Governor John Kasich will sign a measure putting a two-year freeze on green energy targets in Ohio, despite a coalition of 51 companies and 21 organizations sending him a letter urging him not to, his spokesman said, according to the Dayton Daily News.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants would potentially offer a big boost to natural gas producers, but some of the industry’s big guns, including the American Petroleum Institute, are fighting the regulation, National Journal reports.
Global crude oil supplies are sufficient at the moment so that countries don’t need to buy crude from Iran, but the U.S. is pausing in its efforts to shut down Tehran’s exports while nuclear talks continue, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The fight over how much power communities should have to regulate fracking is growing around the country – with Colorado facing the prospect of a massive campaign on multiple referendums in November -- and even North Dakota and Texas are looking to set limits on where rigs can be located, The Wall Street Journal reports.
BRUSSELS (AP) — President Barack Obama is meeting with two of his most important European allies — Britain and France — as they navigate shifting conditions in the Ukraine crisis now that a new government is coming to power.
Obama plans to consult Thursday with British Prime Minister David Cameron in Brussels after a gathering of world leaders at the Group of 7 summit, then hop a short flight to Paris for dinner with French President Francois Hollande. Topping the agenda was what to do about Russia and its involvement in Ukraine.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Gray wolves roaming into California from Oregon will have added protections now that a state board has listed the species as endangered despite other parts of the country relaxing rules on hunting the iconic predator.
The California Fish and Game Commission's vote Wednesday came as biologists announced that an Oregon wolf famous for hopscotching between the two states has fathered pups within about 50 miles of the border, making it a matter of time before more wolves make California home.
That wolf — known as OR-7 and carrying a GPS tracking collar — forced the debate in California that has pitted cattle ranchers against those who wish to see the packs flourish after a long hiatus. Ranchers view the predator as a threat to valuable herds.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owners of the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid federal fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
The oil came from a well owned by BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., so they are liable, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. It upheld a 2012 ruling by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who has scheduled a trial in January to help decide how much the oil giant owes in federal Clean Water Act penalties.
"We hope the court's decision will be one more step toward reaching a just conclusion for the American people," U.S. Justice Department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle said in an email.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has touted his new bill to stop the President Barack Obama's proposed regulation of power plant carbon emissions, but he can't count on support from a leading pro-coal Democrat.
A spokesman for Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., said Wednesday that he opposes McConnell's bill.
"Sen. Manchin is much more interested in using the full year between now and when the rule would become final to explore avenues that ensure recognition of the need for current and future coal resources to ensure reliability and the future of our economy," the spokesman said.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's famous wandering wolf has fathered pups with a mate in the southern Cascade Range — the first confirmed wolf pack in those mountains since the 1940s, officials said Wednesday.
Biologists made the determination after traveling Monday to a site in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest east of Medford, where photos and a GPS tracking collar showed the wolf known as OR-7 has been living with a mate.
They saw two pups peering out from a pile of logs and may have heard more, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska village that unsuccessfully pushed to build a road through a national wildlife refuge to improve its access for emergency flights at a nearby airport is turning to the courts for relief.
The city of King Cove sued the Interior Department on Wednesday over its denial of a gravel road to Cold Bay through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.
Both communities are at the tip of the Alaska Peninsula.
A host of influential Democratic politicians and policymakers descend on Las Vegas Thursday to attend the National Clean Energy Summit backed by Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, headlined this year by likely presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, National Journal reports.
SolarWorld is asking the Commerce Department to look into claims that the Chinese military hacked into its computers, suggesting that tariffs could be imposed in retaliation for cyberattacks, The New York Times reports.
Weak factory data in China and Europe weighed on oil prices Tuesday. U.S. benchmark crude for October delivery, at $95.23 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, was 73 cents lower than Friday’s close, while in London Brent crude dropped 87 cents to $101.91, Reuters reports.
In a study examining 100 water wells across the Barnett Shale last year, University of Texas researchers reported finding what could be unhealthy levels of arsenic, although an industry spokesman expressed doubt that drilling would be responsible, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports.
Sonoma County is at the forefront of a movement gaining traction in a number of places around the country: Local governments going into the business of generating clean energy for their residents, the Los Angeles Times reports.
A report for the Maine Technology Institute – commissioned by a man since fired by Gov. Paul LePage – found that the alternative energy sector holds the promise of generating jobs when backed by seed money and investment, according to the Portland Press Herald.
An analysis from the World Resources Institute says 38 percent of the world’s shale gas and oil reserves are located in areas with limited water supplies and concludes that may limit the global development of fracking, FuelFix reports.
Ahead of Toyota’s intended launch next year of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered car, an affiliate of the company has started construction on a hydrogen filling station in Nagoya, Japan, The Wall Street Journal reports.