News bites: Oil industry slams feds over California drilling

The oil industry is pushing back against a federal decision to postpone oil and gas lease auctions on public land in California, The Associated Press reports.

Offshore drillers say there are not enough qualified auditors to comply with an upcoming federal rule requiring third-party reviews of safety systems, the Houston Chronicle writes.

Slate says a cold March increased United States skepticism about climate change.

Republicans on a subpanel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee argued that wind tax credits harm electric power grid reliability, Platts reports.

Prince Charles says that climate change skeptics are turning Earth into a "dying patient," The Guardian reports.