CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela has quietly seized control of two oil rigs owned by a unit of Houston-based Superior Energy Services after the company shut them down because the state oil monopoly was months behind on payments.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast, President Barack Obama signed an executive order Friday to make it easier for states and local governments to respond to weather disasters.
The Environmental Protection Agency's air pollution chief on Friday defended the Obama administration's public engagement on planned climate change regulations in an apparent response to criticism that officials are avoiding contact with coal-dependent states.
"In carrying our President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, EPA is conducting unprecedented and vigorous outreach and public engagement with key stakeholders and the general public," asserted Janet McCabe, EPA's acting assistant administrator for air and radiation, in a posting on the agency's website.
President Barack Obama will sign an executive order directing agencies to focus on climate resiliency in assisting local governments and creating a task force of state and local leaders to advise the government on climate policy, The New York Times reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden and senior Obama administration officials convinced a number of senators on Thursday to hold off on another round of Iran sanctions as Western powers test Tehran's willingness to scale back its nuclear aims.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., is hopeful that recent discussions will lead Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to visit his state and see the importance of coal to the state's economy, National Journal reports.
"Coal keeps the lights on," Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., told a rally of miners in Washington this week. The protesters, described as "subdued" by the Wall Street Journal, were in Washington to kick off a new push to stop, slow down or water down proposed and prospective regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
But there are indications that the lights are getting a little dimmer for coal as a mainstay of American power generation -- and not just because of the EPA regulations or President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan.
Opponents have dubbed the regulations and plan part of a "War on Coal". They argue that by imposing tight limits on pollution, the administration is trying to kill coal.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday ordered a department strategy to mitigate environmental impacts from fossil and renewable energy production on public lands, which she said will encourage development "in the right ways and in the right places."
Announced at a National Press Club speech, Jewell said the order, her first as secretary, was intended to require mitigation of development impacts through conservation and restoration.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked President Barack Obama's picks for a powerful federal court and a housing regulatory agency, prompting Democrats to threaten curtailing the GOP's ability to derail nominations.
The problems in Ukraine are unlikely to trigger faster action by the Obama administration on natural gas exports, a White House spokesman appeared to indicate Friday, as he noted that supplies in Europe are at higher-than-normal levels because of the mild winter there, according to Reuters.
Public Service Enterprise Group plans to spend $12 billion over five years on capital projects to improve reliability, hoping to increase the earnings of its utility business, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Weather-related rail bottlenecks in Chicago are causing higher prices and lower supplies of ethanol on the East coast, while Midwest plants are cutting production because of a shortage of rail cars, an industry representative told a U.S. Surface Transportation Board panel, Platts reports.
Investors will challenge corporations during the upcoming proxy season to make more environmental commitments, according to nonprofit Ceres, which has compiled a list of resolutions up for votes, E&E reports.
Saying President Obama's proposed "climate resilience fund" will help communities prepare better for severe weather might win it bipartisan support, according to Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, National Journal reports.