WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) – U.S. officials have told
energy companies that they may export a variety of ultra-light
oil if it has been minimally refined, an apparent marginal
loosening of a decades-old ban on selling U.S. crude abroad.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the Department of
Commerce, which has come under growing pressure to ease
restrictions amid a resurgence in domestic production, had given
approval via a private ruling to Pioneer Natural Resources Co
and Enterprise Product Partners LP to export the
WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) – Rising public support for
action on climate change bodes well for federal regulations
announced this month to limit pollution from power plants, four
Republican former chiefs of the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency said on Wednesday.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a subcommittee chairman on the
Senate Environment and Public Works panel, arranged for the
officials to address a sharply divided committee that frequently
clashes over the existence and causes of climate change.
WASHINGTON, June 16 (Reuters) – The United States, United
Kingdom and Netherlands will float a plan this week requiring
new coal-fired power plants to meet a carbon pollution standard
in order to receive public funding from the world’s wealthiest
countries, according to a draft seen by Reuters.
The countries will present the plan to the Organization for
Economic Cooperation and Development’s exports credits group,
which started a week-long meeting on Monday.
WASHINGTON, June 16 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry on Monday called for a global regime to protect the
oceans, which he said were under threat from too much fishing,
acidification from climate change, and marine pollution.
Kerry opened the two-day “Our Ocean” conference at the State
Department with a call for all nations to move beyond talks and
studies to taking specific steps toward a global agreement to
protect the oceans.
A lot of ecstatic Ticos today
WASHINGTON, June 13 (Reuters) – Ohio Governor John Kasich on
Friday signed legislation to freeze a six-year old law that
required utilities to sell increasing amounts of green energy,
making the state the first in the country to roll back a clean
Kasich, a Republican mentioned as a possible contender for
the 2016 presidential race, signed Senate Bill 310, which passed
in the state’s legislature with strong support from some of
Ohio’s biggest industrial power users, such as Alcoa, and
the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
WASHINGTON, June 12 (Reuters) – Environmental Protection
Agency chief Gina McCarthy said on Thursday that newly proposed
rules to slash carbon emissions from U.S. power plants will cut
electricity bills after 2030 by forcing power plants to become
Speaking at a forum on energy efficiency in Washington,
which she likened to “preaching to the choir,” McCarthy took
issue with critics’ claims that the EPA’s clean power plan will
cause consumer electricity prices to skyrocket, in part by
forcing older coal-fired plants to close.