House Science Committee Energy and Environment Subcommittee hearing, "Tapping America's Energy Potential Through Research and Development." Witnesses include DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory Director Anthony Cugini, Texas A&M petroleum engineering professor Daniel Hill, Idaho National Laboratory director Michael Hagood.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal agency needs illusionist David Copperfield to help escape from criticism over now-canceled plans to hire a speaker to train agency leaders using "magic tools."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is in hot water because on May 1 it posted a notice seeking a magician motivational speaker for a June leadership conference in suburban Maryland. The agency said presentations should include "physical energizers, magic tricks, puzzles, brain teasers, word games, humor and teambuilding exercises." It asked for the performer to create "a unique model of translating magic and principals of the psychology of magic, magic tools, techniques and experiences into a method of teaching leadership."
The Environmental Protection Agency has told a federal appeals court that it has reversed its approval for Dow Chemical’s Enlist Duo while it reviews information from the company that the pesticide may be more toxic to plants than previously thought, The Hill reports.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked a deposition scheduled for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy in a lawsuit brought by coal company Murray Energy challenging EPA’s regulatory agenda, The Hill reports.
A Senate vote on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change back in 1992 may hold the key to Obama administration hopes for getting any Paris climate deal to hold up in the face of GOP opposition, National Journal reports.
Nine major corporations -- including Proctor & Gamble, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola -- have pledged up to $10 million apiece to the Closed Loop Fund, which provides low- or no-interest loans to cities and companies seeking to improve recycling infrastructure, The New York Times reports.
Oil prices were rising early Monday despite continuing concerns about oversupply and little expectation that OPEC members would be willing to change their production policy. U.S. benchmark crude jumped 32 cents to $42.03 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent gained 48 cents to $45.34, Reuters reports.
States, Native American tribes, the Treasury and conservation funds will see a cut this year in the royalty payments they receive from drilling on federal lands, with only $9.8 billion being disbursed, a decline of $3.5 billion compared to 2014, FuelFix reports.
Most of the electricity generated by rooftop solar panels isn’t counted toward renewable energy targets set in California’s new energy law signed by the governor in October, an omission that has financial consequences for panel owners and utility customers, the Los Angeles Times reports.
In a move already approved by a bankruptcy court, Energy Future Holdings Corp. subsidiary Luminant is purchasing two natural gas-fired plants from NextEra Energy’s La Frontera Ventures unit for $1.59 billion, FuelFix reports.
Global leaders have waited so long to agree on action to cut greenhouse gas emissions that moves to limit the world’s temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius may no longer be feasible, The Washington Post reports, citing scientists.
Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates told the Wall Street Journal that more than two dozen private investors are joining to put up more than $1 billion for an initiative intended to boost businesses looking to commercialize concepts generated by energy research, even as 20 governments have pledged to double their research support.