Stakeholders baffled, angry as Obama admin punts 2014 RFS
The Obama administration today stepped away from a contentious rule that aimed to slash 2014 targets for ethanol and advanced biofuels. U.S. EPA conceded in an announcement it couldn't complete the rule during a 90-day review at the Office of Management and Budget and that a final rule wouldn't be ready this year. The agency will likely withdraw the rule from OMB.
DHS-funded jaguar study could be model for future predator rescues
As part of its broader effort to protect jaguars in the Southwest, the Fish and Wildlife Service is using more than $200,000 from the Department of Homeland Security to fund two opinion surveys -- a novel approach to species recovery that FWS officials believe could help improve future programs aimed at conserving imperiled predators.
Cyberattackers have penetrated U.S. infrastructure systems -- NSA chief
The head of the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command said yesterday that unnamed foreign nations and groups have gained the technical capability to take down control systems that operate U.S. power grids, water systems and other critical infrastructure.
The little Dutch boy has gone, but his spirit lives on in climate change strategies
Every American has probably heard of the little Dutch boy who saved his country by putting his finger in the dike, but they may not know how the Netherlands is coping with its latest threat: rising sea levels driven by global warming and dikes that may no longer be high enough.
'I think Grijalva will be the new Henry Waxman'
House Democratic leadership elections this week appear to have shifted the party's center of gravity on issues related to energy development, climate change and environmental protection to the left with the ascension of Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva to lead Democrats on the Natural Resources Committee.
Most Americans think climate change will harm other people -- poll
The United Nations' climate panel warned recently that global climate change is set to render "severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts" and 2014 will likely be the hottest year on record. Yet the majority of Americans think the worst climate impacts will happen in poorer, less-developed foreign nations, and not in the United States, according to a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute and the American Academy of Religion.
Lobbyists fund Hill portraits as lawmakers target paintings of Cabinet members
The unveiling earlier this week of retiring Rep. Doc Hastings' (R-Wash.) official portrait as chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee drew great fanfare. Hastings' portrait will hang on the wall of the committee room where he has presided since 2011 -- a privilege afforded to all current or former chairmen of standing House committees. But the government doesn't pay for the pricey portraits. Instead, it's common practice for lobbyists and undisclosed private donors to chip in. Lawmakers are continuing the practice even as members of Congress work to ban administration officials from having the taxpayer-funded portraits traditionally made of Cabinet members.
Debate churns as NOAA is set to open U.S. waters to aquaculture
Giant cages float off the shores of Hawaii, housing hundreds of thousands of yellowtail snapper in the deep waters of the Pacific. The so-called Hawaiian Kampachi spend about one year in their net pens before they're put on ice and sold to restaurants and wholesalers in the United States and abroad. They are a rare breed: the product of one of the few open-water fish farms in the United States. They may not keep that status for long. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is on the verge of setting a regulatory system and allowing as many as 20 permits for farms in the Gulf of Mexico, in what supporters hope is the seed of a nationwide industry.