Despite a congressional recess, Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, and Lamar Smith, R-Texas, continued a verbal battle over Smith's plans to subpoena the Environmental Protection Agency for research used to develop regulations, FuelFix reports.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama called off an upcoming Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, sending a stern message of disapproval over Russia's harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
NBC rejected billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer's anti-Keystone XL ad, designated to run during President Obama's Tonight Show appearance, for its "personal" attack against TransCanada CEO Russ Girling, FuelFix reports.
Political analysts say President Obama may delay his nomination for ambassador to Canada until after his Keystone XL pipeline decision to prevent a drawn-out nomination fight in the Senate, CBC reports.
The U.S. Export-Import Bank officially took on a new set of guidelines to limit financing for coal-fired power plants in foreign nations, with exceptions for plants with carbon-capture systems and those built in poor countries without alternatives, National Journal reports.
The Nuclear Energy Institute criticized the exclusion of nuclear energy from President Obama's recent executive action ordering the federal government to purchase more power from low-carbon sources, saying the move represents a "missed leadership opportunity," Platts reports.
A national poll conducted by Bloomberg reported 56 percent of respondents view the Keystone XL pipeline as positive for U.S. energy security compared with 35 percent who view it as a source of potential environmental damage.
Speaking at a summit on energy and infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said his department is at the forefront of the administration's climate action plan, developing plans for disaster recovery and climate-resilient infrastructure, National Journal reports.
A poll conducted for the American Petroleum Institute reports that 80 percent of respondents support the expansion of new energy infrastructure, and 70 percent support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, FuelFix reports.
Dallas will have some of the tightest rules in the country on fracking, following a City Council vote Wednesday that critics say virtually imposes a ban on the practice, the Dallas Morning News reports.