President Barack Obama embarked on a three-day tour of Alaska Monday, promising a strong focus on climate change and its effects on the Arctic region.
But he’s facing plenty of fire from both sides of the energy and climate debate, with the state’s lawmakers concerned that the trip will overlook the state’s economic and energy needs and environmental groups perturbed by his administration’s approval of Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling program.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware has become the 30th senator to back the Iran nuclear deal, as momentum for the White House-backed agreement grows.
Carper's announcement Friday puts Senate Democrats closer to two crucial vote totals. Thirty-four votes are needed to uphold a presidential veto of a resolution disapproving of the agreement. Forty-one votes would allow Democrats to block the resolution from passing in the first place next month.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who helped lead the state through the most prosperous time in its history thanks to an oil development boom, announced Monday that he won't seek re-election in 2016.
Dalrymple, 66, told reporters at the state Capitol in Bismarck that he and his wife, Betsy, made the decision last week to spend more time with family, including their five grandchildren.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of the Iran nuclear deal see growing momentum on their side in the Senate, raising the possibility they'll be able to block a disapproval resolution and protect President Barack Obama from having to use his veto pen.
Such an outcome — which looked all but inconceivable in the days after the deal was signed July 14, and remains a long-shot — would be a major victory for Obama, who is staking his foreign policy legacy largely on the agreement struck by the U.S., Iran, and five world powers to dismantle most of Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions in sanctions relief.
WASHINGTON (AP) — With Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid now on board, President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran seems to be picking up the momentum it needs to survive fierce opposition from its Republican and Israeli opponents.
Reid on Sunday became the 27th and most powerful Senate Democrat to throw his support behind the president and the Iran nuclear deal, which could open the door for some of his non-committed colleagues to come aboard.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran won an important endorsement Friday from Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, who bucked opposition from fellow New York Jewish lawmakers including his home state's senior senator, Chuck Schumer.
Nadler's endorsement followed a personal appeal from Obama, who sent him a letter earlier this week defending the deal and pledging that the U.S. will continue to put economic pressure on Iran and keep military options open.
Legislation to pay for road maintenance by increasing taxes and fees paid by motorists in California—which would raise the gasoline tax by 12 cents per gallon—has been approved by a state Senate committee, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
There is no evidence of political employees interfering with or delaying the fulfillment of Freedom of Information Act requests to the Environmental Protection Agency, the agency's inspector general reported Thursday.
The report was issued in response to a requested from a United States Senator, who also asked for—but did not receive—written certification from EPA's chief FOIA officer that political appointees are not involved in FOIA requests and do not cause undue delays in fulfillment of those requests or reductions in the amount of material released.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican opposition to President Barack Obama's nuclear deal is flaring over revelations of a secret side agreement involving Iranian inspections. But House Democrats are shrugging off the report and claiming they have the votes to back up Obama.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday on a previously undisclosed side deal between Iran and the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency that would allow Tehran to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A citizens board tasked with overseeing projects funded by a California ballot measure intended to generate clean-energy jobs will move up its first meeting to early September, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said Wednesday.
The Los Angeles Democrat's announcement came after The Associated Press reported Monday that the board has never met and had not planned to meet until October or November.
The stocks of U.S. petroleum products increased last week, the Energy Information Administration reported, although the million barrel rise in crude stocks was less than analysts’ expected, while the jump in gasoline stocks exceeded predictions, according to Reuters.
Earthjustice filed court papers Tuesday on behalf of several environmental and health groups seeking to intervene to defend the Environmental Protection Agency’s lower ozone limits from a lawsuit brought by coal company Murray Energy, The Hill reports.
State Department climate envoy Todd Stern told a news conference that he’s thinking about the upside, not the downside, heading into a critical global conference on climate change policy that starts Monday, National Journal reports.
The plan for coal producer Walter Energy to emerge from bankruptcy is being fought by unions and the firm’s retired workers in Alabama, but a court Tuesday approved the company’s move to auction off assets, Reuters reports.
Acting to lower its credit rating for Pemex, Moody’s Investors Service pointed to the firm’s increasing debt and declining earnings, although Mexico’s national oil company responded by saying the move brings the agency in line with other ratings firms, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The White House and the billionaire conservative Koch brothers have been allies recently in moves to liberalize the nation’s criminal justice laws, but they are disagreeing over one measure that would require proof of suspects knowingly engaging in unlawful conduct, The New York Times reports, noting that such a move is alarming environmentalists.
According to a report released this week by the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, weather-related disasters have caused more than 600,000 deaths and trillions of dollars in damages over the past 20 years, The New York Times reports.
A market-based approach for cutting vehicles’ greenhouse gas emissions—which could include mileage-based driver fees or emissions trading—is the goal as Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the District of Columbia announced an agreement to work together on the issue, Reuters reports.