Energy + Environment

Documents show Spire scrambling for survival of St. Louis pipeline after court ruling

BY: - April 27, 2022

Deep into Missouri’s feverish summer, a St. Louis hardware store owner found his customers clamoring for something surprising: Electric space heaters.  “The weather was warm and it was strange that people were worried about it,” said Don Heberer, owner of Rathbone Hardware. He estimates he sold about 20% more space heaters than normal for that […]

E. coli outbreaks linked to leafy greens continue despite FDA, industry prevention efforts

BY: - April 25, 2022

This story was originally published by Investigate Midwest. After a series of E. coli outbreaks sickened more than 160 people who ate romaine lettuce in late 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched an investigation. Months later, in March 2020, the agency announced its plan to prevent toxic E. coli outbreaks linked to leafy […]

On Earth Day, Biden signs order to catalog and conserve old-growth forests

BY: - April 22, 2022

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday to establish a federal strategy to protect old-growth forests, a move the administration says will help curb destructive wildfires and fight climate change. The Earth Day order tasks the Interior and Agriculture departments with creating a federal definition of old-growth and mature forests. Such forests are generally […]

3 big reasons why the Biden climate agenda is floundering

BY: - April 22, 2022

President Joe Biden’s climate agenda took a hit this month when the Interior Department said it would open 144,000 acres of federal land up for oil and gas development to comply with a court order to restart fossil fuel development. The announcement marked yet another setback for a presidential climate plan that was once seen […]

Foreign investment in U.S. cropland nearly tripled in past decade, USDA data shows

BY: - April 19, 2022

This story was originally published by Investigate Midwest. Foreign investment in U.S. cropland has nearly tripled in the past decade, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. The total cropland controlled by foreign interests in 2020 was 10.9 million acres, up from 4.1 million acres in 2010. This increase has been largely driven by foreign-owned […]

Missouri environmentalists worry bill undermines law meant to boost renewable energy

BY: - April 13, 2022

Environmental advocates are raising concerns that a Missouri law enacted last year to speed up utilities’ transition to renewable energy may soon be changed to make it easier for companies to keep coal plants partially open.  Last year, Missouri and Kansas enacted laws allowing electric utilities to “securitize” aging coal plants and retire them early […]

Biden: Biofuels ‘have a role to play’ in easing gas prices

BY: - April 13, 2022

MENLO, Iowa — In response to rising gas prices, President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that fuel stations may sell cheaper, higher-ethanol blend fuels through the summer. “I’m here today because home-grown biofuels have a role to play right now… as we work to get prices under control and reduce the costs for families,” Biden told […]

Here’s how residents along Troost Avenue can help measure Kansas City air quality

BY: - April 12, 2022

This story was originally published in the Kansas City Beacon.  To learn about Kansas City air quality, a collaboration is seeking local volunteers to place air sensors on their properties. Led by KC Digital Drive and other community partners, the program aims to gather data on climate and pollution along the Troost Avenue corridor. “The main thing […]

Biden goal for U.S. transition to electric vehicles cast into doubt at U.S. Senate hearing

BY: - April 8, 2022

A White House climate goal to transition the United States to electric vehicles is in trouble if the nation cannot produce more minerals that go into those vehicles’ batteries, U.S. senators of both parties said Thursday. Members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee agreed during a hearing that more domestic production of lithium, […]

U.S. House panel grills oil executives at hearing on soaring gas prices

BY: - April 7, 2022

Democrats blamed the oil industry, Republicans blamed President Joe Biden and oil executives blamed global market forces at a U.S. House hearing Wednesday on how to reverse a dramatic increase in gas prices. Over nearly six hours, members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and executives from six oil companies […]

Missouri Senate committee takes up bill targeting Grain Belt Express transmission line

BY: - April 5, 2022

The Missouri Senate is poised to take up a long-running effort to stymie the Grain Belt Express, a massive transmission line meant to carry wind energy from southwest Kansas across three states.  The $2 billion project would carry 4,000 megawatts of energy, dropping some off in Missouri before ending at the Illinois-Indiana border. It’s been […]

Biden OKs release of 1 million barrels of oil a day from reserve, calls for supply boost

BY: - March 31, 2022

President Joe Biden called Thursday for U.S. energy companies to do their part in lowering gasoline prices by boosting supplies of oil, saying the industry should plow record profits back into increased production. Biden also said he would release 1 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve daily for the next six months […]