WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) – U.S. oil and food groups
petitioned the Supreme Court on Thursday to reverse a lower
court’s decision upholding the use of higher ethanol blends in
cars, another step in their struggling effort to put limits on
use of the renewable fuel.
The U.S. ethanol industry, which mostly makes fuel from
corn, has pushed for E15, which contains 15 percent ethanol, up
from the traditional blend containing 10 percent. They rejoiced
when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2011
expanded use of E15 to cars built in 2006 and before.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Western sanctions targeting Iran’s nuclear program contributed to a steep drop in Tehran’s access to global sources of capital last year, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a report to Congress.
Foreign banks cut their lending exposure to Iran by the equivalent of $9.1 billion in 2012, down 53 percent, said the report, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Wednesday it had sanctioned Iran’s main agency in charge of broadcasting for helping the government censor Western reports, part of a broader effort by Washington to pressure Tehran’s nuclear program.
The U.S. Treasury Department also said sanctions that shackle Iran’s oil earnings took effect, as scheduled, on Wednesday. Iran’s earnings now have to be credited to accounts in countries that buy Iranian crude.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Wednesday it has sanctioned state-sponsored broadcasters in Iran for helping the government censor its opposition, part of a broader U.S. effort to pressure Teheran over its nuclear program.
The Treasury Department named the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, its director, Ezzatollah Zarghami, and others as subject to sanctions that effectively block their access to the U.S. financial system.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Department of Energy’s electronics network was attacked by hackers in mid-January but no classified data was compromised, the agency said in a letter to employees.
The attack “resulted in the unauthorized disclosure of employee and contractor Personally Identifiable Information,” the Energy Department said in the letter, which was received by employees at its headquarters in Washington late on Friday and obtained by Reuters on Monday.
WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of
Energy’s electronics network was attacked by hackers in
mid-January but no classified data was compromised, the agency
said in a letter to employees.
The attack “resulted in the unauthorized disclosure of
employee and contractor Personally Identifiable Information,”
the Energy Department said in the letter, which was received by
employees at its headquarters in Washington late on Friday and
obtained by Reuters on Monday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu resigned on Friday, he singled out for praise a former governor who has worked to clean up nuclear waste, a move that raised Christine Gregoires’ profile as a possibility for the Obama administration’s energy and climate team.
Chu lauded Gregoire, a Democrat who served as governor of Washington state from 2005 until mid-January and is long-time backer of President Barack Obama.
WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s
decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will not be made until
at least June, a U.S. official said, which would delay the
project for months and frustrate backers of Canada’s oil sands.
“We’re talking the beginning of summer at the earliest,”
said the source, who did not want to be identified due to the
sensitive nature of the TransCanada Corp project, which
has been pending for more than four and a half years. “It’s not
weeks until the final decision. It’s months.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of more than half the 100-member Senate has urged President Barack Obama to approve the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline project, which would connect Canadian oil sands to refineries in Texas.
“This is about something that Americans want. It’s about energy for this country,” Senator John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, told reporters on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has delayed a decision on TransCanada Corp’s rerouted Keystone XL oil pipeline until after March, even though Nebraska’s governor said on Tuesday he approved a plan for a section of the line.
“We don’t anticipate being able to conclude our own review before the end of the first quarter of this year,” said Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman at the State Department, which had previously said it would make a decision before the end of March.