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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Several Republican candidates who’ve voted to end ethanol subsidies and oppose the renewable fuel standard are set to speak to an agriculture industry gathering in Iowa this weekend, risking a backlash from America’s Renewable Future, the group that is promoting ethanol interests in the 2016 presidential campaign, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general has issued a report questioning EPA’s decision to use Title 42 authority to pay 23 employees salaries above the normal cap of $201,700 a year, The Hill reports.
House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop, R-Utah, is slamming the Interior Department’s “same old, same old” $13.2 billion budget request while ranking member Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., praised the agency for bringing in more money than it spends through its energy leasing policies, The Hill reports.
Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., told a hearing Thursday on the Torrance refinery explosion that he would ask the U.S. Chemical Safety Board to investigate the accident, while outside the hearing refinery workers issued warnings about safety practices, KCLA reports.
Concerns about attacks on oil facilities in Libya and Iraq pushed oil prices higher early Friday. U.S. benchmark crude increased 10 cents to $50.86 a barrel, while London Brent was 50 cents higher at $60.98, Reuters reports.
The circumstances surrounding New Jersey’s $250 million dollar settlement with Exxon Mobil over industrial pollution should be examined by a federal prosecutor, according to state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who is skeptical about the motives of GOP Gov. Chris Christie's staff, NJ Advance Media reports.
Republican Aric Nesbitt, chairman of the Michigan House Committee on Energy Policy, has proposed ending the state's 15 years of electricity market competition, but his plan was immediately greeted by a chorus of criticism, The Associated Press reports.
Calling a truce with longtime critic ForestEthics, 3M Co. is promising to trace the source of the paper and pulp it buys and refuse purchases of material from threatened forests, the Star Tribune reports.