News bites: Canada readies oil sands emissions rules, UN explores climate change’s security dimension, and more

The move comes as Canada’s government is urging the White House to approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

Bloomberg looks at United Nations discussion of the nexus between climate change and global security.

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The New York Times
examines looming political battles over energy in the Texas legislature, where the renewables industry has been thrown on the defensive.

“As the session progresses, renewable energy advocates are bracing to defend critical policies that have helped Texas become the leading wind-power state. The ascendancy of the Tea Party, an abundance of cheap natural gas and tighter budgets have reduced the sway of the wind industry. Solar power advocates anticipate limited gains at best,” the paper reports.

Reuters has the latest on the U.S. controversy around coal royalties.

“A coal producer at the center of a U.S. Interior Department investigation into whether miners and traders skirted royalty payments on lucrative exports to Asia says the government agency gave the green light for such practices in 2009,” the news service reports.