Daily Archives: May 4, 2012

Conservative group ties climate action support to Unabomber, Charles Manson

The Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank that disputes climate science, is adopting an aggressive PR strategy by launching Chicago-area billboards that associate belief in global warming with the Unabomber and Charles Manson.

“I still believe in Global Warming, do you?” states one of the billboards, launched Thursday, which features a photo of Ted Kaczynski.

Kaczynski, known […]

Interior floats new draft rules to regulate oil-and-gas ‘fracking’

The Interior Department floated plans Friday to regulate the controversial oil-and-gas extraction method dubbed “fracking” on federal lands, drawing quick attacks from industry groups that said the requirements aren’t needed.

Environmental groups welcomed the new oversight but called the proposal too weak.

The long-awaited draft plan requires drillers to disclose chemicals used when employing hydraulic […]

Panetta warns climate change having ‘dramatic impact’ on national security

Climate change has had a direct effect on national security, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said this week.

Panetta told an audience at the Environmental Defense Fund that climate change has raised the need for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, hitting national security in the process.

“The area of climate change has a dramatic impact on national […]

Keystone developer confident in early 2013 decision

Keystone pipeline developer TransCanada Corp. expressed confidence Friday that the State Department will make a final decision on the controversial project early in 2013.

The Canadian company reapplied Friday for a federal permit to carry oil sands crude across the U.S. border as part of the Keystone XL project. The company has proposed an alternative route […]

Republicans say Obama running out of excuses to delay Keystone

Republicans on Friday ramped up pressure on President Obama to quickly approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline after developer TransCanada Corp. formally reapplied for a key federal permit.

“Today there is just one person standing in the way of tens of thousands of new American jobs: President Obama,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a […]

News bites: BP engineer charged in connection with oil spill pleads not guilty

A former BP engineer facing criminal charges in connection with the Gulf oil spill pleaded not guilty, The Associated Press reports.

Japan is set to close its last nuclear reactor, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Reuters reports that subsidies for renewable energy are on par with those for fossil fuels.

A new study finds that climate change causes […]

TransCanada reapplies for Keystone permit

TransCanada Corp. reapplied for a permit Friday to carry oil sands crude across the U.S. border as part of the Keystone XL pipeline project.

The company submitted the application nearly four months after President Obama rejected the same permit, setting off a political firestorm.

“Our application for a Presidential Permit builds on more than three years of […]

Automakers agree on ‘single-port’ charging system for electric cars

A group of eight U.S. and foreign automakers announced an agreement Thursday on a standardized charging system for electric cars, which they say will “harmonize” the technology and speed up charging times.

Ford, General Motors, Chrysler-Daimler, Audi, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen announced they would display the new charging systems during the upcoming Electric Vehicle Symposium […]

Emails show EPA frustration over White House letter to Boehner

Internal Environmental Protection Agency emails show agency officials’ frustration with a 2011 White House letter to House GOP leaders that did not detail the health benefits of pollution regulations.

President Obama, in an August 30, 2011, letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), listed federal regulations costing more than $1 billion in response to a request […]

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Fracking, Keystone in the spotlight

State of Play: Two of the biggest energy challenges facing President Obama are expected to come careening into the spotlight in the coming days.

Keystone XL pipeline developer TransCanada Corp. is preparing to reapply for a permit to carry Canadian oil sands into the United States. And the Interior Department is slated to unveil proposed “fracking” […]