U.S. ethanol champions are bracing for the possibility that Brazil, the largest economy in Latin America, could soon land a devastating blow in what increasingly looks like an all-out global trade war over alternative fuels.
Energy & Environment
The latest updates on energy and environment news, analysis and opinion covering energy policy and its impact on resources and climate.
By Keith Ridler - Associated Press
A group that represents farmers is calling the costs of saving imperiled salmon in the largest river system in the Pacific Northwest unsustainable and is turning to the Trump administration to sidestep endangered species laws. Published August 10, 2017
Shrinking the federal bureaucracy would spur economic growth and reduce costs to taxpayers, according to a report released Wednesday that targets agencies such as the EPA, the National Labor Relations Board and the Commerce Department for paring down or outright elimination.
Amid a host of policy shifts from the Obama to Trump eras, one thing that has remained constant at the Interior Department is its massive online following, driven primarily by daily posts featuring wildlife, scenic landscapes and breathtaking views of the nation's national parks.
The Trump administration has awarded $10 million to North Dakota to help cover the $38 million tab stemming from the massive Dakota Access pipeline protest, which saw thousands of activists camp out for months on federal land.
Federal researchers studying critically endangered North Pacific right whales sometimes go years without finding their subjects. Over the weekend they got lucky.
The remnants of Hurricane Franklin soaked central Mexico Thursday, threatening mudslides and flash floods after the storm hit the country's Gulf coast overnight.
Whoever leaked a dire climate change report published by the New York Times this week committed a "pubic service" by releasing information the White House may have suppressed, former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather said Tuesday.
A UCLA professor who recommended replacing dogs and cats with more climate-friendly pets in the name of global warming may have bitten off more than he can chew.
Environmental resistance inside the Trump administration hit new heights this week as a group of federal scientists leaked a draft of a sweeping climate change report to the press, pushing the study out into the bloodstream before their superiors had the chance to alter or approve it.
Besides achieving the fastest average rowing pace in the Arctic Ocean, the Polar Row crew was the largest to row across the Arctic and the first to row from south to north across it. They also reached the northernmost latitude by a rowboat in a proper ocean crossing and broke the world record speed for rowing across the whole Arctic Ocean.
UCLA prof. blames dogs, cats for contributing to climate change; critics say 'barking up wrong tree'
UCLA professor Gregory S. Okin concluded in a study published last week that certain pets, specifically dogs and cats, have a "significant" impact on greenhouse-gas emissions as a result of their meat-based pet-food consumption and feces production.
Worried that President Trump and his Cabinet officials will suppress their findings, a group of federal scientists on Monday night leaked a draft of a sweeping climate change study to the media before it had been approved by the administration.
The National Weather Service says the storm that blew through Salisbury, Maryland, was most likely a tornado.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday announced the federal government will relax Obama-era rules designed to protect the imperiled sage grouse, saying the administration will offer states flexibility in how they choose to protect the bird and also will loosen restrictions on energy development in sage grouse habitat.
Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Sequel" drew a lukewarm response from moviegoers, ranking 15th at the box office in its first weekend of wide release and earning tepid reviews from audiences.
A federal appeals court has delivered a victory to wild horse enthusiasts, ordering the U.S. Forest Service to restore 23,000 acres of critical land as protected horse country in California — and showed judges taking an increasingly dim view of agencies' decision-making.
The White House's plan to revive a nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain has pushed President Trump into an all-out war with Las Vegas, as powerful casino owners and city economic leaders vow to fight the administration tooth and nail over the proposal.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday spared another national monument, continuing his method of announcing decisions one by one as he reviews about two dozen sites across the country.
President Trump visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters Friday and pledged a strong commitment to emergency preparation and response as the U.S. anticipates a busy hurricane season.
In many respects, the Trump administration's second look at national monuments across the country is playing out less like a typical government review and more like a season of "Survivor."
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline survived nine years of protests, lawsuits and political wrangling that saw the Obama administration reject it and President Donald Trump revive it, but now the project faces the possibility of death by economics.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Wednesday spared another historic site, announcing that he will not recommend any changes to the the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.
Former Vice President Al Gore's 10,070-square-foot estate near Nashville, Tennessee, expended more than 21 times more energy than the average U.S. household over the past year, according to a new report.
The administration said Tuesday that it will have to waive federal law protecting bald and golden eagles as well as dozens of other iconic environmental and American Indian protection statutes in order to begin building President Trump's border wall in San Diego this year.
Progressives worried about climate change and social justice have a message for Prince William and Princess Kate: Stop having children.
Moral preening isn't pretty, and "greener than thou" is all the rage in Europe. Volvo says that starting in 2019 it will no longer manufacture gasoline-only cars, only electrics or gas-electric hybrids.
