An explosion occurred on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, killing one person and injuring three.
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By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times
Harvard University students unable to convince administrators to divest the $36.4 billion endowment from fossil fuel stocks are taking their case to court. Published November 19, 2014
The American University Board of Trustees rejected Friday an option to withdraw fossil-fuel investments from the $550 million endowment, infuriating student activists and handing another defeat to the campus divestment movement.
The Obama administration said Friday it is delaying a decision on whether to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry canceled plans Friday to pull back from talks with Iran about the country's nuclear program — a shift that suggested some hope of movement on the protracted negotiations.
A government report with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says the breeding grounds of a struggling bird species need a 3-mile or larger buffer from oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects.
A Maryland county is offering churches a way out of a state tax that charges them for paved surfaces on their properties: preach on environmentalism instead.
Pennsylvania's Democratic senator is criticizing President Barack Obama's proposed climate change rules, urging revisions to a plan that he says imposes unfair costs and burdens on the state.
The city of Berkeley, California, known for its green initiatives, voted Tuesday to adopt gas pump labels that remind people of their contribution to global warming.
A U.N. fund that will help poor countries tackle climate change has fallen short, for now, of its target of collecting $10 billion, officials said Thursday.
Alaska's richest state petroleum lease sale in 13 years took in $54.5 million in high bids Wednesday for tracts on the North Slope.
Two environmental groups plan to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its decision to list the Gunnison sage grouse as a threatened species instead of giving it the more protective endangered status.
A bus that runs on local human and food waste — specifically biomethane gas — has taken to the streets in the United Kingdom.
Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command, said Thursday that China and "one or two" other countries have the power to shut down the U.S. electric grid with cyberattacks.
Two Seattle-based groups are calling for the closure of the Northwest's only commercial nuclear power plant.
In the not so distant past, it was not uncommon for sawmills to burn their waste products such as woodchips and sawdust in teepee burners.
Consumers will get refunds and credits of about $1.4 billion, but also pay about $3.3 billion, under a settlement approved Thursday on costs stemming from the premature closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.
The executive chairman of Ford Motor Company said he doesn't think that a drop in oil prices will dissuade people from buying fuel-efficient vehicles.
State regulators have decided to fine Pacific Gas & Electric Co. $1 million and require its shareholders to cover as much as $400 million of a gas rate increase because of backroom negotiations between the utility and regulators.
Ex-coal company chief executive Don Blankenship pleaded not guilty Thursday to conspiracy and other charges in the deadliest U.S. mine accident in four decades.
Washington plans to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to protect workers from hazardous vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Wednesday.
Concentrations of iron and sulfate collecting in underground pools could pollute the Potomac River and its surrounding groundwater, according to a long-awaited environmental impact report released Wednesday.
The U.S. is falling short in its ability to track and respond to a major volcanic eruption at this time, a panel of experts told a congressional hearing Wednesday.
Beginning next month - for the first time in a decade - snowmobilers will be allowed to enter Yellowstone National Park without a paid guide.
The world still isn't close to preventing what leaders call a dangerous level of man-made warming, a new United Nations report says. That's despite some nations' recent pledges to cut back on carbon dioxide emissions.
A day after re-electing Rep. Nancy Pelosi to lead them in the next Congress, House Democrats rebuffed her effort Wednesday to elect a close ally to an important committee post.
One Democratic congressman is so opposed to the Keystone XL Pipeline that he wouldn't vote for it even if his party got a minimum-wage bump from Republicans in exchange.
San Diego officials took a dramatic step to counter the droughts the city's been facing in recent months, giving recycling experts the unanimous approval to tap into wastewater and turn it into drinking water.
A much-touted campaign to get the nation's colleges and universities to sell their holdings in the fossil fuel industry as a way to fight climate change has mostly been drilling a dry hole since its launch three years ago.
Senate Democrats filibustered the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday, in a vote that reverberated from Louisiana, where a key senator's career is now likely doomed, to the broader national Democratic Party, where environmentalists have emerged triumphant in a divisive internal battle with labor unions.
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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.