Senior White House adviser John Podesta wrote a two-page letter to environmental groups defending the Obama administration's record on climate change issues in response to their criticism of his "all of the above" energy policy, The Washington Post reports.
A successful run by second-term Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., for the Senate this fall would elevate one of the House's conservative voices on energy policy into the national spotlight.
Lankford, 45, who represents Oklahoma City, was given the chairmanship of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's energy panel in 2013. He has been a strong booster of the state's oil and gas industry and a critic of President Barack Obama's energy and environmental policies.
President Obama's top science adviser told Platts TV that the quadrennial energy review due out next year won't be ignored, because of the wide net the White House is casting for input, National Journal reports.
In the wake of the recent bitter cold spell, Ohio Governor John Kasich has declared an energy emergency to make it easier to get supplies of heating oil and propane where they need to go in the state, WKYC reports.
States would have to inspect chemical storage facilities as often as every three years under a planned bill to be jointly introduced by West Virginia's senators and Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer.
The bill will be formally unveiled later this month by Boxer, D-Calif. and Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, they said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says he won't be pushed into making a decision on the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, despite pressure from Canada and other pipeline supporters for quick action.
At a joint appearance Friday with Canada's foreign affairs minister John Baird, Kerry said he has not received a crucial environmental report on the $7 billion pipeline, which would carry oil from western Canada to refineries in Texas.
Kerry said "a lot of questions" have been raised on the 1,700-mile pipeline proposed by Calgary-based TransCanada. He said the questions require answers.
Another political battle line has been drawn over climate change early in the midterm election year, with a coalition of key environmental groups sending a letter to President Obama urging him to apply a climate test to all important decisions facing his administration, The Washington Post reports.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Delaying action on global warming will only increase the costs and reduce the options for dealing with the worst effects of climate change, according to a draft report by U.N. experts.
The final draft of the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, says that global warming will continue to increase unless countries shift quickly to clean energy and cut emissions.
It said that despite national policies and international efforts aimed at mitigating climate change, emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are warming the planet grew 2.2 percent per year on average between 2000 and 2010, compared to 1.3 percent per year from 1970 to 2000.
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.
Rosebud Sioux Tribe member Gary Dorr, at the protest camp against the Keystone XL project set up this week on the National Mall, told National Journal he worries about the effects any leaks from the proposed pipeline might have on the Ogallala Aquifer.
General Electric is set for its biggest-ever acquisition, looking to pick up the French firm Alstom, which builds power plants and trains, in a deal with a price tag of more than $13 billion, sources tell Bloomberg.
Benchmark U.S. crude for June delivery gained 18 cents to $101.62 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex Thursday, after falling the day before to the lowest close in more than two weeks, while Brent crude gained 9 cents to $109.20 in London, Bloomberg reports.
With just over six months to go until November elections, a poll commissioned by The New York Times finds Senate incumbents vulnerable in four important Southern states, with Republicans having the edge but victory not out of reach for Democrats.
Japan is protesting that limiting ships to 49 meters wide in the expanded Panama Canal would exclude the giant Q-Flex carrier, which would affect possible U.S. LNG export deals, The Wall Street Journal reports
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox handed over documents an environmental group had requested about the state’s decision to join in a protest over proposed fracking regulation on federal land, the Great Falls Tribune reports.
Rancher Cliven Bundy, in his well-publicized dispute with the Bureau of Land Management, has tapped into long-held Western resentment over extensive federal land ownership in the region, The New York Times reports.
A new ethane export facility along the Gulf Coast in Texas could handle 240,000 barrels per day and help relieve the growing glut of the liquefied gas, according to project developer Enterprise Products Partners, FuelFix reports.