News bites: The EPA spy drone myth, China and India team up, and more

The Los Angeles Times looks at the spread of false allegations that EPA uses drones to spy on farms and ranches.

The Wall Street Journal reports on increasing energy collaboration between India and China.

“India and China's [sic] largest oil companies have agreed to jointly explore for oil and natural gas world-wide, in an attempt to put aside a long-standing rivalry and better use their combined financial resources and expertise to secure energy supplies for their fast-growing economies,” the paper reports from New Delhi.

Reuters reports that an Arizona mining company wants a federal court to toss out a $220 million settlement with EPA, “saying it found the Justice Department was conducting an criminal [sic] investigation of the agency over the case.”

“Asarco, a unit of Grupo Mexico, has long accused the EPA of concealing records that would clear the company from claims it polluted thousands of properties with lead near Omaha, Nebraska, where it operated a smelter for more than 50 years. Asarco says that lead paint from houses caused the pollution, not the plant,” the news service reports.

The Washington Post explores whether policymakers are “wildly underestimating” the expansion of wind and solar power.

The piece unwraps a National Renewable Energy Laboratory finding that the United States could technically get 80 percent of its power from renewables by 2050 using existing technology.