2014 February Environment & Climate News

Issue Date: 
February, 2014
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The February issue of Environment & Climate News reports the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ruled EPA acted properly when it imposed and then later withdrew restrictions on fracking operations near two Texas water wells.

Also in this issue:

  • The Obama administration announced a proposal to grant 30-year permits allowing wind turbine facilities to kill bald and golden eagles.
  • Faced with the expiration of federal tax credits they deem essential to their industry, biofuels producers are lobbying Congress for new taxpayer subsidies.
  • The annual Montana State University-Billings political poll reports the Montana public continues to favor energy development, with pluralities of Montanans believing there is too little oil and coal development in the state.
  • U.S. Energy Information Administration data show electricity prices in the four states at the heart of the renewable power debate are rising much faster than the national average since the states imposed renewable power mandates.
  • In a stunning example of the natural world’s remarkable ability to bounce back from ecological decline, the coral reefs surrounding Little Cayman Island in the Caribbean Sea--all but written off as dead by some marine scientists a decade ago--are rapidly regaining their health.
  • President Barack Obama signed legislation expediting the permitting process for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands in the Bakken Shale basin in western North Dakota. The legislation sailed through the House and Senate with only one dissenting vote.

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