WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a wide-ranging public lands bill Thursday that would speed logging of trees burned in last year's massive Rim Fire in California.
The measure also allows vehicular access to North Carolina's Cape Hatteras National Seashore, extends livestock grazing permits on federal land in the West and lifts longstanding restrictions on canoes, rafts and other "hand-propelled" watercraft in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
The House approved the bill, 220-194, on a largely party-line vote. It now goes to the Senate, where it is considered unlikely to pass. The White House opposes the bill but has not issued a veto threat.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House Friday approved a bill to sharply increase logging in national forests — a measure the GOP said would create jobs in rural communities and help reduce wildfires that have devastated the West.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two protesters opposed to selling Oregon state forest land broke away from a tour group Thursday, secured ropes atop the Capitol and climbed down the face of its dome to unfurl a large banner criticizing Gov. John Kitzhaber.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A new study of the Monarch butterflies' winter nesting grounds in central Mexico says small-scale logging is worse than previously thought and may be contributing to threats facing the Monarch's singular migration pattern.
Despite a Supreme Court ruling siding with the logging industry on regulating runoff, the Northwest Environmental Defense Center says it will continue to press federal officials on the issue, The Associated Press reports.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The amount of Monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped 59 percent this year, falling to the lowest level since comparable record-keeping began 20 years ago, scientists reported Wednesday.
FRIANT, Calif. (AP) — Two cowboys on horses pushed cattle across an expanse of golden hills overgrown with tall grasses and oak trees, up an unpaved road toward another pasture. From the Sierra Nevada foothills, the cattle will be sent for processing into beef, prized by consumers looking for locally raised, grass-fed meat in California's Central Valley.
But this isn't a ranch. It's a nature preserve managed by the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, a Fresno-area land trust that protects ecosystems. The Conservancy says it is breaking new ground by raising its own beef herd, using cattle to benefit the environment and to improve its bottom line.
A study from the Australian National University reported an increased death rate worldwide for larger and older species of trees, caused by issues including drier climates, logging and diseases. Scientists are concerned that the decline of such trees could threaten biodiversity in ecosystems worldwide, The New York Times reports.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is in India today in an effort to soothe tensions from a diplomatic issue and trade dispute over solar panels and to get back on track with coordinating climate change and energy policy between the two nations, E&E reports.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee led by Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., will hold a hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline Thursday, but no Obama administration witnesses are set to testify, National Journal reports.
A group of 26 Senate Democrats including Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will kick off an all-night talkathon to boost climate change urgency at 6:30 this evening, with plans to keep speeches going until 9 a.m. Tuesday, The New York Times reports.
At last weeks CERAWeek summit in Houston, executives from large companies including Chevron and Total urged oil suppliers to show restraint in the costs of new development, warning increasing extraction costs will not be sustainable for long, FuelFix reports.
As part of a set of proposals outlining his plan for economic growth, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., called for lifting the nation's decades-old ban on crude oil exports and streamlining the review process for new natural gas pipelines, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A white paper released by the Western Values Project argues the federal government must increase royalties for drilling on public land if it lifts the 39-year ban on crude oil exports to limit the burden put on taxpayers, FuelFix reports.
U.S. utilities are preparing to make expensive investments to improve nuclear plant safety to meet new post-Fukushima standards, with Exelon expected to spend as much as $500 million across its 17 reactors, The New York Times reports.
Despite increased calls for approving liquefied natural gas exports to Ukraine, a limited interest among energy companies and the current regulatory process means it would take years to make any significant impact on Russia's energy influence, Bloomberg reports.