Obama admin announces further delay for pipeline project
The Obama administration today delayed a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until an ongoing court challenge to its route in Nebraska is resolved, all but guaranteeing that the controversial project will remain in limbo until after the November midterm elections.
Plug in, act out -- how tech is transforming the environmental movement
One of the wildest Greenpeace protests in recent memory began with a tweet posted by the organization at 5:34 p.m., Sept. 17, 2013: "BREAKING: we've got 4 boats in the water heading towards Gazprom's Arctic rig. We're going to try and stop the drilling #savethearctic." Despite the social media buzz around the activists who were eventually arrested, dubbed the Arctic 30, and the useful information it generated, Greenpeace failed to focus the narrative around climate change. Gazprom is still drilling away. Social media efforts like Greenpeace's could be the next big thing, or they might get lost in a sea of likes and retweets and leave the status quo unchanged.
Is EPA rulemaking hurting technology innovation?
Some top technology firms are expressing concern about U.S. EPA's proposed rules to limit power plant carbon emissions, questioning whether they will truly encourage innovation.
Major Obama proposal doesn't change ag rules -- so why are farm groups so worried?
Today, farmers and ranchers can freely do any number of things on their property affecting rivers, creeks and wetlands that no other sector could undertake without going to the federal government for permission. Under a major regulatory proposal being pushed by U.S. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers that wouldn’t change -- but some major farm groups are vowing to kill the plan. The main concerns appear to be less about what federal regulators are proposing now than what both farmers and environmentalists expect could come next.
With death threats, Nev. conflict highlights dangerous side of public land management
Over the past week, the Bureau of Land Management's Facebook page has become a target for anti-government vitriol -- including death threats to the agency's employees.
Pa. asks EPA for more flexible emissions and trading rules to boost power plants' energy efficiency
Pennsylvania's top air regulator has proposed a potential solution to long-standing legal tension that can make energy efficiency a less attractive option for power plants.
Frigid Eastern winters and warm Western ones nothing new -- blame the jet stream
A new study has found that the wavy jet stream pattern that tends to bring warm winter weather to the U.S. West and cold weather to the East was set in place 4,000 years ago.
Huge expansion on tap for a port that's bursting with energy goods
HOUSTON -- The nation's busiest exporting port and the centerpiece of this city's economy is about to launch a major capital project that's directly tied to the oil and gas industry's boom.
Professor tries for double play in toxic tort case before Supreme Court
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- When John Korzen makes his Supreme Court debut next week, it will mark one of the few times in recent memory that a law school professor has argued before the justices. Korzen represents two dozen landowners seeking damages for environmental contamination in Asheville, N.C. The Wake Forest University professor will be going toe to toe with tough opponents -- an attorney from a global law firm and the Department of Justice, which has intervened on the side of the alleged polluter.
Meet the tiny fish at the heart of Calif.'s latest water battles
The delta smelt has an unfortunate name; it's easy to say with a sneer. The fish is also quite puny -- 2 to 3 inches, on average -- and physically weak. It can't swim very well. All these traits make a creature easy to pick on. So it's no surprise that people have seized on the smelt as the unwelcome party in California's latest drought.
Gaps linger between clean energy and bond market support -- report
Bonds. Green bonds. Although the concept is far from sexy, some policy and finance experts argue that traditional bond finance could be the hero that saves the clean energy industry from fickle federal subsidies, low natural gas prices and post-recession banks that balk at issuing commercial loans.
With white papers, EPA takes first step on a set of potentially far-reaching regulations of methane
U.S. EPA yesterday took a first step toward what could become a new set of regulations governing emissions of methane from oil and gas operations.