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House Democrats Ready to Address Climate Crisis, Pallone Says

Municipal worker in Austin, Texas A city worker operates a bulldozer to restore water in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 17. (Thomas Ryan Allison/Bloomberg News)

Power outages in Texas and recent severe weather events around the country justify congressional Democrats’ policy directives on climate change, the chairman of the influential Energy and Commerce Committee said.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 18, 2021
Government, Business

Democrats Put Biden Stimulus on 10-Day Fast Track for House Vote

The U.S. Capitol building is seen at dawn on Feb. 9. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News) The U.S. Capitol building is seen at dawn on Feb. 9. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

The House is aiming to vote Feb. 26 on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan, as Democrats pivot quickly to their top priorities after Donald Trump’s impeachment trial ended in acquittal.

February 18, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

EPA Steps Up Efforts to Catch Emissions Tampering

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is in its second year of a four-year enforcement effort to catch truckers who are installing emissions defeat devices or otherwise tampering with emissions systems.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 18, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 50

US Steps Up Heat on Container Carriers to Ease Port Congestion

A container ship is berthed at the Kobe Port in Hyogo, Japan. (Buddhika Weerasinghe/Bloomberg News) Buddhika Weerasinghe/Bloomberg News

U.S. regulators stepped up the heat on ocean shipping companies and the seaport terminals some of them operate, seeking to smooth the disrupted flow of containers that are swamping America’s biggest ports and wreaking havoc on the nation’s strained supply chains.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
February 18, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel, Logistics

Texas’ Gas-Export Clampdown Shocks Market as Blackouts Continue

American and Texas flags stand in front of the Chevron Pasadena Refinery in Texas. (Sharon Steinmann/Bloomberg News) American and Texas flags stand in front of the Chevron Pasadena Refinery in Texas. (Sharon Steinmann/Bloomberg News)

Texas is restricting the flow of natural gas across state lines in an extraordinary move that some are calling a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause.

February 18, 2021
Government, Business

US Jobless Claims Hit Four-Week High in Fresh Labor Setback

A worker cleans a plexiglass shield at a pizza restaurant in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News) A worker cleans a plexiglass shield at a pizza restaurant in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment insurance jumped to a four-week high, indicating the labor market is suffering fresh setbacks even as the coronavirus pandemic shows signs of ebbing.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
February 18, 2021
Government, Fuel

California Lawmakers Propose Ban on Fracking by 2027

Pump jacks operating in Bakersfield, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — New legislation would ban all fracking in California by 2027, taking aim at the powerful oil and gas industry in a state already planning to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035.

Adam Beam | Associated Press
February 17, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

DOT Opens Funding Opportunity for $889 Million in INFRA Grants

INFRA A rural road in Indiana. DOT must award at least 25% of INFRA funding to rural projects — a decrease from the 50% typically devoted to funding rural projects during the Trump administration. (kschulze/Getty Images)

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced it is making $889 million available through its latest round of Infrastructure For Rebuilding America grants.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 17, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Trucking Takes On Lawsuit Abuse in Florida

Florida Supreme Court traveler1116/Getty Images

The Florida Trucking Association and its business allies are taking on lawsuit abuse in the state’s courts, and with the state Legislature, where the climate for change seems to be improving.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 17, 2021

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