Republican gains in state capitols don’t look set to threaten the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in the Northeast -- to the contrary, the victory for Democrat Tom Wolf, who defeated Gov. Tom Corbett, R-Pa., could expand the carbon trading market by bringing Pennsylvania into the fold, National Journal reports.
HAWAII NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii (AP) — An environmental review for constructing an emergency access route along a lava-covered section of a Hawaii road identifies concerns including the spread of invasive species and possible harm to endangered birds.
The National Park Service has agreed to accommodate two-way traffic on an alternate route to Puna to prepare for lava expected to flow over the district's main road.
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials used a state trip by President Xi Jinping and other high-level visits to smuggle ivory out of Tanzania, an environmental watchdog said in a report Thursday that cast doubt over Beijing's efforts to stamp out the illegal trade that has led to rampant elephant poaching throughout Africa.
China is the world's largest importer of smuggled tusks, and Tanzania is the largest source of poached ivory, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency said. Poaching in Tanzania alone has killed half of the country's elephants in the past five years, the group said in the report.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans' resounding victory gives them an opportunity to push legislation that's been bottled up in the Democratic Senate, from targeting elements of President Barack Obama's health care law to constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to rolling back environmental regulations.
Democrats suffered an electoral drubbing in Tuesday's midterms, and Republicans regained control of the Senate and widely expanded their majority in the House. In command in both chambers in January, Republicans maintained that they have to show they can govern or else voters will show them the door.
The plan by Senate Republicans to pass a Keystone XL pipeline approval bill will put Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska onto the national stage, a role that she has been preparing to take on for more than a year.
Murkowski is in line to become the next chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee under the new GOP majority. The post will take on additional importance with incoming Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell's vow to pass bills to advance the U.S. fossil energy boom and pressure the Obama administration over its environmental regulations.
Approval of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline and spending language to shut down carbon regulations will be among bills the new Republican majority will send to President Barack Obama next year, Sen. Mitch McConnell said Wednesday, in a move to fulfill two top campaign promises.
Obama sidestepped the threat of the Keystone bill getting to his desk, however. Asked at a news conference if he would veto an approval bill, Obama said only that he won't intervene in the ongoing State Department review of TransCanada's permit application.
The North American Electric Reliability Corp. is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to put off implementing its rule limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants because it doesn’t provide enough time to replace coal-fired generation that would be forced offline, Bloomberg reports.
Oil was little changed early Thursday, following a dramatic drop the day before that had been triggered by news of a big build in U.S. crude stockpiles. West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery was up 8 cents to $44.53 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent gained 34 cents to $48.81, Bloomberg reports.
Fifty conservative groups, led by the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, have sent a letter to Congress opposing the idea of increasing the federal gasoline tax to pay for highway infrastructure projects, USA Today reports.
Although the Commerce Department has cleared some companies to export lightly processed condensate, the Bureau of Industry and Security is asking questions of others, including Marathon Oil, people familiar with the matter have told Reuters.
A coalition of eight environmental and animal welfare groups -- including the Environmental Integrity Project and the Humane Society -- is suing the Environmental Protection Agency, demanding that EPA regulate emissions from large confined animal livestock facilities, The Des Moines Register reports.
The Republican-controlled House Natural Resources Committee has backed an amendment to the panel’s oversight plan – proposed by ranking member Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz. – saying that it will consider the impact of climate change on federal lands and natural resources, The Hill reports.
New Jersey lawmakers are moving bills through the state legislature that would override objections by the state Board of Public Utilities to the Fishermen’s Energy offshore wind project, the South Jersey Times reports.