Climate is changing, likely GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush acknowledged at a house party in New Hampshire Wednesday, adding that it was “really arrogant” to say that the science on the subject is decided, and the issue isn't his “highest priority,” CNN reports.
A spokeswoman for Denton, Texas says the town will still try to enforce local drilling regulations despite a new state law signed by Gov. Greg Abbott this week that restricts communities’ powers, UPI reports.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., seemed determined to prevent any lethal amendments as he steered his bill to fund the Energy Department, the Army Corps of Engineers and Nuclear Regulatory Commission to strong approval by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The $35.4 billion package, which now goes to the full Senate, increases funding by $1.2 billion - but falls $668 million short of what the Obama administration requested.
Alexander, whose Energy and Water Development Subcommittee drafted the bill, fended off amendments to further increase the funding, to block the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, and to restrict the use of eminent domain in siting power lines.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's trade agenda cleared a key Senate hurdle and advanced toward likely passage on Thursday despite opposition from most Democrats.
The 62-38 vote capped a long, tense roll call on a measure that would allow Obama to negotiate trade deals that Congress can accept or reject, but not change. If opponents had garnered three more votes, they would have been able to block the legislation with a procedural move.
Oklahoma lawmakers are moving to join Texas in blocking local controls on oil and gas drilling, although opponents have expressed concern about hampering the ability of communities to protect themselves against earthquakes, Reuters reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Wednesday to make permanent a generous tax credit that rewards businesses for investing in research and development, setting the stage for another showdown over taxes.
The tax credit is part of a package of more than 50 temporary tax breaks that routinely expires every year or two, only to be renewed by Congress.
As Republicans press legislation that would overhaul the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of scientific advisory panels for crafting regulations, a government auditor is highlighting problems with the agency’s guidelines for responding to congressional requests for advice from the boards.
The Government Accountability Office said Wednesday the guidelines “lack clarity,” and that one of the boards isn’t being asked for advice on the adverse effects of regulations.
Alfredo Gomez, GAO Natural Resources and Environment team director, told a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee panel that a preliminary investigation of the Scientific Advisory Board, or SAB, and the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, or CASAC, revealed some potential issues with how the boards are currently operated.
Dismissing a story in Canadian media that a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is imminent, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the State Department is still reviewing the proposed project, The Hill reports.
Environmentalists plan to protest the Obama administration approval of drilling in Arctic waters when the president visits Alaska, while the state’s governor and others plan to push for more oil and gas production, National Journal reports.
Despite New Orleans’ recovery from Hurricane Katrina – hailed by President Obama in a visit Thursday – the federal government is still falling short when it comes to improving flood defenses, according to an analysis from the Georgetown Climate Center, E&E reports.
Oil was rising again Friday after prices a day earlier racked up the biggest single day increase since March, 2009. U.S. benchmark crude for October delivery was up $1.56 to $44.12 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent jumped $1.18 to $48.74, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Seeo – a California-based developer of electric car batteries that holds a licence for patents from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – has been acquired by international car parts company Robert Bosch, Reuters reports.
An analysis prepared for the New England Coalition for Affordable Energy -– which was funded by the American Petroleum Institute and America’s Natural Gas Alliance -– found that New England could end up paying $5.4 billion more for energy if the region fails to upgrade its infrastructure, the New Haven Register reports.
Hercules Offshore didn’t appeal a move by Nasdaq to have its stock deslisted from the exchange in the wake of its Chapter 11 filing, so the company stock – trading for 7 cents a share Thursday afternoon – is now handled in the over-the-counter market, FuelFix reports.
In the heart of Colorado’s drilling boom, Weld County saw the highest rate of job growth in the country even though the state adopted air pollution rules seen as a precursor to those under consideration at the Environmental Protection Agency, E&E reports.