WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.
The intelligence officials were cautious in their assessment, noting that while the Russians have been arming separatists in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. had no direct evidence that the missile used to shoot down the passenger jet came from Russia.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture Tuesday, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
The verified Twitter account for the EPA's Office of Water mistakenly published a message Monday night about an online game, "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood," in which players walk red carpets, attend photo shoots and get dolled up like a Kardashian. An agency spokeswoman said the off-topic tweet was done by an intern.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved an agreement on civilian nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and Vietnam, as Washington looks to expand its relationship with its former Southeast Asian foe.
The agreement would allow U.S. companies into Vietnam's expanding market for nuclear power. The U.S. and Vietnamese governments reached the agreement in October, and it was approved by President Barack Obama in February this year. It now has to be endorsed by the full Senate. The prospects for passage remain uncertain.
Manufacturing, refiner and business executives on Tuesday called on the Obama administration to pull back its proposed carbon regulations on existing power plants, which they've threatened to oppose in court.
"We're all going to tell the EPA that this regulation is simply not workable," during the agency's planned public listening sessions next week, said Jay Timmons, president of the National Association of Manufacturers.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading Democratic senators want harsh new measures against Russia for its actions in Ukraine. They are also asking President Barack Obama to add a Ukrainian rebel group to a U.S. terrorism blacklist.
In a letter to Obama, Sens. Bob Menendez, Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin say Russia's defense, energy and finance sectors should be targeted for sanctions. They say Russian must halt weapons, equipment and training to separatists in eastern Ukraine. The senators also ask Obama to consider designating the "Donetsk People's Republic" a foreign terrorist organization.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A retired coal miner who suffers from black lung disease urged Congress on Tuesday to help clear a backlog of claims of fellow miners who have the disease.
"I look to y'all to help us to get that which we need," Robert Bailey of Princeton, West Virginia told senators at a Capitol Hill hearing. "I would like to see that Congress step in and do make some changes to help process these claims" that are taking too long.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was talking about infrastructure challenges in the age of drilling in the Bakken and Marcellus Shale, while he was being questioned about the role of renewable and sustainable energy over the long term, during a session at Carnegie Mellon University Monday that was linked to the Obama administration's Quadrennial Energy Review, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
In an abrupt move, Scott O’Malia, a Republican on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, has tendered his resignation to President Obama effective Aug. 8, after spending more than four years as a CFTC regulator, Platts reports.
Oil dropped again early Friday, retreating from previous gains, as traders decided news of a drop in Saudi supplies didn't signal a cut in OPEC production. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery fell 74 cents to $81.35 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent slid 1.2 percent, trading $1.02 lower to $85.81, Bloomberg reports.
A microbe that eats carbon and releases methane in its place – Methanoflorens stordalenmirensis – is multiplying in the Arctic melt and accelerating the global warming process, according to scientists writing in the journal Nature this week, The Washington Post reports.
Californians for Energy Independence, a political action committee backed by the oil industry, has raised $7.6 million to fight Measure P in Santa Barbara County and Measure J in San Benito County, which prohibit hydraulic fracturing, FuelFix reports.
Despite a negative assessment from an administrative law judge, the Illinois Commerce Commission has approved Commonwealth Edison’s plan to build the Grand Prairie Gateway transmission line, which could bring 1,000 more megawatts of power to the north of the state and grid operator PJM Interconnection when it’s completed in 2017, Platts reports.
Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Power has bought the Solar Gen 2 plant in California from First Solar Inc., and will sell the electricity from it on to San Diego Gas & Electric, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Scientists in New England, in a study published in the Journal of Economic Geography, have found that people were more likely to install solar panels on their roof if they live nearby someone else who had done so, The Washington Post reports.
Climate analyst Rick S. Piltz has died from cancer at age 71, he quit the George W. Bush administration after he claimed his bosses were tweaking report language to play down climate change risks, The New York Times reports.