In Poland on the first stop of his European visit this week, President Obama said the Ukraine crisis highlighted the need for greater energy efficiency and energy security on the continent, The Hill reports.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday told Bulgaria to suspend preparatory work on the Russian gas pipeline South Stream, which will bypass Ukraine to bring supplies into the heart of Europe.
EU Commission spokeswoman Sabine Berger said Tuesday that work on the line should not proceed until the Bulgarian government gives clear answers on antitrust concerns over ownership. She added that "the project should be reevaluated in the light of the EU's energy security priorities."
The standoff over Ukraine has forced the 28-nation EU into a sudden rethink of its energy policies to make it less reliant on Russia and its state-owned gas giant Gazprom.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Two of the Southwest's largest coal-fired power plants straddle the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico, one within clear view of the other.
But one of them didn't factor into the Obama administration's plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions across the nation because it is on an American Indian reservation.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it will hold off on emissions standards for four power plants on reservations to talk further with tribes and give them an opportunity to create cleanup plans of their own. If the tribes decline, the federal government will craft plans for them.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States plans to increase its military presence in Europe by sending in more American troops.
Obama is speaking at a joint news conference in Warsaw with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. Obama says his new initiative will involve prepositioning more U.S. military equipment in Europe as well.
Obama says he's calling on Congress to provide up to $1 billion to support the effort.
BEIJING (AP) — President Barack Obama's proposal to curb U.S. greenhouse gas emissions might improve the chances of completing a global climate treaty but is unlikely to defuse demands by China, India and others for Americans to do more.
Governments have set a goal of signing an agreement next year in Paris to curb emissions of climate-changing gases. Unlike the previous 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which exempted developing nations from emissions limits, this deal is supposed to cover every country. Progress has been stymied by conflict over how much of the burden poor countries should bear.
States and utilities will have slightly less of a challenge meeting the Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon rule proposed for existing power plants in part because the EPA selected 2005 as a baseline year for comparisons, The Wall Street Journal reports.
California’s emissions laws are already tougher than the standards proposed in the new EPA rule regulating carbon from power plants, the Los Angeles Times reports, noting that officials in the state are hoping to be able to cash in on opportunities the regulation presents.
The power substation in San Jose where a sniper attack last year raised concern about the security of the country’s grid has been breached again, according to Pacific Gas and Electric, which said thieves cut through a fence and stole some equipment, The New York Times reports.
A corn ethanol plant at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon, which Valero Energy Corp. bought in March, has restarted, FuelFix reports. It is expected to boost the company’s output to 1.3 billion gallons a year, making Valero the country’s third-largest ethanol producer.
Oil looks set to finish out the week higher in the wake of another positive piece of data on the U.S. economy, news of an unexpected rise in consumer confidence. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery was up 66 cents to $95.21 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude settled 35 cents higher to $102.81, Bloomberg reports.
Fighting in Tripoli may have been escalating, but in the east of Libya, the key oil port of Es Sider is once again getting a flow of crude from oilfields after exports there resumed last week following a one-year hiatus, an official told The Wall Street Journal.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., listed her parents’ home in New Orleans as her address in filing last week to qualify for the ballot in Louisiana, prompting some critics to question her residency status, The Washington Post reports.
Clean Air Act violations for the release of phosgene, methyl chloride and oleum at a West Virginia facility between 2006 and 2010 will cost DuPont $1.3 million in fines, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department said in announcing a settlement, The Hill reports.
A project to build a big $25 billion water tunnel system in Northern California poses water quality problems to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and a possible threat to smelt and salmon, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter accompanying comments posted online, the Los Angeles Times reports.