After dismantling a host of Obama-era regulations in its first six months, President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency has yet to begin what would be its toughest fight: reversing the agency's 2009 endangerment finding on greenhouse gases, a game-changing document that laid the foundation for many of the environmental and climate change regulations that followed.
Al Gore's prominence in the climate change discussion has led some in the media to assume that it's strictly a liberal and secular issue. They are wrong.
Quick: what was the number one source of electricity production in the U.S. during the first half of 2017? If you answered renewable energy, you are wrong by a mile. If you answered natural gas, you were wrong by a tiny amount.
Nobody is more excited about Friday's release of Al Gore's sequel to "An Inconvenient Truth" than climate skeptic Marc Morano, which comes as an ill wind for the movement to stop global warming, not to mention Mr. Gore.
Microsoft President Brad Smith announced recently a broad, sustained, cooperative initiative among private industry and federal, state and local governments to extend broadband access ultimately to all Americans, focused in particular on rural America, where broadband has been most lagging. He discussed the issue at a Media Institute luncheon in Washington, D.C., on July 11.
The Trump administration formally acted Wednesday to repeal the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule, dealing another blow to the Obama-era environmental regulatory regime.
President Trump, despite being hamstrung by Russia probes and the fits and starts of health care reform, has enjoyed his greatest success to date on the energy and environment front, racking up far more accomplishments in that arena than any other during his first six months in office.
Ahead of a contentious vote on his confirmation this week, David Bernhardt has become the latest target of environmentalists' ire, with green groups and other critics charging that the deputy Interior secretary nominee failed to disclose lobbying work he did on behalf of California's Westlands Water District while spearheading the Trump administration's transition team at the Interior Department.
In a major defeat for the ethanol industry, senators of both parties joined forces late last week to sink a controversial bill that would've allowed gasoline with 15 percent ethanol to be sold year-round.
In a major blow to the ethanol industry and its supporters in Congress, a bill to expand the availability of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol has stalled in the Senate and won't come up for a committee vote before the August recess.
Legislation paving the way for Alaska's long-awaited King Cove road cleared the House easily on Thursday, marking a key step forward in the isolated community's 30-year battle with Washington.
A federal appeals court ruling has cleared the path for Maryland to move ahead with a light rail project.
Russia's propaganda schemes and shell companies are so complex that investigators call them "matryoshkas" for the Russian nesting dolls that hide one inside the other. Capitol Hill lawmakers say they are now wrestling with one that appears to have twisted American oil and gas policy in Moscow's favor.
Those who want to get serious about tackling climate change should forget about recycling and have fewer babies, based on the results of a newly released study.
Iraqi security forces with the support of coalition forces are finally getting close to defeating ISIS in Iraq, which begs an important question: What comes next? More to the point, what governmental structure would best protect the many ethnic groups that live there?
The New York Times has discovered peril in the Arctic. "Explorers and fishermen find climate moderating about Spitzbergen and the Eastern Arctic," the newspaper reports, and seal hunters and explorers who sail those icy seas "point to a radical change in climactic conditions, and hitherto unheard of temperatures in that part of the earth."
Saying that the government had become far too slow in facilitating oil and gas development on federal lands, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Thursday signed an order directing his department to hold more lease sales and speed up permitting for energy exploration.
One hundred and 14 years ago, our great-great-grandfathers camped together for three nights in Yosemite National Park. Those nights in 1903 have been called "the camping trip that changed America."
The biggest critics of President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord are also the world's biggest hypocrites on energy policy, top environmental groups charged Wednesday in a report that found many top nations' rhetoric on cutting emissions doesn't line up with how and where they spend their money.
Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt said Friday that European cities want to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement because it gives them a leg up economically.
President Trump on Thursday said he's approved a new petroleum pipeline to Mexico as part of a broader plan to export American energy around the world.
President Trump on Wednesday promised to usher in a "golden age of American energy dominance," pledging that his administration will lift regulatory restrictions that hamper coal mining and oil drilling.
A coal-fired power plant partially owned by the federal government and critical to tribal economies in the West will survive for another two years, though its future beyond that remains uncertain.
During an hourlong press conference at the White House Tuesday, Energy Secretary Rick Perry called for an "intellectual conversation" on climate change, arguing that the issue has become far too political and divisive.
This week, the Trump administration is hosting "Energy Week" to discuss with state, tribal, business and labor leaders how we can pave the path forward toward U.S. energy dominance.
The world's biggest coal users -- China, the United States and India -- have boosted coal mining in 2017, in an abrupt departure from last year's record global decline for the heavily polluting fuel and a setback to efforts to rein in climate change emissions.
American consumers deserve safe, secure and efficient energy that's affordable and meets the needs of the 21st century economy. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has already begun work on a pro-domestic energy policy that will improve our nation's energy infrastructure, create jobs and reduce energy bills, but much more needs to be done.
