Articles by Doina Chiacu and Timothy Gardner

Biden Administration Working to Boost Cybersecurity of Pipeline Companies

The Biden administration is working with pipeline companies to strengthen protections against cyberattacks following the Colonial Pipeline hack, with announcements of actions planned in coming days, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on Tuesday. A ransomware attack forced Colonial …

Warming Arctic Permafrost Will Make It Harder to Curb Climate Change: Study

The warming Arctic tundra will make it harder for the world to curb climate change, as thawing permafrost and wildfires release greenhouse gases that are not fully accounted for in global emissions agreements, a study said on Monday. As temperatures …

Biden Administration Warns Firms to Quit Aiding Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The U.S. State Department is tracking efforts to complete Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and evaluating information on entities that appear to be involved, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday. “Any entity involved in the …

Scientists Say Advanced Nuclear Reactors Not Safer Than Conventional Plants

A new generation of so-called “advanced” nuclear power reactors that Washington believes could help fight climate change often present greater proliferation risks than conventional nuclear power, a science advocacy group said on Thursday. President Joe Biden, a Democrat, has made …

15 Insurers Stop Doing Business with Nord Stream 2 Pipeline to Avoid Sanctions: Reuters

Baker Hughes Co and AXA Group and 16 other companies recently quit work on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and will not be sanctioned, according to a document the Biden administration sent to Congress last week which was …

U.S. Warns of Sanctions on European Firms and Insurers Over Russia’s Nord Stream

The U.S. State Department this month told European companies which it suspects are helping to build Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that they face the risk of sanctions as the outgoing Trump administration prepares a final round of punitive …

Trump’s EPA Institutes Curb on ‘Secret’ Science Used in Formulating Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief said on Monday he has finalized a rule to limit what scientific research the agency can use to formulate regulations, in a concession to big business weeks before President Donald Trump leaves office. …

Scientists Identify Nuclear Plants Facing Highest Risks From Earthquakes

The U.S. nuclear power reactors facing the highest risks of a meltdown from earthquakes are not in tremor-prone California, but states including South Carolina and Missouri, an analysis of government data published on Thursday said. The chances of an earthquake …

Investors, Insurers Warned of Risk of U.S. Sanctions for Russian Pipeline Ties

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday warned investors in two Russian natural gas pipeline projects that they could face sanctions as the Trump administration seeks to curb the Kremlin’s economic leverage over Europe and Turkey. Pompeo told a …

Senators Seek to Expand U.S. Sanctions to Insurance for Russia-Europe Pipeline

U.S. senators will announce a bill this week expanding sanctions on Russia’s Gazprom-led Nord Stream 2 project, Senate aides said, targeting a pipeline Washington says will make Europe too reliant on Russian gas. The Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Clarification Act …