Analysts see crude export ban diminshing, but no quick death


Energy market analysts including IHS Inc. say the U.S. ban on exports of crude oil will continue to weaken as the Commerce Department allows exceptions for different varieties of crude, eventually making the restriction obsolete through attrition, Bloomberg reports.

Minnesota posts carbon reduction through incentives, renewable plans

The New York Times

The New York Times examines a carbon-emissions-reduction plan in Minnesota that is making significant progress at a limited cost.

Bald eagles expand territory in California islands

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bald eagles have expanded their range in the Channel Islands off the coast of California, where a nesting pair has been found on San Clemente Island for the first time in more than 50 years, an official said Thursday.

The discovery means bald eagles have re-established territories on five of the eight islands in the chain and experts expect their return to all eight islands within a few years.

UN Security Council sets urgent meeting on Ukraine

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Friday morning on Ukraine.

Britain's U.N. Mission said Thursday it requested the meeting and later tweeted that it is set for 10 a.m. Friday.

Growing wildfire empties small Wash. town

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington sheriff says a small town and nearby hospital threatened by a wind-whipped wildfire have been evacuated, and the blaze has burned at least 35 homes in his county.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says he's heard of no injuries from the Carlton Complex of wildfires.

Analysts downplay Russia sanctions impact on BP


Though BP lost as much as $4.4 billion in market value on Thursday as investors reacted to new Western sanctions on Russia, analysts say the company won't see much effect from the sanctions despite its significant investment in Rosneft, FuelFix reports.

Group threatens lawsuit against SEC on disclosure rules

The Hill

Oxfam America says it will file suit against the Securities and Exchange Commission unless the SEC moves to expedite a  rule to require mining and energy companies to disclose their payments to foreign governments, The Hill reports.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing on Sherwood-Randall nomination

Washington, July 24, 2014, 10:00 am

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the nomination of Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall to become Energy Department deputy secretary, replacing Dan Poneman.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommitee hearing on conservation bills

Washington, July 23, 2014, 2:30 pm

Senate Energy and Natural Resources National Parks Subcommittee hearing on pending conservation bills. 

Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on flood insurance

Washington, July 23, 2014, 2:30 pm

Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing, "Insuring our Future: Building a Flood Insurance Program We Can Live With, Grow With, and Prosper With." Witnesses include Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate.


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