WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a victory for oil and gas industry advocates, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the U.S. government most of next year would block the Obama administration from protecting several species of birds found in western states.The proposed compromise spending bill would prohibit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from listing the greater sage-grouse as endangered or threatened and stop the service from working to implement protections for the Gunnison sage-grouse, which the agency listed as threatened last month.
Republicans successfully negotiated a number of policy provisions into the measure, which aims to avoid a government shutdown at midnight on Thursday. It is expected to be put to a House of Representatives vote on Thursday, while Senate passage would follow by a day or two, congressional aides said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Probable legal challenges to proposed cuts in the 2014 U.S. biofuel mandate could focus on a two-word phrase dropped from the U.S. law establishing the renewable fuel program back in 2005: distribution capacity.
Biofuel producers have argued for months that the Environmental Protection Agency’s justification for potential cuts to 2014 targets is incompatible with federal law and that the legislative history of the mandate will prove this.
WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Expanded U.S. liquefied
natural gas exports would mean a modest price increase for
domestic consumers, but those higher costs would be outweighed
by a boost to the economy, the U.S. Energy Information
Administration said on Wednesday.
Residential natural gas prices would likely be 5 percent
higher than otherwise would be the case between 2015 and 2040 if
U.S. LNG exports rose to 20 billion cubic feet per day, said the
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States needs billions of dollars of new equipment including ice-breaking ships, better satellite service and fiber-optic networks as it prepares for climate change and melting ice in the Arctic, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday.
The total cost will not be clear until the U.S. government inventories its investment needs, former Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert Papp, who became the first U.S. special representative for the Arctic Region in July, told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – A day before President Barack
Obama addressed the United Nations to declare the nation is
“stepping up to the plate” to tackle climate change, nearly
400,000 protesters jammed New York City streets in a climate
change march. Many held signs calling for an end to fracking.
Environmental activists see the U.S. natural gas and oil
production boom, spurred by fracking, as a major contributor to
global warming. Obama has lauded the country’s shale boom as an
economic boon and a geopolitical lever.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is trying to balance its support for renewable fuels with awareness of infrastructure constraints at gas stations as it finalizes targets for 2014 biofuel use, agency officials said on Tuesday.
But with only 11 weeks left in the year, the administration also needs to weigh oil refiners’ ability to comply with the long-delayed requirements, one official told the Reuters Global Climate Change Summit.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Defense on Monday laid out its plan to respond to climate change, arguing that rising temperatures and more frequent destructive weather around the globe pose “immediate risks to U.S. national security.”
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled the Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas held in Arequipa, Peru.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s proposed cuts to U.S. biofuel use targets could undermine the White House’s plan to tackle climate change, according to two Democrats on the Senate committee that oversees the renewable fuel mandate.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s plan, slashing requirements for blending ethanol and biodiesel into U.S. fuel supplies in 2014, would lead to increased oil use and carbon emissions, Senators Barbara Boxer and Edward Markey said in a letter sent to White House late on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Cheniere’s liquefied
natural gas export project in Texas will not cause significant
damage to the environment, federal regulators said on Wednesday,
keeping the project on track to potentially receive a
construction license by year-end.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s final
environmental review concluded that with proper mitigation
measures, the construction and operation of the Corpus Christi
project would result in “mostly temporary and short-term”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must act to rein in methane pollution from the oil and gas industry, environmental groups said on Thursday, warning that failure to set federal standards would undermine other Obama administration efforts to address climate change.
The EPA is expected to lay out a plan within months to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas drilling as a part of President Barack Obama’s broad climate action plan.