Articles by Timothy Gardner

G7’s Price Cap on Russia Oil Takes Shape but Will Russia Sidestep Insurance Rules?

The Group of Seven countries is working to cap the price of Russian oil in an attempt to limit Moscow’s ability to fund its invasion of Ukraine, a plan analysts say could work in the long term but might boost …

Biden Admin Announces $3 Billion in FEMA Climate Resilience Funding

The Biden administration on Friday announced it is putting more than $3 billion into two federal programs to help communities deal with floods, wildfires, extreme heat and other problems imposed by climate change. Funding for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and …

U.S. Nuclear Power Regulator Backs NuScale Design After Quake Safety Review

NuScale Power Corp.’s design for a new kind of nuclear reactor is adequate to protect the project from damage by earthquakes, staff at the U.S. nuclear power regulator said in documents seen by Reuters on Friday. Last month, Reuters reported …

Small Nuclear Power Projects May Have Big Waste Problems

A planned new generation of small nuclear reactors will create more waste than conventional reactors, while treatments to make some types of waste safe could be exploited by militants trying to obtain fissile materials, a study published on Tuesday said. …

U.S. Nuclear Agency Seeks Documentation on Quake Safety of New Reactor Design

An official with the U.S. nuclear power regulator has ordered staff to supply documents that could lead to a review of a 2020 approval of a new type of nuclear power reactor after an engineer raised concerns about its ability …

Climate Change Could Cost U.S. Budget $2 Trillion a Year by End Century

Flood, fire, and drought fueled by climate change could take a massive bite out of the U.S. federal budget per year by the end of the century, the White House said in its first ever such assessment, released in early …

Climate Change Could Cost U.S. Budget $2 Trillion a Year by End Century

Flood, fire, and drought fueled by climate change could take a massive bite out of the U.S. federal budget per year by the end of the century, the White House said in its first ever such assessment on Sunday. The …

U.S. Regulators Slow Consideration of Climate Impact of New Gas Projects

U.S. regulators on Thursday delayed requirements to consider greenhouse gas emissions before approvals of gas projects, after lawmakers complained the policy would harm the industry just when European allies need gas due to the crisis in Ukraine. Federal Energy Regulatory …

U.S. Senators Grill Regulators Over Climate Policy on Natural Gas Projects

Top U.S. senators from both parties on Thursday grilled Democratic energy regulators who recently approved guidelines for approving new natural gas projects that allow consideration of environmental justice, landowner and climate issues. The three Democrats on the five-member Federal Energy …

Inspector General Says Counterfeit Parts in Nuclear Plants Raise Safety Concerns

Many counterfeit parts have been discovered in U.S. nuclear plants, potentially increasing the risk of a safety failure, the inspector general of the federal nuclear industry regulator said in a report released on Thursday. The report is a blow to …