A day after Google chairman Eric Schmidt said his company would leave the American Legislative Exchange Council because of its position on climate change issues, Facebook said it would likely sever its affiliation with the group, although it didn’t specify which issues were problematical, and Yelp confirmed it had left ALEC earlier, National Journal reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Designers of the ambitious U.S. air traffic control system of the future neglected to take drones into account, raising questions about whether it can handle the escalating demand for the unmanned aircraft and predicted congestion in the sky.
"We didn't understand the magnitude to which (drones) would be an oncoming tidal wave, something that must be dealt with, and quickly," said Ed Bolton, the Federal Aviation Administration's assistant administrator for NextGen, as the program is called.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Some 200 Polish coal miners are blocking railway tracks on the border with Russia to protest imports of cheap Russian coal, saying it threatens their jobs.
The protest Wednesday came two days after Poland's new government, led by Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, was sworn in. Also Wednesday the left-wing opposition called on Kopacz to hold an urgent debate on the mining industry.
NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama is addressing the United Nations as a commander in chief overseeing a war against militants in two Middle Eastern nations, a striking shift in the trajectory of a presidency that had been focused on ending conflicts in the region.
Instead, when he speaks to the world body Wednesday, he will cast the U.S. as the linchpin in efforts to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, administration officials said. After weeks of launching strikes against militant targets in Iraq, Obama extended the military action into Syria on Monday, joined by an unexpected coalition of five Arab nations. Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates joined the U.S. in carrying out airstrikes, while Qatar played a supporting role.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The only thing rising faster than heat-trapping gases Tuesday were the statements of urgency by world leaders, who told each other at a United Nations summit how seriously they take global warming. Binding commitments and action are to come.
President Barack Obama pressed other countries to follow the United States' lead on the issue, even as the summit revealed the many obstacles that stand in the way of wider agreements to reduce heat-trapping pollution.
The complex formula for disbursing funds from the state’s cap-and-trade program “overlooks a large number of communities,” San Francisco-area officials complained to the California Environmental Protection Agency in a letter last month, the Los Angeles Times reports.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wolves are back under federal projection after a ruling Tuesday by a federal judge in Washington, D.C.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Tuesday rejected a Wyoming wolf-management plan that had declared wolves unprotected predators that could be shot on sight in most of the state. Her ruling sided with national environmental groups that had argued Wyoming's management plan afforded insufficient protection for wolves.
NEW YORK (AP) — A speech at the United Nations. A spot next to Al Gore leading a massive climate change march. A prime speaking slot at a political conference in England.
Those big stages — all happening within a few days of each other — have become more common for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. His profile is on the rise both nationally and internationally and he is increasingly viewed in political circles as a rising star, particularly in the most liberal wing of the Democratic party.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s rule limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants would threaten energy reliability, drive up costs, is unworkable, and should be withdrawn, 102 members of Congress -- led by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky. but also including six Democrats –- wrote in a letter to President Obama last week, The Hill reports.
Stiffer rules governing the standards of tank cars carrying crude will force the cargo off the rails and onto the roads, a consultant working with the group that prepared an analysis for the Railway Supply Institute told The Wall Street Journal.
Remarks from Saudi Arabia’s oil minister over the weekend, as well as a cut in output from Libya on renewed fighting and a spate of short-covering ahead of the Christmas holiday period saw oil prices rising early Monday. West Texas Intermediate crude for February delivery was up 55 cents to $57.68 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent jumped $1.59 to $62.97, Bloomberg reports.
Banks will get serious about cleaning up their portfolios in April, which could see a rash of defaults by over-extended drillers assuming there’s no rebound in oil prices, a principal at W L Ross investment firm told FuelFix.
Alberta had planned to revamp its greenhouse gas emissions policy by the end of the year, but the drop in oil prices has moved the provincial government to put off changes to its present carbon charges until June, Bloomberg reports.
NV Energy, which is continuing to deny that its smart meters pose a fire risk, has given more than 1,000 pages of documents to the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, which is investigating the issue, and the utility also has promised to update the firmware on the meters and monitor them closely, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.
The Federal Aviation Administration is struggling to cope with requests from companies applying to use drones, and in some instances concerns of safety inspectors are being overridden, The Washington Post reports.
Advanced Energy Economy, a business association in California, has provided an analysis that claims some 432,000 people employed in the state are involved in clean energy -– including green power generation, energy conservation and energy efficiency -– the Los Angeles Times reports.