MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Likely presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday dismissed a report that he helped steer tax credits and eased up on environmental oversight to benefit national hardware chain Menards after its billionaire owner donated $1.5 million to a conservative group.
Dozens of scientists sent a letter - and green groups sent a petition - Tuesday to natural history museums, urging them to stop taking donations from oil companies and the Koch brothers, The Hill reports.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced his 2016 campaign for president Monday, hoping to energize the evangelical wing of the Republican Party and supplement his already strong support among tea party and grassroots conservatives. Here's a snapshot of where Cruz stands on issues likely to be debated during the GOP's presidential primaries.
When Cruz recently startled a New Hampshire 3-year-old girl by declaring "your world is on fire," he was attacking the Obama administration's foreign policy — not talking about climate change. Cruz says that for the past 17 years, satellite images show that "there's been zero global warming." But scientific experts say satellite data is the wrong way to measure global warming, which the vast majority of scientists say is happening and is caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Temperatures at ground level show that the planet has warmed since 1998 and that 2014 was the hottest on record. Cruz has acknowledged that climate change is real — but does not attribute that to human activity.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Republican senator warned Monday that the White House faces a "violent backlash" in Congress if it takes a nuclear deal with Iran to the United Nations before Congress.
The U.S. and its partners are trying to reach a framework agreement by the end of the month and a final deal by the end of June that would prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. In exchange, Tehran seeks relief from economic sanctions imposed by the United Nations, the European Union, the U.S. executive branch as well as Congress.
As the Environmental Protection Agency moves forward to finalize its plan to slash carbon emissions from existing power plants, a leading House Republican unveiled a new legislative strategy that seeks to delay the plan and grant governors the authority to reject compliance on economic grounds.
The “Ratepayer Protection Act,” released in discussion draft form by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., would extend the compliance date for states to submit carbon reduction plans until any legal challenges to the rule are resolved. It would also allow governors to avoid compliance if they deem that, with backing from key state regulators, it would have a significant adverse effect on electric rates or grid reliability.
A measure backed by utility Commonwealth Edison being introduced in the Illinois legislature competes with a bill already on the table, and could be intended to drum up support for the efforts of its parent company Exelon to increase electricity rates to support its troubled nuclear plants, Crain’s Chicago Business reports.
The Minnesota Senate has been looking at bills to encourage energy efficiency and renewables, while the House has created a new panel -- the Job Growth, Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee -- that is focused on prices, MPR reports.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas., and Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., have teamed up to introduce the “American Energy Renaissance Act," a wide-ranging measure that would bar federal regulation of fracking, approve the Keystone XL pipeline and repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard, among other provisions, the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise reports.
The rebound in oil prices following Wednesday’s slump was wiped out late Thursday by news of a jump in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. Light, sweet crude for August delivery settled down 3 cents to $56.93 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent finished up 6 cents to $62.07, Dow Jones reports.
The Grain Belt Express, a $2.2 billion transmission line proposed by Clean Line Energy to bring wind power from Kansas to points east, through Missouri, has been rejected by the Missouri Public Service Commission, The Kansas City Star reports.
A $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to fund research into cutting particulate emissions from barbecues has attracted criticism from Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who declared his constituents “should be able to grill in peace,” The Hill reports.
The U.S. role in Copenhagen climate talks in 2009, and media coverage of it, had Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s attention, judging from the emails released by the State Department this week, E&E reports.
After last month’s pipeline leak near Santa Barbara, Calif., the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing a requirement that operators notify regulators within an hour of any problem, The Hill reports.