There's a lot of upbeat talk these days by President Barack Obama's environment team about working hand-in-hand with the public and industry to rein in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
Contrast that optimism with the administration's heavy silence about biofuels and the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard. There is a good reason for that caution: Obama finds himself faced with a tough choice between his stated support for home-gown fuels and the politics of the pump.
CropLife America said in a report that pesticide regulatory overlaps among the Environmental Protection Agency, Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service could cost taxpayers $474 million over the next decade, The Hill reports.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Monday offered her own rebuttal to critics who say she is avoiding coal companies and coal-dependent utilities, as the agency began its final week of public meetings on planned power plant carbon rules.
"As has been the case throughout my career in public service, I meet with everyone I can," McCarthy, in her prepared remarks, told a forum at Gordon College. "In helping develop these important standards, in the last few weeks and months alone I’ve met with industry CEOs, including coal, oil, and natural gas executives."
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry moved Sunday to reassure America's Arab friends that the United States will not allow them to be attacked "from outside," in an apparent warning to Iran.
The Obama administration will seek public comment on its recent "social cost of carbon" measurement that estimates the economic impact of greenhouse gas emissions, which may lead to revisions, Bloomberg reports.
Less than 8 percent of the crude contracted to flow through the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would come from the U.S, according to another document from TransCanada to the State Department, made public Tuesday, E&E reports.
The crude supply at the Cushing hub dropped 8 percent to 32.1 million barrels at the end of last month, the lowest since Nov. 2011, according to the Energy Information Administration, which says the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline is draining it, FuelFix reports.
Union leaders joined the American Petroleum Institute in publicly renewing their demand that the Obama administration approve construction of the northern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline, unleashing a blast of anger at the president in the process, The Hill reports.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has just one hurdle left to overcome before reaching agreement on the language of a cyber security bill, regarding liability protection, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said at a hearing Tuesday, The Hill reports.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., facing a tough re-election battle this year, stayed away from her party's round-the-clock climate speeches overnight, but got a blast of criticism from the National Republican Senatorial Committee anyway, National Journal reports.
Key bondholder Fidelity Investments may be dragging its heels, but other players involved in trying to get bankruptcy proceedings underway for Energy Future Holdings Corp. are in agreement, and hoping to move quickly on the plans, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
Industry and even backers of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell are getting frustrated with the slow pace of the rollout of her department's new master leasing plans, intended to balance the interests of companies seeking to mine the mineral wealth of federal land against those of hunters, anglers and wildlife supporters, E&E reports.
Activist investors, already successful at pushing Chesapeake Energy and other companies to cut their debt, are likely to keep up the pressure, and lobby firms to fight climate change as well, according to Moody's Investors Service, FuelFix reports.
The power could run out on the Energizing Indiana program at the end of the year, as the state's Senate has voted to join the house in approving a measure to shut it down, although Gov. Mike Pence hasn't yet decided if he'll go along, the Indianapolis Star reports.