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  • A look at Ukraine's fast-growing Russian gas bill

    MOSCOW (AP) — The amount Russia says it is owed by Ukraine's cash-strapped government for natural gas has ballooned as if by magic — from $1.7 billion at the beginning of April to a staggering $35.4 billion, according to a letter sent by President Vladimir Putin this week to 18 European...

  • Appeals court finds EPA carbon decision reasonable

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court says the Environmental Protection Agency acted reasonably in deciding not to change the primary air quality standard for carbon monoxide. Three environmental and wildlife organizations want the public health standard toughened. But the appeals court...

  • Watchdog group sues EPA for text messages from top officials

    A nonprofit watchdog group is suing the Environmental Protection Agency seeking text messages from top officials after the agency denied a Freedom of Information Act request for the records. The Competitive Enterprise Institute filed the FOIA request in December for messages sent to and from...

  • GAO recommends scrapping failed auto loan program Energy Department wants to revive

    Department of Energy officials could save taxpayers at least $4.2 billion by scrapping a loan program the government said last week it wants to revive, according to Government Accountability Office Comptroller General Gene Dodaro.

  • UN panel shows who's responsible for CO2 emissions

    BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s expert panel on climate change is preparing a new report this weekend outlining the cuts in greenhouse gases, mainly CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels, required in coming decades to keep global warming in check. Since it's a scientific body, the Intergovernmental...

  • Oil slips closer to $103 on China slowdown signs

    The price of oil slipped closer to $103 a barrel on Friday as recent signs of sputtering economic growth in China suggested demand for crude could weaken. Other factors influencing crude supplies included a report that U.S. crude reserves rose to a 38-year high and the delayed reopening of...

  • Benzene in China city water cuts supply partially

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have cut water supplies to a district in a northwestern city after excessive levels of a toxic chemical were found in tap water. The official Xinhua News Agency says tests conducted by environmental officials in the city of Lanzhou on Friday showed that tap...

  • Dozens evacuated in Wyoming town as ground slips

    JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Local officials and dozens of evacuees kept anxious watch Thursday on a slowly sliding hillside that threatened to take out several homes and businesses in this resort town. They also had an eye on the weather, hoping no rain or snow triggers a sudden, massive release of...

  • Energy regulator: Steps underway to protect grid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top federal energy regulator said Thursday that her agency is taking steps to improve handling of classified national security information, following a report that officials improperly allowed widespread access to a document that outlined specific physical threats to the...

  • 11 Senate Democrats to Obama: Approve Keystone XL

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eleven Senate Democrats, including six who face contested races this year, urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May. The five-year review of the Canada-to-Texas pipeline has been "exhaustive in its time, breadth and...

  • Conservationists seek more protection for grouse

    DENVER (AP) — Conservation groups say they will go to court to force the Obama administration to do more to save the lesser prairie chicken, arguing a recent federal ruling doesn't stop the energy industry from killing the grouse or encroaching on its habitats in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico,...

  • Putin: Ukraine debt threatens Europe gas supplies

    MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin warned Europe on Thursday that it may face a shutdown of Russian natural gas supplies if it fails to help Ukraine settle its enormous Russian gas bill — a debt that far exceeds a bailout package offered by the International Monetary Fund. The Russian president's...

  • Did Jay Carney just undermine Obama on Keystone XL?

    White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday the process for approving the Keystone XL pipeline would remain in place, despite President Obama assuring governors in February that the decision would be made “in a couple months.”

  • Feds to remove W.Va. chemical spill evidence

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In two weeks, federal investigators will start carving up chemical tanks for evidence in a spill that tainted 300,000 West Virginians' water supply. The Chemical Safety Board plans to begin removing slices of three Freedom Industries tanks in Charleston on April 24,...

  • Energy Department signals new loans from stalled advanced vehicles program

    An Energy Department loan program for advanced vehicle technologies that has drawn GOP criticism is revving its engine once again. The department announced changes to its Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program Wednesday, which focuses on electric and other alternative-fuel vehicles,...



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