Freshly minted White House counselor John Podesta will recuse himself from working on the approval process for the Keystone XL pipeline, an administration official told the New Yorker on Tuesday.
"In discussions [with White House chief of staff] Denis [McDonough], John suggested that he not work on the Keystone Pipeline issue, in review at the State Department, given that the review is far along in the process and John's views on this are well known," the official said. "Denis agreed that was the best course of action."
The news will come as a welcome surprise to proponents of the pipeline, who fretted that Podesta’s appointment to the White House spelled doom for the proposed project.
Canada is running out of time to offer U.S. President Barack Obama a climate change concession that might clinch the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, as the country's energy industry continues to resist costly curbs on greenhouse gas emissions.
Two years of negotiations between the Canadian government and the energy sector to curtail carbon pollution have not produced an agreement. Oil producers have balked at anything more than the 10-cents-a-barrel carbon tax imposed by the province of Alberta.
President Rafael Correa’s government has shut down a nonprofit environmental group that opposes Amazon rainforest oil drilling, alleging it was involved in disturbing public order.
The closure Wednesday is the first of an advocacy group by Correa's government, which has been criticized as hostile to free expression and has broadened state authority over nonprofits by decree this year.
More than a dozen government agents descended unannounced on the Quito offices of the Pachamama Foundation and shut it down.
More than two dozen of the nation's biggest corporations, including the five major oil companies, are planning their future growth on the expectation that the government will force them to pay a price for carbon pollution as a way to control global warming.
The development is a striking departure from conservative orthodoxy and a reflection of growing divisions between the Republican Party and its business supporters.
A new report by the environmental data company CDP has found that at least 29 companies, some with close ties to Republicans, including ExxonMobil, Walmart and American Electric Power, are incorporating a price on carbon into their long-term financial plans.
Protesters locked themselves to machinery at an Enbridge Inc. construction site in north Toronto Tuesday, forcing the pipeline company to temporarily halt repair work on its aging Line 9B pipeline, which runs under foot.
About 20 protesters entered the muddy site on Pineway Blvd., north of Finch Ave., before sunrise and barricaded the entrance with wooden pallets and empty drums of drill antifreeze. Enbridge was forced to send all 31 workers on the site home for the day.
Longtime adviser to President Obama on environmental and climate issues, Nancy Sutley announced plans to resign from her post at the White House on Tuesday.
Sutley will step down in February from her post as chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, which she has held since 2009.
As chair of environment council, Sutley spearheaded the administration's National Ocean Policy and contributed to Obama's climate agenda
The threat of sudden climate change disaster—from the poles melting to farmlands failing—is real and requires an early warning system, an expert panel suggested on Tuesday.
Looking at "tipping points" for global warming disasters, the National Research Council panel report on "abrupt" climate impacts finds noteworthy risks of sharp, sudden sea-level rise, water shortages, and extinctions worldwide in coming years and decades.
"Climate change is real, it is happening now, and we need to deal with it," says James White of the University of Colorado, Boulder, who headed the panel. "Step number one is to recognize the points where we stand on the threshold of abrupt impacts."
It took nearly two weeks for North Dakota officials to tell the public about an autumn pipeline rupture that caused more than 20,000 barrels of crude to ooze across a northwestern wheat field.
In response to extensive media coverage and criticism from environmental groups, the North Dakota Health Department will launch a website sometime this week that will enable the public to monitor reported oil spills and other hazardous leaks.
Booming U.S. oil production poses a new threat to TransCanada Corp.'s controversial Keystone XL pipeline project, Canada's top energy expert in Washington warned in a memo to the ambassador to the U.S.
In an analysis prepared last summer and obtained under Access to Information, Canadian embassy energy counsellor Paul Connors warned Ambassador Gary Doer that Canada could not rely on a previous State Department finding that the pipeline would not increase greenhouse gas emissions, and said the jury was still out on whether the U.S. would approve the project.
Methane emissions from oil-and-gas operations are roughly 50 percent higher than estimates reported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a new study.
Researchers found methane emissions in the United States are nearly five times higher in the south-central region, which includes Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
The study, conducted by scientists at Harvard University and seven other institutions, was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Significance of the research, via the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences:
Successful regulation of greenhouse gas emissions requires knowledge of current methane emission sources. Existing state regulations in California and Massachusetts require ∼15% greenhouse gas emissions reductions from current levels by 2020. However, government estimates for total US methane emissions may be biased by 50%, and estimates of individual source sectors are even more uncertain. This study uses atmospheric methane observations to reduce this level of uncertainty. We find greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and fossil fuel extraction and processing (i.e., oil and/or natural gas) are likely a factor of two or greater than cited in existing studies. Effective national and state greenhouse gas reduction strategies may be difficult to develop without appropriate estimates of methane emissions from these source sectors.