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The latest updates on energy and environment news, analysis and opinion covering energy policy and its impact on resources and climate.

OPEC+ opens oil taps gradually as Russian war roils markets

Associated Press

OPEC and allied oil-producing countries decided Thursday to stick to a modest increase in production, even as Europe’s proposed phaseout of Russian oil threatens to yank millions of barrels off a global market already thirsty for crude.

EU leader calls for Russian oil ban in new set of sanctions

- Associated Press

The European Union’s top official on Wednesday called on the 27-nation bloc to ban oil imports from Russia and target the country’s biggest bank and major broadcasters in a sixth package of sanctions against Moscow for its war in Ukraine.

Body in barrel exposed as level of Nevada’s Lake Mead drops

Associated Press

A body inside a barrel was found over the weekend on the newly exposed bottom of Nevada’s Lake Mead as drought depletes one of the largest U.S. reservoirs — and officials predicted the discovery could be just the first of more grim finds.

Environmentalists struggle with Biden’s broken climate promises

- The Washington Times

Environmental advocates never expected to find themselves in this position. They’re still fighting for the same policies they were on President Biden’s first day in office and seeing him roll back the meager wins they thought they scored. Many now question Mr. Biden’s commitment to climate change.

Biden order aims to protect old-growth forests from wildfire

- Associated Press

President Biden is taking steps to restore national forests that have been devastated by wildfires, drought and blight, using an Earth Day visit to Seattle to sign an executive order protecting some of the nation’s largest and oldest trees.

2 dead, more than 200 homes charred in New Mexico wildfire

- Associated Press

Firefighters took advantage of a brief break in the weather but gusty winds were expected to return Friday to southern New Mexico where a wildfire has claimed two lives and charred more than 200 homes.

Major outage forces Puerto Rico to shutter schools, offices

- Associated Press

More than a million customers in Puerto Rico remained without electricity on Thursday after a fire at a main power plant caused the biggest blackout so far this year across the U.S. territory, forcing it to cancel classes and shutter government offices.

France pushing for energy sanctions against Russia

- Associated Press

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Tuesday that there is a “total determination” from all 27 European Union countries for sanctions against Russia that could target oil and coal over evidence its troops deliberately killed Ukrainian civilians.

Poland to end Russian oil imports; Germany warns on gas

- Associated Press

Poland announced steps Wednesday to end all Russian oil imports by the end of 2022, as Germany issued a warning over natural gas supplies and called on consumers to conserve energy in a sign of escalating economic tensions in Europe over Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Newscasts continue to shield Biden over motorists’ pain at the pump

- The Washington Times

Prices of gasoline in some parts of the nation are literally shocking. Consider that the current average price per gallon in San Luis Obispo, California is now $6.08 per gallon according to GasBuddy.com, a very nimble industry source. Similar prices are found throughout the Golden State — and elsewhere to various degrees across the U.S.