Gloomy Obama calls Alaska 'leading edge of climate change'
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- President Obama landed in Alaska yesterday, painting an apocalyptic picture of the devastating conditions in store for the state's coastal communities and other vulnerable parts of the world if international leaders don't take immediate action to slash greenhouse gas emissions.
Crude export shift would hit refiners, not drivers -- EIA
The big winners or losers in the ongoing debate over whether to ease existing restrictions on crude oil exports would be not American drivers but the nation's refiners, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a study released today.
Natives embrace drilling at ground zero for climate change
BARROW, Alaska -- Late last week, ahead of President Obama's historic visit to the Last Frontier, a major storm slammed this coastal city, washing out major roads and limiting air traffic between North Slope Native villages. Scientists warn that the Earth's warming climate could bring more frequent devastating storms that could force the most vulnerable Native communities on the Arctic Ocean and Bering Strait to move to higher grounds. But that prospect hasn't persuaded Barrow officials to oppose oil drilling -- a source of heat-trapping emissions -- in the Arctic.
Judge throws major Obama rule into doubt
The legal and practical morass surrounding the Obama administration's controversial water rule became more muddied yesterday when a federal judge blocked its implementation in 13 states just hours before it was set to go into effect.
Utah leader of ATV ride seeks new trial, citing BLM map
A Utah county commissioner convicted by a jury last May for leading an illegal all-terrain vehicle ride through a sensitive river canyon asked a federal court this week for a new trial based on the discovery of a decades-old map he claims proves the canyon was open to ATVs.
Obama says Katrina strengthened the nation's response to catastrophes
President Obama described New Orleans as a symbol of progress in the nation's handling of natural catastrophes two days before Hurricane Katrina's 10th anniversary. But after spending billions of dollars to rebuild, some experts warn that government policies still lack the wherewithal to minimize the economic and social damage of large storms.
Russia's growing military operations signal new Arctic 'ice curtain' -- report
Russia has developed an "anti-access" presence in the Arctic in the past year with a stronger military presence, a push for more territory, and nationalist rhetoric, a report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies notes.
Mandates in Colo., Wyo. didn't prevent job growth
Colorado didn't see oil and gas employment fall last year after adopting the air pollution rules serving as a template for new rules proposed by U.S. EPA. In Wyoming, which enacted similar rules around the same time, employment grew by 745 people, or 5 percent. "It's not the job killer that everybody is saying it is," said Eva Henry, one of three county commissioners in Adams County, just south of Weld County. Adams County ranked third in percentage employment gains last year.