After warnings from private security firms that Russian hackers from the "Energetic Bear" group have been targeting the computer networks of energy and industrial firms with the Havex Trojan, the Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team is asking companies to check their systems for infections, Reuters reports.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities warned Wednesday of possible power cuts at the heart of the summer tourist season as electric utility workers head for protracted strikes against government plans to break off and sell part of the country's dominant power producer.
Public Power Corporation unions have vowed to launch rolling 48-hour walkouts Thursday. They argue that electricity supply is a vital commodity that should stay under state control.
The conservative-led government insists it will carry out the sale — which was demanded by the recession-plagued country's international creditors. It is threatening to force strikers back to work with a mobilization order.
Bayer, the biggest manufacturer of neonics, which many environmentalists believe is contributing to the death of honeybees, has raised more than $2 million in the first quarter for its lobbying efforts to head off any ban of the pesticide, as well as bringing two high-powered firms on board, National Journal reports.
Nine states – West Virginia, Alabama, Alaska, Kentucky, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming – have joined a suit coal company Murray Energy filed over the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon rule in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, The Hill reports.
Delaware’s legislative session finished Tuesday without any agreement on a gasoline tax increase to fund roadway projects or a property tax hike to fund waterway cleanup, but Gov. Jack Markell still defended lawmakers’ accomplishments, The News Journal reports.
The North Dakota Industrial Commission has imposed strict new rules to reduce natural gas flaring in the state, threatening oil drillers in the Bakken Shale with production restrictions if they don’t comply, Platts reports.
Even if U.S. efforts to curb its carbon emissions are successful, the fight against climate change really depends on what China does, The New York Times reports, claiming that to achieve an economic growth rate of 5.7 percent per person, Chinese carbon emissions would nearly double by 2040.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Iraq is increasingly turning to other governments like Iran, Russia and Syria to help beat back a rampant insurgency because it cannot wait for additional American military aid, Baghdad's top envoy to the U.S. said Tuesday.
Such an alliance could test the Obama administration's influence overseas and raise risks for the U.S. as some of its main global opponents consider joining forces. Moreover, such a partnership could also solidify a Shiite-led crescent across much of the Mideast at a time when the Sunni-led insurgency in Iraq is trying to create an Islamic state through the region.
Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily stopped short of describing enduring military relationships with any of the other nations that are offering to help Iraq fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. And he said Baghdad would prefer to work with the U.S.
The Interior Department rule governing drilling on federal lands should contain “the strongest possible safeguards,” according to a letter sent to the Office of Management and Budget by Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey and 11 of his Democratic colleagues, FuelFix reports.
Agreements reached between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Indian leader’s visit to the White House include a strategic partnership to improve energy security, clean energy and climate change resilience, The Hill reports.
Ahead of the weekly stockpile report issued Wednesday, oil was trading slightly higher the day after a big plunge. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery was up 43 cents to $91.59 in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent climbed 19 cents to $94.86, Bloomberg reports.
Shares in oilfield equipment maker National Oilwell Varco have dropped some 2.6 percent since the company announced it would buy back $3 billion worth from investors, the repurchase a sign that the firm may be running out of acquisition targets, FuelFix reports.
Seven Western states are starting up an energy imbalance market this week, which offers up electricity to buyers in five-minute increments, giving them a chance to smooth out the impact of more variable renewable energy into the grid, E&E reports.
The retirement of coal plants over the next six years – pushed by tougher federal emissions regulations – should cause an increase of up to 5 billion cubic feet a day in demand for natural gas, according to Standard & Poor’s Ratings Direct, Platts reports.
Claiming in a report that African-Americans bear a greater brunt of the health impacts from the use of coal as an energy source, the NAACP is calling for a more just energy policy in Utah and across the rest of the country, which would encourage developing alternative energy and clean energy, according to the Deseret News.
As technology advances -- with the availability of cheap sensors and a proliferation of software to help collect and analyze the data they gather -- the drive toward more energy efficiency in buildings is getting a big boost, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A special fund launched in Mexico Tuesday will handle income from the country’s oil and gas sector -– which has been newly opened to private investment –- giving some of it to the federal government and directing some to long-term savings, The Wall Street Journal reports.