News bites: State climate battles, Canada looks for oil sands buyers, and more

The New York Times reports that Canadian officials are looking for ways to get their oil sands to market amid U.S. indecision over the Keystone pipeline.

“As the United States continues to play political Ping-Pong [sic] with the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline, Canadian officials and companies are desperately seeking alternatives to get the country’s nearly 200 billion barrels in oil reserves — almost equal to that of Saudi Arabia — to market from landlocked Alberta,” the paper reports.

U.S. News and World Report looks at how two coastal states are — or aren’t — addressing climate change:

Two Southern states have made it clear they want nothing to do with the idea of global warming.

A day after the North Carolina state Senate passed a bill requiring science on rising sea levels to be ignored, Virginia lawmakers allowed a study on its coastline to begin on the state's dime only after all references to climate change or global warming were removed from its funding proposal.

Bloomberg explores New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) plans for allowing hydraulic fracturing in five counties — if there’s local buy-in.

The piece, citing a Cuomo administration official, says permits would be issued only where residents back drilling.

Reuters reports on European Union negotiations over energy efficiency policy.