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Sep 28, 2011

US watchdog: EPA missed steps on climate finding

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency may not have met White House guidelines in
laying the groundwork to regulate carbon emissions, a
government watchdog said in a report that could fuel Republican
efforts to block the agency’s new rules on climate.

The EPA’s Inspector General on Wednesday accused the agency
of not following White House procedures in peer reviewing its
so-called “endangerment finding” issued in 2009 that found
greenhouse gas emissions were harming human health.

Sep 28, 2011

U.S. watchdog: EPA took shortcut on climate finding

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took a shortcut in laying the groundwork to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, a government watchdog said on Wednesday in a report that could fuel Republican efforts to block the agency’s new rules on climate.

EPA’s Inspector General said in report the agency met requirements making rules on emissions blamed for warming the planet and followed rules to ensure the supporting technical information was qualified.

Sep 28, 2011

Analysis: Snags lurk for Keystone XL even after U.S. approval

By Jeffrey Jones and Timothy Gardner

(Reuters) – Winning State Department approval for the Keystone XL oil pipeline is not likely to be the last hurdle TransCanada Corp faces in its efforts to build the controversial project.

Even if it gets the State Department’s green light, legal and regulatory snags lurk at federal and state levels and each could mean more costly delays to the $7 billion project, which is intended to move more than half a million barrels of oil sands-derived crude oil a day to Texas from Canada.

Sep 26, 2011

SolarCity latest to see U.S. loan loss post-Solyndra

LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Solar panel installer SolarCity said on Friday it was the second company in as many days that will not get finalization of U.S. government loan aid by a September 30 deadline.

The Department of Energy informed SolarCity of its inability to close the loan 48 hours ago, blaming increased paperwork resulting from a Congressional investigation into the DOE’s $535 million loan guarantee awarded to bankrupt solar company Solyndra, SolarCity said in a letter to the Republican lawmakers heading the probe.

Sep 23, 2011

SolarCity latest to see loan loss post Solyndra

LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Solar panel installer SolarCity said on Friday it was the second company in as many days that will not get finalization of U.S. government loan aid by a September 30 deadline.

The Department of Energy informed SolarCity of its inability to close the loan 48 hours ago, blaming increased paperwork resulting from a Congressional investigation into the Department of Energy’s $535 million loan guarantee awarded to bankrupt solar company Solyndra, SolarCity said in a letter to the Republican lawmakers heading the probe.

Sep 23, 2011

House passes bill to block EPA clean air rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday to block regulations that force industry to reduce unhealthy air emissions, such as mercury from coal-fired power plants, but the White House has promised to veto the measure and keep new clean air rules in place.

The vote was 249 to 169, largely along party lines.

Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled House have targeted Environmental Protection Agency air rules, saying they would kill jobs and burden businesses with billions of dollars in additional costs at the worst possible time.

Sep 16, 2011

More Americans believe world is warming

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More Americans than last year believe the world is warming and the change is likely influenced by the Republican presidential debates, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said on Thursday.

The percentage of Americans who believe the Earth has been warming rose to 83 percent from 75 percent last year in the poll conducted Sept 8-12.

Sep 15, 2011

More Americans believe world is warming: Reuters/Ipsos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More Americans than last year believe the world is warming and the change is likely influenced by the Republican presidential debates, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said on Thursday.

The percentage of Americans who believe the Earth has been warming rose to 83 percent from 75 percent last year in the poll conducted Sept 8-12.

Sep 15, 2011

Despite probe, SEC says not regulating fracking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission wants to ensure drilling companies are not misleading investors about their natural gas reserves but it is not cracking down on a practice of hydraulic fracturing, its chairman said on Thursday.

The SEC issued subpoenas to ExCo Resources Inc and Quicksilver Resources Inc last month regarding a probe into whether companies are overstating the productivity of their natural gas wells.

Aug 26, 2011

U.S. edges closer to decision on Canada pipeline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A proposed $7 billion Canada-to-Texas pipeline cleared a major obstacle on Friday with the release of U.S. State Department review that suggested it would have limited environmental impact.

The report found that the Keystone XL pipeline by itself would not likely boost output of Alberta’s oil sands because demand for the oil means it will get to the market one way or another.

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