Legislation approved in Arizona and sent to the governor would block any local authorities from banning containers including plastic bags, as well as forbidding them from requiring reports on business energy use, The New York Times reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After securing a surprisingly broad and detailed framework agreement with Iran, President Barack Obama must now subject his signature foreign policy pursuit to the gauntlet of partisan American politics.
A blueprint finalized Thursday after marathon negotiations in Switzerland did little to ease the standoff between Obama and some lawmakers over Congress' role in a final accord. The president has vowed to veto legislation giving Congress the ability to approve or reject a deal, and he made a fresh appeal for lawmakers to give the U.S. and its international partners space to hammer out a comprehensive agreement ahead of a June 30 deadline.
An opponent of renewable fuel mandates, likely presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has introduced a measure to block Environmental Protection Agency restrictions around ethanol, hoping the move will give him traction in Iowa, National Journal reports.
Senate Republicans are giving fresh scrutiny to the science the Environmental Protection Agency uses in crafting regulations, demanding the agency’s chief turn over data on climate models and projections.
Four Environment and Public Works Committee members, led by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., sent a letter Wednesday accusing Administrator Gina McCarthy of evading questions on climate forecasts at a budget hearing last month.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who garnered national attention a year ago when he and armed supporters engaged in a showdown with federal authorities, came to Carson City Tuesday with scores of allies to rally behind a bill seeking to reclaim land from the federal government.
A bus from Phoenix and another from Las Vegas brought more than 100 people, according to Bundy's son, Ammon Bundy, and others came on their own to fill several legislative hearing rooms. Many wore shirts and carried signs that read "the land belongs to the people."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned the international community Tuesday to "proceed with caution" in negotiating a climate deal with the United States because the country could not make good on its commitment to reduce emissions by more than 25 percent over the next decade.
McConnell's statement came just hours after the U.S. government submitted its pledge to the United Nations ahead of the December climate talks in Paris. The Obama administration promised to cut carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent by 2025, relative to 2005 levels.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the man most likely to succeed departing Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada as Senate Democratic leader, does not have the same track record of supporting environmental causes, National Journal reports.
The U.S. power industry isn't sure what to think about the Supreme Court's ruling on mercury emission standards, with some calling the ruling "significant" and others downplaying its importance to utilities that are already complying, Platts reports.
Coal producers, including Arch Coal, Peabody Energy and Alpha Resources, got a boost in stock prices following the Supreme Court's ruled that EPA should have taken cost into account before pursuing mercury emission regulations, Bloomberg reports.
Crude oil prices slid further on Monday as traders looked to avert risks due to bank shutdowns in Greece and the slip in the deadline in nuclear talks with Iran, Reuters reports. Brent crude fell $1.20 to $62.02 a barrel, while U.S. crude dropped $1.30 to settle at $58.33 a barrel.
The Environmental Protection Agency's forthcoming Clean Power Plan may work to exacerbate already tense in-state relations between lawmakers and regulators, as they work together to develop state compliance plans for the rules, E&E reports.
Melting Arctic ice could work to alter ocean circulation patterns that transfer cold and warm water between the poles and the tropics, a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change says, a development that could shift climate patterns in Europe, The Washington Post reports.
Wildfires have burned more than 1.18 million acres across Alaska this month alone, putting the state on pace to exceed 2004, its worst wildfire season on record, where 6.59 million acres were burned, The Washington Post reports.
Cheniere Energy plans to take on as much as $5.8 billion in debt in order to expand its Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas facility, which last week won additional authorization to export gas to countries without free trade agreements, FuelFix reports.
The local government in Lancashire County in England dealt a blow to British efforts to develop shale resources, rejecting a plan from Cuadrilla Resources to use hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas, The New York Times reports.