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.
WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The Obama administration is
committed to eventually getting U.S. ethanol production to the
15 billion-gallon level envisioned by Congress, U.S. Agriculture
Secretary Thomas Vilsack said on Tuesday.
Vilsack also said that proposed cuts to the 2014 mandate
were likely to be partially restored, echoing talk in the
biofuel industry over the past few months.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The American Petroleum Institute on Thursday accused the White House of attempting to use 2014 biofuel targets to influence a tight U.S. Senate race, saying that the Obama administration was putting politics ahead of consumer needs.
Management of the biofuel program has taken center stage in an election battle between Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst.
WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. Energy Department
on Wednesday approved liquefied natural gas exports from two
projects, as lawmakers pressed the administration to move
quickly to clear a backlog of applications to ship gas abroad.
Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG facility in Louisiana
and Carib Energy’s small-scale export project in Florida are the
first projects to receive final permits from the department to
export gas to non-free-trade-agreement countries since
Cheniere’s Sabine Pass project was approved in 2012.
WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) – The nascent U.S. cellulosic
ethanol industry has urged the White House to change course on
targets for biofuel use, warning in a letter to President Barack
Obama on Tuesday that current policy risks losing investments to
China and Brazil.
Federally set mandates for the use of fuels such as corn
ethanol and cellulosic ethanol, made from plant waste like
grasses and wood, must be based on the industry’s ability to
produce the fuel, not on infrastructure restraints, executives
of several biofuel companies wrote.