WASHINGTON (Reuters) – African climate negotiators attending the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington this week said leadership from the United States is critical to finalizing a global deal on measures to address climate change in 2015 after years of deadlock.
Officials from Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana and Ethiopia said they were optimistic an agreement could be reached, even though many U.S. lawmakers, particularly Republicans, oppose signing a binding treaty requiring cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.
WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – The United States will invest
nearly $500 million to modernize Ghana’s power sector in a bid
to help it attract private sector investment and double energy
access on the African continent, the State Department announced
Secretary of State John Kerry and Ghanian President John
Dramani Mahama signed the Ghana Power Compact, the largest U.S.
government-funded transaction of the Obama administration’s
Power Africa program.
WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – General Electric Co on
Monday pledged to invest $2 billion in Africa by 2018 to boost
infrastructure, worker skills and access to energy, an
announcement timed to coincide with a U.S. summit meeting of
nearly 50 African leaders.
U.S. companies still have opportunities to catch up to
China, Europe and Japan, who have made bigger strides in
investing in the fast-growing continent, GE Chief Executive
Officer Jeffrey Immelt said.
WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department
is holding requests for permission to export lightly processed
crude oil for longer than the normal two-week period so it can
gather more information, according to two sources familiar with
Reuters reported on Monday that at least three companies’
requests for “commodity classification” decisions – effectively
private interpretations of trade rules – had been marked as
“held without action.” That designation allows the agency to
study the request beyond two weeks.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Environmental Protection Agency launched public hearings on Tuesday on its proposal to slash carbon emissions from the country’s power plants, and interested groups ranging from coal miners to senators made their views known.
The agency is holding two-day hearings in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. and expects oral comments from more than 1,600 people, on top of more than 300,000 written comments already received on the 645-page Clean Power Plan.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department has put on hold at least two companies’ requests for permission to sell lightly processed crude abroad, effectively stalling an industry push to export an expanding glut of oil amid the U.S. shale revolution, sources said.
The companies seeking clarification on exporting ultra-light oil, known as condensate, have been told that their requests are being “held without action,” a person familiar with the matter said last week, describing an indefinite pause in the review process that allows officials to seek additional information on a decision.
WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department
has put on hold at least two companies’ requests for permission
to sell lightly processed crude abroad, effectively stalling an
industry push to export an expanding glut of oil amid the U.S.
shale revolution, sources said.
The companies seeking clarification on exporting ultra-light
oil, known as condensate, have been told that their requests are
being “held without action,” a person familiar with the matter
said last week, describing an indefinite pause in the review
process that allows officials to seek additional information on
WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) – The internal watchdog of the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday that the
regulator does not adequately address methane leaks from natural
gas pipelines, harming both the economy and environment.
The EPA Inspector General said the agency’s current
voluntary program to address methane leaks from pipelines has
yielded only minimal reductions of the potent greenhouse gas.
WASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters) – Gas-rich states such as
Texas should have the easiest time complying with planned
Environmental Protection Agency regulations on carbon pollution
from power plants, despite opposition from their lawmakers, a
new study says.
The study, released on Thursday by the Rhodium Group and the
Center for Security and International Studies, shows the boom in
shale gas production will give producing states an advantage in
meeting carbon reduction targets proposed by the EPA on June 2.
WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will field
questions from lawmakers on Wednesday about the agency’s plan to
slash carbon pollution from power plants, even as industry
groups seek to derail the proposal.
McCarthy will testify before the Senate Environment and
Public Works committee, where she will discuss the EPA’s first
mandatory cuts on carbon in the power sector, the largest source
of domestic emissions.