Category: Environment

Small businesses crank up pressure on EPA confirmation vote (video)

Supporters of Gina McCarthy’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency are cranking up the heat on key senators to confirm her after they return to Capitol Hill from a week-long July 4 recess.  More »

Western governors promote energy development

The American West contains abundant sources of traditional and renewable energy, and developing both while protecting the environment is a goal that can be achieved, Western governors said at a weekend conference.  More »

Kalamazoo River cleanup plan prompts concerns

A dredging plan to help clean up the Kalamazoo River after a 2010 southwestern Michigan oil spill is prompting concerns from area residents and the owner of Bell’s Brewery.  More »

Moniz: CO2 could enhance US oil by millions of barrels a day (video)

The future of coal-fired power may lie in still-developing technology to capture the carbon dioxide it produces and put it to work in the oil field, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz suggested.  More »

Obama says climate change is make-or-break issue

President Barack Obama is trying to frame climate change as a make-or-break political issue, urging Americans to vote only for those who will protect the country from environmental harm.  More »

Geothermal leaders: Don’t overlook us

Ratepayers, policy makers and utilities continue to overlook geothermal energy, a renewable power resource with that can provide clean, consistent electricity, geothermal industry leaders said at an annual gathering in Nevada this week.  More »

Climate speech puts EPA nomination in further peril

By rolling out a big plan for combating climate change, President Obama may have just delivered a fatal blow to his nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency.  More »

Federal study touts Gulf Coast for carbon sequestration

The Gulf Coast has the greatest potential of any region in the nation for storing carbon dioxide, according to a study released Wednesday by the Interior Department.  More »

NRG Energy: ‘We welcome the renewed focus on climate change’

In response to Pres. Obama’s landmark message on climate change this week, power provider NRG Energy issued a response that noted its investments in solar and carbon capture systems.  More »

BP backs Texas carbon capture as Skyonic gets $128 million funds

BP Plc (BP/) part-funded an emissions project at a Texas cement plant, betting that plans to turn the gases into chemicals for sale will succeed where traditional carbon-capture proposals have failed.  More »

Texas Republicans give Obama’s energy speech the ‘coal’ shoulder

We know this won’t surprise you, but Texas Republicans didn’t like what President Obama had to say today. We bring you a sampling of reaction.  More »

Obama’s climate plan spares oil and gas from big changes

The oil and gas industry largely escaped attention as President Barack Obama unveiled his broad plan to combat climate change on Tuesday. While the president took aim at a suite of tax incentives cherished by oil and gas companies, he left refineries out of the cornerstone of his plan to throttle industrial greenhouse gas emissions.  More »

Obama targets power plants in call for climate change action

President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a sweeping plan to combat climate change, including setting in motion the stalled first limits on greenhouse gas pollution from existing power plants and accelerating renewable projects on federal lands.  More »

Climate change becoming top shareholder concern

Climate change concerns are becoming the biggest priority for shareholders, according to a study released by Ernst & Young on Tuesday morning.  More »

Supreme Court will hear Texas-EPA dispute over power plant emissions

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case in which the state of Texas and other parties are challenging an Obama administration rule on power plant pollution that crosses state lines.  More »