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NATIONAL PARKS: Interior's IG looks into misconduct at Yosemite, Yellowstone

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:18:37 -0400

The Interior Department's inspector general has opened two new investigations focused on harassment and hostile working conditions at Yosemite and Yellowstone national parks.

CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump's message resonating with energy industry voters

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:18:38 -0400

PITTSBURGH — Donald Trump yesterday pledged a broad regulatory rollback and new opportunities for natural resource production from federal lands and waters in a talk that echoed themes raised by some industry stakeholders but left others questioning how different a Trump administration might look from a Hillary Clinton administration.

NATURAL RESOURCES: Senate GOP to keep pursuing monument limits, Izembek road

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:18:38 -0400

Republican leaders on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee strongly indicated at a hearing yesterday that they planned to advance legislation limiting the president's ability to designate national monuments.

CLIMATE: Young conservatives demand action on warming

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:18:38 -0400

Young, mostly Christian conservative activists from across the country were on Capitol Hill yesterday to push for renewable energy action, voicing support for tax breaks and subsidies for cleaner, more efficient power.

ENERGY POLICY: No time to 'fiddle-fart' on reform package — Murkowski

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:18:39 -0400

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) yesterday appealed to energy efficiency advocates to pressure lawmakers on efforts to reconcile House and Senate versions of energy reform legislation, noting that the clock is ticking on the 114th Congress.

FISHERIES: Dozens of groups ask Congress to ban shark finning

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:18:39 -0400

More than 80 environmental and conservation groups called on Congress yesterday to pass legislation to ban the trade of shark fins in the United States.

EPA: Hill funding throws auditors off trail of pesticide program

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:18:39 -0400

Federal auditors reviewing U.S. EPA's pesticide program recently found that they couldn't track the money in two key accounts, and they've urged the agency to change its financial practices.

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Merkley calls for carbon price in 100% renewable plan

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:18:39 -0400

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) took to the Senate floor yesterday to outline details of his plan for 100 percent renewable power as a tool to fight climate change.

NUCLEAR: Inhofe reveals Democratic hold on advanced reactor bill

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:18:40 -0400

Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Jim Inhofe said he's attempting to persuade a Democratic colleague to lift a hold on bipartisan legislation aimed at advancing new reactor designs.

FINANCE: Senate Democrats revive 'Green Bank Act'

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:18:40 -0400

Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced legislation yesterday that would create a national green bank, mirroring a companion bill already in the House.

REGULATIONS: Senators push back on fertilizer storage 'guidance'

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:18:40 -0400

Senators yesterday pushed administration officials to stall Department of Labor regulatory guidance on the storage of farm fertilizer.

WATER POLICY: Dems balk at latest House WRDA bill

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:18:40 -0400

Legislation outlining billions of dollars in water development projects is likely to reach the House floor next week amid fresh objections from Democrats.

FUEL ECONOMY: Lawmakers say standards hurt industry, consumers

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:18:41 -0400

House Energy and Commerce Committee members pushed back against the Obama administration's fuel economy standards yesterday, expressing concerns that the regulations could stifle innovation for the auto industry and reduce consumer choice.

CHESAPEAKE BAY: Farmers helping make water cleaner, USDA says

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:18:41 -0400

The Chesapeake Bay is becoming cleaner thanks to farmers, the head of the Department of Agriculture's conservation programs said yesterday.

PIPELINES: Lawmakers, tribal leaders urge federal action on Dakota Access

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:18:42 -0400

Lawmakers and tribal leaders called on the Obama administration yesterday to once and for all end the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline at a forum organized by House Natural Resources Committee Democrats.