U.S. House passes bill for $633 bln in defense spending. NEW YORK, Dec 13- Wall Street was set for a higher open on Friday, poised to bounce back after a three-day decline, though market participants remained cautious ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting next week. Federal Reserve could decide to start scaling back stimulus at its policy meeting on Dec. 16-17.» Read More
NEW YORK, Dec 12- Anadarko Petroleum Corp and its Kerr-McGee unit acted with "intent to hinder" when they spun off Tronox, the paint materials company that later went bankrupt, and should pay billions of dollars in environmental cleanup costs, a judge ruled on Thursday.
Nineteen-year-old Parker Liautaud talked to CNBC on Thursday live during his trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.
The bill, introduced by Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat; Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican; and eight cosponsors, faces an uphill battle as many lawmakers from agricultural states support the Renewable Fuel Standard that dictates rising volumes of ethanol made from grains, including corn, be blended into motor fuel.
LAS VEGAS-- A Nevada judge has rejected crucial state approval needed for Las Vegas to draw water from rural valleys straddling the Nevada- Utah state line and pipe it south to slake the thirst of Sin City residents and tourists.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- California Assembly Speaker John Perez pledged Wednesday to cautiously begin restoring funding to some social programs that were slashed during the recession and said lawmakers will ask voters to approve a revised rainy day fund on the November 2014 ballot.
AMSTERDAM, Dec 12- Every year Singaporeans and Malaysians choke on smoke when farmers and plantation firms in neighbouring Indonesia clear the land with fires during the dry season. Last summer, Philips diverted stocks of air purifiers from Hong Kong and China to the area in time for the worst pollution in 16 years.
WASHINGTON, Dec 11- John Podesta's return to the White House could dim prospects for the Keystone XL pipeline's approval, environmentalists said Wednesday, as the Democratic Party elder and Keystone critic crafts policies to curb climate change.
LONDON, Dec 11- Europe's heavy industry is firing a barrage of legal challenges to cuts in the carbon permits they will get up to 2020- subsidies worth over 4 billion euros- with at least nine firms opening the assault in a Dutch court.
Tom Corbett said Tuesday he hopes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ensures that other states abide by the same standards that Pennsylvania has. The petition is aimed at Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
LONDON, Dec 11- Cajoled by developed world governments and shocked by disasters such as the Bangladesh factory fire, investors in emerging market companies are looking more closely at environmental, social or governance issues before they buy.
HONG KONG, Dec 11- China shares sank to their lowest in more than a week early Wednesday, weighing on Hong Kong markets, as coal producers slid after the country's top economic planner said its use will be curbed to combat pollution.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the second most powerful court in the country behind the Supreme Court, heard two cases challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's first rules to crack down on mercury from the country's fleet of electric generating units.
Those controls are needed to keep the units compliant with federal environmental rules proposed since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. There are about 318 gigawatts of coal-fired power plants in the United States, about 30 percent of the nation's 1,051 GW generation fleet.
WASHINGTON, Dec 10- U.S. Supreme Court justices offered President Barack Obama's administration some encouragement on Tuesday as it weighed the lawfulness of a major federal air pollution rule regulating emissions that cross state lines.
South Jersey Gas wants to build a 22- mile pipeline through the Pinelands to connect with the BL England power plant in Cape May County.
*China industrial output, retail sales, urban investment awaited. *China shippers rally on "special funds" for buying, scrapping vessels. *Coal sinks, environmental companies rise on China pollution.
CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports on the cheapest price in the U.S., and how Winter Storm Dion is impact prices in the U.S.
The Weather Channel's Mike Bettes reports on cold rain and snow in the Boston area.
LONDON, Dec 9- The Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013, backed by a bipartisan group of 18 senators, is one of those pieces of special-interest legislation that deserves to die in the U.S. Congress.
They want the EPA to force nine states- Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia- to regulate the emissions that cross into their borders through prevailing winds and contribute to higher ozone levels to the north and east of the upwind states.