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Predicting tomorrow's weather is often a crapshoot. Predicting the weather on a day a century from now is obviously throwing money away. Shoveling cash into schemes for regulating climate patterns generations far in the future is an investment in a fool's gold mine. President Trump vows that Americans won't be fooled again.
The Keystone pipeline is inching slowly forward. After more than a decade of back-and-forth bickering between Republicans and Democrats, between business interests and radical environmentalists, the State Department of the Trump administration has finally given its permission, as required by law, to let the oil flow. TransCanada, the company that is building Keystone, praises the new president for clearing the stones, stumps and twigs remaining in the way.
President Trump's boisterous press conferences sometimes cast a shadow over one of his most important achievements so far: his executive order suspending runaway Environmental Protection Agency rules that all but bankrupted the American coal industry. Three of America's largest coal companies declared Chapter 11 in recent years largely as a result of rules like the Clean Power Plant Act, a gift of Barack Obama.
When taxpayers lost more than a half-billion dollars on the failed solar manufacturer Solyndra, they were understandably upset. But Solyndra isn't the only corporate body in the graveyard of green bankruptcies. And more are surely on the way.
Imagine an agency charged with protecting the environment, aptly named the Environmental Protection Agency. Because, you see, we need to protect the environment, and we need a government cudgel with which to do it.
Farmers are now the bad guys. President Obama's administration last week claimed dominion over all of America's streams, creeks, rills, ditches, brooks, rivulets, burns, tributaries, criks, wetlands -- perhaps even puddles -- in a sweeping move to assert unilateral federal authority.
In November, comments closed on a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to redefine "waters of the United States," as set forth in the Clean Water Act of 1977. While Sen. Edmund Muskie, Maine Democrat, author of the 1977 law, required 88 pages for his entire statute, this spring's Federal Register notice ran 370 pages, not counting appendixes, one of which hit 300 pages alone. Little wonder the new "wetland" rules have generated controversy and a likely Supreme Court case.
If you think President Obama's unilateral exercise of executive powers granting near-blanket amnesty to illegal immigrants was an abuse of power, get a load of what this administration is doing over at the Environmental Protection Agency.
From The Vault
A frustrated former President Obama chided President Trump Thursday for canceling U.S. involvement in the Paris climate agreement, and insisted the rest of the world is still headed toward lower greenhouse gas emissions even without American leadership.
President Trump usually prefers to blaze his own path through the thicket of global diplomacy — "globaloney" a wit once called it -- much to the dismay of the scented-handkerchief crowd. He softened his skepticism of NATO, and that's a good thing, and postponed a final decision on whether to keep his promise to withdraw the United States from the Paris treaty on global warming. He wanted to keep the good feelings intact at the G-7 summit.
President Trump is laying the groundwork this week to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, seeking options for how to extricate the U.S. in a process that could take years to complete.
Republican senators on Thursday morning warned President Trump that remaining in the landmark Paris climate pact will essentially guarantee that a host of Obama-era environmental regulations remain on the books for good.
Our nation's aging infrastructure is in significant need of investment and care if we want to ensure a secure future for coming generations.
The United States has some of the most robust and reliable energy infrastructure in the world. It allows us to harness energy and move it from where it is produced to where it can be utilized.
Buried in an otherwise humdrum jobs report for March was the jaw-dropping pronouncement by the Labor Department that mining jobs in America were up by 11,000 in March. Since the low point in October 2016 and following years of painful layoffs in the mining industry, the mining sector has added 35,000 jobs.
President Trump has nullified many of Barack Obama's climate change fantasies and the sky is still up there. But judging by the uproar from voices in the climate change industry, only an unexpected miracle is keeping the firmament in place. As cooler heads keep an eye on the thermometer in the months and years to come, America can balance legitimate concerns about pollution against the necessity of exploiting affordable energy.
A central piece of President Trump's executive order Tuesday nixes the federal government's use of the obscure "social cost of carbon" calculation, ending an Obama-era experiment that put an official price tag on greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy giant Repsol has found the largest onshore U.S. oil find in 30 years.
Rick Perry on Thursday became the nation's energy secretary, placing the former Texas governor atop a department he once wanted to eliminate entirely.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made a unique choice Thursday morning during his first D.C. commute.
President Trump advanced his deregulation agenda Tuesday by signing legislation that canceled a rule from the Wall Street reform law that required oil and natural gas companies to disclose taxes and other payments to foreign governments.
On Friday morning, WhiteHouse.gov included a section dedicated to President Obama's efforts to fight climate change.
Just days before President Obama leaves office, his Environmental Protection Agency on Friday finalized fuel economy standards that call on cars and light trucks to get an average of 36 miles per gallon by 2025.