FWS chief walks minefield between species and energy boom
As a young boy, Dan Ashe and his brothers would set out alone on Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge off the coast of Georgia, traipsing past alligators, handling venomous water moccasins and looking for mischief. Ashe, 57, said he carries his passion for the outdoors into his job as director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, where he oversees 150 million acres of wildlife refuges and manages thousands of threatened and endangered species and birds.
PSEG CEO sees efficiency efforts at heart of 'Utility 2.0'
Now in his seventh year as chairman and chief executive officer of Public Service Enterprise Group, Ralph Izzo continues to challenge the electric utility industry status quo, striving to craft a strategy to prosper in a future when he foresees demand for his product remaining flat at best.
Boulder's fight to 'decarbonize' shows a 'perfect community' can find it exhausting
BOULDER, Colo. -- There are probably more energy and climate experts here than in any community of its size (population 97,385) in the United States. So when the city was preparing to renew its 20-year contract with Xcel Energy, a large, investor-owned utility that provides its power, Boulder decided to do something different.
Oscar-winning actor, activists tell Kerry pipeline is 'bigger mistake' than Vietnam War
Academy Award-winning actor Jared Leto yesterday joined a dozen activists, including the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, in an acutely personal plea that Secretary of State John Kerry reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
EPA chief sees role for coal, vows to protect energy reliability
HOUSTON -- Coal will retain a key role in U.S. energy supplies as U.S. EPA strives to preserve reliability while developing a rule intended to limit carbon emissions from power plants, Administrator Gina McCarthy said yesterday.
CEOs face rising shareholder interest in managing corporate climate risks
Activist investors will put forward a record 142 shareholder resolutions during the upcoming proxy season asking corporations to strengthen their environmental commitments.
The resolutions cover a broad range of topics and industries. But a common thread running through many is a demand for greater transparency about the risks associated with the production and use of carbon-based fuels and the resulting greenhouse gas emissions.
National security turf war flares up between IG, agency
U.S. EPA officials and their in-house watchdogs are waging a public turf war over employee investigations. Agency management and the inspector general's office have been involved in an ongoing behind-the-scenes spat over who has jurisdiction when it comes to investigations involving national security issues that has recently spilled into public view.
Boots on the ground at CEQ
Most people quickly ditch Michael Boots' first name. "It takes about two minutes for me to just become 'Boots' to everybody," he said in a recent interview. He added, "I can count on one hand the number of people in this building who call me by my first name." "This building" is the White House, where Boots was recently promoted to lead the Council on Environmental Quality.