The European Union signed off Friday on a massive cut in greenhouse gas emissions, vowing to lower the levels by 40 percent of what was recorded in 1990 — by the year 2030.
Energy and Environment
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By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times
The U.S. oil and gas industry is thriving despite efforts by the Obama administration and liberal environmental groups to undermine fossil fuel development and production, according to a Senate report released Thursday. Published October 23, 2014
A coalition of 50 watchdog and civil liberties groups sent a letter Thursday to President Obama urging him to follow through on his promise to head the most transparent administration ever by reforming disclosure policies at federal agencies.
Sarah Palin announced this week that her successor as Alaska governor isn't getting her vote, throwing another wild card into an already tumultuous gubernatorial race.
Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, locked in a tough re-election fight in North Carolina, appeared to hedge for a bit when asked by a reporter whether she thinks President Obama is a strong leader.
A leading meteorologist who co-founded the Weather Channel has issued an open letter slamming global warming science and arguing that man-made climate change is a myth created to push a political agenda.
Two South Africans have been charged with tricking American hunters into partaking in illegal rhino safaris, the Justice Department said.
A new poll shows GOP Rep. Cory Gardner with a seven-point lead, 46 percent to 39 percent, in his bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado, with President Obama's sagging approval ratings pulling down the incumbent.
Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Amanda Curtis clashed over energy and the government's proper role in the industry during the first U.S. Senate debate in Montana's oil patch on Tuesday in Sidney.
Several politicians in South Florida, frustrated by what they perceive as a lack of attention from the higher-ups on the political chain regarding climate change, said they want to form a new state.
So much for trick-or-treating on Halloween for one Canadian town. The blooming polar bear population on the small hamlet of Arviat has caused enough concern among parents and officials that they've called off the door-to-door candy begs.
Consumers are enjoying a break from high gas prices, which have fallen below $3 a gallon in many areas, but the drop has precipitated a cold war among oil producers that has all the intrigue, suspense and looming destruction of a Tom Clancy novel.
Tom Steyer, billionaire hedge-funder and former Obama bundler, has now become the biggest super PAC contributor of 2014, with a recent donation of $15 million to his own super PAC, NextGen Climate Action Committee.
State tax incentives for wind energy producers were created when the industry was in its infancy and may need to be re-examined in light of lawmakers' concern over their growing cost, the head of an industry trade group told members of a Senate panel on Tuesday.
Federal officials say almost every mine sample taken since August would meet tougher limits on coal dust.
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The lame-duck Congress that will meet after the Nov. 4 election could lay a few golden eggs that will hatch into a new flock of crony capitalist ducklings. The gold would actually come from taxpayers. The politically well-connected are especially eager about an $18 billion giveaway to wind farms, a tax credit that benefits mostly millionaires and billionaires.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, has railed against money in politics, even trying to amend the Constitution. But he's being really quiet now that one of his environmentalist buddies is on top of the spending charts.
This Friday, Jeff Immelt and the team that leads General Electric Company owe shareholders and the American public answers to a simple question: How will management restore consistent growth in revenues, profits and cash flow to a vaunted enterprise that has floundered since Jack Welch left in September 2001?
Be prepared to work harder at home. The era of affordable labor-saving devices is threatened by rising appliance costs due to federal energy regulations.
President Obama raised a lot of eyebrows here and abroad when he declared in his United Nations climate-change speech: "Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution by more than any other nation on Earth."
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Claiming a key victory in the fight to escape reliance on foreign fuel, the Obama administration announced Wednesday that domestic oil production surpassed imports for the first time in nearly two decades.
Failing to heed the lessons of the Solyndra debacle, Energy Department officials kept quiet about their knowledge that a government-backed electric car charger company was sliding toward bankruptcy and putting taxpayer money at risk, the agency's chief watchdog has found.
The Keystone XL pipeline has been knocked out of the headlines in recent weeks, but debate over the project found new life on Capitol Hill this week.
The Energy Department's latest biomass plant is seeing plenty of green — it's environmentally friendly and it's costing taxpayers a wad of money.
In a possible sign that New York State won't be allowing fracking anytime soon, drilling giant Chesapeake Energy reportedly has abandoned its fight to retain land leases in portions of the state sitting atop vast natural gas reserves.
BP is seeking to stop paying millions of dollars in what it calls spurious compensation claims stemming from the catastrophic 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
To John LaRue, the renaissance in U.S. manufacturing is no dream. It's already here.
It's been almost 17 years, but educators have called for national teaching guidelines for science in schools around the nation — and they want part of the curriculum to focus on climate change and evolution.
Congress is warning gas prices — already on the upswing, these past few weeks — could go even higher, given an Environmental Protection Agency mandate on renewable fuels that's about to take effect.
Several think tanks will hold a conference Thursday linking the Arab Spring to global warming.
Millions of dollars already have been spent, and much more soon will be dumped into a litany of studies looking at fracking's impact on water and air quality and at possible links to cancer and other diseases.