The price of oil dropped to a four-year low after the OPEC cartel decided not to cut production levels. Judy Woodruff speaks with Kevin Book of ClearView Energy Partners about the national and global consequences of cheap gas and for how long prices will stay low. Continue reading
In addition to recalibrating the balance of power on Capitol Hill, the upcoming elections will dictate important state policy around the nation. One battle is brewing in North Dakota, where environmentalists are seeking tax revenue for preservation. NewsHour political editor and reporter Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff for a closer look at ballot initiatives on the minimum wage and abortion. Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, the Pentagon reported that U.S. and Arab airstrikes blasted oil installations that help fund the Islamic State up to $2 million a day in black market sales. Also, Iraq’s prime minister said he has credible evidence of an active terrorist attack threat against French and American subways. Senior officials from the U.S. and France said they did not have evidence of a plot. Continue reading
In Colorado, the debate over pumping pressurized water underground to extract oil and natural gas has turned local and state governments into rivals. When one city banned fracking altogether, the state launched two lawsuits. Special correspondent Dan Boyce of Rocky Mountain PBS reports on how the friction between activists and industry has turned into a fight over local and state control. Continue reading
In our news wrap Tuesday, the Pentagon confirmed that a U.S. airstrike in Somalia overnight targeted the leader of the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab. It was unclear whether Ahmed Abdi Godane — the alleged mastermind behind the raid of a Kenyan shopping mall that killed 67 people last year — was killed in the attack. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s parliament rallied behind the country’s embattled prime minister. Continue reading
Diesel can be made from just about any carbon-based source, but the process can be expensive and wasteful. Chemists are working on new methods to fix that. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.
Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America’s drilling boom, according to an Associated Press review that shows wide state-by-state disparities in safety checks. Continue reading