N.C.'s sharp right turn threatens transit in 2 booming metro areas
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The blueprint for one of the most ambitious mass transit networks ever envisioned in the Southeast calls for some 72 miles of rail lines, rapid bus routes and even a streetcar here in North Carolina's largest metro area. But eight years after its formal adoption, the transit plan is still short about $5 billion of what's needed to for it reach fruition, according to one estimate.
Nev. ranchers plan coast-to-coast horseback ride to protest 'tyranny'
When a Nevada county commissioner in May led a horseback ride more than 300 miles across northern Nevada to protest the Bureau of Land Management's grazing closures on public lands, it got the agency's attention. Now he's planning a coast-to-coast horseback ride next month, dubbed the "Cowboy Express," to protest land-use restrictions imposed by BLM's Battle Mountain, Nev., District Manager Doug Furtado.
Big wins elusive for EPA in Clean Water Act showdowns
For U.S. EPA at the Supreme Court, it's been the best of times -- and the worst. In Clean Air Act cases, EPA is on a roll. The high court last term upheld a major EPA program for air pollution that drifts across state lines. It also barely trimmed a permitting program for greenhouse gases, leaving intact most of EPA's first round of climate regulations. But it's a different story when the Clean Water Act is in play.
NRC finalizes waste rule, lets licensing decisions resume
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today finalized a high-profile waste rule and ended a two-year suspension on final licensing decisions, a move with direct implications for projects in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
GAO finds no problem with White House's work on social cost of carbon
The interagency working group established by the Obama administration to estimate the social cost of carbon used an open approach that relied on consensus-based decisions, according to a review done at the behest of Republican lawmakers.
Health benefits offset costs of climate policies -- MIT study
Savings due to avoided health problems help offset -- and in some cases greatly outweigh -- the costs of carbon dioxide-cutting policies in the United States, according to a new study.
Mining expansion sparks demonstrations along Germany-Poland border
GROSS GASTROSE, Germany -- Holding hands, singing songs and attempting to do the wave across an international border, thousands of protesters gathered here Saturday to form a human chain to protest the expansion of coal mining in Germany and Poland.
Pretty photos, smart timing make department a surprise hit on social media
What do photos of an inquisitive burrowing owl, a swooping bald eagle and an alpenglow mountain sunset have in common? They're putting the Interior Department on the social media map.
Energy boom shapes Texas' lone competitive House race
PECOS, Texas -- Fueled by the oil and gas boom, this town of 9,000 is one of the fastest-growing in the nation. On the outskirts of Pecos, the seat of Reeves County and the energy-producing hub of the 23rd District, oil and gas rigs operate around the clock, lending the air a strong chemical odor. Main Street is lined with new hotels, banks and a Wal-Mart store. But not everyone is thrilled with the rapid pace of development. It is here, and in towns throughout a sprawling West Texas district, where freshman Rep. Pete Gallego (D) will try to fend off a Republican challenger in the state's only competitive House race.
'Major investment cycle' and rapidly changing U.S. energy markets pose fresh challenges for FERC -- Chairman LaFleur
Prudent. That word might best describe Cheryl LaFleur's approach to her job -- and answering questions about it -- as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. While nursing coffee from her "lucky" mug with the inscription "sleep is for the weak," LaFleur recently sat down in her office with EnergyWire to discuss some of the challenges facing the five-person commission.
American West is so dry that the land is rising
If you live out West, you've likely noticed that things have been pretty dry lately. What you probably haven't noticed is that the ground beneath your feet is also a little bit higher in elevation -- an average of 4 millimeters higher, to be exact.
Pipeline giant sidesteps KXL-style permitting fight
Enbridge Inc. is poised to carry out a novel new strategy for avoiding the presidential permitting process that Keystone XL has been mired in for years, shifting extra volumes of Canadian oil between pipelines on its sprawling continental network with the State Department's blessing.
Advances in battery chemistry and hydrogen production may bring affordable zero-emissions vehicles closer to reality
Batteries and hydrogen fuel cells are vying to become the cheapest, cleanest way to power vehicles, in hopes of one day unseating the gasoline engine as the propulsion system of choice. Recent breakthroughs have brought both technologies closer to that goal.
'Terrified' employees, 'beyond gross' vandalism in troubled regional office
Documents obtained by Greenwire show U.S. EPA's Region 8 office has been troubled by persistent bathroom misbehavior -- leading to heightened security and frightened employees.