Though some lawmakers hoped last year's government shutdown would result in crisis-free government funding, appropriations activity in the House and Senate make it seem more likely that another crisis-driven stopgap measure will be necessary, especially given an upcoming five-week congressional recess, Reuters reports.
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is quickly becoming a top Democratic fundraiser and campaign powerhouse, hitting the road on behalf of candidates in key races the party will need to win to retain control of the U.S. Senate in November.
Since March, the Massachusetts Democrat, a leader of the party's liberal wing, has stumped for candidates in Ohio, Minnesota, Oregon, Kentucky and Washington state and has trips planned this week to West Virginia and Michigan. It's a hefty schedule for a freshman senator who not long ago was teaching law at Harvard but now holds the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's budget deficit will drop to $583 billion this year, the lowest level of President Barack Obama's tenure, the White House said Friday.
Last year's deficit was $680 billion. The latest update from the White House budget office is also $66 billion less than the administration predicted earlier this year when releasing the president's budget.
The House energy and water appropriations bill passed yesterday includes an amendment from Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, that would stop the Energy Department from blocking offshore drilling permits, despite the fact that drilling falls under the Interior Department's jurisdiction, National Journal reports.
The future of Pennsylvania's energy policy will be decided by its governor's race, with Republican Gov. Tom Corbet promising a fight against EPA carbon rules and more energy development and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf pledging more renewable energy and entry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, E&E reports.
A New York Times report suggesting EPA's carbon reduction proposal was heavily influenced by a Natural Resources Defense Council draft drew criticism from agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, who in a memo to staff said the report dismissed the work of agency employees, The Hill reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and liberal Democrats on Thursday derailed a Senate bill to help hunters and potentially aid Democratic senators seeking re-election in GOP-leaning states. It's the latest bipartisan measure to fall victim to election-year maneuvering.
The broadly popular legislation would have opened more federal lands to hunters and other sportsmen, increased funds for shooting ranges and blocked government curbs on bullets and fishing gear containing lead. It also would have renewed some conservation programs.
Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer's plans to spend up to $100 million this election season are helping boost some environmental groups, generating a spate of new hires and heavier spending, National Journal reports.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Thursday lifted a stay on the Environmental Protection Agency’s implementation of its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, although legal arguments on challenges to some aspects of the regulation are set to take place next March, E&E reports.
Producers for American Crude Exports, or PACE, for short, is made up of more than a dozen independent oil companies who would like to see the decades-old U.S. ban on crude exports overturned, Reuters reports.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has cleared the Constitution pipeline on its environmental impact, leaving Commissioners to make the final decision on the project, which is intended to add some 650 million cubic feet of natural gas capacity in New York and New England, FuelFix reports.
If the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves changes that PJM Interconnection will suggest to the rules, it’s possible the wholesale electricity market manager might find a way to keep a demand response program going despite legal challenges, E&E reports.
Rising global supply and sluggish demand were continuing to weigh on oil prices. U.S. benchmark crude for December delivery dropped $1.08 to settle at $81.01 a barrel on the Nymex, $1.74 lower than the price a week ago, while Brent finished at $86.13, a loss of 70 cents on the day and 3 cents less than last Friday’s settlement price, Reuters reports.
ConocoPhillips, alongside partners including BP and Exxon Mobil, has announced what it says is the first new drilling in the North Slope’s Kuparuk River Field in nearly a dozen years, a well to come on line in 2016 that will add 8,000 barrels a day of production, Platts reports.
In one of the most hotly contested and expensive House races in the country, Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is battling against Republican candidate Evan Jenkins and powerful conservative groups backed by the Koch brothers, The New York Times reports.
Kristin Jacobs – who has turned in a strong performance in her campaign to be elected to the Florida House of Representatives in a flood-prone Miami district – is one of a number of candidates who are successfully pressing climate change as an issue even when polls say it’s not a top voter concern, The New York Times reports.
Opower says pilot programs run in Vermont and Southern California over the summer, which involved contacting customers to ask them to go easier on their air conditioning and then reporting back to them on how much electricity they saved compared to their neighbors, cut usage by nearly 3 percent on a number of hot days, The Washington Post reports.