The heat behind the jump in gasoline prices

At least four fuel-making plants in Texas and Louisiana — the states that are home to half the nation’s refining capacity — have suffered outages at least in part due to heat in recent weeks, according to Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. And even the refineries that are still churning away … Read more

‘Dangerous pivot’ on overseas oil and gas deals splits Biden administration

“The Biden administration continues to approve one fossil project after another, which completely undermines our international dialogue for a faster transition to renewables and undermines our credibility,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), who along with Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has pressed the White House for information on its policy for funding the oil and gas … Read more

Vermont’s flood-wracked capital city ponders a rebuild with one eye on climate change

Now the mostly gutted shops, restaurants and businesses that lend downtown Montpelier its charm are considering where and how to rebuild in an era when extreme weather is occurring more often. Vermont’s flooding was just one of several major flood events around the globe this summer that scientists have said are becoming more likely due … Read more

Biden to create monument around the Grand Canyon

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American to lead the agency, told reporters during a Monday evening Zoom call that her visit to the region in May, when she hiked along the Grand Canyon’s “South Rim” with members of the Havasupai Tribe, convinced her the monument designation was justified. “I witnessed the deep connection … Read more

Biden signs order protecting Grand Canyon lands sacred to tribes

The location of the signing ceremony was a sacred site called Wii’i Gdwiisa by the Havasupai Tribe on the monument’s southern end. The 917,618-acre national monument includes lands managed by the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. The federal agencies will share “co-stewardship of the monument” with tribal nations, according to the proclamation. … Read more