Source: Sacramento Bee | California |
June 29, 2012
Most of the 70 state parks once slated for closure will remain open after an outpouring of private support. But parks advocates still voiced concerns that reliance on private support will not resolve permanent funding woes.
Source: Albany Times Union | New York |
June 29, 2012
Emails obtained from the state Department of Environmental Conservation by an environmental group show state officials gave details of a proposed permit and regulations for natural gas hydraulic fracturing to industry representatives before making them public.
Source: AP/Casper Tribune | Nation |
June 27, 2012
A federal appeals court upheld the first-ever regulations aimed at reducing the gases blamed for global warming. The ruling is perhaps the most significant to come on the issue since 2007, when the Supreme Court found that greenhouse gases could be controlled as air pollutants under the Clean Air Act.
Texas power use peaked at a higher level than in any previous June even as the state urged consumers to limit appliance use to avoid straining power plants, as much of the state broiled under triple-digit temperatures.
Towns in several states are adopting local ordinances that exempt farmers from state and federal regulations if they sell their products directly to consumers, despite warnings that the ordinances are invalid.