News bites: White House to use climate lens for big project reviews


“The result could be significant delays for natural gas-export facilities, ports for coal sales to Asia, and even new forest roads, industry lobbyists warn,” the story states.

It later adds: “While some U.S. agencies already take climate change into account when assessing projects, the new guidelines would apply across-the-board to all federal reviews.” Check out the whole thing here.

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The Wall Street Journal
reports that the Obama administration and some finance companies are “laying the groundwork for bundling renewable-power contracts into securities, part of an effort to make it cheaper to finance alternative energy.”

Reuters checks in on California’s efforts to supply a third of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

NPR looks at Japan’s efforts to tap a potentially vast energy source called methane hydrates – and what it might mean for the climate.

Reuters reports that U.S. officials imposed sanctions on a Greek businessman who allegedly operated a secret shipping network on behalf of the Iranian government to get around international sanctions on Iran’s oil exports.

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