WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A majority of senators have urged President Barack Obama to raise pressure on Iran over its disputed nuclear program by toughening sanctions and renewing the option to use military force while also exploring diplomatic solutions.
The senators’ letter to Obama came as Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, who has cast himself as a moderate and pledged to pursue less confrontational policies abroad, took office.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives easily passed a bill on Wednesday to tighten sanctions on Iran, showing a strong message to Tehran over its disputed nuclear program days before President-elect Hassan Rouhani is sworn in.
The vote also highlighted a growing divide between Congress and the Obama administration on Iran policy ahead of talks on the nuclear program in coming months. Iran insists the nuclear program is purely for civilian purposes.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are due to vote on a tough Iran sanctions bill this week that seeks to squeeze the Islamic Republic’s oil exports to a trickle.
The Republican-led House is due to vote on Wednesday on the bill that seeks to cut Iran’s oil exports by another 1 million barrels per day within one year, congressional aides said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate confirmed Gina McCarthy on Thursday to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a long-awaited move that could help President Barack Obama revive his plans to fight climate change.
The Senate voted 59 to 40 for McCarthy, who oversaw rules on mercury and soot pollution from power plants in her prior job as the EPA’s top air official, a position she has held since 2009.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and China, the world’s top emitters of greenhouse gases, agreed to five initiatives on Wednesday to cut carbon output from the largest sources, including heavy duty vehicles, manufacturing and coal-fired plants, the State Department said.
The U.S.-China climate change working group, which officials from both countries formed in April, will work with companies and non-governmental groups to develop plans by October to carry out the measures aimed at fighting climate change and cutting pollution.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Keystone XL pipeline got a boost on Tuesday as a landmark U.S.-mandated report said heavy Canadian oil is no more likely to cause pipeline leaks than other crudes, knocking back one of the biggest objections to the project.
Following a series of high-profile pipeline leaks over the past three years, environmental groups raised the alarm over the prospect that Canada’s growing stream of heavy bitumen crude, which is diluted with light fuel to flow through pipelines, could corrode the lines due to its acid and mineral content.
WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) – The controversial Keystone
XL pipeline project got a boost on Tuesday as a landmark U.S.
report said heavy Canadian oil is no more likely than other
crudes to cause pipeline leaks, neutralizing one of the concerns
of pipeline opponents.
Producers of heavy crude, or bitumen, from Canada’s oil
sands, dilute the oil with light hydrocarbons so it can flow
WASHINGTON, June 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. ethanol mandate
could boost domestic gasoline prices as refiners get around the
requirement by exporting more gasoline, the CEO of oil major
Chevron Corp said on Tuesday.
The Environmental Protection Agency has certified the use of
E15, gasoline containing a higher blend of ethanol, for cars
made since the 2001 model year – or about two-thirds of the
vehicles currently on the road in the United States.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. intelligence agency requested a criminal probe on Saturday into the leak of highly classified information about secret surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency, a spokesman for the intelligence chief’s office said.
Confirmation that the NSA filed a “crimes report” came a few hours after the nation’s spy chief, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper launched an aggressive defense of a secret government data collection program.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder appears to have little choice but to launch a new round of investigations into media leaks, the very issue that consumed him for the last month and led to renewed calls for his resignation.
U.S. officials said Holder will undoubtedly be called upon to identify leakers who gave a secret court order to Britain’s Guardian newspaper and a document describing surveillance methods to both the Guardian and the Washington Post.