Tag: Energy Independence

Oregon senators cheer pause, review in federal coal leases

WASHINGTON – Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., cheered news Friday that the Interior Department will pause and conduct an environmental review of the federal coal leasing program: “A wholesale review of the federal coal program is long overdue,” Wyden said. “This provides an opportunity to make sure taxpayers

Obama temporarily bans new coal leases on federal land

Angering coal supporters, the Obama administration announced a temporary ban on new coal leases on federal lands Friday as part of a broad environmental and economic review of the nation’s federal coal program. The decision, which was lauded by environmental advocates, came three days after President Obama said in his State of

Oregonians Address Climate Change In Paris

Two prominent Oregonians were in France Friday for the United Nations conference on climate change. Portland Mayor Charlie Hales spoke at a panel entitled “Financing City Action.” Hales said action on climate change happens slowly on the national level, but can be much faster locally. He gave the example of Portland’s recent fossil

Democrats Assure the World That the U.S. Is Committed to Climate Goals

PARIS — It is going to be O.K. That was the message from 10 Democratic members of the United States Senate who attended the Paris climate talks to reassure other countries that Washington would do its part. Of the 195 countries taking part in the talks, the United States seems

Senate Dem Bill Would Ban New Fossil Fuel Leases On Federal Land

WASHINGTON — Two Senators are floating ambitious legislation to stop the government from issuing new leases on public land for fossil fuel extraction. The venture, pushed by Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), is a gamble that would be met with fierce opposition from Republicans. Merkley said the

New Bill Would Keep Fossil Fuel Reserves On Public Lands In The Ground

Over the past year, environmentalists have called for keeping significant stores of the world’s remaining fossil fuel stores in the ground in order to curb climate change — a call that’s backed up by science. Now, a new bill aims to do just that. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), along with Senator

Jeff Merkley, Bernie Sanders: Feds should keep fossil fuels in the ground

Oregon Jeff Merkley is joining Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in calling for a halt to new oil, natural gas and coal leases on federal lands and in coastal waters. The two will unveil  legislation Wednesday designed to radically reduce the production of fossil fuels, which they say is necessary to

Arctic Drilling Battle Halts Abruptly as Shell Comes Up Dry

One of the biggest en­vir­on­ment­al fights in re­cent years is end­ing with a whim­per. Roy­al Dutch Shell said Monday that it’s abandon­ing oil and gas ex­plor­a­tion off Alaska’s north­ern coast after an ex­pens­ive well came up es­sen­tially dry. The de­cision ends, at least for the fore­see­able fu­ture, a key battle