Supreme Court's handling of visa case may be harbinger for EPA rule
A Supreme Court ruling last month on a complicated immigration visa law may figure prominently in the first legal challenges to U.S. EPA's greenhouse gas standards for power plants.
Violations pile up at mines owned by billionaire James Justice II
Coal mines owned by billionaire James Justice II have been cited for more than 250 environmental violations in five states with unpaid penalties worth about $2 million, according to sources and records obtained by Greenwire.
Sweeping oil-by-rail announcements set the stage for Bakken battle
The Department of Transportation unveiled a 200-page proposed rule yesterday that seeks to overhaul oil-by-rail safety in the wake of recent derailments and fires.
As DOT issues new oil-by-rail rules, DHS lags in its security plans
Earlier this month, U.S. railway representatives sat down with energy and defense officials to discuss an urgent safety issue: moving crude by rail. The meeting was organized by an agency not typically associated with oil transportation: the Department of Homeland Security.
Profile of an academic feud: What do 97% of scientists believe about climate change?
Academic disputes are different from bar fights. At a House hearing last month, someone suggested to Sarah Green that she meet Richard Tol, a climate change economist who had attacked her research moments before in front of a panel of lawmakers. Green declined politely, with a wry smile. Tol, professor of economics at Britain's University of Sussex, had no idea Green was in the hearing room. The two have never met, although they have been tussling in obscure journals.
Scientists, alarmed about soaring federal coastal risks, seek changes to harmful programs
The United States needs to dramatically reshape its response to growing coastal dangers as expanding development and climate change threaten shoreline communities and federal taxpayers, according to a major report by the National Research Council.
Jumping mouse set to make big splash at House hearing
A small, furry mammal has brought big headaches to cattle ranchers in New Mexico, and they're bringing their beef to members of Congress.