WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers on
Wednesday launched an investigation into the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency’s decision-making process leading up to
establishing emissions standards for new power plants.
Leaders of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce
Committee have written to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
requesting documents they will use to determine whether the
agency complied with the law when it developed its proposals for
new power plants, announced in September 2013.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will hold the first test sale of crude from its emergency oil stockpile since 1990, offering a modest 5 million barrels in what some observers saw as a subtle message to Russia from the Obama administration.
The Energy Department said the test sale had been planned for months, timed to meet demand from refiners coming out of annual maintenance cycles. But oil traders noted that Russia’s effort to take over the Crimea region from Ukraine has prompted calls for use of booming U.S. energy resources to relieve dependence on Russian natural gas by Europe and Ukraine.