By announcing the Environmental Protection Agency's rule limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants himself, President Obama will bring the issue far more attention, but his move could damage vulnerable Senate Democrats running for re-election in energy-producing states, analysts told E&E.
SHANGHAI (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin, facing isolation in the West over Ukraine, received a diplomatic boost Tuesday on a state visit to China, where he hopes to extend his country's dealings with Asia.
Putin met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the start of a two-day conference on Asian security with leaders from Iran and Central Asia.
The two governments are negotiating a multibillion-dollar sale of Russian gas to China, and officials have said a deal might be completed in time to be signed during Putin's visit.
BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday warned the United States was jeopardizing military ties by charging five Chinese officers with cyberspying and tried to turn the tables on Washington by calling it "the biggest attacker of China's cyberspace."
China announced it was suspending cooperation with the United States in a joint cybersecurity task force over Monday's charges that officers stole trade secrets from major American companies. The Foreign Ministry demanded Washington withdraw the indictment.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Just as ethanol producers have been seeing the industry's most profitable months ever, the federal government is considering whether to lower the amount of the corn-based fuel that must be blended into gasoline.
That could be a serious blow to a biofuels industry that saw booms and busts connected to corn and petroleum prices before a renewable fuel standard approved by Congress in 2007 acted as a stabilizing factor.
The U.S. could do better in its dealings with the Arctic Council, the international body that coordinates activities in the region, according to a report made public Monday by the Government Accountability Office.
It notes that melting ice is opening up for opportunities for Arctic shipping, trade and drilling, but if the country is to make the most of them it needs to be clear about its goals and the best ways to accomplish them.
The 74-page report recommended the U.S., one of eight states bordering the Arctic which make up the Council, earmark a specific budget and put in place a more formal structure under which the State Department, which coordinates the activities of a number of agencies, can operate.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown says California is at "the epicenter" of the effects of a warming planet as the state experiences longer fire seasons and more destructive wildland blazes.
The Democratic governor spoke Monday at a conference about climate change. His address comes as scientists warn that a hotter climate will lead to more frequent and intense wildfires throughout the West and after scientists confirmed that the huge West Antarctic ice sheet is beginning to collapse.
States that belong to regional transmission organizations could have problems with the Environmental Protection Agency’s upcoming rule regulating carbon emissions for existing power plants, according to a study commissioned by the American Public Power Association, Platts reports.
A new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency is intended to protect marine life from the dangers posed by cooling water systems at factories and power plants.
The EPA published the regulation Monday under the Clean Water Act, applying to facilities that draw more than 2 million gallons of water per day and use at least a quarter of that water for cooling. The measure will affect 521 factories and 544 power plants, the agency said, adding that technology already exists to improve systems to minimize fish kills.
Norman Bay, the administration’s pick to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will likely face tough questioning from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee at his confirmation hearing Tuesday, with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a possible barometer of the lawmakers’ reaction to the nominee, E&E reports.
The Obama administration's regulation on existing power plant emissions due next month will try to achieve the largest amount of carbon reductions at a low cost without harming electric reliability, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday.
Joining Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz during an online chat to promote the administration's climate change agenda, McCarthy said President Obama himself will unveil the rule in June, which she said is a “strong indication” of the importance he attaches to the issue.
Proposals to tighten safety standards for crude carried by rail were published in the Federal Register Friday by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, kicking off a period for public comment that will run for 60 days, The Hill reports.
Environmental groups have submitted a petition to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, charging an Environmental Protection Agency rule that sets a new deadline for states to submit plans to reduce fine particle pollution violates the Clean Air Act and asking for a review, E&E reports.
With a glut in the Atlantic basin and weaker demand, crude oil Friday dropped to its lowest settlements in months in New York and London despite continued crises in the Middle East and Ukraine. U.S. benchmark crude for September delivery finished the week more than 4 percent lower, falling 29 cents to close at $97.88 a barrel on the Nymex, its lowest settlement since February, while Brent crude tumbled $1.18 to $104.84, Reuters reports.
Although Libyan ports and oilfields have been reopening, sending oil prices tumbling globally, analysts warn that the worst violence to wrack the country since its 2011 civil war shows little sign of abating and the oil industry there remains at risk, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The three West Coast governors, all Democrats -- Jerry Brown of California, Jay Inslee of Washington and John Kitzhaber of Oregon -- have sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, expressing their opposition to including any oil or gas lease sales from their area in her department’s updated plan for the Outer Continental Shelf, The Associated Press reports.
Opening up more areas to offshore drilling -- including parts of the Pacific -- would generate around $160 billion over a period of less than 20 years, according to more than 160 Republican Congressmen who sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell about her department’s updated plan for the Outer Continental Shelf, The Hill reports.
The latest round of sanctions against Russia over its policy in Ukraine, which would require permits for exporting oil technology to Moscow, poses a problem for Exxon Mobil, which has plans to drill for oil in partnership with state-owned Rosneft in the Arctic and elsewhere, National Journal reports.
The cost of battery technology will have to come down by more than half, but Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk – speaking to investors during a week when he announced partnership with Panasonic to build a battery gigafactory -- is confident that will happen and electric vehicles will achieve price parity with those running on gasoline within 10 years, E&E reports.
Kinder Morgan affiliate El Paso Natural Gas Co. has already begun engineering work on $529 million worth of upgrades to its pipeline system in the Southwest which will enable it to deliver promised natural gas to Mexico, agreed in a 21-year deal signed with the country’s electricity commission, FuelFix reports.
The BNSF Railway is some 811,000 short tons behind on coal deliveries to the Sherco power plant northwest of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy has told the Surface Transportation Board, warning that if the plant runs out of coal it will stop producing electricity, Platts reports.