CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Tony Abbott reintroduced legislation to the Australian Parliament on Monday that would repeal a carbon tax that the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters have to pay.
The opposition center-left Labor Party and minor Greens party used their Senate majority in March to block the bills that would remove the 24.15 Australian dollar ($22.79) tax per metric ton of carbon dioxide that was introduced by a Labor government in July 2012. The bills were defeated 33 votes to 29.
But with new senators to take their seats on July 7 for the first time since Abbott's conservative coalition government took power in an election in September, the bills are expected to be passed by a narrow margin. Coal mining magnate and carbon tax critic Clive Palmer leads four new senators who have promised their allegiance to his influential Palmer United Party.
DALLAS (AP) — U.S. mayors gathered in Texas will decide whether to endorse a call for cities to use nature to fight the effects of climate change.
Attendees of the U.S. Conference of Mayors are set to vote Monday on a resolution encouraging cities to use natural solutions to "protect freshwater supplies, defend the nation's coastlines, maintain a healthy tree cover and protect air quality," sometimes by partnering with nonprofit organizations.
The measure is backed by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK, N.D. (AP) — After the last hints of sunset dip behind the hills, the North Dakota horizon comes alive with flickering orange flames of a different kind — natural gas flares.
These tiny tongues of fire burn bright against the dark prairie just beyond the boundaries of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the Badlands, where the man who later became the nation's 26th president sought solace after his wife and mother both died unexpectedly on the same day in 1884 in his native New York.
Today, the resurgent American oil industry is tapping into this rugged landscape, so the vistas that soothed Roosevelt's grief and helped instill his zeal for conservation now include oil rigs and flares used to burn off natural gas that comes to the surface.
PARIS (AP) — The final obstacle to General Electric's $17 billion takeover of Alstom's power division was overcome Sunday after the French government agreed to terms with the French engineering company's main shareholder.
Economy minister Arnaud Montebourg said on French television that the government will buy a 20-percent stake in Alstom from construction giant Bouygues SA.
The move fulfills his pledge to ensure that the French government would retain a say in jobs and decision-making at the company, which builds power plants and France's famed high-speed TGV trains. He did not comment on the final price of the stake to be bought from Bouygues.
While the Senate remains tied up in partisan knots over energy bills, the Republican-led House is set this week to take up legislation highlighting their support for expanded oil drilling, natural gas exports and the Keystone XL pipeline.
The GOP push comes as lawmakers from both chambers head home Friday to face voters during a weeklong July 4th recess, and as national average gasoline prices hover near $3.70 a gallon. That relatively high price has prompted Republicans to intensify their appeals to voters on domestic energy.
With a month to go until the deadline for reaching a nuclear deal, Chinese diplomats said Friday that Iran and major powers are making progress, having agreed on a possible framework, The Wall Street Journal reports.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco Bay Area city of Berkeley is moving forward with plans to put climate-change warning labels on gas pumps in what could be the first such requirement of its kind in the nation.
The city's community environmental advisory commission called on the city manager last week to draft an ordinance for the labels. The city council is expected to vote on the ordinance in the fall, the Oakland Tribune reported on Friday.
A draft of the possible sign posted by the San Francisco Chronicle informs drivers that burning gas releases carbon dioxide and the state has determined that carbon dioxide emissions cause global warming. It says global warming caused by carbon dioxide emissions poses a serious threat to the state's economic well-being, public health, natural resources and environment.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. issued new sanctions Friday on a slew of Ukraine separatists, including self-proclaimed rebel mayors, governors and commanders in chief of cities under siege, for refusing to cede to the central government in Kiev. The economic penalties served as a warning from Washington as Russian troops return to its border with Ukraine in what a senior U.S. official described as a new attempt to escalate the already tense environment.
The senior U.S. official said the West is still prepared to slap tougher sanctions on Russia's economic sectors to punish it for stoking unrest in Ukraine since a new government pushed out the country's pro-Moscow president in February. U.S. and European officials will discuss the possibility of additional sanctions at series of meetings next week.
So far, the U.S. has imposed sanctions against 71 individuals and entities, including in Russia, for their actions to destabilize Ukraine.
In a video recorded for release at the U.N. Climate Summit, Britain’s Prince Charles said the issue was the greatest challenge facing mankind, and there’s no time to delay in dealing with it, The Telegraph reports.
Researchers at the main campus of the University of Illinois, who are studying the impact climate change may have on food crops in the future, are seeing some potential problems, The New York Times reports.
Tracking how much condensate is being exported, or even how much is being produced, is difficult because agencies don’t have standard definitions to go by, Energy Information Administration chief Adam Sieminski said Monday, Platts reports.
An increase in a Chinese manufacturing gauge beyond analysts’ expectations sent oil higher early Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery gained 61 cents to $91.48 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent was 40 cents higher at $97.37, Bloomberg reports.
A decision on lowering OPEC’s output target won’t be made until ministers gather in Vienna in November, despite comments from the group’s Secretary General last week that a cut will likely be coming, the energy minister for United Arab Emirates said Tuesday, Bloomberg reports.
Chevron has hired an investment banking firm to see if buyers may be interested in acquiring its operations in Hawaii, including the Kapolei refinery that’s one of five the company operates domestically, FuelFix reports.
Trustees for the Port of Galveston have inked an agreement to set aside 185 acres on Pelican Island for NextDecade for six months in exchange for $100,000, as the company explores whether it’s feasible to build a facility there for LNG exports, FuelFix reports.
NASA ozone mapping has shown that particulates from smoke generated by half a dozen wildfires burning in northern California has travelled into the airspace of Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, even reaching Canada, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Russia had been maneuvering to fill the gap when Germany retreated from developing nuclear power plants in Europe in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, but the effort has been stalled by sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis, The Wall Street Journal reports.