee for the No. 2 job at the Energy Department, who appeared before the panel on Thursday, until September at the earliest.
EU governments are considering new sanctions over the Ukraine crisis to limit Russian access to capital markets, as well as energy technology and weapons, Reuters reports, noting discussions are set to continue Friday with no action expected before next week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama is tapping into growing misgivings about tax-driven overseas mergers by U.S. corporations, issuing a new call to end the practice quickly and questioning the patriotism and citizenship of those companies.
The push comes amid a developing trend by companies to reorganize with foreign entities partly to reduce their tax payments in the U.S.
Representatives of the biofuels industry have been pressing the White House not just to raise proposed 2014 renewable fuel standards, but also speed up approval of new fuels known as pathways, Reuters reports.
Ethanol stocks stood at 18.587 million barrels the week ending July 25, up 647,000 barrels to a 16-month high despite production slipping, according to the Energy Information Administration, Platts reports.
Gasoline inventories have grown, according to data from the Energy Information Administration, which sent oil prices slipping. Benchmark crude for September delivery dropped 70 cents Wednesday to close at $100.27 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude dropped $1.21 to $106.51, Bloomberg reports.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has given oil companies, environmentalists and others more time to comment on the plan for selling offshore oil and gas leases, adding on an additional 15 days, FuelFix reports.
Hess Corp., which reported a drop in second quarter earnings, also said it could spin off some midstream assets, mostly in North Dakota’s Bakken shale, into a separate company, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A new protective coating for the anode on a lithium battery – a nanosphere wall made from carbon – could possibly boost the range of an electric car to 300 miles, a development Stanford University researchers published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, E&E reports.
At a Tuesday hearing in a Texas court, where the Kurdistan Regional Government sent a letter challenging Baghdad’s claim to a million barrels of crude aboard the tanker United Kalavyrta, Federal Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson said the matter was better handled outside the U.S., but the oil could be unloaded and held in escrow or sold and the money held by the court until the dispute is settled, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency is doing well with moves to limit greenhouse gas emissions, cut water use and boost renewable energy but could do better with data quality and record keeping, a report from the EPA’s Inspector General says, according to The Hill.
There’s no mention of the environment in the ad Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate released on Wednesday targeting Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst in Iowa, which focuses on jobs, National Journal reports.