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  • But if the Alaska delegation is any hint as to where things are headed, his proposal is going nowhere in a Republican-controlled Congress. Lisa Murkowski, chair of the Senate Energy committee, said the administration's plans were a "kick to the gut" that treated Alaska as if it were a "snow globe out there" that should be left untouched. There is no drilling in the...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate is closing in on a vote to authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline, although Democrats temporarily stalled progress Monday. But the fate of the $8 billion project depends not only on what happens in Congress, but also in the courts, at the White House and with TransCanada, the pipeline's developer. The Republican-controlled Congress is...

  • Not just a snowstorm, but a weather 'bombogenesis' Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 2:45 PM ET
    In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the GOES-East satellite, a major winter storm develops over the mid-Atlantic region and is bringing snow to the Northeast of the U.S. pictured at 14:15 UTC on January 26, 2015.

    The storm that hit the East Coast last week underwent "bombogenesis," and forecasters say it could happen again to Winter Storm Juno.

  • Montana oil spill estimate lowered to 30,000 gallons Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 2:40 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Authorities have lowered to 30,000 gallons their estimate of the amount of oil that spilled from a broken pipeline beneath the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman Wendy Thomi said Monday that owner Bridger Pipeline of Casper, Wyoming, had recovered about 20,000 gallons of crude left in the...

  • Your opinion on global warming may change today Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 11:52 AM ET
    People walk in Manhattan during a snowstorm on January 21, 2014 in New York City.

    People's attitudes toward global warming are dependent on the weather. They are less likely to believe on colder days.

  • U.S. Supreme Court rejects BP executive's appeal Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 9:41 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 26- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by a former BP Plc executive who contested whether he can be charged with obstruction of Congress for downplaying the severity of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Prosecutors say David Rainey misled members of Congress over the amount of oil spilled in the April 2010 Deepwater...

  • OSLO, Jan 26- Last year tied with 2010 as the hottest on record, in a new sign of long-term global warming stoked by human activities, according to British data on Monday that back up U.S. findings of record-breaking heat in 2014.. The worldwide data, compiled by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia from records stretching back to 1850, showed average...

  • LEWISBURG, W.Va.— A diesel fuel spill has left about 12,000 people in southeastern West Virginia without drinking water. The city of Lewisburg says an estimated 3,975 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a tributary of the Greenbrier River late Friday night when a tanker truck overturned on Route 92. Lewisburg Public Works director Mark Carver tells media...

  • "They were very prepared," said Frank Paskewich, a retired Coast Guard captain and president of Clean Gulf Associates Inc., an oil spill response cooperative. And Justice Department attorney Brandon Robers noted that his cooperative is funded by oil companies and led in part by BP. BP PLC's overall market value is $122 billion, but its lawyers have said that paying...

  • ST. ALBANS, Vt.— Top Vermont officials told farmers in the agriculture-dependent northwestern corner of the state on Monday they could be held legally accountable if they don't participate in a series of efforts designed to clean up Lake Champlain. Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross, Attorney General William Sorrell and Department of Environmental...

  • Unmanned drones could play key roles in food supply Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 3:02 AM ET

    When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Steven Edgar, president and CEO of ADAVSO, says his Idaho- based business will use a...

  • Cherokee County commissioners have learned that the city of Galena will need their approval to submit an application for the landfill to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. But Commission chairman Richard Hilderbrand doesn't see that happening, The Joplin Globe reported. Galena Mayor Dale Oglesby said he was astonished to learn that before...

  • Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 12:21 PM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government. "They've decided that today was the day that they...

  • CIVIL NUCLEAR India and the United States struck a deal that could open the door for U.S. companies to build nuclear reactors in India by promising insurance cover to U.S. companies that had shied away from an Indian law placing liability on suppliers in case of an accident. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assertiveness in the region has already aligned India...

  • When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Steven Edgar, president and CEO of ADAVSO, says his Idaho- based business will use a...

  • FACTBOX-Obama and Modi aim high with India summit Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 2:00 PM ET

    President Barack Obama arrives in India on Sunday for the second time, to build on what he calls one of the defining relationships of the 21st Century. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assertiveness in the region has already aligned India more with Washington, but they do not see eye-to-eye on Pakistan, and India is worried about the exit of U.S. troops from...

  • Obama to cut short India trip to pay call on Saudi Arabia Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 12:22 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama will cut short his three-day trip to India to travel to Saudi Arabia to pay respects following the death of King Abdullah, U.S. and Indian officials said Saturday, hours before the U.S. president was to depart for New Delhi. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president and first lady Michelle Obama would travel to...

  • Coal production drops in China for 1st time in 14 years Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 12:07 AM ET

    BEIJING— China recorded its first drop in coal production since 2000 last year, as the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter pulls back on its use of the fossil fuel and switches to cleaner energy sources. According to the country's national coal association, China produced 3.5 billion tons of coal in the first 11 months of 2014, 2.1 percent less than the same...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Federal officials have issued a $1 million penalty against Exxon Mobil Corp. for safety violations stemming from a pipeline rupture in 2011 that spilled 63,000 gallons of crude into Montana's Yellowstone River. Safety regulators said in part that Exxon Mobil had failed to adequately heed warnings that its 20- year-old Silvertip Pipeline...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Water testing has shown that saltwater contamination from a massive pipeline spill in northwestern North Dakota reached the Missouri River, the state's environmental chief said Friday, adding that officials don't expect harm to wildlife or drinking water supplies because it was so diluted. Blacktail Creek and the Little Muddy River were...