As oil spewed from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar pledged to keep a “boot on the neck” of BP Plc to get it to plug the leak and clean the mess. Then he halted new deepwater drilling.
Lisa Jackson said she will step down as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after four years during which she led the first efforts to curb carbon- dioxide emissions to combat global-warming risks.
Lisa Jackson’s exit as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency leaves her successor to combat global warming and set rules for hydraulic fracturing over the objections of businesses and Republican lawmakers.
Seed maker DuPont Co. , wind-turbine manufacturer General Electric Co . and insurer Zurich Financial Services AG are devising products to help the world adapt to climate change, a potential $135 billion-a-year market by 2030.
President Barack Obama named five people to a commission to investigate the BP Plc oil spill, completing a panel charged with determining the causes of the accident and recommending ways to prevent another such disaster.
The Republican-led U.S. House passed legislation that would give the Obama administration deadlines to sell offshore oil leases, a bid to limit a surge in oil prices and cut the nation’s dependence on imported fuel.