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.
Gov. Inslee of Wash. unveils carbon cap, predicts Republican support
Despite a divided state Legislature coming out of the 2014 midterm elections, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) says 2015 is the year for his state to get serious about climate change.
Russia's power grid, held together with spit and grit
MOSCOW -- In big Russian cities like Moscow or St. Petersburg, 30 percent of applications to connect to the electric grid are denied because the system of distribution wires hasn't been upgraded in decades, according to one energy expert. That is just one dispatch from the strange, retro world of the Russian power grid. Operating without much new investment since the heyday of the Soviet Union, it is showing its age.
Transmission monitor defends consultant choice for review of EPA plan
Grid overseers' decision to hire Northern Virginia consulting firm Energy Ventures Analysis Inc. (EVA) to assess the effects of U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan -- after the firm publicly slammed the proposal -- has spurred sharp criticism from clean energy groups.
'Godfather of greening' writes game plan for big-time sports
NEW YORK -- Battle-hardened environmentalist Allen Hershkowitz has done just about everything in green activism. In his 26-year run as senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, he was known for brash, large-scale endeavors, but he also fought in the trenches for core environmental policy. Hershkowitz has handled imaging for the Oscars broadcast, the Grammy Awards, DuPont Corp., Coca-Cola and the Clinton administration -- to cite just a few -- and he also spearheaded old-fashioned fights over solid waste, recycling and deforestation. But his new mission may trump them all in the potential to reach a mainstream audience.
KXL amendments will provide early test for McConnell's return to regular order
The three-page bill that will be the Senate's first order of legislative business next year found itself at the top of the pile because it carries enough bipartisan support to pass and would allow Republicans an early opportunity to deliver on a key campaign promise.
Waxman, faith in government unshaken, blasts GOP's support for fossil fuels
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) cast his last vote last week, capping a 40-year career in Congress that saw him become one of the most influential Democrats in the House, a proud liberal who helped craft some of the most important pieces of legislation enacted in a generation.
U.S. stiffens sanctions against China in alleged solar dumping case
The Obama administration yesterday further sharpened its knife in a solar trade fight with China that has bloodied participants on both sides of the Pacific but failed to eliminate what some have characterized as an unyielding attack by Chinese solar firms against fair trade.