Rothschild heir on quixotic quest to import whalebone statue
BETHESDA, Md. -- A retired federal scientist has been trying to import "Spirit," a 2-foot-tall Inuit sculpture carved from ancient whalebone he bought in Toronto for $100,000. But despite the aid of art consultants, lawyers, members of Congress and $10,000 in lobbying expenses last year, that authorization has so far remained elusive due to Endangered Species Act permit rules.
Coalition urges BLM to protect desert targeted for large project
A group of former Interior Department officials, conservationists, scientists, and local business and government leaders is asking the Bureau of Land Management to reject a controversial proposed solar power project near the Mojave National Preserve in the Southern California desert.
With Earth Day on horizon, climate change will be talk of Texas committee
The notice for one of today's committee hearings in Austin, Texas, might seem a little disorienting at first. "The committee will meet to hear invited testimony only on International and Intergovernmental Efforts to Mitigate Climate Change," reads the online posting for a meeting of the Texas House of Representatives' Committee on International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs. It says public and invited testimony will be taken on several bills. There's H.B. 2078, which would create a commission on climate change. And H.B. 2080, which outlines how to move ahead on a possible plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There's also H.B. 2571, which aims to include climate variability in planning at state agencies. Is this still Texas, the proud epicenter of oil and gas, where goals on climate change often encounter skepticism?
Texas vote on oil and gas rules may presage more industry influence
The Texas oil industry flexed its muscle Friday in a legislative vote that could limit city regulation of drilling operations.
Jeb Bush, 'concerned' about climate change, tries to stake out middle ground on the issue
Jeb Bush detached himself from the growing group of conservative presidential candidates by speaking openly about climate change, analysts and strategists say, inviting support from moderate voters and attacks from the right.
Neb. power plant says goodbye to coal, hello to hydrogen
Nebraska's largest utility is swapping out coal for hydrogen at a power plant south of Lincoln. Nebraska Public Power District says the experimental new fuel source will cut its overall carbon footprint by about 10 percent.