BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections even though Congress has blocked such protections from taking effect, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday.
They could determine the greater sage grouse is heading toward possible extinction, but they would be unable to intervene under the Endangered Species Act. The bird's fate instead remains largely in the hands of the 11 individual states where they are found.
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state's largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.
The proposal was part of a broader package that the Democrat said would help the state meet a 2008 mandate to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming. It sets an overall limit on heat-trapping gases similar to a program that California launched nearly three years ago.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.
Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said Wednesday that he is recommending a ban. Cuomo says he is deferring to Martens and Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker in making the decision.
Zucker and Martens on Wednesday summarized the findings of their environmental and health reviews. They concluded that shale gas development using high-volume hydraulic fracturing carried unacceptable risks that haven't been sufficiently studied.
Martens says the Department of Environmental Conservation will put out a final environmental impact statement early next year, and after that he'll issue an order prohibiting fracking.
New York has had a ban on shale gas development since the environmental review began in 2008.
WASHINGTON (AP) — With little fanfare to mark a rare bipartisan achievement, President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a massive, $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the government operating over the next nine months.
The legislation was a compromise that angered liberals and conservatives alike but avoided a government shutdown and put off partisan clashes over immigration to next year.
The Senate confirmed dozens on nominees in the final hours of a lame duck session Tuesday, including two of President Barack Obama's picks to oversee energy policy.
Colette Honorable was approved for a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on a voice vote, after the Senate voted 65-28 on a procedural motion to advance to final confirmation. All of the votes against moving to confirmation were cast by Republicans.
At a meeting organized by the advocacy group Ohio Green Energy Economy, speakers slammed state lawmakers for freezing renewable energy targets, with some saying arguments for the move in the legislature were based on out-of-date figures about the costs, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
California Democratic State Sen. Kevin de Leon, the body’s President Pro Tem, says he plans to introduce a bill that would force the state’s public pension funds to divest money they have in coal stocks, E&E reports.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the legal basis for the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards limiting hazardous emissions in the air, including mercury, but depending on how the justices word their ruling, their decision could torpedo the grounds industry is using to fight EPA’s rule on carbon emissions, E&E reports.
Members of the Yurok tribe near the Redwood National Park are making money these days from growing and managing their forest instead of cutting trees for lumber, selling carbon credits to oil companies and other businesses under California’s cap-and-trade program, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Following a complaint filed from SolarWorld three years ago that triggered a long-running trade dispute, the Commerce Department has settled on tariffs for solar products from China: Up to 78 percent on solar panels made on the mainland, and up to 27 percent on solar cells made in Taiwan, The New York Times reports.
After suing Exxon Mobil for $8.9 billion in damages for wetland contamination in northern New Jersey, the state has suddenly settled the case for $250 million shortly before a judge was expected to issue a ruling for damages, The New York Times reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s rules to limit power plant carbon emissions and clarify its jurisdiction over bodies of water are top of the hit list for lawmakers like Rep. Bill Flores, R-Fla., attending the Conservative Political Action Conference, McClatchy reports.
The American Meteorological Society has sent a letter to Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., saying that his investigation into the funding behind climate studies “sends a chilling message to all academic researchers,” National Journal reports.
The Forest Service needs to increase harvesting in the Tongass National Forest or timber mills in Alaska’s southeast will start to go bust, Energy and Natural Resources chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told its chief Tom Tidwell at a hearing Thursday, E&E reports.
Fleet cards issued by the U.S. General Services Administration have been illegally used to pay for $2.4 million worth of gasoline by government workers filling up their own personal cars, News4 Washington reports.
The California state senate has announced it will hold three days of public hearings to examine the operations of the Public Utilities Commission, already in the spotlight for its closeness with the companies it regulates, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Members of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East will decide Monday whether to appeal a judge’s dismissal of their coastal erosion lawsuit against major oil and gas companies, The Associated Press reports.