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.

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.