White House NEPA guidance could trigger change at FERC
The Obama administration's release yesterday of new guidance for how climate change should factor into federal environmental reviews could prompt changes at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, analysts say.
Obama's mine regulator says science spurred aggressive rulemaking
President Obama's nomination of Pennsylvania mine regulator Joseph Pizarchik to lead the federal Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement in July 2009 was opposed by environmentalists who saw him as too cozy with the coal industry.
Globe's CO2 emissions grow, but rate of growth falls while economic activities rise -- study
Carbon dioxide emissions grew at a slower pace in 2013 than over the past decade, according to a new report. In 2012, the growth rate was 2 percent, down from the 3.8 percent average recorded over the past decade.
The National Hockey League shoots for zero carbon emissions -- a goal for other sports?
The National Hockey League will significantly reduce its carbon footprint -- as well as the greenhouse gas emissions of its 30 franchise teams -- through improved energy conservation, detailed efficiency analyses and the purchase of renewable energy certificates under a newly signed agreement with Constellation Energy Group, the league announced yesterday.
Outgoing utility regulator steers clear of email scandal in final speech
SAN FRANCISCO -- At his last public meeting, California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey avoided talk of ethical violations that have been brewing around him in recent months.
Md. energy official tapped to lead offshore energy bureau
A longtime energy aide to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) who spearheaded the state's climate change initiatives will become the new director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the agency that oversees oil and gas and renewable energy development on roughly 1.7 billion acres of federal waters.
Anti-grazing group fights to keep guerilla vibe after court wins, leadership change
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- The Western Watersheds Project started its fight against grazing on public lands in 1993 by brandishing briefcases stuffed with cash at public hearings on lease sales. But the nonprofit has taken its public relations campaign against politically wired ranchers to the courts, becoming one of the country's most litigious environmental groups. The group has scored big legal victories that have forced significant changes in how federal and state agencies manage grazing permits. And it's made plenty of enemies.
After bad wildfire season, Ore. prepares pitch to keep its rare insurance coverage
Officials in Oregon are concerned that the state's rare insurance policy covering wildfire costs is about to end after 41 years, following back-to-back infernos that maxed out policy claims this year and last.