SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell made a pitch Wednesday for a privately funded youth conservation corps and sought donations for the effort from executives at an outdoor-gear trade show.
Jewell said budget paralysis in Washington has forced her to seek help from the private sector. As she walked the showroom floor of the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, she asked major players for money to put 100,000 youths to work on public lands.
"We're not waiting for Congress to act," said Jewell, a businesswoman who headed retailer Recreational Equipment Inc., or REI, for more than a decade before joining President Barack Obama's cabinet last year. "We want to get started this spring."
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal appeals court Wednesday ruled in favor of environmental groups that claimed the U.S. government conducted a flawed environmental review before selling $2.7 billion in petroleum leases off Alaska's northwest coast in 2008.
The lawsuit had been filed by 15 environmental or Alaska Native groups, who called for an immediate suspension of drilling until a more adequate assessment is completed on drilling's possible effects on polar bears, walrus, ice seals, endangered whales and coastlines used by Alaska Native subsistence hunters.
"President Obama now has the chance to do right by the Arctic and the planet by keeping oil drilling out of the Chukchi Sea," said Earthjustice attorney Eric Grafe, who represented the groups, in a prepared statement. "It makes no sense to open up the fragile, irreplaceable, and already melting Arctic Ocean to risky drilling for dirty oil that will only exacerbate climate change already wreaking havoc on the Arctic and elsewhere."
President Barack Obama's energy team has been making the rounds in the runup to the State of the Union address next week -- and making sure to accentuate the positive.
Tough challenges lie ahead, however, during Obama's self-described "year of action," ones that will test whether his balanced approach to energy, as new presidential adviser John Podesta calls it, helps or hurts Democrats at the ballot box this fall.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Wednesday threw cold water on speculation that the Obama administration will take a fresh look at the ban on most exports of crude oil, which oil companies and a key Republican senator say is outdated.
Asked if the U.S. could export oil without raising domestic gasoline prices, Moniz said the administration is not looking at the ban, despite his comments last month that appeared to signal support for a review in light of flat demand and soaring production.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Here's a little secret about the State of the Union address that President Barack Obama will deliver next week: He'll give Congress a long list of requests but few likely will be approved. That's just the reality of a politically divided government.
Take a look at what happened after last year's speech. Congress was not in a giving mood, stalling or downright ignoring Obama legislative priorities such as gun legislation, immigration, a minimum wage hike and universal preschool. The president did better with his own to-do list, but even there the administration was still wrapping up some of his pledges just days before his 2014 State of the Union address.
Indeed, when Obama delivers his speech Tuesday before a joint session of Congress, it might sound familiar. Heavy on economic themes, the address will again appeal for action on immigration and the minimum wage, and in the event Congress once again balks, he'll offer narrower programs that he could initiate on his own.
A cartoon advertisement by the American Petroleum Institute poking fun at the anti-Keystone XL camp of cowboys and Native Americans in Washington this week has drawn fire from some of the protest participants, FuelFix reports.
Polls released Thursday by the American Petroleum Institute and the conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports found support among U.S. voters for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, The Hill reports.
Lawmakers from North Dakota’s congressional delegation discussed oil train safety with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx as he visited the site of last year’s derailment and explosion in Casselton, The Hill reports.
A White House spokesman Wednesday night challenged a report by Rolling Stone that President Barack Obama will decide against the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project, saying on Twitter that "nobody knows" his thinking, National Journal reports.