WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will sign legislation slapping new sanctions on Russia and providing weapons and other aid to Ukraine despite White House concerns that military assistance will further escalate the conflict, the White House said Tuesday.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama continues to have misgivings about the bill, which cleared Congress with overwhelming support, but believes the legislation still gives him the flexibility he needs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After California's driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state's first heavy downpours in years.
Recent storms eased the drought somewhat, but there's a long way to go. And state officials are worried that the rain will give people an excuse to abandon the already inconsistent conservation efforts adopted to deal with the dry spell.
The American Energy Alliance – widely believed to be bankrolled by the Koch brothers – has published a cartoon that draws a comparison between Environmental Protection Agency climate rules and the report from Senate Democrats that detailed allegations about CIA torture techniques, National Journal reports.
A report issued by the House Committee on Natural Resources charges that the Fish and Wildlife Service isn’t using good procedures in marshalling scientific studies to make its decisions on endangered species, according to The Hill.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission follows some, but not enough, of best practices when it comes to costing rules it proposes, according to an analysis from the Government Accountability Office which was made public by Sen. David Vitter, R-La. and Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., The Hill reports.
At a conference hosted by activist Tom Steyer Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown and other top officials in California pledged that the state would keep pressing on climate change policy despite opposition from oil companies and other players in the energy industry, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Environmental groups like the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth have been taking steps on social media to show solidarity with the black community over the deaths of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York, National Journal reports, noting that the green movement is trying to diversify its base of supporters.
Israel is better able to sell its offshore natural gas to Arab neighbors because the company at the heart of the deals is Houston-based Noble Energy, and the U.S. hopes the sales will help ease tensions in the region, The New York Times reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeded no more by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama's top judicial nominations this year, a total that would be the highest for any president in two decades.
Last year, Democrats made it harder for Republicans to derail Obama's nominations by weakening the Senate's rule on filibusters. So far this year, the chamber has approved 76 federal court of appeals and district court judges, all of them lifetime appointments. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is hoping to confirm a dozen more before adjournment later this week — votes he is pushing with the knowledge that the Republicans who control the Senate next year will be less accommodating.
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The tunnel of a hydropower plant that is under construction in central Vietnam collapsed Tuesday, trapping 12 workers, state media reported.
The Thanh Nien newspaper quoted Pham Dinh Hieu, a project manager, as saying the incident occurred Tuesday morning in Lam Dong province as the workers were putting concrete on the tunnel's dome. Twenty other workers escaped unhurt.
Short-covering and the expiration of the front month contract helped power oil prices to a huge gain Friday. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery shot up 5 percent, or $2.41, to settle at $56.52 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London February Brent finished $2.11 higher at $61.38, Reuters reports.
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 1,875 rigs were drilling for oil and gas in the U.S. this week, a drop of 18 and the second week in a row that the number has fallen, FuelFix reports.
Comparing present-day statistics with numbers during the oil bust in the mid-1980s has led JP Morgan Chase economist Michael Feroli to warn that Texas could slip into a regional recession next year, FuelFix reports.
Job losses in the power generation sector over the past three years topped 5,800, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration Friday, which said all parts of the industry were affected other than renewable energy, The Hill reports.
Avenue Capital, the hedge fund run by Marc Lasry that specializes in buying distressed companies’ debt, is raising $750 million for a fund that will focus on the energy sector, according to the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement Board, which confirms it has put in $200 million, the New York Post reports.
Tesla is testing the market for battery swaps: Near California supercharging stations where Model S owners can top up their batteries for free, the company is creating a facility where drivers can pay a cost equivalent to a tank of gasoline and get a fully-charged battery installed in three minutes, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The growth of global carbon emissions slowed in 2013 -– although the total of 35.3 billion tons did set a record -- and the rate of increase tailed off despite an uptick in economic activity, says a report from the European Commission’s Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research, or EDGAR, according to E&E.
INEOS hopes to get commercial shale gas production under way in Britain before the end of the decade, according to documents the government released Friday, which detailed the company’s presentation to the Department of Energy and Climate Change in February, Platts reports.