Oil slump threatens easy life of affluent Norwegians

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Losing his job on a Norwegian oil rig meant more to Kristoffer Sandberg than saying goodbye to a high salary. It has caused a shift down in lifestyle and expectations, something an increasing number of people in this small oil-rich country are facing.

After a decade of an oil and gas boom, plunging energy prices are shaking the Norwegians out of a Utopian reverie that guaranteed workers lengthy summer vacations, generous health and social benefits and allowed them to leave work at 4 p.m. and even earlier on Fridays.

Lankford, Loebsack speak at biofuels forum

Washington, February 24, 2015, 8:00 am

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, address CQ Roll Call forum on future of advanced biofuels and Renewable Fuel Standard.

DOE open meeting on National Energy Laboratories

Washington, February 24, 2015, 10:15 am

Energy Department open commission meeting on effectiveness of National Energy Laboratories.

EPA, North Dakota reach accord on pesticide inspections

The Environmental Protection Agency and North Dakota have agreed to resume pesticide inspections that meet federal standards by September 30, the agency's inspector general said in a report Monday.

Inspections at pesticide manufacturers and of pesticide imports through North Dakota have failed to meet federal standards for years, the quick action report concluded. At issue is the quality of state reports and the lack of federal inspections since at least 2013.

The report found that the state does not have federally credentialed inspectors, and even so, EPA's Region 8 office, which oversees six western states, failed to conduct inspections on the state's pesticide producer establishments since 2013 and has not inspected any imports into the state since 2011. 

EU opens in-depth probe of GE takeover of Alstom power unit

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union opened an in-depth probe of General Electric's $14.1 billion takeover of the power division of French company Alstom on Monday fearing higher prices and less choice.

The European Commission made the move Monday after an initial investigation "indicates potential competition concerns in the market for heavy-duty gas turbines," which are used in gas-fired power plants, it said in a statement.


US stocks edge mostly lower on oil slump

The slump in crude oil prices and disappointing U.S. home sales data helped nudge stocks mostly lower on Monday, pulling the market back from an all-time high reached last week.

Oil drilling companies and homebuilders notched broad declines, while traders bid up shares in utilities stocks.

Markey to probe funding for climate research

The Hill

Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., says he will ask fossil fuel companies how much money they’ve put into research challenging the causes of climate change, in the wake of a story in The New York Times that alleged climate skeptic Willie Soon took funding from oil and coal companies but didn’t consistently note it when publishing his research, The Hill reports.

DOJ subpoena covers information on West Coast climate pact


Supporters of the West Coast climate alliance known as the Pacific Coast Collaborative -– which includes California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia -- say it won’t be affected by the resignation of John Kitzhaber as Oregon governor, although the Department of Justice subpoena supporting its investigation into his administration seeks information about the PCC, E&E reports.

Podesta departure leaves McCarthy leading charge for carbon limits


With the departure of senior adviser John Podesta from the White House, it’s falling to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to take the lead on pushing the Obama administration’s moves to limit carbon emissions from power plants, Politico reports.

Another northern California county looking at green alternative to PG&E

San Jose Mercury News

The San Mateo County board of supervisors will vote Tuesday on whether to spend $300,000 on a study looking at the feasibility of fulfilling the county's electricity needs by buying green power on the open market instead of relying on Pacific Gas & Electric, the San Jose Mercury News reports.


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