WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The energy boom of the last
decade that has boosted oil and gas production in the United
States has outpaced the development of critical infrastructure
to transport the raw and refined materials, U.S. Energy
Secretary Ernest Moniz said on Thursday.
Reflecting on a spate of accidents involving freight trains
pulling tank cars full of volatile crude oil in Canada and the
United States, Moniz said that infrastructure development was
key, even beyond a reconsideration of rail regulations now under
way by U.S. authorities.
WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The Department of Energy is
continuing to look for ways to mitigate propane shortages in
parts of the country that have caused prices of the heating oil
to reach record highs, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said
“We are in direct communication with the Department of
Transportation, the Department of Commerce, and the Domestic
Policy Council at the White House so we can bring whatever we
can to bear on this issue,” Moniz said in an interview with
WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Two leading U.S. grain groups
have asked Syngenta AG, the world’s largest crop
chemicals company, to suspend the commercialization in the
United States of two genetically modified (GM) strains of corn
not currently approved in China.
The National Grain and Feed Association and North American
Export Grain Association wrote to Syngenta, asking the company
to hold back on its Agrisure Viptera and Duracade corn varieties
until China and other U.S. export markets have granted
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. senators sought answers from the chief executive of Target Corp as questions mounted in Washington about the company’s response to the hacking of credit and debit cards of millions its customers during the holiday shopping season.
“We ask that Target’s information-security officials provide a briefing to committee staff regarding your company’s investigation and latest findings,” said John Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Claire McCaskill, who heads a Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection.
WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – U.S. quarterly corn stocks
were below expectations after dry weather late in the growing
season trimmed yields and feed use picked up, the U.S.
Agricultural Department said on Friday in a report supportive to
Chicago corn futures jumped by more than 3 percent on
the report while soybeans pared gains and wheat fell
by almost 3 percent to new contract lows as traders focused on
rising U.S. and world stockpiles.
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Charles Schumer on Monday called for an overhaul of old rail tank cars used to carry crude oil after a spate of explosive derailments over the past year.
The New York Democrat joined a growing number of politicians concerned about the safety of transporting large volumes of oil by rail across the country, calling for a phase-out or retrofit of old tankers that do not meet current safety standards and are prone to puncture.
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Charles
Schumer on Monday called for an overhaul of old rail tank cars
used to carry crude oil after a spate of explosive derailments
over the past year.
The New York Democrat joined a growing number of politicians
concerned about the safety of transporting large volumes of oil
by rail across the country, calling for a phase-out or retrofit
of old tankers that do not meet current safety standards and are
prone to puncture.
HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a compromise budget that reduces the risk of another government shutdown and a defense bill that cracks down on sexual assault in the military and smooths the path for transferring detainees from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The two-year U.S. budget agreement, negotiated by Congress earlier this month, and the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2104 were among seven pieces of legislation signed by Obama, who is vacationing with his family in Hawaii.
KANOEHE BAY, Hawaii (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and wife Michelle thanked U.S. troops for their service on Wednesday during a Christmas Day visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kanoehe Bay.
The president addressed about 580 active duty service men and women for about three minutes, wishing them a “Mele Kalikimaka,” and then spent time talking to troops individually and posing for photographs.
HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, as signaled earlier in the year, signed an executive order on Monday setting federal civilian and military pay rates for 2014, and including the first raise for civilian workers in four years.
Military and civilian employees will get a 1 percent raise in the new year, consistent with the level laid out in Obama’s earlier budget proposal.