Republican lawmakers, including Sen. Lisa Murkowski and House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings, dispute President Obama's claim that his policies have played a role in surging domestic oil and natural gas production, The Hill reports.
The House approved an amendment to a bill speeding permit decisions for onshore oil drilling that would halve Interior Department and Bureau of Land Management funding for wind and solar energy permits, The Hill reports.
Dozens of mostly western lawmakers on Wednesday urged the Interior Department to quickly complete its plan to de-list the gray wolf as a federally protected endangered species.
The bipartisan group said in a letter to the Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe that packs are roaming between areas where protections remain in place and where they have already been removed.
Limited by his status as ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana has increased cooperation with House committees to challenge President Obama's environmental regulations, E&E reports.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — More than 200 biologists, ecologists and other scientists are urging Congress to defeat legislation they say would destroy critical wildlife habitat by setting aside U.S. environmental laws to speed logging of burned trees at Yosemite National Park and other national forests and wilderness areas across the West.
House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., said he wasn't sure if the House will agree to a Senate bill to implement the U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement that drops a waiver of the SEC's foreign payment disclosure rule, The Hill reports.
House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa and House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings will hold a joint hearing on the closure of national parks and memorials by the National Parks Service during the government shutdown, The Hill reports.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell raised the possibility Wednesday that the Obama administration will propose Atlantic Ocean offshore drilling as early as 2017, while refusing to bow to House Republicans' criticisms of planned hydraulic fracturing regulations for federal lands.
In her first testimony before House lawmakers at a hearing before the Natural Resources Committee, she also announced a temporary halt to the controversial National Blueways System unveiled last year by former Secretary Ken Salazar.
Democratic governors from eight East Coast states are set to petition the Environmental Protection Agency to increase air pollution regulations on nine Midwest states, citing cross-state winds that blow pollutants into their states, The New York Times reports.
Industry and state government experts say the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed cut to blending levels in next year's Renewable Fuel Standard could result in the closure of as many as 20 ethanol plants in the Midwest, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.
Energy-conservation lobbying groups the Alliance to Save Energy and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy urged the Environmental Protection Agency to prioritize energy efficiency in its greenhouse-gas regulations at existing power plants, National Journal reports.
Proponents and opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are boosting lobbying efforts and public campaigns as they await the State Department's environmental analysis expected to play a key role in the final decision, Bloomberg reports.
As the Obama administration moves closer to a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, time is running short for Canada to offer a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions as a bartering chip for the project's approval, Reuters reports.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will finalize its rules limiting ship speed in certain regions in East Coast waters to prevent collisions with endangered North Atlantic right whales, The Hill reports.
China's National Development and Reform Commission said the country is already facing threats from extreme weather and is weakly prepared to deal with more devastating impacts of climate change, Reuters reports.
The Environmental Integrity Project said in a report that the current boom in natural gas production from shale would eventually increase carbon-dioxide emissions in related industries by 91 million tons per year, E&E reports.
In an interview with FuelFix, former Mexican President Vicente Fox said he's "optimistic" that Mexico's Congress will approve constitutional reforms that would open the nation's energy markets to outside investment.