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The latest updates on energy and environment news, analysis and opinion covering energy policy and its impact on resources and climate.

A man stands among destruction after an earthquake in Gayan village, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Thursday, June 23, 2022. A powerful earthquake struck a rugged, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, flattening stone and mud-brick homes in the country's deadliest quake in two decades, the state-run news agency reported. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Nooroozi)

Aftershock in Afghanistan as quake toll rises to 1,150 dead

- Associated Press

An aftershock shook a hard-hit area of eastern Afghanistan on Friday, two days after a quake rattled the region, razing hundreds of mud-brick homes and killing 1,150 people, according to state media.

President Joe Biden speaks during the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Friday, June 17, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden’s tall tales on economy fall flat

- The Washington Times

President Biden is telling whoppers faster than inflation is rising. Whether he’s talking about the state of the economy or his exploits in college, the purported “facts” presented by the president don’t hold up to the most basic check.

In this photo released by Greenpeace, Thai villagers joined Greenpeace activists and the crew of Rainbow Warrior form a human installation proclaiming Quit Coal in a protest against the coal-fired power plant at Thapsakae beach July 9, 2008 in Prachuab Khirikhant province, southern Thailand. The protesters staged a protest against the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) which is proposing to build a 4000-MW coal-fired power plant at this beach but was opposed by villagers due to concerns on pollution and climate change. (AP Photo/Vinai Dithajohn/Greenpeace, HO) **COMPULSORY CREDIT, NO RESALE, NO ARCHIVING**

Resistance group defends extreme methods to save planet

- The Washington Times

The group leading the resistance to the lithium Nevada mine proposal is openly, defiantly outside the American mainstream — against capitalism, against industrialization and electrification, and “proudly Luddite in character.”

In this photo provided by Sam Glotzbach, the fast-rushing Yellowstone River flooded what appeared to be a small boathouse in Gardiner, Mont., on Monday, June 13, 2022, just north of Yellowstone National Park. (Sam Glotzbach via AP)

Yellowstone officials assess damage after historic floods

- Associated Press

A torrent of rain combined with a rapidly melting snowpack caused a deluge of flooding that forced the evacuation of some parts of Yellowstone National Park, cutting off electricity and forcing park officials to close all entrances indefinitely, just as the summer tourist season was ramping up.

In this file photo, President Joe Biden meets virtually with infant formula manufacturers from the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington, Wednesday, June 1, 2022, as his administration works to ease nationwide shortages by importing foreign supplies and using the Defense Production Act to speed domestic production. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)  **FILE**

Critics alarmed by Biden’s frequent use of Defense Production Act

- The Washington Times

President Biden’s use of the Defense Production Act to promote the renewable energy industry, increase vaccine production and resolve a national baby-formula shortage has angered critics who say he’s overstepped his authority and is increasingly relying on a power that should be reserved for emergencies.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is seen on a screen, left, as he speaks from Kyiv during an extraordinary meeting of EU leaders to discuss Ukraine, energy and food security at the Europa building in Brussels, Monday, May 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

EU bans most Russia oil imports in big bid to punish Moscow

- Associated Press

In the most significant effort yet to punish Russia for its war in Ukraine, the European Union agreed to ban the overwhelming majority of Russian oil imports after tense negotiations that exposed the cracks in the bloc’s united.

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly and European Union Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell arrive for a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, May 16, 2022. European Union foreign ministers on Monday will discuss current affairs and have an exchange of views on the Russian aggression against Ukraine and the Global Gateway. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

EU’s Russia sanctions effort slows over oil dependency

- Associated Press

The European Union’s efforts to impose a new round of sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine appeared to be bogged down on Monday, as a small group of countries opposed a ban on imports of Russian oil.

The sun sets behind an idle pump jack near Karnes City, USA, on April 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

OPEC+ opens oil taps gradually as Russian war roils markets

Associated Press

OPEC and allied oil-producing countries decided Thursday to stick to a modest increase in production, even as Europe’s proposed phaseout of Russian oil threatens to yank millions of barrels off a global market already thirsty for crude.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers her speech during a debate on the social and economic consequences for the EU of the Russian war in Ukraine, Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

EU leader calls for Russian oil ban in new set of sanctions

- Associated Press

The European Union’s top official on Wednesday called on the 27-nation bloc to ban oil imports from Russia and target the country’s biggest bank and major broadcasters in a sixth package of sanctions against Moscow for its war in Ukraine.

This photo taken Monday, April 25, 2022, by the Southern Nevada Water Authority shows the top of Lake Mead drinking water Intake No. 1 above the surface level of the Colorado River reservoir behind Hoover Dam. The intake is the uppermost of three in the deep, drought-stricken lake that provides Las Vegas with 90% of its drinking water supply. (Southern Nevada Water Authority via AP) ** FILE **

Body in barrel exposed as level of Nevada’s Lake Mead drops

Associated Press

A body inside a barrel was found over the weekend on the newly exposed bottom of Nevada’s Lake Mead as drought depletes one of the largest U.S. reservoirs — and officials predicted the discovery could be just the first of more grim finds.

In this Sept. 18, 2021, photo, emissions rise from the smokestacks at the Jeffrey Energy Center coal power plant as the suns sets, near Emmett, Kansas. On April 8, 2022, nearly a dozen protesters from the activist group Declare Emergency brought traffic to a standstill on one of Washington’s busiest thoroughfares as they called on President Biden to declare a climate emergency. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Environmentalists struggle with Biden’s broken climate promises

- The Washington Times

Environmental advocates never expected to find themselves in this position. They’re still fighting for the same policies they were on President Biden’s first day in office and seeing him roll back the meager wins they thought they scored. Many now question Mr. Biden’s commitment to climate change.

This photo provided by California State Parks shows the Pioneer Tree one of the few remaining old-growth coastal redwoods at Samuel P. Taylor State Park, Calif., on Thursday, March 24, 2022, after it collapsed from a fire. (California State Parks via AP) ** FILE **

Biden order aims to protect old-growth forests from wildfire

- Associated Press

President Biden is taking steps to restore national forests that have been devastated by wildfires, drought and blight, using an Earth Day visit to Seattle to sign an executive order protecting some of the nation’s largest and oldest trees.