The US energy sector is the largest in the world thanks to deregulation

U.S. 07/30/20, 17:11

The deregulation implemented by the Trump administration strengthened the energy sector, allowing for increased productivity and lower energy prices, to benefit U.S. consumers. The United States also became a net exporter of crude and refined oil, achieving broad-based dominance of the sector for the first time since 1949, according to a ...

California governor signs bill limiting oil, gas development

U.S. 10/12/19, 23:25

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday signed a law intended to counter Trump administration plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land. The measure bars any California leasing authority from allowing pipelines or other oil and gas infrastructure to be built on state property. It makes it difficult ...

Scientists: July was hottest month on record

World 08/15/19, 17:26

U.S. government scientists on Aug. 15 confirmed that July was the hottest month on record, edging out the previous record-holder, July 2016. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the global average temperature last month was 62.1 degrees. That is 0.05 degree higher than July 2016, and 1.7 degrees higher ...

Hannity to de Blasio: ‘You drive me crazy!’

New York 08/07/19, 22:48

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sparred, clashed and laughed with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday when the Democratic presidential hopeful faced the conservative TV titan. For one hour on cable news' top-rated show, their raised voices overlapped as they disagreed on taxation of the wealthy, gun control, abortion ...

Trump EPA rolls back Obama rule on coal-fired power plants

Politics 06/19/19, 10:09

The Trump administration on Wednesday completed one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation's electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, signed a replacement rule that ...

Presidential hopeful John Hickenlooper calls for carbon tax

2020 Campaign 06/13/19, 15:34

A carbon tax is part of the climate plan that Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper is backing. He's the latest candidate to outline a plan to combat global warming. Along with the carbon tax, the former Colorado governor would spend $350 billion on green infrastructure and efficient cars, rejoin the Paris climate ...

Environmental group sues over ice seal habitat decision

U.S. 06/13/19, 15:17

An environmental group is suing the federal government for failing to designate critical habitat for two species of ice seals on the threatened species list.The Center for Biological Diversity sued the National Marine Fisheries Service on Thursday for not designating critical habitat for ringed and bearded seals.A spokeswoman, Julie Speegle, ...

California taps clean air money to pay for drinking water

U.S. 06/10/19, 17:41

California legislative leaders agreed Sunday to spend $130 million a year to improve water systems in communities where people can't drink from their taps, something Democratic leaders say amounts to a crisis in one of the nation's wealthiest states.To pay for it, the state would tap a fund dedicated to ...

US Supreme Court will hear Montana arsenic cleanup case

U.S. 06/10/19, 13:45

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether residents of two Montana communities can continue their decade-long effort to get the Atlantic Richfield Co. to pay for a more thorough cleanup of arsenic left on properties after a century of copper smelting.The Montana Supreme Court ruled in December 2017 for the ...

New Mexico governor says no to high-level nuclear waste

U.S. 06/07/19, 17:03

New Mexico's governor said Friday she's opposed to plans by a New Jersey-based company to build a multibillion-dollar facility in her state to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors around the U.S.In a letter to U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the interim storage ...

Did Biden go green enough? Green New Deal advocates split

Politics 06/07/19, 10:15

The climate change activists who vaulted the Green New Deal to prominence in the 2020 presidential campaign got what they wanted this week: a Democratic front-runner moving straight in their direction. Now they have to figure out what's next. In less than a half-year, the Green New Deal has become a ...

New Jersey denies gas pipeline permits, but allows do-over

U.S. 06/05/19, 20:50

New Jersey regulators have denied key permits for a hotly contested pipeline project that would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to New York, but they're allowing an Oklahoma company to try again.The state Department of Environmental Protection rejected permits Wednesday night, including ones for waterfront development and wetlands work.But it ...

Opponents hope New Jersey scuttles gas pipeline to New York

U.S. 06/04/19, 12:55

A proposal for a nearly $1 billion pipeline that would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania's shale fields through New Jersey, a bay and the ocean en route to supplying New York City and Long Island faces some key hurdles this week.New Jersey environmental officials are due to decide Wednesday on ...

Year-round sales of gasoline mixed with 15% ethanol OK’d

Business 05/31/19, 20:16

The Trump administration is following through on a plan to allow year-round sales of gasoline mixed with 15% ethanol. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the change Friday, ending a summertime ban imposed out of concerns for increased smog from the higher ethanol blend. The agency had proposed the change in March. The ...

Brazil reduces top environment council, trims independents

Enviroment 05/30/19, 10:47

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is slashing the size of a body that oversees environmental policy, effectively reducing the role of non-governmental organizations.The decree issued Wednesday cuts the size of the National Council of the Environment from 100 to 21. It also eliminates 105 "alternate" members who traditionally have taken part ...

Cargo ship arrives in Philippines to return Canadian trash

Asia & Pacific 05/30/19, 10:14

A cargo ship arrived in a northern Philippine port on Thursday to transport 69 containers of garbage back to Canada that officials say were shipped illegally to the Philippines, one of two Southeast Asia countries that have protested being treated like dumpsites by wealthier nations.Administrator Wilma Eisma of Subic Bay ...

New Hampshire sues 3M, DuPont, other chemical companies

Enviroment 05/29/19, 16:57

New Hampshire has sued eight companies including 3M and the DuPont Co. for damage it says has been caused by a class of potentially toxic chemicals found in pizza boxes, fast-food wrappers and drinking water.The substances — known collectively as PFAS — have been used in coatings meant to ...

Michigan AG will move to shut pipeline in June if no deal

Enviroment 05/29/19, 15:40

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Wednesday she will move in June to shut a Great Lakes oil pipeline if the governor cannot reach a resolution with operator Enbridge, saying the state is in "great peril" the longer the oil continues to flow under a sensitive waterway.Nessel revealed her timeline ...

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