At a conference marking the tenth anniversary of Montana's renewable portfolio standard, Gov. Steve Bullock said the focus in the future should be on promoting energy efficiency and clean coal technology, the Independent Record reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's trade agenda cleared a key Senate hurdle and advanced toward likely passage on Thursday despite opposition from most Democrats.
The 62-38 vote capped a long, tense roll call on a measure that would allow Obama to negotiate trade deals that Congress can accept or reject, but not change. If opponents had garnered three more votes, they would have been able to block the legislation with a procedural move.
DALLAS (AP) — A Texan who bid $350,000 to hunt a black rhinoceros in Africa in what was billed as a conservation fundraiser has killed one of the endangered animals.
The Dallas Safari Club confirmed Thursday that Corey Knowlton killed a black rhino this week in Namibia. Executive director Ben Carter says Knowlton shot a mature black rhino bull, who was older and identified as detrimental to the herd.
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — An oil slick stretched across 9 miles of coastal waters Thursday after a pipeline rupture spilled thousands of gallons of sticky, stinking crude just north of Santa Barbara. Crews are working around the clock to rake, skim and vacuum it up.
The coastline was the scene of a much larger spill in 1969 — the largest in U.S. waters at the time. Here are some things to know about the two spills:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Wednesday to make permanent a generous tax credit that rewards businesses for investing in research and development, setting the stage for another showdown over taxes.
The tax credit is part of a package of more than 50 temporary tax breaks that routinely expires every year or two, only to be renewed by Congress.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers who hold rights to water that date as far back as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts yet in the country's most productive agricultural state.
After telling cities and towns to slash use by 25 percent and curtailing water deliveries to some farmers and others, state officials said Wednesday they would start mandatory cuts this week to the state's oldest rights holders, historically spared from water restrictions.
A watchdog group's analysis shows that, out of the nearly 900 resolutions shareholders have brought to companies' annual meetings this year, nearly half are concerned with environmental and social issues, and 40 percent of those relate to climate change, energy and sustainability, E&E reports.
The Hill quotes a top lobbyist from America’s Natural Gas Alliance as saying that imposing a new tax on the natural gas industry, as proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pa., would threaten the state's energy boom and “doesn’t make any sense.”
Oil prices dropped as the dollar continued to gain on currency markets Wednesday. U.S. benchmark crude fell 52 cents to settle at $57.51 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent slid 2.6 percent, or $1.66, to $62.06, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A new building unveiled at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Tuesday, which is named after former Energy Secretary Steven Chu, is housing research into sunlight, including a quest for artificial photosynthesis, KGO reports.
Officials are investigating the cause of the discharge of oily water into the Piscataqua River from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship Ferdinand R. Hassler, which didn’t appear to have harmed wildlife or causeed any pollution onshore, the Bangor Daily News reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency does have the authority to reject a state’s air pollution plan, according to an appeals court ruling in a case brought by Kansas challenging authorities under the Cross-State Air Pollution rule, The Hill reports.