WASHINGTON (AP) — Making Sen. Max Baucus the next ambassador to China reflects the importance the U.S. places on advancing its economic relationship with Beijing despite recent strains on security issues.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — An experiment to see if killing invasive barred owls will help the threatened northern spotted owl reverse its decline toward extinction is underway in the forests of Northern California.
DE KALB, Miss. (AP) — America's newest, most expensive coal-fired power plant under development by Southern Company in Kemper County, Miss., is hailed as one of the cleanest on the planet, thanks to government-backed technology that removes carbon dioxide and keeps it out of the atmosphere.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — South Sudan's central government lost control of the capital of a key oil-producing state Sunday, the military said, as renegade forces loyal to a former deputy president seized more territory in fighting that has raised fears of full-blown civil war in the world's newest country.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in a weekend interview noted the challenges posed by methane emissions, but stressed that carbon dioxide reduction remains the Obama administration's top priority in its Climate Action Plan, National Journal reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrat in line to chair the Senate's most powerful committee is a liberal Oregonian who has been an occasional thorn in the side of the intelligence community, the Obama administration and his own party.
For Sen. Ron Wyden, the only job better than leading the Senate Finance Committee and its jurisdiction over taxes, trade and health care policy might be starting forward for the Portland Trailblazers.
The Interior Department's internal watchdog said Friday that officials pressured an environmental contractor to lower its estimate of the number of jobs that would be lost under a proposed rule to protect streams near controversial mountaintop coal mines.
The finding appeared to validate complaints by congressional Republicans that the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement tried to change review methods after its environmental contractor initially estimated that 7,000 mining jobs would be lost and 22 states economically harmed under the rule.
House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton leveled fresh criticism of President Obama’s energy policies after a report from the Congressional Research Service found that oil and gas production declined on federal leases, The Hill reports.
Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude gained 1 cent to settle at $103.76 a barrel on the Nymex after the Energy Information Administration reported a hike in U.S. inventories last week, while in London Brent rose 24 cents to close at $109.60 a barrel, the highest level in six weeks, according to Bloomberg.
Former President Jimmy Carter signed a letter with other Nobel laureates declaring the proposed pipeline would contribute to global “climate upheaval,” and should be rejected by the Obama administration, Bloomberg reports.
Keystone XL opponents Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., submitted comments to the State Department urging Secretary John Kerry to face up to “the reality of climate change” and reject the proposed project.
Clean energy investment is on the rise again after two years of declines, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which estimates new money coming into the sector increased by more than $4 billion, or 9 percent, in the first quarter, led by demand for rooftop solar panels.
Bonds may be the best way to raise money for clean energy projects, says a report from the Brookings Institution, although the think tank notes that few developers have used bonds because of difficulties in accessing the markets, E&E reports.
On expectations that the California Public Utilities Commission will adopt its proposed decision barring utilities from charging fees to connect solar systems that use battery storage, SolarCity anticipates returning to file applications to connect the systems in the state, Bloomberg reports.
Only about 200 of Ford's F-150 pickups that can run on compressed natural gas have been sold, FuelFix reports, noting that company officials predict interest will grow once the vehicle gets more established in the market.
California’s extreme drought conditions finally may get residents and communities past the psychological hump that’s been turning them away from recycling wastewater to get drinking water, National Journal reports.
If the U.S. energy boom is to be sustainable, new technology will have to be brought into play to get more out of fracking wells, former Energy Department assistant secretary Charles McConnell told a Houston symposium, FuelFix reports.