WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats expressed skepticism and Republicans voiced outright hostility Tuesday to the landmark Iranian nuclear deal.
Under the historic accord, Iran's nuclear program would be curtailed in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions. The agreement aims to avert the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military intervention in the Middle East.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to saving the planet, Leonardo DiCaprio is putting his money where his mouth is.
The actor's foundation announced Tuesday it has awarded $15 million in grants to a host of environmental organizations, including Amazon Watch, Save the Elephants, Tree People and the World Wildlife Fund.
Power generated by rooftop solar panels is not included in California’s current renewable energy mandate, and proposed legislation to changed that is facing strong opposition from big utilities and organized labor, The Desert Sun reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and other congressional leaders expressed doubts Sunday about a historic agreement with Iran to address that country's nuclear program, predicting President Barack Obama could face hurdles in Congress if negotiators reach a final deal.
McConnell spoke minutes after diplomats said on Sunday that negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks were expected to reach a provisional agreement to curb the country's atomic program in return for tens of billions of dollars in sanctions relief. Secretary of State John Kerry has been leading the U.S. delegation in the talks in Vienna, which aims to impose long-term, verifiable limits on Tehran's nuclear programs.
DENVER (AP) — Environmentalists and the energy industry have fought decisive battles over fracking in New York, Oklahoma and Texas, but the outcome is unclear in Colorado, where the issue could go to a ballot fight in the 2016 election.
A task force convened by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper tried to find a compromise over who should regulate the industry — the state or local government — and to what extent. But fracking critics were bitterly disappointed when the panel suggested leaving regulatory power in state hands and avoided recommending specific health, environmental and safety rules.
Complaining that the Natural Resources Defense Council's ad campaign criticizing Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., violates the rules for non-profit groups, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has asked the Internal Revenue Service to revoke NRDC’s tax-exempt status, The Hill reports.
President Barack Obama, who had already used executive authority to protect more land than any other president, added more than a million acres across three states Friday. Supporters hailed him for “burnishing his conservation legacy” while one critic raised the specter of a federal invasion to "seize more lands like bandits in the night.”
Using his authority under the 1906 Antiquities Act, Obama designated as national monuments the Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, the Basin and Range in Nevada, and the Waco Mammoth paleontological site in Texas. The California site covers nearly 331,000 acres, and the Nevada site covers approximately 704,000 acres, the White House said.
The Interior Department’s Inspector General faults the National Park Service for letting officials—including Vice President Joe Biden and former EPA chief Lisa Jackson—stay at Brinkerhoff Lodge in Wyoming for little or no money, and for failing to maintain sufficient safety standards at the facility, The Hill reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency should go beyond proposed international standards and seek to cut aircraft greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent by 2025, a group of House Democrats told EPA in a letter, The Hill reports.
Minutes released from the Federal Reserve indicating a move to increase interest rates would be delayed, coupled with increasing concerns about the impact of the growing Syrian conflict, drove oil prices higher Thursday. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery briefly topped $50 a barrel before ending the trading day at $49.43, an increase of $1.62, while in London, Brent rose $1.72, or 3.4 percent, to $53.05, Marketwatch reports.
Energy Information Administration data showing an increase of 95 billion cubic feet of natural gas in producer stockpiles last week—a smaller number than expected—helped prices gain 2.4 cents Thursday to settle at $2.498 per million British thermal units on the Nymex, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Canadian energy producer Encana Corp. is selling its oil and gas interests in northeast Colorado—which include more than 1,600 wells—to a partnership led by local private equity firm The Broe Group for $900 million, The Denver Post reports.
Entergy Corp., which bought the Rhode Island State Energy Center four years ago for $346 million, is now planning to sell the power plant to private equity firm The Carlyle Group for nearly $500 million, FuelFix reports.
Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good says most of her company's power generation will come from natural gas in the future, with increasing emphasis on renewables and battery storage, but the utility's plans for nuclear plant construction are less certain, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.
A consortium of national laboratories, led by Los Alamos, is working to improve polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells to get them to the point where they are commercially viable, the Los Alamos Daily Post reported on National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day.
The mayor of Flint, alongside Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, announced Thursday that authorities will be spending $12 million to restore the city’s connection with the Detroit water system, after evidence was uncovered linking its existing water supply with increased lead levels in some children’s blood, The New York Times reports.