Daily Archives: July 6, 2012

Enviros warming up for next transportation spending fight

A key environmental group is gearing up for the next fight over transportation spending, before President Obama’s signature formally ends the most recent one on Friday.

The New York City-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) said Friday that the two-year, $105 billion transportation bill Obama is scheduled to sign contained too many anti-environment provisions.

“This […]

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Report: Dozens pass out from heat at Obama campaign event

Dozens of supporters passed out from the extreme heat at an Obama campaign event in Pittsburgh on Friday.

Obama was speaking outdoors at Carnegie Mellon University as part of his two-day campaign bus tour through the key swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, and according to multiple reports on Twitter, people were being carted off on […]

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Senior GOP lawmaker: Interior is stonewalling on deepwater drilling probe

A senior Republican says the Interior Department is stymieing a House committee probe into the deepwater drilling freeze imposed after the 2010 BP oil spill by refusing to make several officials available for interviews.

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), in a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Friday, says he’s providing a […]

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House tees up vote on mining permit bill

The House will vote next week on a bill that could reduce waiting periods for mining permits and help relieve dependence on foreign nations for certain commodities.

The National Strategic and Critical Mineral Production Act, H.R. 4402, would cap the permit review period for mining projects at 30 months, unless project signatories make another agreement.

The mining […]

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MSC’s Klaber to President Obama in the Tribune-Review: “Let’s Continue to Get This Historic Opportunity Right”

Common Goals

As President Obama travels the commonwealth this week, we’re reminded of his fact-based remarks about safe natural gas development.

In his January State of the Union address, the president underscored the fact that “natural gas will create jobs…proving that we don’t have to choose between our environment and our economy.”

The president’s top advisers — both […]

Heat wave, fires have climate change activists going on the offensive

Record-breaking heat across the country and catastrophic wildfires in Colorado are giving environmentalists a rare opening to regain the political offensive on climate change.

While scientists caution against chalking up specific weather events to climate change, they say generally that heatwaves, wildfires and other extreme weather is expected with increasing frequency and intensity in a warming […]

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News bites: Anger follows big utility merger

The Charlotte Observer looks at the aftermath of the merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy.

“Pressure is building on Duke Energy to explain why it ousted Bill Johnson as CEO this week, as former Progress Energy board members break their silence and express outrage at what they term a calculated deception,” the paper reports.

Platts has […]

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Obama official: US climate views shifting amid wild weather

A senior Obama administration scientist said this year’s heat and Western wildfires are altering perceptions of climate change in the United States.

Jane Lubchenco, who heads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said in Australia on Friday that many have previously regarded climate change as a “nebulous concept,” The Associated Press reports.

“Many people around the world […]

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Heat wave, fires have climate change supporters on offensive

Record-breaking heat across the U.S. and catastrophic wildfires in Colorado are giving environmentalists a rare opening to regain the political offensive on climate change.

While scientists caution against chalking up specific weather events to climate change, they say generally that heat waves, wildfires and other extreme weather is expected with increasing frequency and intensity in a […]

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